Cafe Rio {Copycat} Cilantro Lime Rice

I tried a copycat recipe a while back and it failed miserably.  The guys described it as “putty lime rice”.  So I was afraid to try another one.  I decided to make this in my rice cooker which made it so EASY to throw it all in!  It turned out perfect.  It was exactly like Cafe Rio’s and it tasted so good!


Rating: 5 Stars  Difficulty of Recipe: 2 stars
Things that I changed:  Here is how I cooked mine in the rice cooker- I added 1 cup of rice with 1 cup chicken broth, and 1 cup of water.  I also added the garlic, butter and 1 tsp rice.  Once the rice was cooked I fluffed with 1 Tbsp lime juice, sugar and cilantro.
Things I would do differently next time:  Nothing
Will I make it again?  A MUST for cafe rio night
Recipe from: Favorite Family Recipes
Click HERE for the entire Cafe Rio Recipe
Ingredients:

  • 1 c. uncooked rice (long-grain, white rice)
  • 1 tsp. butter or margarine
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 can (15 oz) chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 3 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro
Instructions
  • In a saucepan combine rice, butter, garlic, 1 tsp. lime, chicken broth and water. Bring to a boil. Cover and cook on low 15-20 minutes, until rice is tender. Remove from heat. In a small bowl combine lime juice, sugar and cilantro. Pour over hot cooked rice and mix in as you fluff the rice.

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  1. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I used your rice cooker version for our family meal tonight. It was delicious and spruced up an ordinary meal of burritos. 🙂

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  3. About how many people will this feed?

  4. Do u think I could use brown rice?

  5. Janae Mitchell says:

    Loving these Cafe Rio recipes! I’m addicted to the place! Go there about once a week! I was going to make their lime rice recipe today, but I have two quick questions first…
    1. Under “Things that I changed” you list 1 CUP of chicken broth. Recipe calls for 1 CAN. Did you use 1 cup then? Or one can?
    2. In that same area you say “I also added the garlic, butter and 1 tsp rice. Once the rice was cooked I fluffed with 1 Tbsp lime juice, sugar and cilantro.” So…did you really add 1 TSP RICE along with the 1 cup of rice? Or is that a possible typo? I just want to make sure I get it right because I want to try this today in my rice cooker and am not too clear as to what the recipe actually is.
    AWESOME RECIPES! THANK YOU!

  6. Yes. I have the same questions as Janae Mitchell that posted on May 17, 2015. But I don’t see a response:

    Loving these Cafe Rio recipes! I’m addicted to the place! Go there about once a week! I was going to make their lime rice recipe today, but I have two quick questions first…
    1. Under “Things that I changed” you list 1 CUP of chicken broth. Recipe calls for 1 CAN. Did you use 1 cup then? Or one can?
    2. In that same area you say “I also added the garlic, butter and 1 tsp rice. Once the rice was cooked I fluffed with 1 Tbsp lime juice, sugar and cilantro.” So…did you really add 1 TSP RICE along with the 1 cup of rice? Or is that a possible typo? I just want to make sure I get it right because I want to try this today in my rice cooker and am not too clear as to what the recipe actually is.
    AWESOME RECIPES! THANK YOU!

  7. This recipe is NOT like Cafe Rio Cilantro Lime Rice. It was too sweet and not enough chicken broth or chicken bouillon. Add more chicken flavor and less sugar.

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