#MeatlessMondays – Arroz a la Cubana, An Express Lunch to Move Your Hips to

Arroz a la Cubana (Cuban Rice) is the easiest dish to make in the World. Ok, maybe bread and butter, or scrambled eggs are easier, but this is much more than just a snack, and it can be done in a few minutes with the cheapest ingredients at hand. Got some leftover rice? Check. Got eggs in the fridge? Check. Have a ripe plantain hanging around in the kitchen? (You may have to go out of your way for this one, but not if you’re Latino/a). Peruvians love to have platanos de la isla (de la isla bananas) or bizcochito bananas, extra sweet and great for frying.

All you have to do is heat the rice, fry the eggs, slice the plantains, and fry them in the same pan where you fried the eggs. Y listo! Lunch is ready. This is the go-to dish for moms on a budget, or busy people on a time-budget. Arroz a la Cubana is so easy to make, yet so delicious, that it is no surprise that there are several versions for this entree, including thearroz cubano” in Spain. Is it really Cuban? I don’t know, but what I know is that it is a tasty and fun way to have a fuss-free meal every once in a while. And when I enjoy it I like to set the mood with this famous song called “Baila como Juana la Cubana” (dance like Juana, the Cuban girl).

Crown your dish with some salsa criolla, take your shoes off, y a bailar!


  1. I’ve never had that combination before… I think I would require some toast to dip in the egg LOL… Those platanos and the arroz look yummy.

  2. Este plato es muy colombiano, sobre todo el arroz con huevo que puede llegar a ser el favorito de muchas celebridades la farándula criolla. Además, el toque del plátano le da un dulce muy especial.

    • cuántos platos compartimos en nuestros países, no? Tenemos tradiciones culinarias que nos unen y nos identifican. Y cómo es eso de la farándula criolla?

  3. Este es el menu favorito de mi hija. Arroz con huevo frito y platano maduro. Mas rico, imposible! Yo le agrego un pedacito de queso al platano 🙂

  4. I’ve never liked fried eggs, but your picture sure makes it look yummy. Reminds me of when my grandma used to make mangu con huevos fritos

  5. I have had this dish many times! It was easy and my go-to meal when in college. No idea this was what it was called though.

  6. mm que rico! el huevo frito me hace acordar a cuando era pequeña! que delicia mojarlo con pan.. se me hace agua la boca..

  7. I’ve had all these items separately, but wouldn’t think to combine and serve for lunch. Thanks for the idea.

  8. Wepa! I love this lunch. I have it all the time. Simple and just delicious!

  9. Yum! Love it, though I will never wear shorts like that in my life. Ha!

  10. Arroz con huevo frito! Facil y rapido de hacer. Conozco gente que sobrevive con arroz y huevo frito…no sabia que lo llamaban a la cubana. Gracias chicas! en la casa tengo platanitos…ya se que hay de cena hoy 😉

  11. I can confirm this was Mami’s “go-to” dish. If we showed up with extra people, the dishes went back to the kitchen, freíba unos huevos, repartía un poco y poof! Había comida para todos porque donde comen 4 comen 5!

  12. this is such a great dish….loved this as a kid….now my husband is asking me to make it for him…you cant go wrong….rice, bananas and eggs…my favorite….the bananas….

    • It’s amazing, isn’t it Alicia? One can try the most sophisticated foods in the world, but it’s always the simple ones that make us happier.

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