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Cilantro Lime Rice and Black Beans

This Cilantro Lime Rice and Black Beans is zesty and fresh. You’re going to love this healthy and flavorful spin on basic rice and beans.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cilantro lime rice recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 452kcal
Author: Tania Sheff


  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 ½ cup long-grain rice (such as Basmati)
  • 1 ½ cup water
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. lime zest
  • 14 oz. (1 can) black beans, cooked and rinsed
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 tbsp. lime juice


  • Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium high heat. Add the rice and stir until it is coated with the olive oil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the rice has started to brown.
  • Add the water, salt, and lime zest and bring to a boil. Then, cover the pot with a tight lid and lower the heat to maintain a very low simmer.
  • Open the lid and add the black beans, cilantro, and lime juice. Stir everything together and cover it with a lid again. Then, remove it from the heat. Let it rest for 10 minutes before serving.





  • Cook the rice at a low simmer. When you add the liquids to the rice and allow it to simmer, it’s important to keep the temperature low. The tight lid will keep inside the steam and heat created within the pot so the rice cooks perfectly. Make sure everything is simmering gently at this stage.
  • If you’re using dry beans, make sure they are cooked first. If you’ve decided to go with dry beans, they will need to be cooked ahead of time. To get the right texture for this dish, you will need soft black beans that are firm and not mushy.
  • Use fresh lime juice. Using a fresh lime for your Cilantro Lime Rice is really important. Not only will you need it for the zest, but fresh lime juice has so much more flavor than the concentrate sold at most grocery stores.


Calories: 452kcal | Carbohydrates: 80g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 484mg | Potassium: 453mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 270IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 3mg