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Garlic Rice is the simplest, greatest tasting facet dish which you can serve with something! From roast hen to chops, stir fries to fish, Center Jap to Mexican meals, this buttery rice is so flavourful you may eat it plain. Have some tonight, freeze some for later!

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Garlic rice

Garlic Rice is one in all my most-used facet dish recipes and I really feel a bit of egocentric for maintaining it to myself all these years! It’s a rice facet dish that’s fast to make and actually goes with something. Any delicacies, any meals kind. From an Argentinian Chimichurri steak to Chinese language Char Sui Pork, French Ratatouille to Moroccan lamb meatballs, a gradual roasted Greek Lamb Leg to Vietnamese Lemongrass Rooster, I problem you to consider a dish that this Garlic Rice wouldn’t go along with!

Consider it like mashed potato. Or the rice model of everyone’s favorite garlic bread! Or – a better model of fried rice. Make it as we speak and warmth it up tomorrow, hold a stash in your freezer. It’s simply as a lot at dwelling in your dinner plate as it’s as a part of an enormous buffet.

Bowl of Garlic rice

No sauce required

One particular factor about this Garlic Rice is that it’s flavoured sufficient to eat with out smothering with sauce, like saucy stir fries and plain white rice. Right here’s an instance of what I imply – a dinner plate with Lime Rooster. I’d ordinarily serve it with one thing that stands by itself two ft, like Mac and Cheese, Potato Salad, or possibly some roast greens or hefty salad like my favorite Quinoa Salad.

However Garlic Rice is far quicker to make!

Garlic rice on a plate with Lime Chicken
Lime Rooster served with Garlic Rice and Sautéed Spinach with some cherry tomatoes.

Substances in garlic rice

So – exhausting promote finished. 😂 Right here’s all you must make Garlic Rice!

Garlic rice ingredients
  • Rice varieties – This recipe will work with lengthy grain (my default), medium grain, quick grain (sushi rice) or basmati.

    Not appropriate as written for brown rice, jasmine rice, wild rice, black rice or fake rice (cauliflower rice, quinoa and so on). Jasmine rice may be made as Garlic Rice however you’ll must comply with the preparation steps per the recipe (rinse + much less water).

  • Butter (unsalted) – The cooking fats of selection, for beautiful buttery flavour. We use half to sauté the garlic that the rice is then cooked in, then the opposite half is stirred in on the finish. Most butter flavour!

    I used unsalted butter which is my default for cooking as a result of then I can management the quantity of salt from different substances. In the event you solely have salted butter, skip the salt within the recipe.

    Further virgin olive oil makes a beautiful various to butter. Use 4 tablespoons.

  • Garlic – Garlic minced with a knife will sauté higher. A garlic press/crusher works okay right here as a result of we’re utilizing sufficient butter (garlic is wetter so doesn’t sauté fairly as nicely until you utilize loads of fats). Jar garlic paste, nonetheless……don’t speak to me about that stuff! Bitter, moist and barely resembles the flavour of actual garlic!

Garlic rice ingredients
  • Liquid hen inventory/broth OR water + inventory powder – This rice actually is tastiest made with liquid hen inventory/broth. It’s a normal pantry merchandise for me which I fill up on when it’s on sale as a result of I take advantage of it a lot in my cooking.

    Nonetheless, as a value efficient various, inventory powder plus water can be utilized. Use no matter quantity the jar specifies. Often it’s 1 teaspoon of powder plus 1 cup of water = 1 cup of liquid inventory.

    My favorite inventory powders for this recipe:
    1. Vegeta vegetable seasoning
    2. Knorr Chinese language hen bouillon powder – cleaner, much less “pretend” hen flavour than Western ones
    3. Another hen or vegetable inventory powder

Methods to cook dinner garlic rice

It’s similar to cooking plain rice – besides we begin with garlic butter, and end with extra butter. 😇 You realize that is going to be good!

