Filipino Fried Garlic Rice

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Indulge in the comforting flavors of Filipino Fried Garlic Rice, a popular dish that combines aromatic garlic with crispy rice for a simple yet satisfying meal. This recipe is a staple in Filipino cuisine, offering a delicious way to enjoy leftover rice in a new and flavorful way.

Why Make This Recipe

Filipino Fried Garlic Rice is perfect for using up leftover rice and makes for a quick and easy meal or side dish. The combination of garlic-infused oil and crispy rice creates a comforting and flavorful dish that can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

How to Make Filipino Fried Garlic Rice


  • 2 tablespoons neutral oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 9 to 10 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 1/2 cups cooked white rice
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Once hot, add oil and salt, tossing to combine.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium and add garlic, cooking until golden crispy and fragrant.
  4. Add rice and break apart any big chunks.
  5. Let the rice sit on the heat for 4 to 5 minutes to achieve a crispy texture. Break it apart and season with more salt if needed. Add black pepper.
  6. Serve warm and enjoy!

How to Serve Filipino Fried Garlic Rice

Serve Filipino Fried Garlic Rice as a side dish to grilled meats or fish, alongside fried eggs for a hearty breakfast, or enjoy it on its own as a flavorful snack. It pairs well with Filipino dishes like adobo or sisig.

How to Store Filipino Fried Garlic Rice

Store any leftover Filipino Fried Garlic Rice in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in a skillet with a little oil to maintain the crispy texture.

Tips to Make Filipino Fried Garlic Rice

  • Use day-old rice for the best texture and to prevent it from becoming mushy.
  • Adjust the amount of garlic to suit your preference for a stronger or milder garlic flavor.
  • For extra flavor, you can add diced vegetables like carrots, peas, or bell peppers to the rice.


For a heartier version of Filipino Fried Garlic Rice, you can add cooked diced chicken, shrimp, or tofu to make it a complete meal. You can also drizzle with a little soy sauce or sprinkle with chopped green onions for added flavor.


  1. Can I use brown rice instead of white rice? Yes, but brown rice may have a different texture and will require longer cooking time.
  2. Can I make this dish with pre-minced garlic from a jar? Yes, but fresh minced garlic will provide the best flavor and aroma.
  3. Is it necessary to use a non-stick skillet? A non-stick skillet works best for achieving a crispy texture, but you can also use a well-seasoned cast-iron skillet for similar results.

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