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Puerto Rican style homemade Chinese fried rice

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Puerto Rican Style Homemade Chinese Fried Rice

Ever since I moved to this country, I have tried several different Chinese restaurants, always hoping to find one where the rice was made how we like it. Never found anything quite like it. Not even close.

The only place who has something slightly similar is Panda Express, and even that is not as good. So I took to Pinterest.

After much browsing around, I finally found a recipe that I was willing to try. The reason why I chose this one over the others I found is that it was titled “Chinese rice, Puerto Rican style”. To be honest, I had no clue that was a thing. Apparently, Chinese restaurants in Puerto Rico cook their rice in a specific way.

~Find the original recipe here that inspired this one (Fair warning: the recipe is in Spanish)~

Anyway, this rice recipe is amazing. However, with time (or because of lack of time), we have doctored the recipe to make it a bit less time consuming. We eliminated the chicken and pork chunks from it. The original recipe includes shrimp as well, but my husband is allergic to shellfish so we also cut that off completely. My husband and I cook it together, and it takes us about 45 minutes from start to finish. Keep on scrolling to find the ingredients, and instructions for this amazing Chinese fried rice recipe.

Puerto Rican Style Homemade Chinese Fried Rice

~Serves (roughly) 5 people, twice.~

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  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1/2 green pepper
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • 4-5 medium sized garlic cloves
  • 1 can of peas and carrots
  • 4 eggs
  • 3-4 cups of long grain rice, uncooked
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp salt (or to taste)
  • 3-4 cups of water (depends on how many cups of rice you make)
  • Soy sauce


White rice:

  1. Add water, vegetable oil, and salt to your big pasta pan.
  2. Turn it on high.
  3. When it boils, add the rice, making sure that it remains under water, but only by about 1/4 in. Any more than that, and your rice will be all mushy.
  4. Watch closely.
  5. When the water starts evaporating, you’ll start to see more of the rice. Then it’s time to stir it, trying to get it unstuck from the sides as much as possible, and into the center of the pan.
  6. Cover with a lid that has a steam release hole, and lower heat to med/low immediately.
  7. Let it cook untouched for about 10 minutes, and uncover, and stir once more. Put lid back on, and let it sit.


  1. Chop/dice the peppers, onion and the garlic cloves.
  2. Pour the olive oil into a wok, and turn it on.
  3. When it’s warm, add the onion and the garlic.
  4. Sauté for a few minutes, and lower the heat.
  5. When the white rice you cooked separately is close to done, add the can of peas and carrots.
  6. Add the fully cooked white rice to the wok, and mix it well.
  7. Add the soy sauce. The original recipe suggests 3 tbsp of soy sauce, but we have found that we need way more than that. My suggestion is you add 3 tbsp, mix well, and taste. Then add more if you want or leave it at that, your choice.
  8. Let it sit there on low while you cook the eggs.


  1. Crack 4 eggs, and whip.
  2. In a small pan, add about 1 tsp of butter, and heat it up.
  3. When butter melts, add the scrambled eggs.
  4. Cook thoroughly.
  5. When they are fully cooked, use the spatula to chop the scrambled eggs into small chunks. This will make it so the eggs are easier to mix in with the rice.
  6. Mix them in with the rice, and other ingredients.

Puerto Rican Style Homemade Chinese Fried Rice

Serve with whatever side you like best. We often buy frozen orange chicken, or tso chicken and they go perfectly with this rice. But any meat works, really. In fact, you could skip the meat entirely, and it’s still delicious. Oh, and a side of French fries completes this Puerto Rican style homemade Chinese fried rice perfectly 😉

I really hope you love this rice as much as we do here. If you decide to give it a try, please share your results with us in the comment section below. Or if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. Lastly, a big show of hands to the creator of the amazing original recipe!

Puerto Rican Style Homemade Chinese Fried Rice

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