Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Thai Fried Garlic (Gratium Jiew) Recipe and a DIY Mason Jar Spout

When I eat at my parents house, my mother always brings out a small jar of fried garlic.  These little morsels of heaven have a very distinct garlic flavor (more mellow than raw garlic, but more bite than roasted garlic).  They also add a nice crunch to "kao thom" (a thai rice porridge), noodle soup or Hainan chicken.  I asked my mom for the recipe to share with you.

There are two versions of this recipe.  The images below show the dry version where the oil is strained out.  You can use the strained oil as garlic oil for cooking.

1 head of garlic pealed and minced
1/4 cups oil (canola or vegetable)

Place both garlic and oil into a medium sized saute pan or wok (do not preheat).  Turn on heat to high and stir garlic and oil. Continue stirring for a one to two of minutes or until garlic starts to turn very light tan.  Once garlic is medium color, turn off the heat.  Keep stirring the garlic in the pan.  The residual heat will continue to cook the garlic to a nice golden brown  You do not want to burn the garlic or else it will be bitter.  Once garlic is golden brown remove from pan and put though a fine mesh metal strainer.  Catch the oil in a container and use as garlic oil.  Let garlic sit in strainer for 15 minutes so oil is mostly drained out.  Transfer garlic into jar and place both oil and garlic into refrigerator or you can use immediately.

Fried garlic in a mason jar (with pour spout from salt container).  You could also add some dried peppers into the mix if you like spicy.

Mince garlic and add to oil.  I know it seems like a lot of oil, but you will strain it out to make garlic oil.

Once garlic is medium brown turn off heat and keep stirring.  Do not burn the garlic.


To create a pour spout for your mason jar cut out the top of a salt carton.  Cut to size of mason jar top.
Morton Salt top placed on top of mason jar for easy pouring.

I took apart the spout with pliers and glued piece of wrapping paper on top.

Finished product.  Perfect to give as a gift or keep for yourself.


  1. wow I haven't thought of this in ages. I can picture it on my kao thom every time we went out, being a picky kid I would have mine without at home ;) I'd love you to add this to my link party over at http://raegunwear.blogspot.com

  2. Yum! I have never had this but it sounds delicious. The mason jar spout is ingenious!

  3. In the Philippines, we use fried garlic on top of our steamed rice and it is so delicious! This brings back memories of my dad making breakfast and having a little plate with fried garlic sprinkled with salt to eat with fresh cut tomatoes. Thanks for posting!

  4. That garlic looks delicious to keep on hand! And I love your lid idea!!

  5. That lid is super clever I am totally using that idea. The garlic looks so good. At first I wasn't sure if I was going to like it but it looks sooo good. I think that it would be good on so many things. Thanks.

  6. This is such a neat idea, thanks so much for sharing!

  7. This is a great idea and it is what brought me to your blog. I have to tell you that I have gone through your whole blog and you are a talented lady and quite funny at times. Lots to love on here. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Cutest idea ever!!! I'm having a linky party, and would love it if you joined! Here is the link! http://www.thesouthernproductqueen.com/one-stop-shoppe-linky-party-3 Thanks for sharing!

  9. So genius! I posted a link on EdibleCrafts.CraftGossip.com :)

  10. Oh my gosh, I remember my Mom did this over 40 years ago and used it for her Ivory Snow Flakes for the pieces of laundry she did by hand. But YOURS is SO pretty!

  11. How long with the garlic keep for in the mason jar? I would assume that putting the jar in the fridge would mean the garlic would loose it's crunch.

  12. This is so lovely! I'm a designer for Cool2Craft and would love to demo this for our mason jar show! I'll credit you,add your link and anything else you'd like to add.

  13. the garlic stuck together much more than i thought it would. Any way to prevent that? or just break it up once your done and it's all crispy

  14. Absolutely brilliant use of mason jars. I saw. I pinned. I''m going to create.
    Thanks for sharing this -- I love garlic and mason jars.


  15. Great Mason Jar Idea! So after you make this garlic and put it in the jar, how long is it good for? Do you leave it out or do you put it in the fridge?

  16. I have made these pour spout jars before ... I also used chalkboard paint on the sides so I could make decroative labels of what was inside!!


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