Cilantro Lime Brown Rice in a black bowl.

Cilantro-Lime Brown Rice

This on-trend rice recipe is the perfect base for bowls, burritos or as a flavorful side dish. This U.S.-grown brown long grain rice is fluffy, aromatic and ready to compliment both Mexican and Asian inspired meals.

This tasty K-12 school recipe was created for us by our friend Chef Sam Cowens-Gasbarro. Click on the PDF below to download the full recipe with crediting from the USDA Food Buying Guide recipe analysis workbook (RAW).

  • Servings
  • Serving Size
    1 cup


  • 6 ¼ pounds brown long grain rice, dry
  • 5 ½ quarts water
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3 cups lime juice
  • 4 tablespoons cilantro, dried


  • Combine rice, water, oil, salt, lime juice, and cilantro into a 2-inch steamtable pan. Stir to combine. Cover tightly. For 50 servings use 2 pans. 

    Oven Method: Cook in a 350 °F oven for 45 to 55 minutes.

    Steamer Method: Cook in a steamer for 30 to 40 minutes.

    CCP: Heat to 135 °F for at least 15 seconds.
  • Remove from oven or steam and let sit for 10 to 15 minutes. 
  • Remove cover; fluff rice before serving.
    CCP: Hold warm, above 135 °F for service.

Recipe Notes

This recipe makes 50-1 cup portions of cilantro lime brown rice or 100-½ cup portions of rice.

½ cup (No. 8 scoop) provides 1 oz. eq. grain.

This recipe yields 12 ½ quarts of rice.

ONE CUP PORTION PROVIDES: 2 oz. eq. whole grains

Source: Samantha Cowens-Gasbarro, Healthy School Recipes

Nutrition Facts

  • Serving 1 cup
  • Calories 260
  • Total Fat 4g
  • Saturated Fat .5g
  • Cholesterol 0mg
  • Sodium 160mg
  • Carbohydrates 50g
  • Dietary Fiber 3g
  • Protein 5g