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Portuguese tomato rice - Arroz de tomate
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
A wonderful classic Portuguese side dish. This rice is served often with grilled meats or fried fish. It’s Portuguese comfort food at its best.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Portugal, Portuguese
Keyword: Arroz de tomate, Portuguese tomnato rice, Tomato rice
Servings: 4 servings
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 medium cooking onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 1 can diced tomatoes 400ml or 13.5 fl oz
  • 1/2 cup strained tomatoes (passata)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  1. Heat the olive oil in a medium to large pot on medium heat.
  2. Add the onions and garlic, and sauté for about 3 minutes or until the onions soften.
  3. Add the bay leaves and wine.
  4. Cook the wine down (reduce the wine) for about 2 more minutes.
  5. Add the remaining ingredients, and stir.
  6. Bring to a light boil, cover the pot, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for about 20 minutes. Give the ingredients a stir every 5 minutes.
  7. Shut off the heat, uncover the pot, fluff using a fork, and remove the bay leaves.
  8. Enjoy with fried fish or grilled meats!
Recipe Notes

If you find that it's a little dryer than you like, feel free to add a few tablespoons of water at the end, and mix well.

This recipe is often made with short grain rice called arroz carolino (like arborio). I went for a slightly different consistency. Feel free to substitute if you prefer the more traditional version. They both taste great.