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All Recipes, Tapas / September 6, 2021

White Rice that Actually has Flavor | Spanish Arroz al Ajillo Recipe

This Spanish Arroz al Ajillo, which is basically garlic white rice, has the most incredible flavors, it´s easy to make and comes together in under 30 minutes. The perfect side dish to any meal.

Spanish Arroz al Ajillo
The rice I used to make this recipe, is Spanish round rice. But you can use any rice you like. Though the liquid to rice ratio and cooking times will vary. Just check the package instructions on the rice you plan to use to adjust the recipe.

Spanish Arroz al Ajillo
What really flavors this rice dish, is the vegetable broth and using an entire head of garlic. Of course, I also topped off the rice with some finely chopped parsley and lemon zest at the end, for an incredible punch of goodness.

Spanish Arroz al Ajillo

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: With the rice I used, it took me a total of 17 minutes to fully cook the rice (per the instructions below on the recipe card). But every pan and stove top heats differently. So keep an eye on your rice to ensure it does not undercook or overcook.

Spanish Arroz al Ajillo

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Spanish Arroz al Ajillo | Garlic White Rice

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 261 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 30 ml
  • 1 head garlic
  • 1 cup Spanish round rice 220 grams
  • 3 cups vegetable broth 711 ml
  • handful fresh parsley
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest 6 grams
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Add 3 cups vegetable broth into a sauce pan and heat with a medium-high heat

  2. At the same time, heat a large fry pan with a low-medium to medium heat and add in 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  3. Meanwhile, thinly slice the cloves (skins removed) from a head of garlic

  4. After heating the olive oil for 3 minutes, add in the sliced garlic, mix with the olive oil, after about 3 minutes and the garlic is lightly sauteed, add in 1 cup round rice and season with sea salt & black pepper, mix together and cook for 2 minutes, then add in the hot vegetable broth and raise the heat to a high heat, give it one final mix and cook on a high heat

  5. After 8 to 9 minutes and most of the broth has been absorbed by the rice, but there is still some broth left, place a lid on the pan and lower the heat to a low-medium, simmer for 6 to 8 minutes or until all the broth has been absorbed, then remove from the heat

  6. Transfer the rice into a large serving dish, sprinkle with finely chopped parsley and finely grate in some lemon zest, enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Spanish Arroz al Ajillo | Garlic White Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 261 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Sodium 707mg31%
Potassium 69mg2%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 377IU8%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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