The perfect recipe for Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Basmati Rice any time you want that sticky perfectly lime rice made fast!
Rice in the Instant Pot is, in my opinion, one of the most amazing things the Instant Pot cooks. Have you tried it yet?
If you haven't, you will be blown away at how much time and energy you have been wasting cooking your rice with any method other than the Instant Pot.
And you are so smart for wanting to combine cilantro lime rice with rice made in the Instant Pot. Because it is basically one of the best rice dishes ever.
What is with that chewy, slightly sticky white rice flavored with lime and cilantro that gets us giddy and excited?
I don't know what makes it so addicting. I just know that I am really freaking excited I can a) make it at home and B) make it in my Instant Pot.
Making rice in the Instant Pot
I make rice in the Instant Pot at least 3 times a week because it is one of the few grains we let our 15 month old have. Needless to say the Instant Pot now has a permanent spot on my counter. It's a fung shui beaut.
Making it so often has given me plenty of time to test out the ratios that work best. When making a long grain white rice like basmati rice, I like to use a ratio of 1 cup of rice to 1 ½ cups of water.
I have found that the cook time that works best is a 3 minute cook time with a 10 minute natural release.
This ratio, cook time, and recipe works for a 6 quart Instant Pot and I have not personally tested it for an 8 qt Instant Pot.
Ingredients for Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Basmati Rice
To make this delicous one pot rice you will need:
- basmati rice
- fresh lime juice
- fresh lemon juice
- fresh cilantro
- avocado oil
Rice: There are a few things to keep in mind when thinking about subbing the basmati rice for another type. If you want at true Chipotle like experience you want a rice that gets sticky. So know if you change your rice you may change your texture experience.
All rice does not cook equally in the instant pot. Different types of rice have different cook times and liquid to rice ratios.
With all of the above points in mind, you can safely sub in jasmine rice for the basmati.
Do not use instant rice of any kind in this recipe. You will likely end up with mush.
Oil: Avocado oil is a really mild oil and goes well with the flavors of the rice. If you need to substitute I would recommend "light tasting olive oil". Not extra virgin olive oil as that has a very strong flavor.
Do you really need lemon and lime?
Yep you do. If you want that authentic flavor of your favorite burrito restaurant you need both.
The oil gives the rice a really awesome texture and flavor. Once you try it you will realize that Chipotle most definitely makes their rice that way.
Why is this recipe for such a gigantic serving?
This recipe is for 3 cups of dry basmati rice. It makes a ton of rice! And I did this because you will thank me later. If you have a family of 4 this rice goes quick.
It is also awesome to have for meals the rest of the week.
What size Instant Pot is this recipe for?
This recipe is for a 6 quart Instant Pot.
Why are we using the manual button?
Because I said so. It just works, so don't question just do.
I kid, I kid. The rice button actually functions differently than the manual button. The pressure adjusts based on the food and liquid when you use the rice button which results in a slower cook time. Using your manual or "pressure cook" button is the way to get this rice cooked fast because it is an all purpose button.
My Instant Pot doesn't have a "manual" button?
** Newer Instant Pots do not have a "manual" button. It has been relabeled as "Pressure Cook".
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Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Basmati Rice
- Total Time: 16
- Yield: 10 servings about 1 cup each 1x
- Diet: Gluten Free
Perfectly sticky cilantro lime rice made quickly in the Instant Pot. Tastes just like your favorite burrito restaurant!
- 3 cups dry basmati rice
- 4.5 cups of water
- juice from 2 small limes
- juice from ½ medium lemon
- ¼ cup avocado oil
- 1 cup packed cilantro tops and tender stem, chopped fine
- pinch of salt
- Place your basmati rice in a fine mesh sieve and briefly rinse under cool water
- Place rice in the bottom of your Instant Pot and pour the water over top.
- Close the lid and press your "manual" button and set time for 3 minutes.
- When 3 minutes is up turn off the pressure cooker and let the pressure cooker release naturally for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes release the pressure valve and let out any remaining steam.
- Gently fluff your rice with a fork.
- Add the lemon and lime juice, the avocado oil, and the finely chopped cilantro and pinch of salt to the cooked, fluffed rice.
- Gently combine the ingredients using a large spoon. Try not to "mush" the rice when you stick the spoon in to stir. I like to make sure the spoon goes into the rice from the side of the pot and starts from the bottom of the pot and stir by bringing the spoon up towards the top. Using a harsh circular stirring motion with a spoon could mush your nicely fluffed rice.
- Serve warm with your favorite meals!
- To store place in a sealed glass container and place in fridge for 3-5 days.
- a natural release means you do not open the pressure valve to quickly let out all of pressure.
- do not use lemon and lime juice from the plastic fake limes and lemons. Use fresh fruit you squeeze yourself.
- newer model Instant Pots do not have a manual button it has been replaced with a pressure cook button.
- I personally do not rinse my rice. I am too lazy for that. But it is recommended.
- Prep Time: 3
- Cook Time: 3
- Category: Side Dish
- Method: Instant Pot
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 239
Keywords: instant pot basmati rice, instant pot cilantro lime rice, cilantro lime rice
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