Creamy Avocado Lime Rice

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"A super easy, and 'a bit different,' delicious rice dish. Great to serve with with just about any Mexican flavored dish. Just a few ingredients; makes this very easy to prepare."

Original is 5 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (420.8 g)
  • Calories 396.3
  • Total Fat - 13.1 g
  • Saturated Fat - 2 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 26 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 67.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 9.6 g
  • Sugars - 3.4 g
  • Protein - 7.8 g
  • Calcium - 52.2 mg
  • Iron - 1.6 mg
  • Vitamin C - 46.1 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.3 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

See Note: Rice ... You want a 'fluffy' rice; not a wet or sticky rice. I usually use just a few tablespoons less water than required - this will ensure a drier/fluffier rice. But, follow basic package ingredients to cook the rice. Then, spread the rice out on a sheet pan to cool and dry. Once the rice is cool; let it set on the counter for a couple of hours. Believe it or not ... this really is important. Then, once the rice has dried out a bit; add it to a microwave safe bowl. You will reheat the rice in the microwave prior to adding the avocado sauce. Believe me ... I have made this WITHOUT letting the rice dry; and, it just isn't the same. This is a very important step. This can easily be done way ahead of time.

Step 2

Also ... The rice can be cooked in a rice cooked, stove top; or, even the microwave. Whatever you feel comfortable with.

Step 3

Sauce ... Add 1 1/2 avocados to a small bowl, and completely mash using a fork - you want it very creamy. Then, add the lime juice, garlic, cilantro, scallions, mint, cumin, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper; and, taste. Adjust if necessary. Mix well, until everything is combined. Then, add the remaining avocado - you want a bit of texture in this dish. Mix until combined.

Step 4

Rice ... Reheat your cooled and dried rice in a microwave safe bowl for 2-3 minutes on medium high heat. Once the rice is heated through and hot, add the avocado mix (room temperature); and, toss until everything is combined. It is mostly creamy; but, a few bits of the diced avocado and the scallions gives it a bit of texture.

Step 5

Serve and ENJOY! ... It's light, sweet, savory; and, a bit spicy too. One note ... using fresh herbs are really important. And, if you aren't a cilantro fan; parsley can be substituted, although the flavor will be a bit different. Perfect to serve HOT or ROOM TEMP. A great side dish with just about any Mexican flavored dish.


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Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • When selecting the avocado, make sure it is soft to the touch, but not too ripe. The avocado should be room temperature for best results.
  • For the cilantro, use fresh herbs for best flavor. If you don't like cilantro, you can substitute with parsley for a different flavor.

Spicy Coconut Rice Replace the red pepper flakes with 1 teaspoon of chili powder and replace the avocado with 1/2 cup coconut milk. Add a pinch of salt to the coconut milk and mix until combined. Add the coconut milk to the cooked and cooled rice and mix until everything is combined. Serve as desired.

Chile-Lime Chicken Fajitas: This flavorful dish pairs perfectly with the Creamy Avocado Lime Rice. The chicken fajitas are marinated in a spicy chile-lime sauce and cooked with onions and bell peppers. The combination of the spicy chicken and creamy rice is sure to be a hit!

Cilantro-Lime Black Beans: This flavorful side dish is the perfect accompaniment to the Chile-Lime Chicken Fajitas. The black beans are cooked with cilantro and lime juice, giving them a zesty flavor that complements the spicy chicken. The creamy avocado lime rice and the cilantro-lime black beans make a delicious and balanced meal.


Q: How do I make sure the rice is fluffy?

A: Make sure to use a few tablespoons less water than required to ensure a drier/fluffier rice. Also, spread the rice out on a sheet pan to cool and dry before adding it to a microwave safe bowl to reheat. This can be done ahead of time.

Q: How do I store cooked rice?

A: Cooked rice should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. To reheat, add a tablespoon of water or broth to the rice before microwaving.

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