Thursday, May 27, 2010

Arroz con Gandules

This is by far my favorite recipe and it is a staple in our cute little house.  It's a recipe for a traditional Puerto Rican rice and could literally be a commercial for Goya.  Check it out....

It really is served with just about everything in Estevan's family and we cook it pretty often as well.  It's just so dang easy and the flavors come together so well that it could be served with just about anything.  And like nearly every other Puerto Rican dish, it is not spicy in the least... just flavorful!  I've edited the original recipe by taking out a 1/2 teaspoon of salt, the Adobo is plenty salty enough.  I also increased the amount of liquid from 2 cups (water and gandules liquid combined) to a bottle of water and gandules liquid.  Maybe it depends on the type of pot being used but I found that I just kept adding more and more water previously.  Enjoy a taste from Puerto Rico!

Arroz con Gandules

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large, sweet onion, roughly chopped
1 package Sazon
1 tablespoon Recaito
1 tablespoon Adobo
1 can Gandules Verdes, reserve liquid
16.9 fl. oz. (0.5 L or 2 1/4 cups) water 
1 jar sliced pimientos, drained
2 cups rice

In a large skillet or cast-iron pot, sautee onion in olive oil until tender.  Add the water and reserved gandules liquid, Sazon, Recaito, Adobo, gandules, pimientos, and rice.  Bring to a boil and stir for 3 minutes.  Cover, reduce heat to the lowest setting (seriously, I mean it, the heat must be low) and let cook for about 30 minutes.  I try to only stir it about 2-3 times while the rice is absorbing the liquid.

***Tip:  If you need to serve it a little later, take off heat, cover with paper towel and recover with lid.  This helps to catch any of the excess moisture so that you don't end up with mushy rice.
Pin It Now!


  1. Oh my God que ricoooooooooo :) Yummy I love arroz con gandules. Yours look delish.

  2. I think I might just have to steal this recipe and try it. Looks good! <3

  3. This recipe has been passed down straight from the island. About as legit as it gets! =)

  4. whatr is 0.9 in measuring cup??

  5. Oops! My mistake, it is 16.9 fl oz of water which is about 2 1/4 cups of water. I use a bottle of Ozarka.

  6. Made mine....the rice isnt yellow like picture :-(

    1. The Sazon is what gives it color! That stuff dyes my fingers yellow if I'm not careful. Did you use a packet of Sazon?

    2. I have the hardest time finding pimientos

    3. I find them next to the olives and artichoke hearts in my grocery store. You could also find them in the international section amongst the Goya products. Good luck!

  7. This recipe WORKS! It's delicious


Thank you for your comments!

Blog Widget by LinkWithin