Garlic Fried Rice


August 5, 2022

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Garlic Fried Rice is a wonderful side dish you can make in just a few minutes with very few ingredients. You can add protein to this dish for a main course!

On top of that, it comes together in about 20 minutes, so it’s perfect for a weeknight meal!

Watch the Garlic Fried Rice Fried Rice Recipe Video Below!

close up of garlic fried rice

Ingredients for Garlic Fried Rice

Making Garlic Fried Rice is extremely easy and doesn’t require a lot of ingredients, but it brings a ton of flavor! Here is what you’ll need:

  • White Rice – I prefer long grain white rice that has been dried out uncovered in the fridge for this recipe (such as jasmine) due to the lower moisture content of the rice compared to short grain rice. On home stoves, this will result in fried rice that isn’t mushy!
  • Fresh Garlic
  • Kosher Salt
  • White Pepper
  • Sugar
  • MSG (optional)
  • Light soy sauce (I opt for low sodium)
  • Neutral Oil


I’ve made fried rice many times (some amazing, some very mushy), but drying out the rice uncovered in the fridge for a least a day will help reduce the moisture content in the rice. Using long grain rice helps even more, as long grain rice has less moisture content than short grain rice.

As always, this is optional 🙂

My favorite neutral oil is avocado oil, but you can also use canola or vegetable oil! I don’t use olive oil when cooking Chinese food for two reasons: 1. It has a low burning point and 2. I find that the flavor profile does not usually go with the dish.


Fresh garlic is ESSENTIAL! 15-20 cloves is just a guideline, but feel free to use more if you like for that extra garlic flavor!

raw garlic chopped on a cutting board

Cooking Garlic Fried Rice: Recipe Instructions

This Garlic Fried Rice is incredibly easy to make and comes together in about 20 minutes! It doesn’t require a lot of ingredients and I love how simple but delicious the end result is.

garlic fried rice plated in a bowl

Fry the Garlic

The first step in this recipe is to chop and fry your garlic. Once your cloves are minced, heat 3 tablespoons of neutral oil in a large pan or wok over medium high heat, then fry your garlic for about 1 minute until they are golden brown and remove. Our goal is to infuse the oil with the fresh garlic flavor and reserve those crispy pieces for the final dish.

garlic frying in oil in a wok

Sauté Scallions

After the garlic is removed, sauté the scallions for a few seconds in the garlic infused oil until fragrant for 15-30 seconds.

scallions frying in a wok

Add the White Rice

Immediately add the day old white rice and mix thoroughly until the scallion is mixed in with the rice. Continue cooking over high heat until the rice is relatively dry and you are able to see the rice grains separating in the pan. This can take anywhere from 3-4 minutes depending on the heat of your stove. Add the dry seasonings and light soy sauce and give it another good mix.

white rice added to garlic and scallions in a wok

Add back Fried Garlic

Once the fried rice is nicely seasoned and dry (always taste and season according to your preference), add back your fried garlic. Give it another good mix to incorporate and your Garlic Fried Rice is done! The garlic aroma should be fragrant throughout the rice thanks to that garlic infused oil and smell so delicious!

I love garnishing my Garlic Fried Rice with additional fried garlic chips and freshly chopped scallions! Serve immediately with and enjoy!

fried garlic on top of fried rice
close up of garlic fried rice in a bowl

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For a recipe that comes together extremely quickly, the key to pulling this recipe off successfully is having your ingredients prepped and in bowls right next to your wok or pan! Have your rice, shrimp, seasonings, and aromatics ready and easily accessible during the cooking process.

This recipe is super customizable! You can add shrimp, chicken, or steak for a heartier main course!

garlic fried rice plated in a bowl

Garlic Fried Rice

This Garlic Fried Rice is SUPER fragrant with all of the fresh garlic and scallions. It's perfect as a side or with protein for a main course!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4


  • 2 cups long grain white rice (uncooked measurement) dried out uncovered in fridge for at least overnight
  • 15 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 tsp kosher salt to taste
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • 1/4 tsp MSG optional
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2 scallions chopped
  • 3 tbsp neutral oil


  • fried garlic
  • scallions


  • In a large pan or wok, heat neutral oil over medium high heat and add chopped garlic. Cook for 1-2 minutes until the garlic has turned golden brown and remove, leaving the garlic-infused oil in the pan.
  • Add scallions and sauté for 15-30 seconds until fragrant.
  • Turn the heat to high, then add the day old long grain white rice and mix thoroughly until the grains are separated and relatively dry (about 3-4 minutes depending on the heat of your stove).
  • Season with kosher salt, white pepper, sugar, msg, and light soy sauce. Mix to combine.
  • Add back the reserved fried garlic and mix. Garnish with additional chopped scallions and fried garlic and enjoy!
Keyword fried rice, garlic
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