Cilantro Lime Farro

May 1, 2014 by Ali

This Cilantro Lime Farro recipe is easy to make, and a great protein-rich alternative to traditional rice!

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For any of you who might be obsessed with Chipotle’s cilantro lime rice, I have been gotten hooked lately on a healthier, protein-rich, ancient-grain version that I think you might like:

Cilantro Lime Farro!

Have you tried farro yet? I was introduced to it last year, and wondered where it had been all my life! Well, supposedly it’s about 8,000 years old, so I guess I’m the one late to the party.

Farro is a fantastic substitute for rice in all kinds of dishes, especially risotto and fried rice. It’s super rich in protein (7 grams per dry 1/4 cup — higher than quinoa!). It’s wonderfully chewy with a nice nutty flavor. It’s really simple to make. And it pairs perfectly with fresh cilantro and lime in this recipe.

Check it!

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(Some days I may have a little too much fun with my macro lens.)

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I just realized this really does look a lot like my favorite fried rice recipe. I must give the farro version a try sometime soon.

Back to the cilantro lime farro recipe. Here’s how to make it:

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First, begin by rinsing your farro. (Note that I made a double batch for these photos, if the portions seem large.)

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Add 1 cup of farro to a saucepan along with about 3 cups of vegetable or chicken stock. (I love Trader Joe’s veggie stock best!) Bring it to a boil, then let it simmer over medium-high heat for about 30 minutes or until nice and chewy. Then drain off the extra stock.

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Add the zest and juice of one lime.

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Along with some fresh cilantro and a few seasonings.

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Then stir until it is all combined. And serve!

So much more flavorful than the rice version from Chipotle, and better for you as well. Farro for the win!

Cilantro Lime Farro

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: About 4 servings


  • 1 cup farro, rinsed
  • 6 cups vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1/3 cup finely-chopped fresh cilantro leaves, loosely-packed
  • zest and juice of 1 small lime (about 2 tablespoons juice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • pinch of cumin and garlic powder and black pepper


Place farro in a medium saucepan and add the stock. (It should cover the farro.) Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 30 minutes. Once the farro is cooked and chewy, drain off any excess liquid.

Add remaining ingredients, and stir to combine. Season with extra salt and pepper, if needed. Serve warm.

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About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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14 thoughts on “Cilantro Lime Farro

  1. I will be making this soon! I wasn’t sure if I’d like farro, but I had it recently and loved it. Thanks so much for this great recipe!

    - Lisa @ The Wellness Wife

  2. I’m game. I’ll give it a try. You haven’t let me down yet :)

    - Lynna

  3. Love this! Amazingly delicious!

    - Meredith

  4. This sounds perfect for a Cinco de Mayo side dish!

    - Jacki @ Two Forks One Love

  5. This recipe comes at a perfect time for me – I just bought a big bag of farro at Costco yesterday, and I’ve been wondering what to make with it. This is it! Thanks, Ali :)

    - Jenny

  6. We enjoy exploring ancient grains, and this recipe is right up our alley. Looking forward to trying it with Ropa Vieja and Curtido. Oh man!Thank you, thank you.

    - Greg and Christine Anderson

  7. I have never cooked with farro, but have been wanting to…now I have a great recipe to try it out with! Thanks :)

    - Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl

  8. I LOVE Farro! Super excited to try this! TJ’s has a ten minute quick cooking farro for when the craving really strikes!

    - Bri | Bites of Bri

  9. I think this is going to be dinner tonight served with a fried egg on top and a salad with salsa and sour cream for the dressing. Yum!

    PS- more farro recipes please! I bought a 5 lb bag from costco and other than using it for pasta salad-like salads I’m not sure what to DO with it, my husband thinks it’s eh and only good with mushrooms and goat cheese.

    - ducksandbooks

  10. I LOVE farro, this recipe sounds sublime!

    - Annalise @ Completely Delicious

  11. I bet the texture of farro works really well in this dish. What a great idea!

    - Kathryn

  12. I love farro! This sounds like a great flavor for it. Must try!

    - Leah | So, How's It Taste?

  13. I’ve never tried Farro, but am now inspired to try it!

    Thanks for the introduction.

    - Elizabeth @ All things Libby

  14. Oh my, this looks amazing! Can’t believe I have never even heard of farro before! I will definitely be trying this out at the weekend!

    - Lydia