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Garlic Rice

Garlic Rice

This garlic rice is a perfect, easy way to jazz up your rice side dish. 

A lot of my recipe ideas come from trying new things at restaurants. Take this Garlic Rice for instance. A few years back I ate at a Peruvian restaurant with some friends.  I had never eaten at a Peruvian restaurant before so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. As I perused the menu, my eyes came across a few words that determined my meal right then and there: Served with garlic rice. Eureka! I ordered right away and I waited patiently. About as patiently as a kid who gets up at 4am on Christmas morning patiently waits to open presents.  In other words, I was anxious and by the time my food finally arrived I was ready to devour it.

This garlic rice is a perfect, easy way to jazz up your rice side dish.

And I’m not gonna lie… devour it I did.

I am not quite sure why I never thought to make garlic rice before. It is such a simple and easy way to jazz up rice. I opted to use jasmine rice for this recipe because I have about 20 pounds of it sitting in my kitchen. It is my favorite kind of rice and worked very well for this dish. For those of you that don’t have much experience with jasmine rice I really suggest picking up a bag. It’s a fragrant long-grain rice that has a subtle nutty flavor. I use it for just about any dish that calls for rice. It can be expensive at grocery stores but if you have an Asian market near you you can probably get a 20lb bag for around $20. If you have a Costco membership, depending on their inventory, you might even be able to pick up a 20lb bag for around $15.

This garlic rice is a perfect, easy way to jazz up your rice side dish.

Update 2/6/2017: I have made this recipe for garlic rice several times over the years and it is still one of our family favorites. My boys pretty much devour it every chance that they get. For those of you that cannot find jasmine rice, I have recently tried it with long grain rice and it worked just as well.

This garlic rice is a perfect, easy way to jazz up your rice side dish.

Garlic Rice

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Serves 4 Prep Time: Cook Time:


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 cup uncooked jasmine rice
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • chopped fresh parsley



In a saucepan over medium heat combine butter and olive oil. Once butter has melted add garlic and cook one minute.


Stir in rice, cook until rice becomes slightly translucent. Stirring occasionally to make sure rice doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan. About 4 minutes. Rice may brown slightly.


Stir in chicken broth, bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and let cook 20-25 minutes.


Carefully remove lid, fluff rice with a fork and sprinkle with chopped parsley.





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  • This sounds delicious! I bet the aromas of the garlic, parsley, and jasmine rice are wonderful! I will definitely be trying this recipe!

  • Jenn

    YUMMY!!! I was just trying to think of a new way to serve rice! Thank you!!!

  • shannon

    YES! Love garlic in any form so I can’t wait for this one! Thanks for the birthday shout out:)

  • It sounds so aromatic!

  • Von

    Wow- I’ve never thought of garlic rice either, but it’s such a smart idea! It sounds and looks so good!

  • This sounds like a delicous side!! I love garlic!

  • garlic? rice? I’m sold!

  • Lex

    Garlic Rice is delicious! Sometimes I like to add some white wine with the stock and then add chopped cilantro right before serving.

  • oh man garlic and rice together? I’m in love!

  • Marilyn

    Also made this tonight with the Adobo chicken, it was a great hit. The rice is very tasty and very aromatic. Didn’t use the full amount of garlic as the husband is not wild about garlic, but I married him anyways 44 years ago!!!!

  • Thank you Marilyn! And congrats to you on 44 years of marriage, that’s wonderful! :)

  • I make this rice whenever I want a little something different. My husband cant get enough, it’s even delicious by itself. YUM.

  • Evelyn

    I love rice, and I also love cooking, Garlic rice its really tasty.
    I have a couple of more suggestions for rice. Put in your blender the normal water You r going to use to cook your rice, parsley and a sachet of chicken bouillon?? and cook it as normally You do. It will b a green rice and it’s yummy!
    I love it!!!! Hope You like

  • Conchi

    Hmmm!!!! I found the recipe. It looks scrumptious. I note that the garlic used is not mashed, but rather, sliced. Has anyone made it both ways? Any preference?

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  • Becky

    My sister-in-law is married into a Filipino family. They have rice and garlic for breakfast. Served with fried eggs on top so they can be chopped into the eggs. Its a great boost in the morning.

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  • Chayoroxx G

    I made this rice about 2 weeks ago and it went fast. It is so simple to make and sooooo delicious. I sliced my garlic. My husband wants me to add at least 15 more sliced garlics. We are garlic lovers. My son only wanted to eat this when I made it. (GO MOM)
    The Jasmine rice gives it an added good taste as well. I am so happy I found this recipe.

  • Des @ Life’s Ambrosia

    Thank you @chayoroxxg:disqus! I am so happy to hear that you and your family enjoyed it! :)

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  • Eileen Eisler Wagner

    I was so excited to try this that within 10 minutes of reading it I had it on the stove! Haha! And I must say… OMG soooooo good!!!! I had to settle with using what was in the house, so I substituted vegetable broth for chicken broth (we have some vegetarians in our household), used 5 large cloves of garlic instead of 4 (as we’re all garlic lovers!), and since vegetable broth can be rather bland, I also added 1/2 tsp salt. Just smelling it cooking made my mouth water, and I couldn’t wait to dig into it! I was amazed at just how simple it was, with such an amazing outcome! Thanks for the awesome recipe, it’s now a family favorite! Highly recommended!

  • You are welcome Eileen! I am so happy you liked it! :)

  • BonaFideBlondie

    I made this for dinner tonight, and this recipe is definitely going into my regular dinner rotation. It was a hit. I added a little extra garlic (wouldn’t have hurt to have even more), and I should have turned the heat down to low as I would usually do because it burnt a bit on the bottom in 20 minutes.

  • Steve Smith

    I made this last night as a side dish to Baked Haddock. It was delicious! I will definitely make this again and again! Thank you Deseree.

  • Des @ Life’s Ambrosia

    You are so welcome Steve! I’m so happy you enjoyed it! :)