Arroz Chino Boricua (Puerto Rican Fried Rice)

Updated on March 14, 2020
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Arroz Chino is a staple in Puerto Rican cuisine.
Arroz Chino is a staple in Puerto Rican cuisine. | Source

Chinese Food in Puerto Rico

Chinese restaurants are very popular in Puerto Rico. Most of them have adapted many Puerto Rican dishes into their menu, creating a unique and exciting fusion cuisine. It's not strange to order some mofongo with pepper steak or some tostones with your noodles.

But the star of Chinese food on the Island is the delicious fried rice. There are lots of different styles and flavor combinations of fried rice. But when a Puerto Rican orders some "arroz chino," he's asking for a specific fried rice and for a specific flavor. Boricua, or Puerto Rican-style, Chinese fried rice must have ham, shrimp, and scrambled eggs. It is salty and nutty with a slightly sweet flavor.

It is usually served alongside pepper steak or pepper chicken, fried chicken, or char siu. It is also accompanied by french fries or tostones with garlic salt.

Arroz Chino is a tasty and popular Boricuan dish!
Arroz Chino is a tasty and popular Boricuan dish! | Source


  • 8 – 10 cups long grain white rice, cooked, unsalted
  • 4 ounces cooked (boiled) ham, cubed
  • 2 ounces smoked ham, cubed
  • 1/2 cup cooked small shrimp, (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger, or 1/4 teaspoon dried ground ginger
  • 1 bunch scallions, sliced
  • 1 clove grated garlic, or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 eggs, scrambled
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 small onion, diced
  • honey
  • soy sauce
  • broccoli sprouts


*To cook long grain rice for fried rice: Add 1 1/4 cup of water for every cup of uncooked rice. Do not add salt.

* If you have peanut oil, use 1/4 cup instead of canola oil and peanut butter.


  1. Put both types of cubed ham in a plastic bag. Add 2 tablespoons of honey. Mix and let it marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil to a big wok or skillet. Stir-fry ham at medium-high temperature for a couple of minutes.
  3. Add the rest of the oil. Add the diced onions and stir-fry for 3 to 4 more minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened. Add ginger, garlic and peanut butter. Stir-fry for approx. 1 minute.
  4. Add the cooked rice. Mix well. Add soy sauce and 1 or 2 tablespoons of honey, (adjust according to your taste). Stir until rice is well coated.
  5. Turn off the heat. Stir in scallions, shrimps, scrambled eggs, and sprouts.
  6. Serve, eat, and enjoy!

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    • IslandBites profile imageAUTHOR


      4 weeks ago from Puerto Rico

      Im glad you liked it!

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      Tina Marie 

      4 weeks ago

      The best fried fried I’ve made by far. The magic is in the honey and PB. WOW! Thank you for the recipe.

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      2 months ago

      Didn't know you can use peanut butter huh!!!!

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      Sandy Polemeni 

      2 months ago

      Peanut butter???? En serio? Seriously? I don't think so. Everything else...sounds right

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      Magaly Torres 

      2 months ago

      Want to fallow this page

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      4 months ago from Puerto Rico

      Im so glad they liked it, Jocelyn!

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      Jocelyn Martinez 

      4 months ago

      Delicious, my family was in awww!

      Thank you IslandBites!

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      17 months ago from Puerto Rico


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      17 months ago

      Peanut butter??? Is this correct???

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      21 months ago

      ago from algeria

    • IslandBites profile imageAUTHOR


      23 months ago from Puerto Rico

      Thank you!

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      Nilda Blackburn 

      23 months ago

      Excellent recipe!

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      3 years ago from Puerto Rico

      It is! Thank you, Angel!

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      Angel Guzman 

      3 years ago from Joliet, Illinois

      Sounds very yum!

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      3 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Thank you for your comment, Carlo!

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      Carlo Giovannetti 

      3 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Delicious recipe!

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      3 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Thank you, Bill!

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      Bill Yovino 

      3 years ago

      That looks so good! I will put this on my to-do list.


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