If you have leftover cooked rice on hand, why not use this recipe to make a delicious and authentic Filipino garlic fried rice dish? Known as Sinangag in the Philippines, this garlic fried rice recipe is the perfect way to turn your leftover rice into a nourishing meal that can be enjoyed at any time of day.

How to Make Filipino Garlic Fried Rice

You’ll be able to have this authentic tasting Filipino garlic fried rice dish ready to go in less than 15 minutes thanks to this easy to follow recipe:

  • Prepare the cooking skillet. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Stir-fry the garlic. Add the minced garlic cloves and stir-fry for 2 minutes.
  • Remove the garlic. Carefully remove the garlic from the skillet.
  • Add the rice. Add the rice to the skillet and spread it out evenly.
  • Cook. Allow the rice to cook undisturbed for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Stir. Stir well and then spread the rice out again.
  • Keep cooking. Continue to cook the rice undisturbed for another 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat. Remove the rice from the heat.
  • Season. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
  • Garnish. Top the rice with the fried garlic and thinly sliced scallions.
  • Serve. Serve the Filipino garlic fried rice warm with your favorite dishes.

Garlic Fried Rice

Garlic Fried Rice

3 Useful Tips for Making Filipino Garlic Fried Rice

Here are a few helpful tips to keep in mind when making your own Filipino garlic fried rice; hopefully they help you to make your own Sinangag as authentic as possible:

  • Use the right type of rice. Without a doubt, the best type of rice to use when making garlic fried rice is rice that has already been cooked and is slightly dry. I usually like to use cooked rice that is between 1 to 2 days old for making yummy fried rice dishes like this.
  • Be mindful of the garlic. One of the easiest ways to have your garlic fried rice go awry is by accidentally overcooking the garlic. Keep a close eye on the garlic as you stir-fry it and then remove it from the skillet immediately once it’s done.
  • Choose the oil carefully. When it comes to making fried rice dishes, you’re usually going to be better off using a vegetable oil that has a neutral flavor profile and a high smoke point. Good candidates for making Sinangag are canola, grapeseed or corn oil.

Garlic Fried Rice

Garlic Fried Rice

What to Serve with Filipino Garlic Fried Rice

Frying your rice with garlic adds such a robust and distinctive flavor to it. That incredible taste pairs amazingly well with the following dishes:

  • Omelettes and banana ketchup (a classic Filipino combo)
  • Fried eggs
  • Leftover steak, chicken or seafood
  • Add vegetables into the rice (peas, sliced scallions, carrots, etc.)
  • Other popular fried Filipino breakfast dishes (beef tapa, tocino, tuyo, beef pares, etc.)

Garlic Fried Rice

Garlic Fried Rice

(Also try: Oh So Comforting Garlic Butter Rice)

Filipino Garlic Fried Rice (Sinangag)

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 12 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cup cooked rice, well drained and cooled
  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced (for garnish)
  • salt and black pepper, to taste


  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. 
  • Add the garlic and stir-fry for 2 minutes. 
  • Carefully remove the garlic from the skillet. 
  • Add the rice to the skillet and spread it out. 
  • Cook for 3-5 minutes undisturbed.
  • Stir well then spread it out again. 
  • Cook for another 3-5 minutes undisturbed. 
  • Remove from the heat. 
  • Top with fried garlic and sliced scallion. 
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