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Bowl of Pineapple Lime Rice
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Pineapple Lime Rice

A go-to side dish that never fails to impress, this Pineapple Lime Rice is infused with hints of cilantro and bursts of sweet, juicy pineapple. Whether made in the Instant Pot or on the stovetop, its fresh, bright flavor is worthy of your next menu.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Latin, Tropical
Servings: 8
Calories: 251kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp butter
  • ½ medium onion diced
  • ½ tbsp garlic minced
  • 2 cups white rice long-grain
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup pineapple diced ¼ inch pieces
  • 1-2 limes zest and juice
  • ½ cup cilantro chopped

Instructions

Instant Pot Instructions

  • Select "saute" option. Once pot is very hot, melt butter and saute onions and garlic for 3-5 minutes until onions are translucent.
  • Add rice and toast for 1-2 minutes, stirring well to coat every grain with butter.
  • Add pineapple juice, water, salt, pineapple, and lime zest. Seal the Instant Pot and press "rice."
  • Once Instant Pot beeps, allow it to naturally release for 10 minutes (do NOT release the steam yet). After 10 minutes, release the steam and open the lid. Add cilantro and lime juice and use a fork to fluff the rice until it is evenly mixed.

Stovetop Instructions

  • Heat a medium saucepan on medium-high heat. Once hot, melt butter and saute onions and garlic for 3-5 minutes until onions are translucent.
  • Add rice and toast for 1-2 minutes, stirring well to coat every grain with butter.
  • While rice is toasting, heat pineapple juice and 2 cups of water in microwave for 2-4 minutes or until very hot.
  • Add hot liquids, salt, pineapple, and lime zest to pan. Cover immediately and cook on low heat for 20 minutes (should simmer softly).
  • Once finished, add lime juice and cilantro. Fluff with a fork until evenly mixed.

Notes

Tips & Tricks
  • Zest the limes before juicing them.. because zesting a squeezed lime is enough to make a person crazy (speaking from personal experience). Zest as little of the white pith as possible, instead aiming to keep the colorful green. 
  • Allow the raw rice to toast in the butter for a few minutes before adding the liquids. This helps keep the granules separated - no sticky, clumpy rice here! 
  • When fluffing the rice, use a fork instead of a spoon. Spoons tend to smash the rice, but a fork will keep it fluffy.   
  • To get the most juice out of your limes, juice them with a pair of tongs. Less strain on your hands, no sticky fingers, and no wasted juice.
 
Using Canned Pineapple
If you do not have fresh pineapple, you can use canned pineapple (crushed, tidbits, or chunks cut into quarters). Drain the juice and use it for the pineapple juice called for in the recipe. 
 
How to Freeze and Reheat
Make rice according to directions. Fluff onto a baking sheet and allow to cool fully. Freeze in storage container or disposable pan. Reheat covered at 300°F for 30 minutes straight from frozen or 20 minutes if partially thawed. Fluff again and add fresh cilantro and lime for flavor. 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 251kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 347mg | Potassium: 138mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 254IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg