Portuguese Rice – Arroz a Portuguesa


This recipe is for my God Son Jeff who’s a great cook but wants to master what he calls “Avo Silva’s rice”.

Do to their futile attempts to make a good rice, many of my family members and friends have stopped trying cooking rice and instead, have settled for eating minute rice and other prepackaged rice mixes.

The horror of serving Minute Rice, on the Portuguese table has become unbearable and I’m putting a stop to it once and for all! If you need to make more or less rice for your guests; remember 2 parts water to 1 part rice and alter the other ingredients to your taste. Once you make this recipe a few times, you’ll master the technique. Enjoy!


2 cups uncooked long grain rice (preferably Uncle Ben’s or a long grain rice)

4 cups boiling water

1 small finely chopped onion

4 teaspoons  olive oil

1 chicken bouillon cube

1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika or (1 tbsp  of any type tomato sauce) *Optional

1/2 package frozen petite peas (optional)

1 teaspoon salt



In a med heavy casserole pan or deep skillet saute onions in olive oil for about 1-2 minutes until light golden colored on medium heat stirring once in a while. Add the rice to the onion and olive oil mixture and stir. Let the rice stir fry for a few minutes until coated with the oil. Add the boiling water, paprika, chicken cube, salt and stir.

Let the rice come back to a boil and reduce heat to med. Stir, cover pan and let it cook for 15 minutes. Leave it alone!

This is why people mess up their rice, it becomes gummy if you keep stirring it. After 15 minutes uncover the pan, stir the rice and taste it to see if needs more salt.

Turn off heat and remove pan from burner.  Add the peas if desired. Cover and let rice and peas sit for 5 minutes. *Note: regular peas may take longer to cook.

Keep covered until ready to serve. This rice can be served with meat, poultry, fish and seafood.










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  1. Kim says:

    Just saw this!! TOO funny, after 10 years I HAVE mastered the rice, but not this way….Rose taught me to do it a little differently and I can only get it right if I put it in the oven…either way we love it and have it a least twice a week!!

  2. Gerri says:

    There is a recipe made with cod fish and potatoes and onions. I would love to have it.

  3. Tegan says:

    this recipe is so good! thanks for sharing!!

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  5. Lori says:

    I have been trying to make Portuguese rice for my husband for years his mom passed
    on and I never got the recipe hers had Portuguese sausage not peas do you think its the same

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