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5 from 5 votes

Garlic Rice

This simple, family friendly recipe for Garlic Rice elevates plain rice without any extra effort. It is buttery, delicious, and quick to prepare. Garlic Butter Rice is a wonderful pairing to most entrees.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Gluten Free
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 201kcal


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 6 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 cup jasmine rice (or any rice that you prefer)
  • 1 1/2 cups water (see notes if using a different type of rice)
  • salt (to taste)


  • Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
    1 tablespoon butter
  • Add the garlic and cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute.
    6 cloves garlic
  • Add the rice and stir to coat in the garlic butter.
    1 cup jasmine rice
  • Pour in the water and season with salt. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to low and simmer until tender, about 15-20 minutes.
    1 1/2 cups water, salt
  • Fluff with a fork and serve.


Tips and Techniques

  • If you use a rice other than jasmine, refer to the packaging for the water to rice ratio. The cook time may be slightly different, as well.
  • Try mixing in lemon or lime zest, fresh herbs, nuts or cheese to amplify the flavor even more.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Use within 3-4 days.
** Nutritional information is an estimate and may vary.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 201kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 72mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 88IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg