Sinangag (Filipino Garlic Fried Rice)

Sinangag (Filipino Garlic Fried Rice)

The perfect Filipino garlic fried rice or Sinangag must have a delicious garlicky flavour with lots of crunchy garlic bits. In this secret recipe, each lighty crusty grain of rice remains intact. It is best served with meat or seafood on the side.

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Preparation 5 mins
Cooking 10 mins



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Nutrition per Serving

278 kcal
47 g
7 g
5 g

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Sinangag or garlic fried rice is a Filipino favourite from breakfast till dinner. It is always satisfying and equally delicious. Sinangag, prounouced as see-na-nag is often served with meat or seafood on the side. Using overnight rice, each grain of rice has a light crust as it is tossed over heat to coat the tasty garlic flavour. Not only is this fried rice vegan friendly, it needs only 4 ingredients. That's about it!

The ingredients for sinangag
The ingredients for sinangag

Dishes served with garlic fried rice

Filipinos love this garlic fried rice that they have it as breakfast or an all-day breakfast meal which is a combination of fried rice, itlog (egg) and a side dish such as beef tapa (beef jerky), tocino (sweet pork) and longanisa (sweet sausages). This mix of dishes are called tapsilog, tosilog and longsilog, an abbreviation of sinangag, the chosen side dish and itlog.

Adobo goes really well with this fried rice too. Otherwise, add an egg, hot dog or spam. The dish tastes great with almost everything.

The garlicky flavour

Do not let this recipe restrict you. Be generous with the amount of garlic. In the Philippines, we love using garlic. The taste of garlic is the essence of the dish.

Best to brown the garlic until it is caramelized. Be careful not to cook the garlic over high heat to prevent it from burning which will result in it being bitter. For more a more intense garlic taste in the fried rice, chop the garlic finely for it to develop a more pungent taste. If you like crispy chunks of garlic, cut some into thicker bits.

Mincing garlic
Mincing garlic

Why use leftover rice for fried rice?

The best way to spice up leftover rice is to cook fried rice with it. You may have noticed that it is always recommended to use overnight rice because freshly cooked rice is high in moisture. Freshly cooked rice will clump together and turn out gummy. However, rice will become slightly dry in the refrigerator, thus providing the best condition for perfect fried rice where each grain is individually separated.

Perfect garlic fried rice
Perfect garlic fried rice

Is fried rice bad?

Not at all! Fried rice is such a versatile dish that you can adapt to your diet. For example, I only used 1 tablespoon of oil in this recipe as I used a non-stick pan. You may need more oil to create the non-stick layer if you are using a different type of pan. Depending on how you pair the rice, you can choose to have more vegetables or proteins instead.

Fried rice is one of the quickest way to have a filling meal besides making it healthy at the same time.


2 cups
rice (cooked)
garlic clove(s)
1 tbsp
1 tbsp
1⁄8 tsp
1⁄8 tsp
black pepper powder

Steps to Prepare

Sinangag (Filipino Garlic Fried Rice) Step 1

Step 1 of 4

    • 2 cup rice (cooked)

Using the back of a fork, carefully crumble the leftover rice to loosen them.

Sinangag (Filipino Garlic Fried Rice) Step 2

Step 2 of 4

    • 4 garlic clove(s)
    • 1 tbsp scallions

Mince garlic. Then, remove the roots of spring onions and slice them thinly.

Sinangag (Filipino Garlic Fried Rice) Step 3

Step 3 of 4

    • 1 tbsp oil

Heat oil in pan or wok over medium heat. Once the oil is heated, sauté the minced garlic for 3 minutes or until it turns light brown. Then, add the spring onions and continue to sauté. Optionally, you may set aside some of the sautéed ingredients for garnishing.

Sinangag (Filipino Garlic Fried Rice) Step 4

Step 4 of 4

    • 1⁄8 tsp salt
    • 1⁄8 tsp black pepper powder

Toss rice into pan to coat evenly with oil, spring onions and garlic. Then, allow it to sit for about 2 minutes without stirring for the grains to develop a slight crust. Sprinkle some salt and pepper. Mix evenly. Cook for another 3 minutes or until rice becomes golden and has a slight crisp. Garnish with crispy garlic and sliced spring onions, if desired.

Published: September 18, 2020

3 Discussions

3 years ago


This is a Greta, simple, tasty recipe. I made it tonight - vey nice :) Is Rice Bad? No, rice is not bad. Is eating too many calories bad for you? Yes. Eat rice, but don't eat too much!

3 years ago


Nice! Upload a photo to your food snap ;) We'd love to see it!

steve Franklin
3 years ago

steve Franklin

Quick, delicious and nutritious. Thanks for the recipe Mira.

George Taruc
4 years ago

George Taruc

How can you say fried rice is not bad? Rice in itself is very high in carbs and add on top of that the oil. And it's hard to eat rice in moderation since it's really just a filler food. One reason why many Filipinos are diabetic.

Mira - Community Happiness Manager
4 years ago

Mira - Community Happiness Manager

Hi George, this recipe only uses 1 tablespoon of oil. As for rice, it is the staple food for many Asians. This includes Japan, one of the countries with high life expectancy. Eating rice in moderation is very much possible. With this recipe, there is only 47 g of carbs per person. Give it a try ;)

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