This spicy garlic fried rice ticks all the boxes. It’s delicious, tasty, easy and fast to make, and so so satisfying to eat!
This fried rice is Japanese-style and is usually eaten on the side with other dishes. But if you’re feeling lazy, you can definitely eat it on its own.
What makes this fried rice a bit more unique than others is the addition of fried garlic chips that gives a burst of strong garlic flavours that leave you wanting for more!
In this spicy garlic fried rice, we also added dashi powder, an ingredient idea that we got from our favourite favourite Youtube/online chef ever, Pailin from Hot Thai Kitchen! Her recipe for garlic fried rice also inspired us to make our own spicy version!
The idea of adding Dashi powder to fried rice is brilliant! It adds so much umami and flavour to the dish. And if you’re familiar with dashi, the aroma it adds to any dish is just so amazing! So thank you Pailin, our fellow Canadian food blogger, for the idea to add dashi powder to fried rice!
This spicy garlic fried rice recipe is super easy, super delicious, and you can customize it all you want by adding any kind of protein of your liking. We hope you enjoy and happy eating!
Spicy Garlic Fried Rice
- 1 head garlic 1/2 chopped, 1/2 sliced thinly
- 3 tbsp canola oil to fry garlic chips
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 1/2 tsp dashi powder
- 1 tbsp hot water
- 2 tbsp canola oil to stir-fry the fried rice
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 tbsp crushed cayenne pepper
- 3 whole eggs
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp sugar
- 5 cups cooked white rice
- chives for topping
To make the fried garlic chips, heat 3 tbsp of canola oil in a small pan over medium heat. Once it is hot (you can check if it's ready by putting in one small slice of garlic to see if it sizzles), throw in the thinly sliced garlic and fry for about 1-2 minutes, or until slightly golden brown. Quickly remove from heat and set aside on a strainer or kitchen paper to cool.
To make the sauce, dissolve 1 1/2 tsp of dashi powder in 1 tbsp of hot water in a small bowl. Add in the soy sauce, sesame oil and garlic powder and combine well. Set aside.
Beat the eggs in a bowl and set aside.
In a large wok or frying pan, heat 2 tbsp of canola oil and 1 tbsp unsalted butter over medium high heat. Once the butter is melted and started bubbling, add in the chopped garlic and stir-fry until the garlic is tender and fragrant. Add in the crushed cayenne pepper and stir-fry for about 15 seconds. Add in the cooked white rice, mix well and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add the sauce mixture and mix well until well combined and the rice is uniformly coated with the sauce. Stir-fry for another minute and push all the rice towards one side of the wok or pan. Throw in the beaten eggs into the empty side of the pan and let cook for about 30 seconds. Once the eggs are about 3/4 cooked, scramble it and combine with the fried rice and mix well. Season with salt and sugar and mix well. Remove from heat.
To serve, transfer fried rice into a large bowl and top with fried garlic chips and chopped chives.