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A bracing, herbaceous paste transforms a simple pot of white rice

Cilantro Rice

Appears in May-June 2020

30 minutes

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Cilantro Rice

This colorful side dish can be turned into a light main by topping it with fried eggs. To keep the flavor and color of cilantro fresh and bright, we blend the herb with a few aromatics until smooth, then mix the puree into the rice after the grains are cooked.




Don't fluff the rice immediately after cooking. Covering the pan with a towel and allowing the rice to rest for 5 minutes prevents the grains from turning mushy when the cilantro puree is folded in.

30 minutes

Diane S.
July 26, 2022
Cilantro rice
This recipe changed my mind about cilantro. I now crave cilantro.
Michele R.

Foolproof in multiple times of preparing this per recipe. We find we prefer to dial down the garlic by one clove and up the lime juice by a little. Not only delicious, this also holds unexpectedly well if you have leftovers to heat in the microwave (we seldom use ours but heating leftover rice is a good use for it) and use the next day. (For microwave heating, you'll probably want to add a tablespoon'ish of water stirred into the rice, cover the dish with a lightly damp paper towel and it will only take a few seconds.)

John M.

Excellent, and so easy to prepare. One of my favorite rice recipes now. Thanks again J. M. & Milk Street!

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