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.

What can I add to make rice taste better?

This is  question I used to ask myself all the time. I grew up eating rice and honestly, it wasn’t always my favorite.

I found it kind of boring. But there are ways that you can jazz things up. First of, like in this recipe, you can cook the rice in broth instead of water. Broth is obviously much more flavorful than water so it adds much more flavor.

You can also add different kinds of herbs. Cilantro is always a good option, if you like cilantro that is. My family would always say butter and soy sauce. And while these are all great options, adding garlic to rice is my absolute favorite way to jazz it up.

Which type of rice should you use for garlic rice?

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.

Jasmine rice is 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.

This rice side dish and I LOVE serving it with my family’s favorite Chicken Curry and our favorite Baked Salmon with Lemon Caper Butter.

And if you are looking for more ways to use this garlic rice, I’ve also made some and stuffed it in portobello mushrooms. It was divine. Check it out for yourself here: Garlic Rice Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms.

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 Recipe

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.





Nutrition information

Calories: 245 , Total Fat: 7.2g , Saturated Fat: 2.5g , Cholesterol: 8mg , Sodium: 411mg , Carbohydrates: 38.4g , Fiber: 2.6g , Sugar: 0.5g , Protein: 6.1g

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  • Reply
    Caprine Agrotech
    February 25, 2019 at 3:50 am

    Your recipes are great, simple and yummy. They really bring in our interest into cooking. Love them.

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    Marcia Keys
    January 1, 2019 at 9:17 am

    Excellent ! Perfect!

    This recipe elevates rice to something a little more special than just cooked rice. It’s fragrant with just a hint of garlic.

    It works well with brown rice too. I tried it with garlic that I bought chopped in a jar but that didn’t work as well.

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      January 3, 2019 at 11:15 am

      That is wonderful to hear! And also good to know that it works with brown rice as well. How long did you cook it?

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    shannon ryan
    April 24, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    Very easy and very good!

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      April 24, 2018 at 8:50 pm

      So happy to hear that Shannon!

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    Carl Murphy
    March 11, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    Me and my family have been making this recipe consistently now! We add the zest of one lemon for 1 1/2 cups rice when we fluff the rice after cooking. It’s a nice variation.

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      March 12, 2018 at 10:14 am

      I am loving that variation! Garlic and lemon is always a great combo!

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    January 9, 2018 at 1:55 am

    Hi Deseree, I found your recipe and it seems amazing :). One question: I usually cook rice in a rice cooker. Do you know if this recipe is feasible in a rice cooker and how? Thank you for your help!

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      January 9, 2018 at 1:23 pm

      Hey Qeryn!
      If your rice cooker has a sautéing feature, I think that you could use it! If not, I think this would be better in a pot :)

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        May 14, 2018 at 12:49 pm

        I followed the recipe until step 2 in a sauté pan and then put it in a rice cooker with the liquid and it turned out perfect!

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          May 14, 2018 at 1:04 pm

          Thank you for this! I have had people ask if it works well in a rice cooker, that is good to know! :)

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    Steve Smith
    January 21, 2017 at 2:33 am

    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.

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      Des @ Life's Ambrosia
      January 22, 2017 at 7:52 pm

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

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    August 25, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    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.

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    Eileen Eisler Wagner
    February 18, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    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!

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      February 18, 2016 at 9:28 pm

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

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    Chayoroxx G
    August 27, 2015 at 11:26 am

    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.

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      Des @ Life's Ambrosia
      August 27, 2015 at 12:47 pm

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

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    May 26, 2013 at 8:46 am

    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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    August 22, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    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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    February 28, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    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

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    February 13, 2011 at 8:41 pm

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

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    December 7, 2009 at 9:54 am

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

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    December 5, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    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!!!!

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    December 4, 2009 at 10:56 am

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

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    December 3, 2009 at 5:40 pm

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

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    December 3, 2009 at 9:55 am

    garlic? rice? I’m sold!

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    December 3, 2009 at 9:53 am

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

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    December 2, 2009 at 11:12 pm

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

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    December 2, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    It sounds so aromatic!

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    December 2, 2009 at 3:21 pm

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

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    December 2, 2009 at 3:12 pm

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

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    December 2, 2009 at 2:19 pm

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