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Light and airy, this asparagus cilantro lime rice recipe is a great busy weeknight recipe that is perfect to serve on the side for Taco Tuesdays!
Our family loves Taco Tuesday nights! Steak tacos, taco dip, and even a taco casserole dish are some great main dishes for Taco Tuesdays. But do you ever wonder, what are some side dishes for Taco Tuesdays?
Often people settle for white rice, french fries, or a simple salad on the side of tacos. Let’s face it, Taco Tuesday is an easy dinner night, it’s usually all about the toppings.
Today, we’re talking about a simple white rice recipe that includes good for you asparagus and the juice of a zesty lime to liven up the simplicity of white rice.
Chipotle is famous for their overstuffed burritos or burrito bowls -and for a good reason. Everything at Chipotle tastes amazing, but it can be pricey.
Thankfully, you can bring a taste of Chipotle home with this cilantro lime rice recipe that is somewhat inspired by the Chipotle cilantro lime rice.
Cilantro lime rice is a simple white rice dish that has been cooked with chopped cilantro. Once the cilantro rice is cooked through and has been fluffed, it is then drizzled with fresh lime juice to liven up the white rice; this create the infamous cilantro lime rice we’ve all grown to love.
When you think of rice with anything, you typically think of rice and beans or rice with corn, but hardly ever asparagus and rice. Yet, it works out great! Plus, it is a creative way to incorporate veggies into your meal.
2. Add in your ingredients. Add your rice, chopped asparagus, chopped cilantro, water, salt, and oil to a pot. Give it a quick stir and set your heat to high.
3. Bring your water to a boil. The trick to making white rice on the stove is to bring your water to a boil.
Some people like to allow some of their water to evaporate before covering and lowering the heat. Others like to cover and turn the heat to low as soon as the water comes to a rolling boil.
If you have a personal preference on how to make white rice, follow that.
We made this recipe by bringing the water to a boil, and then letting it boil for a minute or two and then covering with a tight fitting lid and lowering the temperature to low.
Ideally, from a 1-10 range, aim for a 3. We don’t want to use 1 where it just stays warm, you want it to cook through.
Remember, with the initial boiling, we started the cooking process and allowed for steam to create before we turned it to low.
4. Let your rice cook. Check your packaging for exact timing, different grains need different cooking times. Ideally, you want your rice to cook undisturbed over a low heat for about 20 minutes.
5. Remove rice from heat. After your rice cooks, you want it to rest for 5-10 minutes, with the lid still on and undisturbed.
After the asparagus and rice have cooked and rested, you will open the lid and with a fork, gently fluff the rice.
6. Add lime juice. Using fresh or concentrated lime juice, squeeze lime juice over the rice. I suggest starting with less lime juice, and allowing your guests to add more -if desired, on their own.
For this cilantro lime rice recipe, we’ve added asparagus to make it into a light and airy asparagus rice. You can also add variety to your rice by making:
Remember that white rice is a blank canvas and it takes on flavor easily! Take for instance this amazing Spanish rice recipe with vienna sausage and bacon from Latina Mom Meals!
The quickest and easiest way to reheat cilantro lime rice would be to put the desired amount into a bowl or plate and to microwave it for a minute or two.
Yes, you can freeze cilantro lime rice by adding a a cup of leftover cilantro lime rice into a quart size freezer bag.