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Cilantro Rice

Cilantro Rice

Rice is not something I make very often. It’s just not one of my favorite things. I’m more of a pasta person I guess. Although…have you ever tried Basmati rice? Well, I am becoming a huge fan of this rice. I don’t know what makes it so good, but whenever I cook it, it comes out so light and fluffy, just the way I want my rice to be.Cilantro Rice

I prepared this Cilantro Rice the other day to serve alongside our Cedar Plank Grilled Salmon with Tropical Salsa. It was a perfect side dish. The cilantro and green onions really brightened up the rice and added just enough flavor to keep it from being boring. I also included a “secret ingredient”…I crushed up 3 cloves of garlic and threw them in with the dry rice and water during the cooking process. Nothing wrong with a little garlic right?

Cilantro Rice

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Cilantro Rice


  • 1 cup Basmati rice, uncooked
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed with the side of your knife
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • large handful of fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 2-3 green onions, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Combine rice and water in a large microwavable covered dish (I use my Corning Ware). Add a small drizzle of olive oil and crushed garlic to rice. Place in microwave and cook for 18 minutes. Do not take off lid during cooking process. Once it is cooked, fluff rice with a fork and taste for doneness. (If at this time it's not cooked well enough - it should be - just add a small amount of water and cook for a few more minutes) Toss in chopped cilantro, green onions, salt and pepper.


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28 Responses to “Cilantro Rice”

  1. Erica posted July 16, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    I agree- pasta is better than rice! But its nice to mix it up. I like the idea of adding garlic in with the cooking rice…garlic is good in almost all dinners hehe. Just gotta make sure the husband eats it too ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Sweet Art Studios posted July 16, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    I really like the cilantro you used here ๐Ÿ™‚ My garden cilantro is growing at an uncontrolled rate, so this would be a great way to use it up ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharinG!

  3. Lisa posted July 16, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    This is perfect with the salmon. You are right…basmati is so much better!

  4. Maria posted July 16, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    We make a cilantro lime rice that we love! Great side dish.

  5. Sharon posted July 16, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    I grew up eating rice at almost every meal so I'm a rice lover! Not so say that I dont also love bread and every other carb ๐Ÿ™‚ I love cilantro with rice! Looks delicious.

  6. Mary posted July 16, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    This looks so good. I make one that is very similar but I use Jasmine rice which has a flavor all its own. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  7. sara posted July 16, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Well, I am a total rice fanatic. I make it all the time. There are so many different kinds of rice that are so flavorful and texturally different – long grain basmati is my favorite.

    Though, I am not a fan of ruining delicious rice with evil cilantro ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Megan posted July 16, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    This looks so refreshing! I often make rice in my rice cooker and love the sticky texture of it. But otherwise, I'm more of a pasta fan too. I choose it over rice pilaf, risotto, or other random rice dishes any day.

  9. Megan posted July 16, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    Ooh… forgot to mention, I have a small container of baby basmati, which is really good!

  10. Mama in Suburbia posted July 16, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Love rice so I'm definitely going to try this.

  11. Helene posted July 16, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    We have rice every week. It's so good and convenient. What a great idea to add cilantro. I love it.

  12. Bob posted July 16, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    I have to admit that I love all my white starches, rice, pasta, bread, pretty much equally. Although I do particularly enough basmati. I also love cilantro, I'm definitely going to have to try this!

  13. Chef Jeena posted July 16, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Great refreshing dish Aggie. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. fittingbackin posted July 16, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    YUM! I've never tried basmati rice before but MUST so I can use this recipe – thanks!

  15. teresa posted July 17, 2009 at 2:05 am

    Oh yummy! I love anything with cilantro in it, I want to gobble this up!

  16. Meghan posted July 17, 2009 at 3:30 am

    Mmmm I love Basmati! And garlic makes everything better ๐Ÿ™‚ I can't use my cilantro fast enough so this is a great recipe to have.

  17. โ™ฅpeachkinsโ™ฅ posted July 17, 2009 at 4:18 am

    Wow! The rice itself looked good without the salmon.

  18. Laura posted July 17, 2009 at 11:28 am

    I love cilantro rice. I always add a bit of fresh lime juice to it to give it a nice zing.

    I also adore basmati too! Seems like it's a more forgiving rice, for those who don't make it on a regular basis.

  19. Meganerd posted July 17, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    Mmmm. Cilantro Rice? I bet that tastes better than Chipotle's version !

  20. Bridgett posted July 17, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    What a great idea to jazz up the usual side of rice, I love it! Gorgeous photo too.

  21. Leslie posted July 17, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    What a yummy way to give boring rice a great flavor

  22. HoneyB posted July 18, 2009 at 10:31 am

    This looks delicious! We eat pasta here more often than rice also!

  23. Danica's Daily posted July 18, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    Thanks for stopping by my blog – your blog is pretty fantastic too!

    LOVE basamati rice and your cilantro version with the cedar plank salmon looks awesome!

  24. Karine posted July 19, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    This rice seems to be packed with flavors!

  25. fittingbackin posted July 27, 2009 at 2:28 am

    I made this tonight for dinner – SO good! I don't think I used enough green onion/cilantro -but there will be a next time for sure! ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Nicole Chow - posted August 11, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    I love rice and cilantro so this is perfect for me. Your recipes and photos are incredible. Love your blog!

  27. Chari posted November 21, 2010 at 9:29 am

    My great-aunt has her own recipe where the rice comes out light green – completely takes all the cilantro in – I get the feeling you’ll love that! And certainly, nothing ever wrong with a little garlic! ๐Ÿ™‚


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