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garlic fried rice with crispy garlic chips and scallions as garnish on top
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📋 RECIPE: Easy Garlic Rice

Garlic rice is easy to make and quick side dish for any meal. Plain rice is boring; garlic butter rice has robust flavors from garlic and butter. This one-pot rice side dish is perfect way to elevate plain rice!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Western
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 300kcal


  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic thinly sliced
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 1 ¼ cup stock low sodium
  • Salt to taste
  • ground white pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoon dried parsley (optional)
  • ¼ cup scallions or green onions


  • Heat olive oil on medium heat. Fry thin sliced garlic in it until golden brown. This step is optional but highly recommend it.
  • Remove golden brown garlic chips onto a kitchen towel.
  • Into the same pan add butter.
  • Sauté minced garlic in butter on medium low until flavor of garlic is infused into the butter. Approximately 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add long grain rice to the pan. Sauté rice to coat it with butter.
  • Pour stock (chicken or vegetable).
  • Season rice with salt and white ground pepper to taste.
  • Stir and bring it to boil.
  • Reduce heat to low. Cover pot with lid and cook for 15 minutes without disturbing the rice on low heat.
  • Once cooked, turn off heat and let rice rest with lid covered for 10 minutes. Resting rice is crucial. It’ll help rice finish cooking and turn soft and fluffy.
  • Open lid, fluff rice gently with rubber spatula or fork.
  • Add fried garlic chips, dried parsley and green onions to the pan.
  • Stir and mix it gently.
  • Serve as side dish with any meal of your choice.
  • They are so good, you can eat it by the bowl just as it is.



  • Garlic fried rice tastes best with long grain rice like basmati rice or Jasmine rice. They are fragrant long grain rice that has subtle nutty flavor and works very well for the dish.
  • Using stock either chicken or vegetable stock instead of water to cook rice makes garlic butter rice more flavorful. Make sure to use low sodium stock as your rice make turn out salty.
  • Golden fried garlic chips adds amazing flavor and texture to rice. Though this step is optional, it’s highly recommended.
  • Sauté rice for a minute or two before you add stock.
  • Cook rice on low heat without disturbing. Frequent opening of the lid while cooking will cause steam to escape and rice will not be cooked to.
  • Resting rice is crucial. It’ll help rice finish cooking and turn soft and fluffy.
  • Water rice ratio:
    Long grain white rice: Use 1 cup water for 1 ¼ cup rice. If you choose to rinse and soak rice for 10 to 15 minutes prior to cooking, then adjust rice water ratio to 1:1. 
    Long grain brown rice: 1 ½ cup water for 1 cup rice.
    Brown rice: 1.25 cup water for 1 cup rice. Brown rice will take about 20-23 minutes to cook.
Nutrition estimates are for 1 serving of garlic rice as side dish. can be served for 4 people for side dish.
Nutritional Info – Please keep in mind that nutritional information provided is only a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.


Calories: 300kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 349mg | Potassium: 110mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 395IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg