Arroz Blanco {Mexican White Rice}

This delicious arroz blanco is lightly seasoned and cooked in chicken broth. Mexican white rice is perfect for serving with any main dish.

When I’m struggling with what to put on the table for our family dinner, I often turn to Mexican food. It’s easy to prepare, tastes amazing and everyone loves it!

If you’re needing a quick dinner, marinate some steak or chicken and prepare this arroz blanco. Dinner will be ready in about 30 minutes and you’ll LOVE the flavor!

white rice in a bowl with a spoon

Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • Ready in 25 minutes.
  • Simply flavored.
  • Goes with just about any main dish.

What is arroz blanco?

Arroz blanco literally means “white rice”. This arroz blanco is a Mexican white rice. Although sometimes arroz blanco is simply steamed rice, our recipe is simply flavored to give it a Mexican flair.

How to Season Mexican White Rice

There are a few key ingredients that make this Mexican white rice amazing:

  • Onion.
  • Garlic.
  • Chicken broth. The salted kind is best. If using sodium free broth I recommend adding salt.
  • Lime. This gives the rice a nice fresh taste
  • Cilantro. This is used as a garnish but I love to sprinkle mine with lots of cilantro.

How to Make Arroz Blanco

  • In a medium saucepan, heat the oil over medium. Add the onion and garlic and cook for 4 minutes until slightly translucent.
  • Add the rice to the onions and toast for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the broth and lemon juice. Let it come to boil over high heat. Once it has boiled for 1 minute, reduce heat to low and cover with a lid.
  • Simmer for 20 minutes without stirring. Turn off the stove and let sit for 5 minutes.
  • Fluff rice with a fork and sprinkle with lime zest and cilantro before serving.
rice in a skillet with a wooden spoon

Tips for cooking the best rice:

  • Always slightly toast the rice with the onions and garlic.
  • Always bring it to a boil for 1 minute before reducing the temperature.
  • Always reduce heat to low to finish cooking.
  • Always cover with a lid and do not remove for 20 minutes.
  • Turn off the stove and let sit for 5 minutes before fluffing.

Don’t skip these steps for the best results!!

Mexican white rice in a skillet
Mexican white rice in a skillet

Arroz Blanco {Mexican White Rice}

4.5 from 2 votes
This delicious arroz blanco is lightly seasoned and cooked in chicken broth. Mexican white rice is perfect for serving with any main dish.
Servings 6
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil
  • ½ cup white onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups white rice
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 lime juiced and zested
  • cilantro

Instructions
 

  • In a medium saucepan, heat the oil over medium. Add the onion and garlic and cook for 4 minutes until slightly translucent.
  • Add the rice to the onions and toast for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the broth and lemon juice. Let it come to boil over high heat. Once it has boiled for 1 minute, reduce heat to low and cover with a lid.
  • Simmer for 20 minutes without stirring. Turn off the stove and let sit for 5 minutes.
  • Fluff rice with a fork and sprinkle with lime zest and cilantro before serving.

Notes

The calories shown are based on the recipe serving 6 people, with 1 serving being about 1 cup of rice. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**i

Nutrition

Calories: 284kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 578mg | Potassium: 227mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Calories 284

What to Serve with Arroz Blanco

Arroz blanco goes great with any main dish of chicken or steak, but here are a few options:

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you use brown rice?

Yes! Use brown or white rice. Do not use jasmine rice or precooked rice.

How do you store this rice?

Store in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 to 7 days.

About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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Kelly
8 months ago

Hi! Question! Do you rinse the rice ?