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How to Make Crispy Fried Garlic Bits

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How to Make Crispy Fried Garlic Bits

How to Make Crispy Fried Garlic Bits

Crispy fried garlic bits are an important condiment in cooking. It adds depth to the dish's aroma, flavor, and texture. You can use it to make noodles, rice, soup, and even fish or meat dishes more interesting. Let me teach you how to make it yourself at home!

Garlic and Oil

Garlic and Oil


  • 36 small pieces garlic head, minced
  • 3 cups cooking oil
  • salt, (optional)


For Preparing:

  • Chopping Board
  • Knife
  • Measuring Cups
  • 1 Large Bowl
  • 1 Medium Bowl

For Cooking:

  • Pot
  • Cooking Spoon
  • Strainer
  • Large Bowl
  • Tray or Plate

For Packaging:

  • Empty Container or Bottle
  • Funnel
  • Spoon

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

2 hours

20 min

2 hours 20 min

2 cups

Crispy Fried Garlic Bits Video Tutorial


  1. Prepare all the ingredients.
  2. Combine cooking oil and minced garlic on a pot. Cook over a low heat.
  3. Stir the mixture to separate the bits of garlic.
  4. Remove the pot from the heat before the garlic bits turn brown.
  5. Mix everything continuously until it turns golden brown. Immediately drain it using a strainer.
  6. Lay the garlic in a tray or a plate with a paper towel lining.
  7. Allow it to cool down before storing.
  8. Store the fried garlic bits in a sealed container or a bottle to lengthen its shelf life.

Finished Product

Crispy Fried Garlic Bits

Crispy Fried Garlic Bits

Tips and Techniques

  1. Use a food processor to easily mince the garlic.
  2. Buy peeled garlic to lessen the preparation time.
  3. Stir continuously to prevent the garlic bits from sticking.
  4. Continue cooking the garlic bits before it turns into golden brown. The hot temperature of the oil will continue the cooking process.
  5. Save the garlic oil. Use it when cooking other meals to provide a garlicky taste to the dish like special garlic fried rice.
  6. Add salt to make the bits tastier.
  7. Keep the temperature in low heat to allow the oil to sip the flavor of the garlic and to avoid the bits from burning.
  8. Add the crispy fried garlic bits to chili garlic oil.
  9. Sprinkle crispy fried garlic bits on rice, soup and other dishes to create more flavor.
  10. Store fried garlic in an airtight container to maintain its crunchy texture.

Questions & Answers

Question: When's the best time to add salt to these crispy fried garlic bits, after draining or while frying?

Answer: I usually add salt as soon as I removed fried garlic bits from oil. Right after draining so it will absorb the salt better while still hot. Also, this allows me to taste the garlic bits so I can adjust the amount of salt that I need to add.

Question: How long is the shelf life when you make the garlic bits?

Answer: I can keep mine up to 6mos or so in a tightly sealed container to maintain its crunchiness. You may want to keep it in two different containers, small and big ones. All you need to do is to refill the small container once you run out of your supply.

Question: I tried to fry some garlic but it turned brown and not crispy. How can I fix this?

Answer: Make sure to drain the excess oil. Then scatter it in a tray or plate and let it air dry for a while until its no longer hot. If you want, you can watch the embedded full Youtube video for the step-by-step procedure.

Question: When frying the minced garlic, the garlic tends to stick together. How can this be prevented?

Answer: I used to stir it continuously until everything separates. For batch frying, I also make sure to use enough oil, is as if I'm deep frying something.

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Travel Chef (author) from Manila on August 28, 2019:

Hi Arn,

After straining the garlic, did you let it air dry after laying it in a tray?

Arn on August 28, 2019:

Hi, I tried to fry garlic and it doesnt go crispy like your it turns out soft like it absorbs the oil even if strained it already. Did I cook it in very low fire?

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on July 21, 2018:

Hi Liz,

Ideally, two to three months. It may last longer than that as long as you keep in airtight container. It is important to avoid any moisture to get inside the container to maintain its crunchiness.

Liz Westwood from UK on July 21, 2018:

I love using garlic to flavor my cooking. Last night I roasted a chicken with garlic cloves stuck in it. It made for a tasty dish. I always find it a hassle preparing garlic, so this recipe is helpful. How long can you keep the garlic bits for?

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on July 20, 2018:

Hi Dred Cuan, thanks for stopping by and commenting. I will let you know.

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on July 20, 2018:

Hi Miebakagh,

Yes, try it. You will love it for sure! Let me know the result. Enjoy!

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on July 20, 2018:

Hello Dredcaun, okay, I will try both as suggested. Happy hubbing!

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on July 20, 2018:

Hello Miebakagh,

Yes, I love fried onions too. Most of the time I toss it first with my seasoned flour mixture before frying it. It gives an extra crunch and tastes really good.

For garlic, you can also fry them. You can eat it alone if you want. My mom used to have it as a snack. I only need to season it a bit to make it tastier.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on July 20, 2018:

Hi Dredcuan, I do know for sure that onions can be fried and eaten, but not garlic, my favorite herb bedsides onions. I only add a bit to my soups, stews, and other meals. At times, I roasted them with peanuts and eat then up.

But frying? Okay, I will try the recipe. And, I take it, it will be tasty!

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on July 19, 2018:


Yes, good eats because of garlic bits! ('',)

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on July 19, 2018:

good job, good eats

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on July 19, 2018:


You are absolitely right! Me too, I enjoy eating this one as it is. I also like munching fried onions too.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on July 19, 2018:

This is something I like to make as they add flavour to so many things.

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