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Carne Frita

Make this Tonight - "Puerto Rican Pride"

15
Prep Time
(minutes)
150
Cook Time
(minutes)
4
Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ pounds pork shoulder, with no skin, cut into even-sized chunks
  • 1 ½ tablespoons kosher salt
  • ½ tablespoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground annatto
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chopped finely chopped cilantro stems
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • Zest of one lime
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1 ½ tablespoons wine vinegar

Steps

  1. In a food processor mix salt, pepper, garlic, annatto, ¼ cup canola oil, ground cumin, cilantro stems, oregano, lime juice, and zest. Mix until you have a paste.
  2. Rinse the meat and pat dry. Add vinegar and seasoning blend. Let marinate 2 hours or overnight.
  3. Add the remaining 2 cups of canola to a dutch oven set on high. When the oil reaches 350 degrees add a medium-sized batch of pork and deep fry about 10-12 minutes. Remove the pork from the pan and set aside on a paper towel-lined plate to soak up any excess oil.
  4. Once the meat is all cooked, reserve one cup from the frying oil and discard the rest.