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A pink frilly plate topped with a mound of white rice with caramelised garlic chips on the outside of the rice

Filipino garlic fried rice

Published: January 26, 2022 at 11:34 am
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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
  • Easy
  • Serves 4

Buttery fried rice is sprinkled with crisp and golden garlic chips — serve as a side dish or as part of a Filipino full breakfast

  • Gluten free
Nutrition:
NutrientUnit
kcal373
fat18.1g
saturates6.5g
carbs48g
sugars0.2g
fibre0.3g
protein4.2g
salt0.2g
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Serve this Filipino garlic fried rice as part of a breakfast spread, then try our Filipino fried pork, chicken adobo and leche flan. For more rice dishes, check out our recipe for egg fried rice and chicken fried rice.

This garlic butter fried rice recipe is adapted from Filipinx by Angela Dimayuga and Ligaya Mishan (£28.99, Abrams). "Plain rice is elemental, the backdrop to almost every dish. Garlic fried rice is the treat. It’s one of the building blocks of silog, our version of a full breakfast that can be eaten all day. In Philippine folklore, garlic gives you protection against aswang, supernatural shapeshifters."

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp garlic oil or neutral oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled and finely minced
  • 3 tbsp salted butter
  • 615g cooked rice, warm or cold
  • sea salt flakes

GARLIC CHIPS

  • 8 large cloves garlic, peeled, sliced into 3mm slivers
  • 165ml neutral oil
  • 75ml olive oil

Method

  • STEP 1

    To make the chips, put the garlic and oils into a medium pan. Set the heat to medium-low. When bubbles appear after 1-2 minutes, gently stir the oil. Cook for another 2 minutes until the garlic turns golden and the bubbling stops. Transfer the chips to a plate lined with kitchen paper to drain and cool. The garlic-infused oil will keep for a month, so use it in another recipe.

  • STEP 2

    To make the rice, heat the oil on medium-high heat in a wok or large skillet. Cook the garlic for 2 minutes until softened and light golden brown. Add the butter and, once melted, add the rice. Turn the heat to high and mix thoroughly until well combined and hot. Season with salt and a sprinkling of the garlic chips, if using.

This garlic butter fried rice recipe is adapted from Filipinx by Angela Dimayuga and Ligaya Mishan (£28.99, Abrams). Photographs by Alex Lau.

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