❗️No must rinse the rice until you’re apprehensive about cleanness which, if you buy rice in packets from grocery shops, shouldn’t be a priority. Rinsing is not required for fluffy rice. What you want is the right water to rice ratio: 1 1/2 cups of liquid for 1 cup of rice. Most recipes get it incorrect! Learn extra about why you don’t must rinse in Methods to Prepare dinner Rice.

In the event you insist on rinsing then scale back the inventory by 1/4 cup – to account for the waterlogged rice. Else your rice will likely be overly gentle and never as fluffy accurately.

How to make Garlic rice

My default method to cook dinner rice is on the range however the recipe notes consists of instructions for rice cooker and oven.

  1. Sauté the garlic in half the butter for 30 seconds or till it turns gentle golden and smells superb.

  2. Coat rice in that superior garlic butter till it turns into a bit of translucent, like we do with risotto!

  3. Steam quarter-hour – Add the inventory and salt, flip up the warmth and convey to a simmer. When you see bubbles on the floor of the water, instantly put the lid on and switch the range all the way down to low (or medium low in the event you’re utilizing a weak/small burner).

  4. Relaxation 10 minutes – Take a fast peek to make sure the water has been absorbed. Then take away off the range – lid nonetheless on – and relaxation for 10 minutes.

How to make Garlic rice
  1. Butter and fluff – Fluff the rice, then toss the butter in and fluff by means of till melted.

  2. Non-compulsory parsley – Additionally fluff the parsley by means of, if utilizing. Little inexperienced specks seems fairly however doesn’t add something for flavour, so it’s non-compulsory. Then it’s able to serve!

Fast ideas

  • Use a big saucepan or small pot (~24 cm / 10″) – we’re making 2 cups of rice which is 6 cups cooked. In case your cooking vessel is simply too small, the depth of the rice will likely be too excessive which implies it should take longer to cook dinner and the rice will cook dinner inconsistently (the underside layer is soggier).

  • A transparent lid saucepan is tremendous helpful for rice cooking as a result of you may see what’s occurring! ie Guarantee water is simmering, can verify to make sure the water has been absorbed with out lifting the lid.

  • DO NOT STIR, DO NOT LIFT LID whereas the rice is cooking! That’s the surefire path to mushy, inconsistently cooked rice.

  • DO NOT skip the resting time! That is tremendous vital – the rice is definitely not absolutely cooked even as soon as the water is absorbed (strive some, you’ll see). Additionally, the rice is moist. Throughout the resting time, the rice finishes cooking and the water on the floor of every grain will get absorbed. There is no such thing as a shortcut for this!

Garlic rice in a pot

Probably the most versatile recipe I’ve ever shared?

This actually will be the most common recipe I’ve ever shared. I truthfully can’t consider a single dish that it wouldn’t go along with – besides, after all, recipes the place starch is already inbuilt, like pasta, pizza and so on.

Make this tonight and freeze some for later.

I hope you find it irresistible as a lot as I do. And use it Without end! – Nagi x

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Garlic rice


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Recipe video above. Garlic Rice is the simplest, greatest tasting facet dish which you can serve with something! From roast hen to chops, stir fries to fish, Center Jap to Mexican meals, this buttery rice is so flavourful you may eat it plain.Have some tonight, freeze some for later! See notes for recipe scaling ideas.


  • No must rinse the rice. The rice will likely be fluffy as a result of this recipe makes use of the fitting ratio: 1.5 cups liquid for each 1 cup of rice.

  • Sauté garlic – Soften half the butter in a big saucepan over medium excessive warmth. As soon as foamy, add the garlic and cook dinner for 30 seconds till it turns gentle golden.

  • Coat rice – Add the rice and stir for 30 seconds or till the grains flip translucent.

  • Simmer – Add inventory and salt. Flip warmth as much as excessive, then as soon as the water begins effervescent, put the lid on and instantly flip the range all the way down to low (or medium low, in case your range is weak/small). (Word 5)

  • Prepare dinner quarter-hour – Prepare dinner the rice for quarter-hour. No stirring, do not raise the lid.

