How To Cook Sinangag Garlic Fried Rice

Sinangag Garlic Fried Rice

Sinangag is a famous Filipino Breakfast meal. It is the Tagalog word for Fried Rice. It has been the favorite of every Filipino of all ages. It can go along well with any dish whether it is cooked fried or stew. The dish is cooked by frying the left over rice with garlic. Sounds so easy right? Today, I will be teaching you the recipe on how to cook Sinangag.

In the Philippines, Rice is life as they say. Rice is and should always be a part of our daily meal. Our meals will not be complete without Rice on the dining table. Rice should always be present in the morning, at lunch time, dinner time and even snack time. However, there are times wherein we tend to cook too much rice and then there’d be leftovers. But not to worry, there’s no need to waste and throw the left-over rice when you can turn it into a Garlic Fried Rice the following day. This can help lessen food waste, which means that yesterday’s left over rice will become today’s fried rice.

For me, I personally love to eat Sinangag Rice topped with Fried sunny side up egg and other meat dish such as Tapa, Tocino and Chorizo. I usually eat Garlic Fried rice for breakfast since it is my most important meal of the day. But making and eating garlic fried rice can be done anytime of the day, as you wish. Of course, you can’t go wrong with Sinangag paired with the famous salted dried fish such as daing, tuyo or danggit. After all, what goes best with other Filipino meats than a newly cooked hot Rice. I bet every Filipino can agree with that.

There are many different ways and technique to make Garlic Fried rice. Some use the basic ingredients such as salt, garlic and oil. While some add soy sauce and frozen peas with corn, and even added carrots to it. Every cook always seemed to have their own recipe of making it. So next time you have a left-over rice at home, try this simple recipe and you’ll know what to do with those left-over rice. Transforming your left over rice into a garlicky flavored dish has never been this easy.

Ingredients used explained:

  • Cold Left over Rice: the grains are easier to separate without mashing it up during the cooking process. As the rice heats up, it will soften so by the time cooking fried garlic rice is done you will get a dish that perfectly fluffy.
  • Garlic: infuses the cooking oil with its garlicky flavor which will then be absorbed by the rice. Cooking it fried make new flavors making your dish tastes and smell so good. With this recipe you will be needing tons of garlic. The more garlic there is, the better.
  • Cooking Oil: Of course, we need oil to fried garlic and make our dish a little bit roasty. Vegetable and Coconut oil are the preferred oil but you can use whichever oil you plan to use.

Tips in Cooking Filipino Garlic Fried Rice Sinangag

  1. Cooking rice Sinangag may seem simple to do, but the success of it typically relies on the condition and type of the rice that you are going to use. It is best to use the non sticky varieties.
  2. The ingredients will depend on the amount of rice that you will use to make Sinangag. So basically, adjustments on whether to increase or decrease the ingredients can be made.
  3. Although you can also make Sinangag using a freshly cooked rice, however for best results you may choose to use left over instead of the newly cooked rice. Leftover rice preferably day old rice are much better as it is easier to separate when starting to cook it because it has less moisture and it even have firmer grains than freshly cooked rice
  4. Now when it comes to the kind of cooking oil to use in cooking Garlic fried rice, use oils such as grapeseed oil, canola or corn oil so that your Garlic Fried Rice will be less greasy. Also, you should also consider the ratio between oil and rice. Do not put too much oil as it will make your Filipino Garlic Fried Rice oily.
  5. Since garlic is one of the main ingredient in making Sinangag, make sure to cook the garlic using low heat. Doing so will soak the oil with its flavor before it turns completely brown.
  6. Setting burners to high to medium heat when the fried garlic has already browned. Then you can add the rice. This will prevent it from sticking to the surface of the cooking pan and the same time allowing it to have toasty flavor.
  7. The easiest way to minced a garlic is to use a garlic press. But if you don’t have it at home, you can simply do the natural way of mincing a garlic, by using the knife. Either way works.

Sinangag (Filipino Garlic Fried Rice) Recipe


  • 4 cups Day old leftover rice (cold-refrigerated rice)
  • 5 cloves garlic, crushed or minced
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper to taste (optional)

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Put cold rice in a bowl and separate the grains

In a bowl, put cold rice and separate the grains. You can add a little water if you are having difficulty separating the grains.
Rice in a bowl

Heat the cooking oil.

In a medium size cooking pan pour cooking and wait for it to heat up.

Heat the cooking oil.

Add crushed or minced garlic

Note: Make sure to set the heat to low when starting with garlic. Occasionally stir the garlic until it becomes golden brown or just the right crisp. Remove excess oil from the cooking pan if there are any. Then this time turn the heat burner to high.
Take half of the garlic out of the pan. Set Aside.
crushed or minced garlic

Add in the rice

Gently stirring to spread it to the pan. Continue to cook while stirring occasionally until rice grains starts to roast.
Sinangag Garlic Fried Rice

Add salt

Continue to stir to mix the ingredients. Cook for another 3-5 minutes. You can add pepper to taste which is optional.

Season with salt

Transfer Sinangag Garlic Fried Rice to a serving platter

Once done, transfer Sinangag Garlic Fried Rice to a serving platter topped with fried minced garlic.

Sinangag Fried Rice

Serve hot together with your favorite entree

You can choose which meat dish you want to eat your Garlic Rice with.
Garlic Fried Rice

Add-ons (Optional)

There is another recipe in making Sinangag. Although the steps are pretty much the same, the only difference is that there are additional ingredients to make your Filipino Garlic Fried Rice more tasty and yummy. You can add soy sauce and frozen peas with corn. These ingredients are optional though, however if you want to try it here’s what you need to do. After you’ve added a pinch of salt to the mixture, you can season the garlic fried rice by adding a little soy sauce. 2 tablespoons perhaps. Then Add frozen peas and corn then continue to stir until all ingredients are mixed well together. Then again, serve hot.

Interested in other recipe? Feel free to comment below. Also, let me know your experience along the way. I look forward to hearing from you.

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