Cilantro-Lime Pilaf

  • 3 tablespoons cilantro, fresh, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, ground, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon shallot, minced
  • 3/4 cup white rice, long-grain

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a small bowl, combine cilantro, lime juice, and lime zest with broth. Set aside.

Heat oil in an oven-proof saucepan over medium heat and sauté the shallot until translucent, 5-6 minutes. Add rice and sauté until coated with oil and heated through, about 1 minute. Some of the rice may jump or pop. Add the herb mixture. Bring to a simmer, stirring the rice once or twice to prevent it from clumping together or sticking to the bottom of the pan.

Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste. Cover pan and place it in the oven. Cook until the grains are tender to the bite, 12-14 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes to steam. Uncover and, using a fork, separate the grains and release the steam.

Taste and season with salt and pepper and serve the pilaf at once.

Yield: 4 servings