Arroz a la Cubana

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Hello, my name is Connie Veneracion. I cook, I shoot, I write. But I don't do the laundry. I don't like housekeeping very much either... (more about me)

27 Responses

  1. knickknack says:

    Hi! I’m a Filipino living in New York, and absolutely love this dish. It’s even better if you mix everything (including the egg) before you eat it, and add a little bit of Knorr or Maggi seasoning (US residents, check Asian or Filipino stores).
    However, I don’t think you can call it a “stew” because a stew would mean that it has a thick sauce/soup that the meat was boiled in. What I know with Arroz ala Cubana is that it is fried.
    The whole term, Arroz ala Cubana actually means “Cuban rice,” which people can easily order here in the US at Cuban restaurants. Saba around here is called Plantain, which is also available in Latin American supermarkets. ;>

  2. ponkan says:

    Actually, Saba bananas are not quite the same thing as Plantains. Saba are shorter physically, though I don’t know how different they are as far as taste and firmness go.

    Though you’re absolutely right about mixing it all up, that’s the only way we eat it back home.

  3. Connie says:

    I agree, Ponkan. Saba is NOT the same as plantain. In fact, saba has no equivalent in the west.

    • critchie_99 says:

      Saba is called Burro banana and can be purchased in any Hispanic, Filipino or Asian supermarkets

  4. pinaygourmet says:

    i already published this in zaar recipe you prick..

  5. Connie says:

    Pinaygourmet, so you’re the thief that published my entry there. Your IP has been duly recorded.

  6. chang says:

    Love this dish. Im a filipino and my husband is white. The first time i cooked this, my husband loves it. So i included this in my cycle. Thanks for posting this recipe.

  7. Geri says:

    It calls for two tomatoes but I don’t see when they get added! With the tomato paste?!

  8. Connie says:

    With the garlic, onions and bell peppers. Hmmm, gotta edit the entry. Missed that.

  9. mara says:

    very useful!!!!!!as in… thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. quichelorraine says:

    Hi there Connie, I’d like to know what’s the tagalog word for “1/2 c. of sweet peas”? Thank you. ;p

  11. kaye says:

    hi,ive been lurking on your website for quite some time now and tried some of your recipes and they are always a big hit to my family. keep up the good work. I had the opportunity to they some real Cuban food the past week when i was in Miami, Florida. They have what we call the Arroz a la Cubana, they call it the Picadillo a la Criolla. it is not served with fried egg though. Just with rice, fried plantains and black beans. The Picadillo is made with lean ground beef, potatoes stewed in tomato sauce. The fried plantains are not as sweet as our saba and they are firmer. I prefer our saba. The cuban food is more less similar to ours from what ive seen in the list of food that they serve. They have lechon asado, its like our lechon but with sauce…of course im biased that our lechon is better.

  12. Nathan says:

    Hello, I just wanted to share some info I know about this dish.

    “Arroz a la Cubana” would translate to “Rice Cuban Style”

    In Spain “Arroz a la Cubana” is consumed with fried eggs, over rice, served with a tomato sauce and fried plantains. (my grandmother is Spaniard and lived in Cuba many years up until 1960’s and my grandfather is Cuban born of Spaniard grandparents since most Cubans of pre-castro before 1960’s had Spaniard parentage or grandparents, etc. until most of the population fled due to revolution)

    In Cuba or “Cuban culture” and food, we don’t even call it “Arroz a la Cubana” it’s just “Huevo Frito Con Arroz” (translates to “Fried Egg with Rice”) , very simple just fried egg over rice and some salt, then break and mix, it can be eaten alone or with fried plantains or even fried sliced potatoes (cut in cubes or like french fries)

    For a heartier meal, we make a Cuban ground beef hash, serve it over rice with 2 fried eggs on top and a side of plantains this is called “a caballo”


    I think it’s interesting and cool how different cultures interpret or adapt different dishes :)

  13. Joanna says:

    so what do i do with 2 tomatoes i chopped???

  14. Nei says:

    Nice! More than the recipe, i take time reading the comments. :D

  15. jorge says:

    thanks for the recipe. the ingredients list says 6 eggs but the yield says 4 servings. where do the other two eggs go?