Hello and welcome to Rice Cookers 101! Today we will be preparing a delicious meal of garlic herring rice. This dish is a popular Japanese recipe and is perfect for those who love seafood and bold flavors. Using a rice cooker, this recipe is simple and easy to make, providing a healthy meal for your family or friends. So, let’s get started on creating an aromatic and tasty dish that everyone will enjoy. We’ve made this garlic herring rice recipe easy to follow 👨‍🍳. If you’re looking for our favorite rice cookers to make this recipe, check out our list of top rice cookers here.

garlic herring rice ingredients


  • 1 cup of rice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 herring fillets
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 1/2 cups of water
  • Fresh parsley, chopped, to serve


  1. Rinse the rice thoroughly and drain it.
  2. In a pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic and fry them until they are translucent and fragrant.
  3. Add the herring fillets to the pot and cook them for 2 to 3 minutes on each side until they are browned.
  4. Add the rice to the pot and stir it until it is coated in the oil and fishy flavours. Cook for a few minutes until the rice becomes slightly translucent.
  5. Add the water, salt, and black pepper to the pot. Stir everything together and bring it to a boil.
  6. Once the mixture boils, turn the heat down to low and put the lid on the pot.
  7. Simmer the rice for 18 to 20 minutes until it is cooked through and the water has been absorbed. Do not remove the lid during this time.
  8. Turn off the heat and let the rice stand for 5 to 10 minutes before fluffing it up with a fork.
  9. Garnish with fresh parsley, if desired.
  10. Serve hot and enjoy!

garlic herring rice

How long does garlic herring rice last in the fridge?

Typically, cooked rice can be safely stored in the refrigerator for up to four to five days. When cooked with garlic herring: refrigerate the rice dish promptly after cooking, within 2 hours, and store it in an airtight container. If the rice has been left at room temperature for more than two hours, it is better to discard it to avoid any potential risk of foodborne illness. Also, it is important to reheat the rice properly before consuming to an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) to kill any bacteria that may have grown.

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Low calorie garlic herring rice recipe substitutions

To make this garlic herring rice recipe lower in calories, some substitutions could be made. Instead of using regular white rice, brown rice or cauliflower rice could be used. Cauliflower rice is much lower in calories and carbohydrates than traditional rice. Another substitution could be using less olive oil or replacing it with cooking spray to reduce calories. Additionally, reducing the amount of herring fillets used or using a different type of fish with fewer calories could also help to lower the calorie count. Lastly, reducing the amount of salt used or using a salt substitute could further cut down on the calorie count.

What to serve with a garlic herring rice?

Garlic herring rice is a flavorful dish and can be served with a variety of sides to balance out its bold taste. One option would be to pair it with some roasted or sautéed vegetables such as broccoli, asparagus, or zucchini to add some texture and nutrition to the plate. Another option could be to serve a light salad with a citrus vinaigrette as the acidity would cut through the richness of the rice dish. Additionally, some crusty bread or steamed potatoes would be a great way to soak up any excess sauce and complete the meal.

Whats the best sauce for a garlic herring rice?

A great sauce for garlic herring rice is a simple mixture of olive oil and lemon juice. The acidity of the lemon juice pairs well with the saltiness of the herring while the olive oil provides a rich and smooth texture. To make the sauce, combine equal parts olive oil and lemon juice in a small bowl and whisk until well blended. Spoon the sauce over the garlic herring rice and garnish with a sprig of fresh dill for a delicious and flavorful meal.

Garlic herring rice health benefits

Garlic herring rice offers a number of health benefits. Herring is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which can help reduce inflammation and lower the risk of heart disease. Garlic has been shown to have antibacterial and antiviral properties, as well as potential benefits for reducing blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Brown rice, which is typically used in this dish, is a whole grain that provides fiber and B vitamins. However, the addition of salt and oil in the preparation of the dish may make it higher in sodium and fat than is optimal for some individuals. For a healthier recipe option, consider roasted salmon with quinoa and vegetables. This dish is high in protein, fiber, and vitamins, and provides healthy fats from the salmon and nuts.

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