By Claire

July 8, 2020

I am going to share with you a very tasty way of cooking rice. You won’t believe how magical the taste can be simply combining rice with garlic and parsley.

This dish is so easy that anyone can do well and it’s very fast to cook. The garlic parsley rice can either be served as a simple meal or a side dish.

Let’s get started!

You only need three ingredients – pre-cooked rice, garlic, and parsley. I usually use sushi rice for this dish because I love its round and subtly sweet taste, but it’s totally fine to use other types of white rice.

garlic rice ingredients

How to Make Fried Garlic Rice with Parsley?

You will need some finely minced garlic and parsley.

Parsley smells so good. Every time I chop it, it reminds me of the Mediterranean Sea. I like to put a lot of parsley for this dish. But it’s fine to reduce the amount to your taste.

garlic rice prepare

That’s all you need to prepared! After having the garlic and parsley chopped and the rice cooked.

It's time to pan fry them all together.

The key to this dish is to NOT burn the garlic! When the garlic is in such small pieces, it’s very easy to get overcooked. And when it is overcooked, it has a bitter taste that can ruin the whole dish.

You will need 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil. Just enough oil to kind of cover the garlic.

Put the minced garlic in the cold oil. And turn the heat over low to medium.

In this way, the garlic will be cooked slowly and gently and it prevents it from getting burned.

You should keep an eye on the garlic because this process is fast.

When 60% of the garlic pieces start to turn golden, you can start to put the rice.

All the minced garlic won’t turn golden at the same time. So, if you wait for all of them to get golden, then some of them are already over-cooked.

After putting in the rice, quickly stir them so that the garlic is not being continuously cooked at the bottom and it can wrap around the rice.

fried garlic rice

Lastly, let’s add all the chopped parsley. Stir them and keep cooking for 3-4 minutes until the parsley gets somewhat soft.

You can add flavors, spices, or herbs to your liking during this time. I usually just add some salt and black pepper and it’s totally enough to make this a very tasty dish.

A Secret Tip:  Cooked garlic will greatly reduce its flavor, which is good because it makes sure the dish is not too spicy. But for people who really like the garlicky taste, like me, you can add a piece of smashed raw garlic at the very end.

Done! Simple, aromatic garlic rice with parsley. It tastes amazing by itself and it goes well with many dishes. For example, for some of the vegan meals, I like to have it with a homemade vegetable stew.

fried parsley garlic rice
vegan meal

This stew is actually very easy to do as well and I’ve made a video about it. I will leave a link below for those of you who are interested.

Bon Appetit ! 🙂

fried garlic rice with parsley

Garlic Rice with Parsley

When rice meets garlic and parsley, all the rest is history. This simple recipe is a brilliant way to level up your rice dish!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Japanese, Mediterranean
Servings 2 people
Calories 491 kcal


  • 6-8 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1.5 cup parsley (chopped)
  • 1 cup white rice (cooked)
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt to taste


  • Mince the garlic
  • Chop the parsley
  • Cook the rice
  • Add 2-3 tablespoon of oil in the pan
  • Put all the minced garlic in cold oil and then turn the heat to low
  • Once the majority of the garlic turns golden, add rice
  • Stir the rice so that it's well mixed with the garlic (turn the heat to medium)
  • Add all the chopped parsley and mix it well with the rest
  • Add salt and spices you like (e.g. black pepper)
  • Cook all the things together for 3-5 mins
  • Optional: add one smashed raw garlic if you want to intensify the garlicky taste
  • Enjoy! 🙂


  1. Make sure you cook the garlic with low heat so that it doesn't get burned
  2. Once 60% of the garlic turns golden, you can add the rice
  3. If possible, I recommend use sushi rice for this dish.


Calories: 491kcalCarbohydrates: 80gProtein: 9gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 32mgPotassium: 392mgFiber: 3gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 3791IUVitamin C: 63mgCalcium: 104mgIron: 4mg
Nutrition Facts
Garlic Rice with Parsley
Amount Per Serving
Calories 491 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 32mg1%
Potassium 392mg11%
Carbohydrates 80g27%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 3791IU76%
Vitamin C 63mg76%
Calcium 104mg10%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword Simple Recipe
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I created this site to share my knowledge of natural remedies and ingredients because I am a big believer in an organic lifestyle. Our body is strong enough to rid toxins and maintain a balanced ecosystem by itself as long as we treat it smartly. Note that I’m not just talking about food and exercises, I also aim to help you gain a healthy mindset – a mindset that will lead you to a positive and resilient life.

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