clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon

Authentic Filipino Garlic Fried Rice

Classic Filipino breakfast staple, known locally as ‘Sinangag’, featuring day-old rice crisped with golden garlic bits.

  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x



4 cups day-old jasmine rice, preferably chilled
6 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Salt to taste
2 spring onions, chopped for garnish
1 fried egg per serving (optional)
1 tablespoon soy sauce (optional)
Ground black pepper to taste


Break apart the day-old chilled rice using your hands or a fork to separate the grains and eliminate any lumps.
Heat the vegetable oil in a large pan over medium heat until it shimmers.
Add the minced garlic to the pan and sauté until it’s golden brown and crispy, being careful not to burn it.
Remove half of the fried garlic from the pan and set aside for garnish later.
Increase the heat to medium-high and add the rice to the pan with the remaining garlic. Stir the rice and garlic together, making sure they are well combined.
Season the rice with salt and pepper, and soy sauce if desired, and cook for about 5 to 7 minutes. Frequently stir the rice to prevent it from sticking to the pan and to ensure even crisping.
Once the rice is heated through and has a slightly crispy texture, remove the pan from the heat.
Garnish the garlic fried rice with the reserved fried garlic and chopped spring onions.
Serve hot, and for a traditional Filipino breakfast, pair the garlic fried rice with a fried egg on top.


The key to the perfect texture of garlic fried rice is using rice that’s been refrigerated overnight as it’s drier and won’t become mushy when fried.
Adjust the amount of garlic according to your personal preference. More garlic will result in a stronger flavor.
For added protein, you can stir in some cooked meat like diced ham, bacon, or even leftover chicken.

  • Author: Bethanie Bate
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Filipino
  • Diet: Halal


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 230 kcal
  • Sugar: 0g
  • Sodium: 300mg
  • Fat: 7g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 6g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 37g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: Garlic Fried Rice,Filipino Breakfast,Sinangag,Easy Rice Recipe,,,