Garlicky Fried Rice

Garlicky Fried Rice

Garlic. Garlic Chips. Soy Sauce. Butter. Heaven.

This Garlicky Fried Rice is WAY better than any takeout fried rice and is super simple to make. I make some kind of fried rice at least once a week and so I fancy myself a bit of an expert. I have no idea at all if my fried rice is in any way authentic in its preparation, method or ingredients, but I can promise you that it is good. SO good.

If you’re that person who adds 4 cloves of garlic when the recipe calls for one then this one is for you. I got you. I’m on your team.

Garlicky Fried Rice

I have very strong beliefs about the elements required to make fried rice really, really good. Those elements are: oil (lots of it), garlic (obviously), soy sauce (duh), sesame oil (do NOT make fried rice without sesame oil) and butter (clearly not authentic but can you think of one thing that isn’t made better with a little butter?).

Garlicky Fried Rice

Garlicky Fried Rice

Garlicky Fried Rice

A better than takeout fried rice that is packed with garlicky goodness. Easy to make, delicious and loaded with garlic.
5 from 2 votes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6


For the garlic chips:

  • 1/4 cup neutral oil
  • 2 cloves garlic very thinly sliced

For the rice:

  • 3 Tbsp Oil
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 4 cups cooked rice cold (I like short grain rice)
  • 1 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp butter

For serving:

  • Sliced Scallions
  • Garlic Chips


Make the Garlic Chips:

  • Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a skillet.
  • When it’s hot, add in the sliced garlic.
  • Cook for about 4-5 minutes, tossing occasionally, until golden.
  • Drain on paper towel and sprinkle with salt. Set aside.

Make the rice:

  • Add the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat and add in the garlic. Cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add in the rice, increase heat to med-high. Stir well.
  • Add in the sesame oil, soy sauce and butter. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Stir well and then allow to cook in a single layer for 2-3 minutes until the rice crisps up a little on the bottom. Stir.

Serve with sliced scallions, garlic chips and sesame seeds.


    *Any type of rice will work… short grain, long grain, jasmine, basmati, brown.
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    Garlicky Fried Rice Recipe ingredients, tips, substitutions:

    Rice – I really like short grain rice for this recipe. White or brown – both equally good. Long grain rice works too and is equally delicious. Whatever you use, it’s best if it’s cooked and cooled ahead of time.

    Garlic – fresh garlic. No subs.

    Oil – use a neutral tasting oil.

    Skillet – a non-stick skillet works best so the rice tosses around easily.

    Sesame Oil – toasted sesame oil.

    Garlicky Fried Rice Recipe Variations:

    Veggie Version – instead of simmering on the stovetop, bake the meatballs in the oven for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees after you add in the sauce.

    Full Meal Version – add veggies as above and also add in your cooked protein of choice. I like chicken thighs, grilled steak, shrimp or crispy tofu.

    Garlicky Fried Rice

    garlicky fried rice recipe, how to make it…

    The first thing to do is cook the rice, and preferably the day before or the morning of and refrigerated. This allows the rice to be completely cooled before cooking, which keeps it from getting clumpy.

    Next you’ll make the garlic chips. Simply slice up some garlic cloves so the slices are very thin. Fry them in a little oil until they’re golden and then set them aside.

    Next heat oil in a large skillet and add in – you guessed it – some garlic. Let it cook for a couple of minutes and then add in the rice. Season the rice with S&P, soy sauce, sesame oil and butter. Stir it all up and then let it cook, undisturbed for a few minutes until the bottom gets a little crisp. Stir, repeat, stir and serve.

    I like it garnished with the garlic chips and some thinly sliced scallions.

    Garlicky Fried Rice

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