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Classic Garlic Fried Rice

An easy way to elevate cooked rice and is a regular on Filipino breakfast tables.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Author: Pam from PinoyBites


  • Leftover or day-old cooked white rice about 4-5 cups
  • 5 or more cloves of garlic, smashed and roughly chopped
  • ¼ - ½ teaspoon salt adjust to your taste
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • Ground black pepper optional

Here's How:

  • Heat a wok or a nonstick pan using medium heat. Drizzle the oil then add the garlic. Keep sautéing until garlic is lightly toasted and fragrant (about 1 minute). Don’t burn the garlic or it’ll be bitter.
  • Add the rice and mix with the garlic. Season with salt. Keep tossing for a few minutes or until warmed through (about 5 minutes). I use 2 wooden spoons to toss for easier mixing. Sprinkle with a dash of ground black pepper, if using.