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Cilantro Lime Black Bean Rice

Cilantro Lime Black Bean Rice is light, delicious, and so versatile. Whether it's on your favorite burrito, as a side dish, or a late night snack straight from the fridge, you won't be able to resist this awesome dish that might even be better the next day
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Keyword: Black Bean Rice, Cilantro Lime Rice, Seasoned Rice
Servings: 6
Calories: 130kcal
Author: Karyl


  • 1 cup Basmati rice
  • 1/2 Tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1/4 cup onions, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth (no salt added)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup packed cilantro, finely minced
  • 1 lime, juice and zest
  • 1 can (15oz) black beans, rinsed and drained


  • Add rice to a mesh strainer. Rinse and drain well
  • In a large saucepan, heat avocado oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook for 3 minutes, until slightly softened. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. 
  • Transfer rice to saucepan, stir well to combine for about 1 minute. Add broth and salt, bring to a boil, and reduce to a low simmer. Cover with lid and cook for 15 minutes. 
  • Remove saucepan from heat, and fluff rice with a fork. Re-cover, and let rest for 5 minutes
  • Add black beans, lime juice, lime zest, and cilantro to rice. Toss well with a fork. 


Basmati Rice is my favorite for this recipe. Jasmine rice is another good option
Don't stir rice! Stirring activates the starches, which creates a stickier texture. Instead, just fluff with a fork
Vegetable broth (or chicken broth) add much more flavor than water. If you use store-bought broth, look for no salt added
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week