Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice in a large white bowl with fresh cilantro and zested limes

Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe

This easy rice recipe is fresh flavored with cilantro and lime zest added at the end of the recipe. For a tangier flavor, lime juice may also be added as well as a drizzle of vegetable oil for a richness of flavor. Perfect side dish or added to Mexican-themed dishes like tacos, burritos and more.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword cilantro lime rice, instant pot rice recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 5 1-cup servings
Calories 270 kcal
Author Toni Dash


  • 2 cups Long Grain White Rice rinsed until water runs clear
  • 2 cups Water
  • Zest of 1 Lime
  • 1/3 cup fresh chopped Cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeeze Lime Juice optional
  • 1-2 teaspoons Vegetable Oil optional


  1. Place the rinsed rice in the Instant Pot insert. Pour in the water. 

  2. Seal the lid, move the pressure vent to SEALING, set the Instant Pot to MANUAL, HIGH PRESSURE and using the ‘+/-‘ buttons set 3 minutes cooking time.

  3. When the cooking time is complete, allow a SLOW REALEASE for 10 minutes. 

  4. After 10 minutes release the remaining pressure. Fluff the rice with the plastic rice paddle that came with the Instant Pot (or a spatula). 

  5. Stir in the lime zest and chopped cilantro. Taste; add lime juice and/or oil as desired. Serve immediately.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

NOTE: The time for the Instnat Pot to come to temperature is not included in the cooking time.

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 0g0%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 9mg0%
Potassium 85mg2%
Carbohydrates 59g20%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 0g0%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 70IU1%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 24mg2%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.