Instant Pot® Cilantro-Lime Rice

Once you master how to make cilantro-lime rice in an Instant Pot®, it will be the quickest part of bringing your meal together. Cooking light, fluffy rice in the Instant Pot® couldn’t be easier, and adding the fresh notes of lime and cilantro is an easy way to make it even tastier. Start by combining rice, water and salt, and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes, then let the pressure naturally release for 10 minutes. All that's left is to stir in butter, chopped cilantro, lime juice and chopped green onions. Instant Pot® rice is the perfect start to a burrito, as a side to enchiladas or simply as a delicious anytime snack.
Prep 15 Minutes
Total Time 40 Minutes
Servings 6

Ingredient List

  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked regular long-grain white rice
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped green onions
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon butter
Recipe Continues Below


  1. In large bowl, place rice. Cover with cold water; stir and drain, using fine mesh strainer. Repeat two times.
  2. Into 6-quart Instant Pot® insert, place drained rice. Add 1 1/2 cups water and the salt to Instant Pot® insert; stir to combine.
  3. Secure lid; set pressure valve to SEALING. Select MANUAL; cook on high pressure 5 minutes. Select CANCEL; let pressure naturally release for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, set pressure valve to VENTING to quick-release pressure. Remove lid; fluff rice with fork.
  4. Add cilantro, green onions, lime juice and butter. Stir gently to combine.

Expert Tips

  • Try adding a spoonful or two of this Instant Pot™ rice to your favorite burrito filling.
  • Before making cilantro-lime rice in the Instant Pot®, rinse your rice before adding it. This removes any excess starches from the outside of the rice, ensuring a light and fluffy texture when cooked.
  • Instant Pot® Cilantro-Lime Rice is a great shortcut to delicious rice, but if you love the classic stovetop method, try our Enchilada Rice. Old El Paso™ Old El Paso™ Mild Enchilada Sauce and Old El Paso™ Chopped Green Chiles bring this rice recipe to life with bold flavor.
  • Love Instant Pot® lime rice? Try Old El Paso™ Spanish Rice for an all-in-one Spanish-style rice that includes the perfect blend of rice and spices. This item is a favorite side for beef, chicken, pork or fish.


  • 2/3 Cup Calories 200 (Calories from Fat 20);  Total Fat 2 1/2g (Saturated Fat 1 1/2g ,Trans Fat 0g);  Cholesterol 5mg;  Sodium 220mg;  Potassium 65mg;  Total Carbohydrate 41g (Dietary Fiber 0g ,Sugars 0g);  Protein 4g
  • % Daily Value: Vitamin A 2%;  Vitamin C 0%;  Calcium 0%;  Iron 10%
  • Exchanges: 1 1/2 Starch;  1 Other Carbohydrate;  1/2 Fat
  • Carbohydrate Choice: 3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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