Trini Fry Rice

What is Fry Rice? Fry rice is a dish influenced by our Chinese culture in Trinidad and Tobago that everyone regardless of race, in my opinion, knows how to cook. We usually make this at home for a special occasion, like someone’s birthday or on Sunday.  In this instance we made it on Sunday just to have something special for lunch.

A Delicious Trini Fry Rice

Everyone has there own way of making fried rice, but the the recipe is basically the same. To keep it a little authentic we like to use sesame oil and soya sauce that brings out the taste. I don’t use the Vetsin, because of the MSG and we know that it’s not healthy anyway. The main reason why I think this is such a popular dish is that you could go to any Chinese restaurant; ask for a number 1. and they would give you fried rice, chowmein and chicken. Always fry rice! Most Trinis know what I’m talking about, ent?

fry rice

Fry Rice
Chinese food has really been another corner stone in our cooking and, as I said before, has become part of our culture. I must add though that since starting this blog I’ve really been made aware of the rich food culture I am part of, here in Trinidad and Tobago. Everyone who visit the country will always know about the callaloo and the roti, but what about food from other cultures from Trinidad? How about a Trini Chinese style chicken, or a nice Trini arepa or empanada or a taste of cassava bread straight from the fire or even some buccaneer wild meat, like agouti, deer or tatoo (armadillo), stewed down in some coconut milk over a wood fire? I see I have a lot to do still.

Now with the influx of new immigrants from all over the world I believe there will be a sort of micro culture developing also. Who knows maybe later on there will be places doing Nigerian, Colombian, or Filipino cooking all with a Trini twist, given the time to melt into this pelau of a culture we have. :^)

So here is Trini style fried rice.

Trini Fry Rice Recipe



1 carrot, grated or finely chopped
1 sweet pepper,
1 small onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tbsp. oil
¼ cup. soya sauce
¼ cup sesame oil
2 cups uncooked rice
2 blades chives
1 sprig celery
2 pimiento peppers (red and yellow)
salt to taste

Boil rice and set aside

Chop the pimento and sweet pepper.

In a deep pot, sauté the garlic and onion in the oil.
Stir fry over high heat for about 1 minute.

Reduce heat and add the carrots.

Stir fry it a bit

Add the rice and mix well over a medium heat for about 2 minutes.
Add the sesame oil.

And the soya sauce.

Add the celery, chive, pimento and sweet pepper.

Mix well.

Add salt to taste.


Continue mixing until an even colour is achieved.
That’s it for another post. Bye!

Enjoy your Trini fry rice.

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8 Responses to Trini Fry Rice

  1. Onika November 29, 2010 at 10:34 pm #

    Love it. Thanks for the recipe.

  2. EBranker October 2, 2011 at 6:37 pm #

    Prepared this today and it was delicious – haven’t cook Fried Rice in years
    Thank You for all the wonderful recipes!!

  3. Sean October 20, 2011 at 4:17 pm #


    • Andrea October 28, 2012 at 12:58 pm #

      added my own twist and it came out great,simple and quick…thank u

  4. Dexter April 19, 2013 at 7:29 pm #

    Is this measurement correct?
    ¼ cup. soya sauce
    ¼ cup sesame oil

    It seems too much. Did you mean tablespoon?

    • Felix April 19, 2013 at 8:17 pm #

      Just reviewed the recipe but the problem wasn’t the soy sauce or sesame oil. The typo was with the rice but it’s fixed now. It should read 2 cups uncooked rice. Thank you for your comment. :)

  5. Sali September 25, 2013 at 11:04 am #

    1/4 cup of each oil…wow sounds like too much????

    • Felix September 25, 2013 at 12:40 pm #

      Okay. 2 cups of uncooked rice will yield 4 cups of rice. Try using less oil and you will see it sticking to the pot, worse yet if you use a wok. Feel free to use less if you are concerned about calories.

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