Cilantro-Lime Black Bean Rice

Cilantro-Lime Black Bean Rice - easy, light, delicious, gluten free side dish. 

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 321 kcal
Author Julia


  • 2 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup Jasmine rice , uncooked, or use any rice that says on the package that it takes 15 minutes to cook it
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 garlic cloves , minced
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice , freshly squeezed (use one 1 tablespoon first, before adding another)
  • 15 oz black beans , rinsed, drained, from the can
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped


  1. Use large, deep skillet or a large sauce pan.
  2. Add chicken broth, uncooked rice, 1/4 teaspoon salt and minced garlic to the skillet (or pan). Bring to boil. Mix everything well. Reduce the heat to low boil simmer. Cover the skillet with the lid. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, covered, until the rice is cooked through.
  3. Remove the skillet from heat. Mix in 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lime juice, black beans (rinsed and drained), and fresh cilantro into the cooked rice. Taste, and add more salt and/or another small amount of lime juice (at most 1 extra tablespoon, try adding half of extra tablespoon first).
  4. Note: I think 2 tablespoons of lime juice (freshly squeezed only!) are just perfect, but the lime flavor might be too strong for some people, so you might use just 1 or 1.5 tablespoon instead of 2 that I used.
Nutrition Facts
Cilantro-Lime Black Bean Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 321 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Sodium 580mg 24%
Potassium 547mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 64g 21%
Dietary Fiber 9g 36%
Protein 13g 26%
Vitamin A 2.7%
Vitamin C 14.5%
Calcium 5.4%
Iron 16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.