Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Filipino Garlic Fried Rice

This flavorful fried rice recipe is often served for breakfast or brunch in Filipino cuisine.  The dish is often served with either pork cured with sweet pineapple called tocino or thinly sliced pan fried beef called tapa.  Fried eggs with sliced tomatoes and cucumbers often accompany the rice.

To give the rice its flavor, thin slices of garlic are first fried in the oil to a golden brown color.  This process infuses the oil with garlic flavor.  Cooked rice is then stir fried into the oil until well coated.  A small portion of soy sauce is added to give the rice a little color.  Green onions and seasoning complete the dish.

Try this dish with Filipino Adobo or serve it with grilled chicken, pork or beef.

Servings: 2-3
Prep Time: 15 minutes (includes cooking the rice)
Cooking Time: 8 minutes
Special Tools: Wok or Large skillet


2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
6 Garlic Cloves sliced
2 Cups Jasmine Rice (cooked)
1 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper
1 Tablespoon Low Sodium Soy Sauce
3 Green Onions chopped

In a large skillet or wok, place the oil over medium high heat.  Add the garlic cloves stirring frequently until cooked to a golden brown (about 2 minutes).   Add the cooked Jasmine rice and stir-fry in the garlic infused oil until well coated (about 2 minutes).   Add the ground pepper and soy sauce and stir-fry until well combined and the rice takes on a light brown color from the soy sauce (about 2 minutes). Toss in the chopped green onions and season with salt.  Mix well and serve hot.

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