Low Sodium Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe

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This Low Sodium Cilantro Lime Rice recipe is bright, fresh, herby, and ready for your next taco night or burrito bowl!  This salt free side dish can be cooked on the stove top, and is ready in about 30 minutes.

It’s a great side dish, naturally low in sodium. Serve with low sodium tacos, shredded chicken fajitas, low sodium refried beans, or a burrito bowl, and enjoy.

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Cilantro lime rice has always been a favorite of mine, and I wanted to make a simple and tasty recreation without using added salt. I love adding cilantro lime rice to my burrito bowls, or serving it up with some salt-free refried beans for Taco Tuesday.

What I love about this recipe is that everything comes together in one pot – no fancy equipment needed. In just about 30 minutes, you can have a super flavorful and simple side dish for your next dinner!

This Low Sodium Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe Is

  • Bright
  • Herby
  • Fresh
  • Zesty
  • Loaded with Flavor
  • Simple
  • Made Without Salt
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What’s In This Cilantro Lime Rice without Salt?

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  • Fresh Cilantro – one bunch is more than enough for this tasty recipe. If you don’t love cilantro, but still want an fresh and herby flavor, I recommend using parsley instead.
  • Fresh Limes – highly recommend using fresh lime juice, and not bottled lime. It makes a huge difference in the flavor of this rice. I find that bottled lime juice can sometimes taste bitter, so juicy fresh limes are what I always use when making this dish.
  • Jasmine Rice – I like to use this fantastic jasmine rice, which has a little extra flavor than normal white rice. The long grains are perfect for this side dish.
  • Unsalted Butter – for a little flavor and fat, with no added salt.
  • Red Chili Pepper Flakes: for a little heat! I like to add a few shakes to this recipe to give this dish a nice complex depth of flavor.
  • Garlic Powder – for a little extra savory flavor.

30 Minute Salt Free Sides

This salt free cilantro tice recipe is what I call an Easy Entertaining Dish- which is on your table in about 30 minutes.  These quick and simple recipes are perfect for last-minute dinners, or when you just want a tasty home cooked meal but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen. 

I have a whole area of recipes dedicated to 30 Minute Recipes, that are great for the whole family. From soups and stews, to pastas and proteins – a healthy meal can be on your table in no time.

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How To Make Salt Free Cilantro Lime Rice

  1. Rinse the rice under cold water, until the water runs clear. Drain well, and set aside.
  2. In a medium pot, heat the unsalted butter over low heat. Add the onions and garlic, and saute for 3 minutes. Add the drained rice, and saute for 4 more minutes.
  3. Add the water to the rice, and stir well. Cover the rice, and continue to cook on low heat for 20 minutes.
  4. Remove pot from heat, and allow it to sit (still covered) for 10 more minutes so the remainder of the water is absorbed.
  5. Once the rice has finished cooking, remove the lid, and fluff with a fork. Add the fresh lime juice and the chopped cilantro, and red pepper flakes if using, and stir well to combine.
  6. Serve hot with no-salt-added beans, in a burrito or burrito bowl, or with tacos. Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

Low Sodium Side Dishes for a Better Meal

This low sodium rice recipe is a fantastic side dish to make without the salt. We’re all about making recipes low sodium every chance we get. Low sodium cooking does NOT have to be bland, boring, or flavorless… It’s quite the opposite when done right. By building meals around fresh ingredients and bright flavorful spices you can make healthier meals for you and your family.

Browse all our low sodium side dish recipes that are on LowSoRecipes. These easy and flavorful recipes are fantastic sides for everyone at your dinner table.

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low sodium cilantro lime rice recipe with fresh lime juice and no salt added

Low Sodium Cilantro Lime Rice

This Low Sodium Cilantro Lime Rice recipe is bright, fresh, herby, and ready for your next taco night or burrito bowl!  This salt free side dish can be cooked on the stove top, and is ready in about 30 minutes.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 8 servings
Calories 164 kcal

Equipment

  • Medium Pot

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cups white rice I used jasmine long-grain rice
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 1/4 cups water or sodium free vegetable stock
  • 3 limes juiced, about 5-6 tablespoons
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional for heat

Instructions
 

  • Rinse the rice under cold water, until the water runs clear. Drain well, and set aside.
  • In a medium pot, heat the unsalted butter over low heat. Add the onions and garlic, and saute for 3 minutes. Add the drained rice, and saute for 4 more minutes.
  • Add the water to the rice, and stir well. Cover the rice, and continue to cook on low heat for 20 minutes.
  • Remove pot from heat, and allow it to sit (still covered) for 10 more minutes so the remainder of the water is absorbed.
  • Once the rice has finished cooking, remove the lid, and fluff with a fork. Add the fresh lime juice and the chopped cilantro, and red pepper flakes if using, and stir well to combine.
  • Serve hot with no-salt-added beans, in a burrito or burrito bowl, or with tacos. Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 164kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 3gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 5mgPotassium: 91mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 254IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 23mgIron: 1mg

*Please note, all nutrition content is estimated based on the ingredients we used, it may vary based on your ingredients. Always check your nutrition labels to verify sodium amounts.

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