bacalao(I think it is codfish)Puerto Rican rice w/ Gandules(hope that's spelled right)?

I am from the East Coast where my uncle's girlfriend and several other people I knew who were of Puerto Rican descent made this delicious rice.It was a yellow rice and had codfish and Gandules in it.It had a perfectly salty taste to it and I would love to be able to attempt making it!!I am unfortunately having a difficult time finding a recipe....Can anyone help?

4 Answers

  • nena
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Here is how you make the Bacaloa:


    2 tbsp. vegetable canola oil

    1 c. tomato sauce

    pinch of salt or better none

    1/2 c. sofrito

    2 lbs. bacalao (cod fish)

    1 tsp. black pepper

    1 envelope sazón

    2 tsp. manzanilla olives


    Soak over night if possible to remove some salt.

    Start by boilng the cod fish and change the water at least 2 times.

    Shred the cod and make sure it doesn't have any bones and set aside.

    Heat the vegetable canola oil in a skillet and add the sofrito and tomato sauce. Cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes.

    Add the shredded cod fish, sazón, olives, black pepper and salt if needed.

    Cook on low heat for another 15 minutes.

    Serve with white rice and tostones on the side.

    Here is the Arroz con Grandules recipe(rice w/ pigeon peas):


    1 lb. raw medium grain rice

    1 15 oz. can gandules (pigeon peas)

    2 1/2 tbsp. sofrito*

    2 envelopes sazón seasoning with achiote

    2 tbsp. Manzanilla olives

    1/2 cup vegetable oil

    1 8 oz. can tomato sauce

    16 oz. water


    Place the vegetable oil, sofrito, sazón with achiote, gandules, olives, and tomato sauce in a big pot.

    Thoroughly wash rice and add to the other ingredients.

    Pour water over the ingredients and stir well.

    (Water should be about 1 inch above the ingredients).

    Boil on medium high until all the water is absorbed.

    Reduce heat to low and cover the pot with aluminum foil* and lid.

    Cook for 35-40 minutes, depending on your stove. Or if you use a rice cooker, cook until it turns on to warm.

  • 1 decade ago

    Bacalao is actually a Portuguese dish made of cod, boiled eggs, onion, and olive oil. My wife is Puerto rican and says that this dish you speak of does not have a particular name or specific recipe it was probably a creative idea that spread by word of mouth.

    As for a recipe i would suggest the orignal yellow rice recipe ( short grain rice with the proper seasoning; sofrito, salt, olive oil, and sazon (for color). Add to that your Gandules and cod and you should be in the ball park.

  • Sa_San
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    In the Caribbean (West Indian) community we call it saltfish Anyway the way we do it at home is soak the fish in water over night, then drain it out and break it up into pieces. At the same time, put some oil (olive oil) in a pot, and stew it up with garlic, onion, tomato, and peppers. Let them get soft, then add the saltfish, and stew it together for about 10 minutes.

    Source(s): home recipie
  • 1 decade ago

    Not familiar with the particular dish, but bacalao is salted cod.

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