Originally posted September 06, 2016

Mexican Green Rice

Mexican Green Rice by MexFoodJournal

Recipe for Mexican green rice, also known as cilantro rice, a perfect side dish and not just for Mexican food.


  • 2 cups short grain rice (preferably Morelos type)
  • 1 bunch cilantro (reserve a few sprigs for garnish)
  • ½ medium white onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 to 5 cups of water


Add the cilantro, onion, garlic and ½ cup of water to your blender jar.
Blend until smooth about 1 minute
Preheat 2 tablespoons of oil in a pot over medium heat
Pour the uncooked rice into the hot oil
Stir to coat the rice with oil and cook for about 30 seconds until the rice is just starting to brown and become fragrant
Add the pureed cilantro mixture to the rice
Add 4 cups of water to the rice
Add 1 teaspoon of salt
Stir once to evenly disperse the cilantro mixture
Reduce the heat to low (do not cover)
Cook the rice for about 20 minutes. It will completely absorb the liquid
If the rice isn't fully cooked after it has absorbed the liquid add ¼ cup of water as needed until the rice is fully cooked and the water has been absorbed
Once the rice is done cooking. Turn off the heat. Fluff the rice with a fork and let it rest for 5 minutes before serving
Garnish with a sprig of cilantro



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Mexican Food Journal
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