Rice with Coca- Cola and Raisins (Arroz con Coca- Cola y Pasas)

by Erica Dinho on October 11, 2009

arroz con Cola y pasasI posted a rice with cola recipe when I started this blog, as this is one of my favorite side dishes for entertaining. One of my aunts always made this rice for our family parties and I loved it. My husband is not a big fan of raisins and that is why I always made it without the raisins, but yesterday I made it for lunch and I decided to add the raisins…he didn’t complain :) It is sweet and sticky and delicious. Try it.



(4 servings)

  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 2 cups Coca-cola
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tablet chicken or vegetable bouillon
  • 2 tablespoon butter or oil
  • 3 tablespoon chopped scallions, plus more for garnish
  • ½ cup raisins


  1. Place the rinsed rice in a medium saucepan. Then add the butter, coca-cola, water, chicken or vegetable bouillon, raisins and scallions.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Stir once, cover, reduce the heat to low, and cook for 20 minutes, remove the pan from the stove and let it sit for 5 minutes. Fluff the rice using a fork and serve immediately.
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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Claudia Medeiros October 11, 2009 at 10:50 AM

Sure I’ll try it ! My husband is mad about Coca-Cola , so I think he’ll enjoy this dish :D
Thanks for sharing and have a great Sunday :)


2 Kim October 11, 2009 at 6:05 PM

This sounds like a fun recipe. I bet it would be sticky and delicious. Coke is used in so many recipes and desserts. Looks so pretty.


3 Haley J. October 11, 2009 at 6:20 PM

I have never tried rice cooked with cola before, but I am looking forward to doing so! We adore rice, and new ways of preparing it are fun to try. Thanks!


4 Velva October 11, 2009 at 6:28 PM

This is like a dessert! Yum!
Glad to know your new host server is doing well.


5 Erica October 11, 2009 at 8:13 PM

Thank you guys ;-)


6 Simply Life October 11, 2009 at 8:33 PM

Oh this looks amazing!

P.S. I hope you saw I passed on a blogger award to you last week! :)


7 DebinHawaii October 12, 2009 at 2:57 AM

What a unique dish–it sounds like it would be delicious!


8 Sophie October 12, 2009 at 3:34 AM

The rice looks fab,…euh,..;coca cola??? hahahaha,…but if it tastes fab, why not?!


9 Anna October 12, 2009 at 5:19 AM

That’s totally new to me, looks delicious.


10 Raje October 12, 2009 at 8:43 AM

Rice with Cola! Interesting. Certainly must try it….


11 Erica October 12, 2009 at 9:55 AM

Thank you everyone for visiting!


12 Oysterculture October 12, 2009 at 11:52 AM

Here is another wonderful dish to try – cannot wait to check it out. Love the interesting addition of coca-cola.


13 Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen October 12, 2009 at 4:24 PM

I have never heard of this! How interesting!


14 Joan Nova October 12, 2009 at 6:33 PM

I don’t drink soda and, yet, I’m really intrigued by this recipe. Though it has the sweet elements in it, you called it a side dish and “I get it”. I think it would be great next to ham or pork.


15 DiscoDemolitionDave October 14, 2009 at 9:00 AM

I may not put in on the side.,
I think I’ll put it under….
The Red Beans….
With the Jerk Chicken on Top!

Thank you Erica


16 Soma October 16, 2009 at 8:08 PM

This is one interesting recipe! I have heard things baked with soda, but never heard of being used in cooking this way. Very curious to know what kind of taste it imparts.


17 Erica October 17, 2009 at 10:59 AM

Thank you all for commenting and try this recipe! You are going to love it :)


18 Stephanie October 27, 2009 at 5:42 PM

When my husband first told me about this rice, I thought he was joking!! I am Canadian born from a French Canadian dad and 2nd generation Italian mom, I have never cooked using soft drinks!! Again with your help Erica all these wonderful traditional Colombian dishes are now available with one click. So, I decided tonight I would make this side dish to accompany our steaks, wish me luck!


19 luz November 7, 2009 at 1:07 PM

yo soy colombiana pero no sabia como hacer esta receta.Bueno por que soy de la costa (cartagena).



20 Alma December 14, 2010 at 12:43 AM

You know what’s funny this is what I call the arroz con coco cause on top of the raisins and coco cola we also use coconut milk my grandma who is from Barranquilla makes it for the holidays it goes good with turkey I know a lot of different variations on this recipe..and although I don’t really like raisins this is so good that I eat it with the raisins


21 Johana March 2, 2011 at 7:34 PM

Hello!! Could you tell me please, what other stuff could go great with this rice? I mean what meat, if it goes with plantain or fries, what vegetables, etc … Thanks!!


22 Pilli September 29, 2011 at 9:48 PM

Thank you!!!

I am originally from Colombia. I can’t remember the last time that I ate arroz con Coca-cola. I have three kids and we don’t drink sodas, but when I mentioned to them this rice they keep asking for it. Well, here I am trying your recipe. I am sure it will be delicious like your pandebonos that I made recently for friends and family.


23 Adriana Jones December 31, 2011 at 2:19 PM

I am sitting with my mother right now checking the “recetas” for tonight dinner NEW YEAR DINNER. We were looking for the ARROZ CON COCA COLA Y PASAS. I personally have not try it yet. My mother loves this recipe and we will make tonight it for my friends ; all of them are from different cultures. i will post the results of my COLOMBIAN DINNER.


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