Fried rice with tuna spiced with annatto (atsuete) oil to give it a vibrant orange color and an appetizing aroma and flavor.

Tuna Java Rice


3 tablespoons atsuete oil*
2 tablespoons chopped onions
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
3 tablespoons diced red bell peppers
3 tablespoons green peas
2 teaspoons hot sauce
2 tablespoons tomato ketchup
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1-180 grams Century Tuna Flakes in Vegetable Oil, drained
4 cups cooked rice
3/4 teaspoon salt, or according to taste


Heat atsuete oil in a Tefal stir fry pan. Sauté garlic, onions, bell peppers and green peas. Add hot sauce, ketchup, cinnamon and tuna. Add rice then stir fry until color is even. Season with salt. Serve hot.

Makes 3 to 4 servings.

Approximate time of preparation: 20 minutes

*To make atsuete oil: Heat 1/4 cup cooking oil in a pan. Add a tablespoon of atsuete seeds and fry for a few seconds until oil turns bright orange in color. Strain seeds and discard. Use oil for Tuna Java Rice.

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