Garlic And Fresh Peppercorn Fried Rice

Garlic and Fresh Peppercorn Fried Rice | Playful Cooking

In my world of wish-I-had-more-time, dishes like these come superbly handy. A little chopping, a quick sauté and dinner is prepared. We don’t eat rice that often, but it was a clever idea to cook some on Sunday night so that Monday starts off on a great note. Good leftovers somehow help kick the blues. Knowing that you have more time to play with your baby and less time in the kitchen, it is bliss! Plus I was able to send my husband off to work with a delicious lunch box. It was a good start to a new week.


Garlic and Fresh Peppercorn Fried Rice | Playful Cooking


Fried rice has always been a comfort food. A one-pot meal. Prepare it as filing or as light, and add whatever spice you taste buds crave for. Steamed rice works as a perfect blank canvas giving you a possibility to play with your creativity. Make it in a jiffy and serve it plain or with sides of your choice.


The fried rice I have for you today is light, yet it feels like a mouthful with the robust flavors of garlic and fresh peppercorn. Slow cooking the garlic in low medium heat intensifies the aromas. Handful of green onion adds a mild sweetness and gives a crunchy bite. And few drops of soy sauce offer that lovely earthy, salty taste. The key to good fried rice is to have cold cooked rice. Never try to attempt this dish or any fried rice dish with warm steamed rice. It will turn mushy and soggy.


Garlic and Fresh Peppercorn Fried Rice | Playful Cooking


Garlic And Fresh Peppercorn Fried Rice

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Serving Size: 2

Garlic And Fresh Peppercorn Fried Rice


  • 1 cups rice, cooked and cooled completely
  • 12 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 cup chopped green onion, plus more for garnish
  • 1-tablespoon fresh peppercorns
  • 1-tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 1-teaspoon chili flakes
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil


  • In a wok, add oil and drop the garlic in cold oil. Fry it in medium heat. Once done, add green onion, fresh peppercorn and chili flakes. Stir for a minute or two. Add soy sauce, stir and add the cold cooked rice. Mix it nicely so that it coats every grain. Add salt as per taste. Fry for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Check for salt and add any, if required.
  • Serve warm.

Garlic and Fresh Peppercorn Fried Rice | Playful Cooking

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Beautiful pics as always….Especially the second one, looks like a work of art!

What kind of rice do you use? Is it basmati?

I love that you used fresh peppercorns. There’s something so intoxicating about them! loved the pics and the recipe 🙂

Reem says:

Beautiful Babe…
No matter what I do time is always not enough… How did life got this crazy 😉
Such pretty light in the pics.. Ur 1st gorgeous!!!

sophie says:

Such a nice and easy recipe – will definitely remember this one to make ahead next weekend. Your photos are beautiful, am happy I discovered your blog!

Nandita says:

Fried rice is an eternal favorite of ours Kankana!! Just love the flavors and the pictures are just amazing 🙂