How to Make Puerto Rican Rice

Recently, I spent the afternoon with my friend Margarita. It’s always fun to have a girl’s day. She asked if I would come over and teach her how to use her new instant pot. I was happy to oblige. I asked what she wanted to cook and she decided on barbecue ribs and rice. You can go to “How to Make BBQ Ribs” on my blog to see that video and get the recipe.

I asked Margarita if she would teach me how to make her Puerto Rican Rice. She was happy to do so. You can watch the video below to see step by step instructions with my friend.

Margarita’s Puerto Rican Rice

1 tbsp of Olive Oil
2 tbsp of Sofrito*
1 to 1.5 tbsp of Adobo
1 tsp of Garlic powder
½ tsp of Onion Powder
½ tsp of Old Bay (Garlic & Herb)
1 pack of Sazon Goya
1 pack of ham flavored concentrate by Goya (optional)
1 8oz can of tomato sauce
4 cups of white rice
1 can of Gandules (Green Pigeon Peas)
3 cups of water

Put 1 tbsp of olive oil in pan on low. Add 2 tbsp of sofrito. Stir.
Add Adobo, garlic powder, onion powder, old bay, 1 pack of Sazon, 1 pack of ham flavored concentrate.
Add tomato sauce
Add 4 cups of rinsed rice
Add 1 can of rinsed gandules (pigeon peas)

Stir all the ingredients together.
Turn the burner to medium heat
Allow the rice to cook a little while until most of the liquid has dissolved.
Turn burner to low heat
Cover the pot with tin foil. Margarita likes to put a plate on top to really seal it.
Cook for 20 minutes.
Turn the rice towards the middle
Recover and cook for 20 minutes

*Sofrito is made up of onion, garlic, bell pepper, and cilantro – you can purchase it in the freezer section in the store or make your own.

The rice was delicious. You can add green olives to it if you like. Feel free to leave me comments below. Happy cooking!


Published by thegingeroptimist

My name is Jan McIntyre, also known as The Ginger Optimist. I love Jesus, cooking, baking, making my own DIY products, photography, makeup, bargain shopping and encouraging others.

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