Fried Cow

a.k.a. vaca frita, is one of the most popular cuban dishes, and is definitely one of (if not) my favorite cuban dish.

Although it takes a bit of time (mainly to boil) it’s a pretty simple process.

Serve with white rice and black beans (can be purchased in can form, heated up, and served within minutes).


  • flank steak
  • 2 bay leaves
  • a pinch of black peppercorn
  • 1 white onion (sliced thinly)
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • salt & pepper
  • 3 tblsp olive oil (more later if needed)
  • a handful of chopped parsley
  • limes


  1. Place steak in a put and fill with water, just enough to cover. Add bay leaves and peppercorns. Boil steak for about an hour and a half, until tender. Cover pot and allow to cool.
  2. Remove steak from pot and season with salt and pepper, onion powder and garlic powder, to taste.
  3. Next, shred the steak. At this point, your meat should be tender enough to shred or break apart by hand. NOTE: If you have the time, place shredded meat in a container with lemon and lime juice and chopped garlic. Allow to marinate over night. If you don’t have the time, move on to step 4.
  4. Then, heat the olive oil in a pan. Toss in handfuls of the shredded meat along with the sliced onions and allow to fry. Allow meat and onion to brown as desired. I prefer a crispy texture for both the onions and meat.
  5. Plate and serve with wedges of lime and a sprinkle of chopped parsley.
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