  • Relaxation 10 minutes – Tilt the saucepan and have a fast peek to make sure all of the water is absorbed. Then take away off the range, with the lid nonetheless on, and relaxation for 10 minutes.

  • Fluff rice, then fluff by means of remaining butter till melted. Toss by means of parsley, then tumble into serving dish. Sprinkle with further parsley then serve!

Recipe Notes:

RECIPE SCALING – Click on on servings and slide to vary the recipe scale. Cutting down: don’t go under 1 cup of raw rice, it’s exhausting to cook dinner much less. Use a smaller saucepan and 12 minutes cook dinner time with lid on. Scaling up: Don’t exceed 4 cups of rice for a single batch (exhausting to cook dinner evenly). Use a big pot, and count on to cook dinner for longer (~ 20 min). 

1. Butter – I present a variety as a result of extra is tastier (and I absolutely endorse it), however the decrease finish of the dimensions is the minimal for a tasty dish that some would possibly take into account to be extra smart for a Monday evening dinner. 🙂
2. Garlic minced with a knife will sauté higher however a garlic press/crusher works okay too – garlic is wetter so doesn’t sauté fairly as nicely. Jar garlic paste, nonetheless, don’t speak to me about that bitter stuff!
3. Rice varieties – This recipe will work with the listed rice grains. Not appropriate for brown rice, jasmine rice (you may add garlic butter to the jasmine rice recipe), wild rice, black rice or fake rice (cauliflower rice, quinoa and so on).
Various technique – Prepare dinner brown rice and so on per recipe. Sauté the garlic in butter, then tip the cooked rice in and toss within the garlic butter. Flavour infusion not fairly pretty much as good however nonetheless extraordinarily tasty!
4. Liquid inventory will give a greater flavour however a very good substitute is to make use of inventory powder plus water. My favorite is Vegeta, a vegetable inventory powder. Rooster inventory and different manufacturers of vegetable can be appropriate.
To make use of inventory powder, make this recipe with 3 cups water (750 ml) + inventory powder for this quantity of water per the jar directions (often 1 teaspoon per 1 cup water) + 1/4 tsp salt (NOT 3/4 tsp per recipe, rice too salty).
5. Rinsing shouldn’t be the key to fluffy rice, the right liquid to rice ratio is (1.5 cups liquid: 1 cup rice). Nonetheless, you must rinse if you’re involved about rice cleanliness (in the event you purchase in packs at grocery shops, you shouldn’t be) or in the event you simply can’t break the behavior. However in the event you do, you MUST scale back the inventory by 1/4 cup, to account for the water logged within the rice. In the event you don’t, your rice will find yourself overly gentle and barely mushy.
6. The liquid ought to have small bubbles / actively rippling when the lid is on and the range is on low/medium low. If the warmth is simply too low and the water is doing nothing, then the rice is simply sitting there, bloating in scorching water as an alternative of cooking!
7. Different cook dinner strategies:

  • Rice cooker – Observe the recipe as much as stirring the rice within the garlic butter. Then scrape all of it into the rice cooker, add the inventory and salt and cook dinner per the rice cooker directions. 
  • Oven – Observe the recipe as much as bringing the inventory to a boil in a pot. Then pour all of it right into a casserole pot with a lid. Bake for 35 minutes till liquid all absorbed. Relaxation 10 min with lid on, then fluff, stir by means of butter and parsley.


8. Retains for two days within the fridge. Reheat within the microwave. Or, freezer for 3 months.
Vitamin per serving.

Vitamin Data:

Energy: 308cal (15%)Carbohydrates: 52g (17%)Protein: 7g (14%)Fats: 8g (12%)Saturated Fats: 5g (31%)Polyunsaturated Fats: 1gMonounsaturated Fats: 2gTrans Fats: 0.3gLdl cholesterol: 18mg (6%)Sodium: 331mg (14%)Potassium: 188mg (5%)Fiber: 1g (4%)Sugar: 0.3gVitamin A: 265IU (5%)Vitamin C: 2mg (2%)Calcium: 30mg (3%)Iron: 1mg (6%)

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