From the culantro to the garlic, learn the key ingredients you need to make this flavorful sofrito. This cooking base is versatile and adds depth to a variety of dishes.

You can use Dominican sofrito in traditional Dominican and Caribbean recipes like carne guisada, camarones guisados, pollo guisado, and so much more. I also love using this in my Dominican beans because it gives it a delicious, fresh flavor.

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Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Versatility. Sofrito recaito is incredibly versatile and can be used in a wide variety of dishes.
  • Convenience. Having a batch of Dominican sofrito on hand in the freezer means you can easily add flavor to your dishes whenever you need it.
  • Homemade is better. Making your own sofrito allows you to control the quality and freshness of the ingredients, and tastes better than the storebought versions. But for the times you can’t make your own, I recommend keeping a bottle of Loisa’s organic sofrito in your pantry.

Ingredients you’ll need to make Dominican sofrito

  • Cilantro. Cilantro adds freshness to the sofrito.
  • Culantro. Culantro provides a deeper, more pungent flavor.
  • Bell peppers. I use green and red bell peppers contribute sweetness and color.
  • Aji dulce. Aji dulce peppers offer a mild heat and fruity undertones.
  • Onion. Red onion is my go to for sofrito.
  • Garlic. Garlic is essential in this recipe.
  • Lemon. Lemon adds acidity and brightness.
  • Apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar provides tanginess and helps preserve the sofrito.
  • Oregano. If you can get your hands on Dominican oregano then use it in this recipe!
  • Turmeric. A dash for a warm, earthy flavor.

How to make Dominican sofrito

  1. In a food processor or blender, combine all the ingredients and process or blend until completely smooth.
  2. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks or in the freezer for 3-4 months.

Recipe tips and tricks

  • Season the sofrito. If you season the sofrito with the basics like salt and pepper, then you won’t have to add those seasonings to your cooking later. Just make sure not to overdo it with the salt!
  • Make sure that all ingredients are roughly chopped. If you chop up the vegetables before blending or processing it helps to achieve a smooth consistency in the sofrito.

Storage tips

  • To store homemade sofrito, refrigerate for up to two weeks or freeze in portions. I like to store it in a mason jar.
  • A useful storage tip is to freeze sofrito recaito in ice cube trays. Spoon it into the compartments, freeze until solid, then transfer the cubes to a freezer bag. This makes it easy to grab the amount you need for your recipes.

Common questions

Is sofrito the same thing as sazon?

No, sofrito is not the same thing as sazon, though sofrito is sometimes referred to as sazon in Dominican cuisine. Sofrito is a green seasoning and in most cases, sazon liquido is an orange colored all purpose marinating seasoning.

What can you substitute for aji dulce peppers?

You can substitute the aji dulce peppers for 2 cubanelle peppers or for 1 habanero pepper.

Dominican Puerto Rican Sofrito Recaito (Green Seasoning)

Dominican Sofrito (Green Seasoning)

5 from 3 votes
Enhance your cooking with the rich flavors of Dominican sofrito, an aromatic blend of herbs and spices.
Prep Time 7 minutes
Total Time 9 minutes
Course Seasoning
Cuisine Caribbean
Servings 2 cups

Ingredients
  

  • 10 sprigs cilantro
  • 10 sprigs culantro
  • ½ green bell pepper
  • ½ red bell pepper
  • ½ yellow onion
  • 8 aji dulce peppers
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • 1 lime juice
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tsp turmeric

Instructions
 

  • In a food processor or blender, combine all the ingredients and process or blend until completely smooth.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks or in the freezer for 3-4 months.
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