Garlic Fried Rice Recipe | How to make Sinangag

Garlic Fried Rice Recipe

Garlic fried rice recipe. It is also called as “Sinangag” which happens to be a popular Filipino breakfast that is filling and very simple to make. It is one of the best ways to use up left over rice.

As this garlic fried rice requires very few ingredients it is also known as “Poor Man’s Fried Rice” or “Filipino Garlic Fried Rice”.

It is usually served with fried eggs and fish which will make a wholesome nutritious meal. As the basic Sinangag recipe is very simple, one can always adapt it to suit one’s palate.

garlic fried rice

I tried the basic version a few days ago and though it tasted really good, the family who are more used to spicy food found it a wee bit bland.

So I made it again with a few changes, the result was too good. Give it a try and I’m sure this garlic fried rice will become your go to comfort food especially on a cold rainy day.

Sinangag Recipe

Sinangag” is basically made using left over rice, so if you have excess rice left over after cooking for a crowd, you can always make this to have a hearty meal.

Since my kids love it so much, I pack this garlic fried rice often for their school lunch box mostly with this Baby Potato Sambal for side dish. And according to both the kids, all the other kids at school go crazy over this rice.

Filipino Sinangag

We, the Avant Garde Cookies, are cooking with the recipe name starting with letter “G” and this Garlic Fried Rice recipe seemed an apt choice for this week’s theme.

If interested , do check out other easy one pot meals like peas pulao, Pudina rice, spicy coconut rice, soya chunks pulao and raw mango rice.

Garlic Fried Rice recipe details below:

Garlic Fried Rice Recipe | How to make Sinangag
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Easy Garlic Fried rice recipe using left over rice.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Continental
Serves: 2
  • Cooked rice – 2 cups
  • Garlic – 10 pods
  • Red chili paste – 1 tbsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Oil – 3 tbsp
  • Spring onions, greens – 2 tsp
  1. Crush the garlic pods using a mortar and pestle and keep aside.
  2. Heat a wok with oil. Add crushed Garlic and sauté over low flame for 3- 4 minutes.
  3. The garlic should become brown in color, crisp and aromatic.
  4. Add the Red chili paste and saute over high flame for a minute.
  5. Add cooked rice, salt and mix well.
  6. Let it cook over medium flame for another 2-3 minutes.
  7. Toss rice well so that the garlic and the garlic oil, coats the rice well.
  8. Garlic fried rice is ready.
  9. Garnish with chopped spring onion greens.
  10. Serve piping hot with fried eggs.
You can add red chili sauce instead of the paste but it will lend a sweet and tangy taste.
You can also add 1 tsp of dark soy sauce for an added flavor.
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  1. Anonymous says

    This fried rice was so tasty and quick to make too. I made it for my daughter’s lunch box and she loved it very much. Thanks. Hema.

  2. Anonymous says

    I’m a Filipina and I never thought about making this with chili. Now I know what I’m having for dinner tonight, alhumdulillah.

  3. Andrew says

    Hi, I’m Filipino and I wanted to ask what kind of Red Chili Paste you used maybe I could find one here that we could use or possibly a suitable replacement. :-)

    • says

      Hi Andrew, I did not use any ready made chili paste but soaked the whole dry chilies in hot water and made them into a paste by grinding them.

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