Undoubtedly, the rice at Chipotle is delicious with whatever other food item you choose to add from their menu. It is so good that I always ask them if I can please have extra rice. The variety of facial and verbal responses that I have received from their server staff doesn’t deter me from asking for more rice each time I go to Chipotle. The long lines don’t deter me. The recent price increase doesn’t deter me, either. I really like the white and brown options they offer. I just had to find out if I could have this rice at the drop of a dime, at any moment. I can and you can, too. This extremely easy recipe makes you feel like a professional chef (or at least a chef who can work at Chipotle)!
- Jasmine rice (3 cups)
- Oil (2 tbsp)
- Salt (1 tsp)
- Fresh cilantro (1/4 cup)
- Lime or lemon (1/2)
I will preface the steps for making this rice by saying that I always use a rice cooker to cook white or brown rice. I never successfully learned how to make rice in a pot on the stovetop nor do I have plans to master that skill. Rice cookers are an absolute required appliance (and nice convenience) in my life.
Add the uncooked rice, 1 tbsp oil, and salt to the rice cooker pot and press cook. Finely chop the fresh cilantro. I never chopped cilantro before, so I admit that I just chopped everything (including the stem) and it is fine and aesthetically acceptable in this rice. Then squeeze 1/2 of a lime (through a strainer or sieve to avoid seeds in your rice!). Add this lime juice to your cilantro with a pinch of salt and 1 tbsp oil. Stir the cilantro, salt, oil, and lime juice. Add this cilantro mix to your cooked rice. Fluff rice with a fork and enjoy.
*You can tweak the cilantro mix and add more or less of any ingredient, if you want more of a particular flavor. I didn’t want my rice turning too green from the cilantro mix, so I didn’t put too much cilantro. I also didn’t want a strong lime flavor, so I used 1/2 a small lime instead of a whole lime.