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All Recipes, Main Dishes / July 24, 2023

My Mother´s Garlic Rice with Fish | Heartwarming 30 Minute Recipe

We´ve made a lot of different rice dishes here on Spain on a fork. However, the one we´re making today is one I keep very close to my heart. As it´s a dish I grew up eating as a kid and still enjoy as an adult. We´re talking My Mother´s Garlic Rice with Fish.

My Mothers Garlic Rice with Fish
This rice is packed with garlic goodness, seriously easy to make and done in about 30 minutes. Serve it next to a garden salad and a crunchy baguette for a healthy and delicious meal.

My Mothers Garlic Rice with Fish
For the rice I used Spanish bomba rice. Which is the one that´s typically used to make paella. You can substitute for arborio rice or any type of short-grain rice. For the fish I used cod fillets I bought frozen and thawed out. You can also use fresh cod here as well as any other type of firm white fish.

My Mothers Garlic Rice with Fish

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: Once you add the hot broth into the pan with the rice, mix it every 3 to 4 minutes. This is going to help release the starch in the rice, which at the end gives the dish a slightly creamy texture.

My Mothers Garlic Rice with Fish

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:
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My Mothers Garlic Rice with Fish
4.67 from 3 votes

My Mothers Garlic Rice with Fish

Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 389 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 4 cups vegetable broth 960 ml
  • 1 cup Spanish round rice 180 grams
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 45 ml
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • 2 cod fillets 8 oz / 250 grams each
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper
  • fresh parsley


  1. Add the broth into a sauce pan and heat with a medium heat

  2. At the same time, heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in the olive oil

  3. While the oil is heating, thinly slice the cloves of garlic, then add them into the pan with the hot oil, mix every 20 to 30 seconds so all the garlic evenly sautees

  4. After 4 to 5 minutes and the slices of garlic are lightly browned, add in the rice and season with sea salt & black pepper, mix continuously, after dry cooking the rice for 2 to 3 minutes, gently add in the simmering broth, mix together and then mix every 3 to 4 minutes

  5. In the meantime, add the cod fillets over some paper towels and pat dry, then season with sea salt & black pepper and cut into 1 inch (2.50 cm) bite-sized pieces

  6. About 12 minutes after adding the broth and most of it has been absorbed by the rice, but there is still plenty of broth left, add in the pieces of cod, evenly mix them around, then place a lid on the pan and lower to a low medium heat, simmer for 3 to 5 minutes or until the rice and fish are cooked though

  7. Transfer into shallow bowls and garnish with fresh parsley, serve at once, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
My Mothers Garlic Rice with Fish
Amount Per Serving
Calories 389 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 49mg16%
Sodium 354mg15%
Potassium 531mg15%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 46IU1%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 31mg3%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Olivia S.

    5 stars
    Really easy recipe, I could barely taste it because I’m sick but the bits I could taste were great!!

    06 . Jan . 2024
    • Spain on a Fork

      Hope you get better soon! Much love 🙂

      07 . Jan . 2024
  2. Carla

    5 stars
    Great recipe! Love the rice!

    01 . Aug . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      01 . Aug . 2023
  3. K. G. Samarasinghe

    4 stars
    Recipe is good.

    25 . Jul . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Thanks for the comment! Much love 🙂

      26 . Jul . 2023
  4. Ramya

    Cant wait to make this soon for me can i use mushrooms i never had garlic rice with fish before perfect for my after office meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    24 . Jul . 2023

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