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Spicy Cilantro-Lime Rice

Spicy, savoury, smoky, zesty, and made with wholesome brown rice, this dish packs plenty of flavour as well as nutritional punch. The perfect accompaniment for Mexican meals, or as part of a plant-based feast!

Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Yield: Serves 4-6 (as part of a meal)


This is another one of those super versatile grain dishes that's very quick to prepare once your rice is cooked. You can use it as an accompaniment to refried beans and salad, as a burrito filling, or as part of a large spread at dinner parties and picnics. 

If you're cooking this for kids, you can leave out the cayenne pepper and hot sauce. The remaining spices are aromatic,not hot, so you can introduce new flavours without offending their young taste buds!

It is best to leave the fresh cilantro out if you are planning on storing leftovers, as the consistency can become unpleasant after a couple of days. Just add it fresh each time you're serving it instead.


  • 1/2 cup low sodium (or no salt-added) vegetable broth
  • 1 large red onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander seed
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika or chipotle powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne papper
  • 4 cups cooked brown rice (see cooking instructions on this page)
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 2-3 tsp. hot sauce of choice
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro (coriander)


  1. Combine vegetable stock, onion and garlic in a large pot, and sautee on a medium-high heat for 5 minutes. Add the cumin, ground coriander seed, smoked paprika and cayenne pepper, and sautee for a further 3-4 minutes until fragrant.
  2. Reduce heat to low. Add the brown rice and hot sauce, and stir to combine. Heat until the rice is warmed through. Stir through fresh lime juice and fresh cilantro (coriander) at the last minute. Serve immediately, or transfer to containers and refrigerate until needed.

The prepared dish will keep, refrigerated, for up to 3 days.