Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Feisty Habanero & Lime Rice

Some like it hot…really hot.
Ok, to those of you who know me, it really isn’t a secret that I love Bruce Springsteen.  While surfing the internet one night (while listening to Bruce Springsteen’s “Fire”), I came across Gina’s original recipe for this habanero rice.  I had a lot of other ingredients that I was trying to use up in the fridge... Thus, this take on her recipe was born. 

Feisty Habanero Pepper & Lime Rice

Inspired by: Gina’s Skinny Taste Scallion Cilantro Rice with Habaneros and Lime

Pictured w/ steamed spinach and fiery cilantro lime shrimp.

1 cups uncooked Arborio rice (or other rice, like brown rice)

2 cups water

1 T canola oil

1 habanero pepper, finely diced

1 jalapeno pepper, finely diced (replace with green pepper if desired)

½ red pepper, diced

Pinch of cayenne pepper

2 scallions, diced

½ small onion, diced

½ c chopped cilantro

Juice of ½ lime


1)      In a medium sauce pot add the canola oil, and heat on medium. Once oil is hot, add the habanero, jalapeno, onion and red pepper. Sautee for a few minutes until soft—do not burn!

2)      Add rice, and then the water. Turn heat up to high, and boil until most of the water is absorbed into the Arborio.   When rice is creamy, but still has liquid, turn heat down to low.  Simmer gently for another 15 minutes.  Be careful to watch and add more water if necessary.  Turn off and let sit for 5 minutes.

3)      Remove from heat, and add in the lime, cayenne,  cilantro, and scallions.  Serve immediately

Serves 4 (generous 3/4 cup serving)


5 pt+ 

I served this deliciously warm rice with  Cilantro Lime Shrimp

Inspired by Skinny Taste Scallion Cilantro Rice with Habanero & Lime

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