Cilantro Rice {Ecuadorian Style}

Rice is something that is eaten on a daily basis where my husband comes from. My daughter is just like her grandpa – rice at every meal. She always loved rice, and as kids do, she would say the truth when I made rice at home. “Your rice is not as good as Abue’s”. Well after a few times of hearing that my rice was not as good as grandma’s, I decided I needed to learn the “right” way to do it from my mother-in-law, and honestly, I would never go back! It is so good, its almost addicting!

With just a bit more effort you will have some delicious rice! You heat some oil in a pan, add the rice, salt, and minced garlic-basically browning the rice while your water comes to a boil.

Once the water is boiling VERY CAREFULLY add the boiling water, stir. Add the bunch of cilantro on the top and cover with lid.

Allow to simmer about 25 minutes. Remove the lid, and with a fork take the boiled cilantro off the top (which gives your rice some AWESOME flavor) and throw that out. Fluff your rice with a fork and serve. A yummy alternative to regular steamed rice, and is a great side to any meal.

We love adding really any salad to this rice, one of our favorites is a tomato salad – which is basically some pico de gallo with a kick!

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Cilantro Rice {Ecuadorian Style}

This rice has the perfect flavor

Servings Prep Time Cook Time Passive Time
4 cups 5 min 25 min 25 min
  • Tbs canola oil
  • 2 3/4 cup water
  • Tbs minced garlic
  • tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cup white rice
  • 1/4 small bunch cilantro washed
  1. Begin by getting a sauce pan and put the oil in and turn on medium. Grab another sauce pan and fill with the 2 3/4 cups water and turn on high to boil.
  2. Once you notice the oil getting hot, (about 3 minutes) add the rice, salt, and garlic. It will be really hot so be careful. Stir the rice mixture with a spoon to avoid any burning. You will continue to stir and brown the rice a bit until the water is boiling about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Very carefully dump the water into the rice mixture. Because both of the pans are boiling it will jump up – be careful, maybe wear a oven mitt to protect yourself. Stir the rice a bit to make sure nothing is sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  4. Get your bunch of cilantro and put it on top of the rice. Add the lid and turn down to low. Allow to simmer for about 25 minutes. When the time is up, take off the lid and using a fork remove the cilantro and throw it in the garbage. Stir to fluff the rice a bit and serve.