Chilly fall evenings mean cozy weeknight meals. Make this Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice during your weekly meal prep and the possibilities are endless!
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This Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rices uses only 5 ingredients making it an easy, tasty side dish or base for all your rice bowl creations! Rice bowls are a great way to have weeknight meals ready in a flash.
The cilantro lime combo in this rice makes a great base for Mexican inspired rice bowls like these Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowls but also works well with many other combos as well.
This rice is inspired by Chipotle’s cilantro lime rice which is loved by so many people. With only a few ingredients it’s easy to make at home and by making the rice in an Instant Pot you get perfect, fluffy brown rice every time.
Why Use an Instant Pot?
I’m still pretty new to the Instant pot but I’ve been using mine a lot lately and I’m really loving it. I love it so much I even bought my dad one for his birthday! I’ve learned that an Instant Pot is not always quicker than cooking something on the stovetop but it does mean you don’t have to watch over cooking grains or other dishes while they cook. You just set the Instant Pot and let it do its thing. Genius!!
I’m working on converting a number of my recipes to include an Instant Pot version so stay tuned!
Instant Pot and High Altitude
Since moving to Colorado I’m learning all about high altitude baking but did you know that high altitude can also affect Instant Pot cooking times? It depends on the recipe but you’ll often need to increase the cooking time by about 5% for every 1,000 feet above 2,500 feet in elevation.
If you live at an elevation over 2,500 feet and have tried an Instant Pot recipe that didn’t quite turn out right this might be why. Next time add a little bit of cooking time and see if that does the trick.
If you don’t already have an Instant Pot, I’d highly recommend getting one. It’s a great way to make weeknight cooking a little easier.
And this easy method yields fully, tender brown rice that comes out perfect every time!
things you may want for this recipe
Instant Pot Mini Duo Plus – The three quart Instant Pot is the perfect option for those that are cooking for two or making small batch recipes.
Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice
- 1 cup long grain brown rice
- 1 ¼ cups water
- zest and juice from one small lime
- 1 teaspoon sweet rice wine, mirin
- ¼ cup cilantro leaves, chopped
- Add the rice and the water to your Instant Pot. Lock the lid and set the steam valve to its “sealing” position. Select the "PRESSURE COOK" or “MANUAL” button and cook for 20 minutes on high pressure. Allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes and then release any remaining pressure.
- Fluff the rice with a fork and stir in the zest, juice, mirin and cilantro. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to use.