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Skinny Garlic Fried Rice

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Remember when I never posted Seoul pictures?

We had a great time on our three-day-pre-Philippines-mini-vacation and absolutely loved experiencing Seoul. But then I left my DSLR in my messy suitcase for a year. Woops.

One of the best things about our trip was the sweet, charming, and artsy little bed and breakfast where we stayed called 126 Guesthouse Mansion. (Please note Shiru the dog sitting on the bookshelf. This place has character.)

Seoul collage of images.

Our beds were floor mattresses, our breakfast was kimchi, and our bathroom was a shower. It was authentically Korean and authentically refreshing.

In case you needed another reason to make this your next stop in Seoul, meet Hyunchung, who runs the whole operation with her mom and sisters. And who is awesome.

Two women smiling.

That fried thing oozing with honey pretty much sums up our eating experience in Seoul.

Collage of images in Seoul.

Seoul = fun.

Collage of images in Seoul.

In case you want to know what I've been eating every day this week, it's this Skinny Garlic Fried Rice. In case you want to know what I'll be eating all weekend, it's Mango Float Cupcakes because this afternoon I found a cupcake shop right down the road.

Balance, duh.

Skinny Garlic Fried Rice in a bowl with limes and chopsticks.
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Skinny Garlic Fried Rice


Skinny Garlic Fried Rice! A super easy, quick meal packed with brown rice, carrots, and garlic. Customize with any veggies you'd like!


  • 2 cups cooked, cold brown rice
  • 3 tablespoons oil, divided
  • 1/2 head green cabbage, shredded
  • 1 large carrot, shredded
  • (also any other vegetables that you want)
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, grated or minced
  • 1 1-inch piece ginger, grated or minced


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large nonstick skillet. Saute the onion, garlic, and ginger until soft and fragrant.
  2. Add another 1 tablespoon oil to the pan and add the vegetables. Saute until tender-crisp. Season generously with salt and pepper.
  3. Add the rice and 1 tablespoon oil (if needed). Stir fry until heated through and/or lightly browned. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with lime (or calamansi, if in the Philippines) and soy sauce.


I doubled the veggie amount and still loved it! It just depends on how much rice you want in with the whole thing.

Additional add-ins: red pepper, edamame, scrambled or fried egg, tofu, chicken, shrimp, broccoli, and fresh herbs.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Asian

Keywords: fried rice, healthy fried rice, garlic fried rice

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  1. Skillful Cook Logo

    Happy weekend to you too! Love the photos of Seoul, it always seems like such a vibrant place.

    This rice sounds so tasty and easy to pull together when you want a quick but satisfying meal.

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    Seoul is fastly becoming a food mecca. Food is amazing there. When I lived in Korea, a fancy meal consisted of katsu don and cream of potatoe soup. lol

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    May I ask how you created the montage photos? Do you use a particular program to do that? Your photos are so beautiful! I just downloaded your photography Ebook the other day and I’m looking forward to reading it and getting some food photography practice in.

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      Cabbage is so weird, like I never really know how to use it, but then whenever I do, I really like it. Hope you do too! 🙂

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      No, I don’t speak Cebuano. Most people here speak at least some English, and almost everything (signs, stores, etc.) is written in English, thankfully!

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    We just had fried rice this week and discussed the possibility of making it at home. This version looks seriously delicious! The photos of Seoul are quite charming. 🙂

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    The B & B you stayed at in Soeul is beautiful! Looks like a fun and cultural experience with all sorts of great food! These are the experiences we remember. I adore fried rice and have never attmepted to make it at home, so your recipe definitely inspired me to hop to it!

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    This skinny garlic fried rice sounds very tempting, especially knowing that it’s very healthy since it’s brown rice with garlic and vegetables. I am going to make it tonight!

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      Brown rice is my fave. The Filipinos think I’m weird, but I think they would think that about me regardless…soo… 🙂

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    Oh my… this looks and sounds amazing. I’m a lover of all things fried rice and this one sounds right up my alley!

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    Hi Lindsay!

    Just discovered you! Your recipes look great. I’m vegan and always looking for new things to eat. I’m curious to know if the oil you use in this recipe is olive oil or sesame oil?

    Thanks, in advance, for your response!


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    Loved it! And it was pretty easy to make. I will definitely put this in my weekday meal rotation!

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    Thank you for sharing your recipe (I found via Pinterest) We loved this rice! I did not have lime on hand, and think it was the missing component.

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    This is too funny. I’ve made a few things from your website, but never really looked around until today. I came across this recipe and photos of our current home. We moved to Seoul almost a year ago. We live about a kilometer from the palace/fountain area that is in one of your photos (at the foot of Namsan). 🙂 And I’m from Richfield, so your blog has my heart. Thanks for the great recipes!