Lime-Cilantro Rice with Pineapple

CATEGORIES: Latin, Rice, Tropical

This Lime-Cilantro Rice with Pineapple is one of my most favorite personal creations.  There’s something about hot buttery rice that makes me feel warm and cozy inside, and with the addition of some of my favorite flavors, this has become a regular on our menu. It’s both sweet and savory- and if adding pineapple to rice sounds weird to you, I dare you to try it.  This simple rice dish pairs perfectly with both Polynesian and Latin style dishes, and even a lot of Asian recipes, like Teriyaki Chicken.

lime cilantro rice with pineapple in dish

What kind of pineapple do you use for Lime Cilantro Rice with Pineapple?

I originally always made this recipe with a can of pineapple tidbits, but after so many of our readers commented they loved the crushed pineapple, I switched over and agree!  It just kind of melts into the finished dish and adds sweetness and flavor without big chunks.  People often ask if they can use fresh pineapple, and you certainly can, if you have one, but I actually prefer the canned.  Sometimes I leave out the pineapple (often for Latin style dishes- I just go with lime and cilantro), and throw in a can of black beans, or use it for fajita stuffing. It’s a really quick side dish to toss together and a nice change from your every day white rice.

crushed pineapple

How do you make Lime Cilantro Rice?

You don’t need to do anything special with the rice- just make white rice as normal.  When it’s all done, you’ll throw some butter in there to melt all over and make things delicious.

hot buttered rice in pot

And then just toss in your pineapple, some chopped cilantro, a big squeeze of lime juice, and salt and pepper to taste.

lime cilantro rice

It’s so quick and easy and SO good.

lime cilantro rice

What do I serve with Lime-Cilantro Rice:

Try it with:

Asian BBQ Chicken
Sweet and Savory Flank Steak
Rosemary Pineapple Flank Steak
Teriyaki Bacon Wrapped Chicken Skewers
Hawaiian Flanken Style Ribs


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lime cilantro rice with pineapple

Lime-Cilantro Rice with Pineapple


This sweet and savory rice pairs perfectly with nearly any meal, but especially Asian and Island inspired flavors. Definitely double if feeding a family or larger group!


1 cup dry white rice, cooked according to directions
2 tablespoons real butter
Juice from 1 large lime, or two smaller ones (taste as you go, I add a lot!)
1 small can crushed pineapple, drained (You may want 2 small cans)
½¾ cups chopped fresh cilantro
Salt and pepper to taste


Cook rice. As soon as it’s done, toss in the butter and stir to melt. Add lime juice, pineapple, and cilantro. Stir to combine, and then add salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.


You’ll want to serve this right away, if you don’t, the flavors tend to mellow a bit and you’ll probably need to add more lime juice because the rice kind of sucks it up.If you’re not quite ready to eat when your rice finishes cooking, just toss in the butter and keep a lid on it so it stays warm.Then right before you serve it, toss it all together.

Depending on your preference, you can substitute the crushed pineapple with canned pineapple chunks or even fresh pineapple cut or diced to your liking.


This is especially amazing with :

Chili-Lime Mango Chicken Skewers

Bacon-Wrapped Teriyaki Chicken Skewers

Sweet and Savory Flank Steak

Asian BBQ Chicken


  1. My family loved this rice! They aren’t so sure about the cilantro, but they will get another chance to decide! Yum is what everyone said when they smelled the pineapple and cilantro while I was mixing it all together.

  2. Hey Sarah! Katie just gave me your food blog. I am so excited, it looks amazing!!! I have a food blog too, but it is pathetic compared with this one. I am so excited to try so much of your stuff. I put a link to yours on mine too, mostly so I can go to it a lot! happy cooking!
    Molly Evans

  3. ruby, it’s totally still awesome without pineapple. I leave it out sometimes too, just depends on what I’m eating it with (or if I even have pineapple in my pantry at the time).

    And this may sound super strange to some of you, but I also love it with toasted slivered almonds instead of pineapple. Delish!

  4. So is it still yummy w/o the pineapple? My hubby hates warm pineapple so I’m thinking I’ll leave it out. But, I don’t want to loose out on the yummy goodness!!

  5. Bec, sometimes I do pineapple, and sometimes not. Depends on what I’m serving it with.

    And I’ll have to try it with crushed; I’ve thought about it before, but never done it!

  6. I agree with Kate. I made it with crushed because it was all I had, and I loved it. The only thing is you should eat it all the day you make it (which won’t be hard because it’s so good). When I made it, I had leftovers, and when I reheated it the next day, the pineapple got all rubbery and just wasn’t the same as the first day.

  7. I loooooooooooooooooooove this! One of my favorites! I actually love to use crushed pineapple which was totally an accident because I meant to buy tidbits and came home with crushed instead, but I really liked how crushed mixes in texture and flavor-wise.

  8. I can say from personal experience that this rice is AMAZING! (Although I don’t think it had pineapple in it when I tried it; that must be a recent addition that I bet only makes it better.)

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