According to Serious Eats, this microwave-friendly method for frying garlic is super easy. Once the garlic is chopped or sliced, just toss it in a microwave-safe bowl with a neutral oil, such as canola or vegetable oil. Then nuke the bowl for five minutes, stir, and cook for another minute or so, until the garlic pieces are perfectly golden and look ready to devour. Once the bowl has cooled down slightly, carefully strain the oil into another container. Then lay your fried garlic bits out on a paper towel to absorb the excess oil, sprinkle with a bit of salt, and your garnish is ready to be the star of your meal. Don’t forget to hang onto the garlic-infused oil to use for other flavorful dishes — an added bonus!
Whether you’re looking to add a little crunch to your fried rice (as suggested by Bon Appétit) or a snack to eat by the handful (no judgment), this quick trick will give you delicious fried garlic while eliminating most of the mess and saving you time.