A cilantro lime brown rice recipe made with coconut milk for added flavor!  This easy Mexican rice can be made in a rice cooker or on the stove top.

A bowl with gluten-free cilantro lime brown rice with coconut for an easy dinner.

Over the last year I have become obsessed with brown rice.  It is my main go-to ingredient to have on hand in the Brazil house.  If I am ever in need of a quick meal, I simply dump a bunch of rice, butter and chicken broth in a rice cooker and let it do it’s magic.

I can either turn brown rice into Chicken Fried Rice, serve it alongside my Skillet Chicken Fajitas, or put it in Cohl’s concocted Saturday breakfast tacos for an extra fiber kick.  Needless to say, I rarely have any leftover brown rice when the end of the week comes around.

Needless to say, I rarely have any leftover brown rice when the end of the week comes around.

One bowl of coconut rice made in the rice cooker with lime.

Since brown rice has been such a regular occurrence in our house, I realized we were both getting a tad bit bored.  Remembering how tasty Chipotle’s Cilantro Lime Rice is, I decided to create something similar… this Coconut Cilantro Lime Brown Rice!!

Instead of using all chicken broth (vegetable broth can be used for the vegetarians/vegans) 1 c. of coconut milk took the place of 1 c. of broth.

Coconut Cilantro Lime Brown Rice with cilantro as a garnish for an easy side dish.

WOW!!  The rice was came out so creamy and flavorful even before I added the cilantro and lime.

*Note:  If you’re scared to use brown rice because you think it will be too blahh… trust me, the added butter and coconut milk give this coconut cilantro lime brown rice a wonderful texture!!  People can rarely tell they are not eating a slightly darker-colored white rice!*

A bowl with a healthy brown rice recipe with coconut and cilantro.

This coconut cilantro lime brown rice pairs perfectly with more mildly flavored fish or chicken and can be served alongside some yummy steak fajitas.

When this cilantro lime brown rice was made last week I served it with some yummy Skillet Fajitas and we made our own Chipotle bowls at home!  (Talk about a $$ saver.)  Rice Cooker

If you don’t have a rice cooker and are interested in getting one (they’re absolutely ah-maaaazing), you can check out this one here or click on the picture above.

Most of them are under $30 and come with a steamer attachment, too.  Hope you enjoy!

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Coconut Cilantro Lime Brown Rice – Made in a Rice Cooker

A cilantro lime brown rice recipe made with coconut milk for added flavor!  This easy Mexican rice can be made in a rice cooker or on the stove top.
Yield 8 servings
Prep 5 minutes
Cook 25 minutes
Total 30 minutes
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  • 1 ½ c. brown rice
  • 2 c. chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 c. coconut milk
  • 2 T. butter or olive oil
  • ½ t. salt
  • 2 T. lime juice
  • 2 T. cilantro
  • ¼ t. salt


  • Place brown rice, broth, coconut milk, butter or oil and ½ t. salt in a rice cooker and cook until tender.
  • (You can also cook your rice the traditional stovetop method by: 1) bringing your broth and milk to a boil, 2) adding the rice, butter and salt, 3) let it return to a simmer, 4)cover, and cook for 16-20 minutes.)
  • Once rice is done cooking add in lime juice, cilantro and salt. Enjoy!
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Calories: 224kcal, Carbohydrates: 35g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Sodium: 278mg, Potassium: 183mg, Fiber: 1g, Vitamin A: 145IU, Vitamin C: 0.3mg, Calcium: 20mg, Iron: 1.8mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 5 stars
    I want to make this but I don’t have brown rice, I have red rice. Since they have almost the same cooking time, I guess red rice should work too?

    1. Hi Dita! Red rice should work, but I have personally not tried the recipe with red recipe. I know that white rice works, though!

  2. Hi, super excited to make this tomorrow! Is this with canned coconut milk (full fat) or the boxed kind in the refrigerator section?


      1. I figured it out using your recipe. I combined all the ingredients except the cilantro, lime juice, and ¼ teaspoon of salt. I put it in a covered dish in the microwave and cooked it on high for 10 minutes, stirred it, microwaved it on 50% power for 17 minutes, then let it sit for five minutes. After that, I added the rest of the ingredients. It turned out well.

    1. Yes, Linda, you should be able to. This recipe has not been tested in a slow cooker so I cannot be positive of the results but here is how I would do it: Coat pot with butter or non-stick cooking spray (so rice doesn’t stick to pot), if using white rice–cook on high for approximately 2 hours, and if using brown rice cook on high for closer to 3 hours. I would love to hear how it turns out!