Sofrito Rice

How to make sofrito

Are you familiar with sofrito rice? It’s rice cooked with or served with sofrito, and the dish is becoming very popular in the U.S. Don’t know what sofrito is? Sofrito is an important element in Spanish, Portuguese, Caribbean, and Latin American cuisine. The word has no literal translation that I can find, so I guess it’s simply the name of the dish. Basically, sofrito is chopped vegetables and herbs that are sautéed in oil or fat. It’s often used in soups, stews, and sauces, and with beans and rice. Sofrito usually contains tomatoes or tomato sauce, onions, garlic, peppers, cilantro, and bay leaf, but the recipe changes from country to country. Other sofrito recipes might contain cumin, oregano, vinegar, celery, parsley, or annatto. In some cuisines, chopped or ground meat is added, which might be in the form of salt pork, cured ham, or sausage. It’s also important to note that many sofrito recipes aren’t cooked – they’re more like a fresh salsa.

Sofrito can also vary in texture. The bits of foods used in the basic recipe are always small, but “small” is a relative term. Some people make their sofrito chunky, while others like a smooth sofrito. Personally, I like a chunkier mixture, but if you like a smoother sofrito, you can always use a blender or food processor to get your sofrito to the desired consistency.

As the title of this hub implies, hubby and I like our sofrito with rice. I just combine the sofrito with the cooked rice. To make the rice more flavorful, I cook it in half water and half chicken broth. You’ll probably want to add cilantro to your sofrito, but I’m not a fan of cilantro. Here’s a good basic recipe for sofrito.

My sofrito rice with slaw and a Cuban pork chop.
My sofrito rice with slaw and a Cuban pork chop.

Holle's sofrito rice recipe

What you’ll need:

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 medium onions, peeled and chopped

4 Cubanelle peppers, chopped

3 plum tomatoes, seeded and diced

1 red or green bell pepper, chopped

½ bunch parsley, chopped

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon paprika

1 bay leaf

½ teaspoon cumin

1 tablespoon minced garlic

Directions: Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add remaining ingredients, except for garlic. When mixture is hot and veggies are soft, add garlic. Simmer for a couple of minutes more and remove bay leaf.

Add two cups cooked rice to skillet. Stir in butter, if desired. Heat until mixture is piping hot, stirring as needed. If you prefer, you can spoon the hot sofrito over the cooked rice. This is also great to serve over black beans.

If you make more sofrito than you’re going to use, place the leftovers in a freezer bag for later.

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Comments 24 comments

Hubertsvoice 5 years ago

That sounds very good. It would have to have cilantro and cumin.


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi, Hubert. Cumin, yes. Cilantro, no. I don't like cilantro! lol


jenubouka 5 years ago

I love sofrito rice, it gets better as sits. I will do this with arroz con pollo.


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jandee 5 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

WWW.ihatecilantro.com

Have you seen it Habee? couldn't resist it when searching for the name,jandee


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carol3san 5 years ago from Hollywood Florida

I never heard of it before now. Looks tasty. Hope to try it one day.


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

This one is new to me Habee, a must try!


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AngeLife 5 years ago from Almost Heaven

Sofrito in the jar at the supermarkets is made with cilantro. This recipe looks great! I'd add fresh cilantro, tho. Sorry you don't care for it Habee.


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msannec 5 years ago from Mississippi (The Delta)

Looks and sounds delish! Thanks for sharing.


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anglnwu 5 years ago

I've made rice like that but didn't know the word. Thanks for letting me in on this--now, I can sound more like a cook--sofrito. Thanks for sharing and rated up.


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

I have never heard of this before, but it looks interesting!


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Jenu, sofrito is great with arroz con pollo! Save some for me!


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

jandee, I'll have to check that out. Thanks!


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks, Carol. I think you'll like sofrito!


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

cardisa - girlfriend, you gotta try sofrito and sofrito rice. Yum!


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Angel, that's prolly the main reason I like to make my own sofrito - I can omit the cilantro! lol


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Angel, that's prolly the main reason I like to make my own sofrito - I can omit the cilantro! lol


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

You're welcome, Anne. Thanks for reading!


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Lol, Anglnwu. Don't you love it when you have a name to put to a dish?


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

random, sofrito is really good - especially homemade sofrito!


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

I had never heard about sofrito rice. But it look so delicious. I love your recipe and it seems so easy to make this food. Thanks for share with us. Rated up!

Prasetio


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AngeLife 5 years ago from Almost Heaven

@Habee - are Cubanelle peppers hot? If so, are they hotter than jalapeno peppers? I'm not familiar with peppers other than jalapeno, which I use often, after removing the seeds and pith. That way they add just a little heat. Thanks!


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

You're welcome, Prasetio!


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Angel, Cubanelle peppers are sweet. Thanks for reading!


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GetitScene 3 years ago from The High Seas

Love it.

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