Chipotle’s Cilantro Lime Rice in the Pressure Cooker

Chipotle's Cilantro Lime Rice in the Pressure Cooker

This is my pressure cooker version of Skinny Taste’s popular copycat recipe for Chipolte’s Cilantro Lime Rice. The lime and cilantro give this rice a bright, fresh flavor, perfect as a side dish with your favorite Mexican meal, or as the base of a burrito bowl the way they serve it at Chipolte’s.


The cook time is reduced from 15 minutes to three minutes, but that isn’t the main reason to cook it in the pressure cooker. The pressure cooker makes perfect rice every time. In fact, I got rid of my rice cooker because it was always burning the bottom of the rice. In the electric pressure cooker, you just set the time, walk away and come back to perfectly cooked rice.

Chipotle’s Cilantro Lime Rice in the Pressure Cooker

Chipotle’s Cilantro Lime Rice in the Pressure Cooker


  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 3 tablespoon fresh chopped cilantro


  1. Add the rice, water, 1 tablespoon oil and salt to the pressure cooker pot. Stir. Lock lid in place. Select high pressure and 3 minutes cook time. When timer beeps, turn pressure cooker off and use a natural pressure release for 7 minutes. After 7 minutes do a quick pressure release.
  2. Fluff rice with a fork.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine chopped cilantro, lime juice, and 1 tablespoon oil. Add rice and toss until thoroughly mixed.

More pressure cooker rice recipes you might like:

Saffron Almond Rice Pilaf
Lemon Rice
Quick and Easy Spanish Rice

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  1. Darlene H says

    I am still having a problem with the bottom layer of rice pretty much burning to the pan(not burnt, but a solid stuck layer) and am wondering what I am doing wrong or is that normal to have a layer of grains stuck to the bottom?

    • Barbara Schieving says

      Hi Darlene – no, it’s not normal to have a layer of rice stuck to the bottom of the Instant Pot. Are you using long grain white rice? Having you tried adding additional water or a longer natural release time?

    • Barbara Schieving says

      Thanks Jeannette! My daughter makes this about every week to go with whatever Mexican dish she’s serving.

  2. Michaela says

    i saw this recipe and I purchased an electric Cuisinart pressure cooker (next day air) to make it. Although I grew up with my mother using a first gen cooker, I was so nervous that I was actually sweating. I even left the room while it cooked! The manual says to cook one cup of rice with six and a half cups of water! I rinse my rice very well and drain it before cooking, so I used only one cup of water. I didn’t use oil or salt (I put them in after cooking).

    It was a smash hit with my husband who manages four Mexican restaurants. The only criticism was that the grains were a smidge hard. I loved it, it was perfect, but if I wanted to soften the grains a bit, would I increase cooking time to four minutes or extend the release time? Thank you for a beautiful recipe!

    • Michaela says

      I made a mistake, six and a half cups of water was for two cups of brown rice, and one and a half cups of water for one cup of white rice (according to the Cuisinart manual).

    • Barbara Schieving says

      Hi Michaela – so glad you and your husband who manages four Mexican restaurants loved the rice! Yes, I thinking extending the release time may give you just that little bit softer rice you’re looking for. You may need to add just a little additional water too. Oil is often added to rice when pressure cooker not necessarily to add flavor, but to help prevent foaming. I haven’t had much problem with foaming with this recipe, but if you were to double or triple it, there may be a problem. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment :)

  3. says

    So glad I found your blog! I’ve been using my pressure cooker just a little bit now, and I have question. The instruction book that came with it says to not cook grains unless they’re in a bowl with aluminum foil covering them, because they tend to froth, but I don’t have a good bowl for doing that in and I see you don’t do that in this recipe. Is it really necessary?

    • Barbara Schieving says

      Hi Katy – glad you found me too. I haven’t had a problem with foaming in my pressure cooker when cooking rice. Just be sure and rinse your rice well, don’t over fill the pressure cooker, and you can add a bit of oil to help prevent foaming. Also, using a natural pressure release for a while before opening the pressure cooker is important when cooking things that tend to foam. Have fun!

    • Barbara Schieving says

      I would double the recipe if making it in a 10 qt stove top pressure cooker, but as long as you don’t get a lot of evaporation when you normally use it, I think rice would work out fine.

  4. Kristina says

    I’ve tried to duplicate the Chipotle rice a number of times with minimal success. This one was a big hit with my teenagers. One even asked me to make it again the next day. Thanks for posting this recipe.

  5. LeAnn says

    I was wondering about brown rice also but did not see the ‘link’ in your reply.

    Have tried almost all your recipes and they have been a big hit! Thanks so much

  6. says

    What changes would you make to the cooking time and water quantities if you used brown rice.
    I have not cooked rice in my stove top pressure cooker. Thank you for sharing your recipes.

  7. Carol says

    I’ve gotta get an electric pressure cooker so I can try rice-my stove top one is SO tempermental. I’d be leery cooking rice in it-afraid it would turn into mush. I’m still working on getting my timing down for this foolish thing down……one of these days I’ll get it right!

    In the meantime-that rice looks DELICIOUS Barbara. :)

  8. says

    How wonderful is this recipe! This would go perfectly with my Cafe Rio Chicken recipe! Thank you! BTW, I tried your lovely beef stew recipe two nights ago, and it was a hit! The addition of the corn starch and water thickener was brilliant since my husband much prefers a stew-ish consistency to a soup-y consistency, and that was just the ticket! I’m loving my new electric pressure cooker from Costco–thanks to your recommendation, Barbara!

    • Barbara Schieving says

      I’m so excited you got one. You’ll have so much fun. Glad you enjoyed that stew. This would go perfectly with Cafe Rio. Enjoy!