Leftover rice can be pretty unappealing when you heat it in a microwave.
Frying the rice in a pan with a little oil allows you to warm up the grains while introducing additional moisture so they don’t fall apart into little brittle pieces of sand. Asian-style fried rice is what many of us are most familiar with, but one of my favorite comfort foods that I learned from my Spanish house mom way back during my study abroad year was garlic fried rice.
I mentioned this dish in a story I wrote about going back to Spain earlier this year, and a reader requested that I write a recipe for it. It’s a simple technique, so you don’t really need a recipe, but here’s one to help guide you through the process. Thinly slice — not chop or mince — the garlic to get those little crispy garlic chips that add such a nice crunch.
Garlic Fried Rice
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1-2 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
1 1/2 cups cooked rice
Salt, to taste
In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, drizzle some of the olive oil in the pan. Add the garlic, more or less to taste, and fry, moving the slices around to infuse the oil with garlic. As the garlic starts to turn light brown, add the rice and stir to coat with the oil in the pan. Continue cooking until the rice is warm, adding another drizzle of oil as needed to keep the rice moist, or as desired.
— Addie Broyles//storify.com/broylesa/austin360cooks-september-2015.js?border=false&template=grid[View the story “Austin360Cooks: September 2015” on Storify]