Garlic Egg Fried Rice (Sinangag)

Filipino garlic fried rice made special with the addition of eggs! So easy to make using simple ingredients. This fried rice goes so well with many dishes like fried food, grilled meat, and seafood.

garlic fried rice with egg in a small bowl

Sinangag vs Other Garlic Fried Rice

Sinangag is a term for Filipino-style garlic fried rice. And when I say it’s not your ordinary garlic fried rice, I really mean it.

Here are three important things you have to keep in mind when making sinangag:

  • Use LOTS of freshly minced garlic–MINCED not chopped nor sliced. The smaller the cut the easier the garlic flavor will infuse into the oil.
  • Exactly how much garlic do we need? I use a ratio of 1 bulb of garlic for every 4 cups of cooked rice. Yes, you read it right!
  • Cook the garlic until golden brown. It is the TOASTED GARLIC FLAVOR we are looking for. And that’s what makes this Filipino garlic fried rice unique from all other fried rice.
Fried Rice with Toasted Garlic

What you need

You only need simple ingredients to make this fried rice. These are:

Rice

The best rice for fried rice is day-old rice or left-over rice that’s been cooled in the fridge overnight. It’s less starchy, firmer, and separates easily during stir-fry.

Freshly cooked rice can also be used following these simple techniques:

  • Cook your rice as you normally do but with a little less water than usual e.g. if 2 cups of rice need 2 cups of water, use 1 3/4 cups of water instead of 2 cups. Get it? This will prevent the rice from being too starchy.
  • Once the rice is cooked, spread it onto a tray to cool off faster. You can also cool it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to cook.
freshly cooked rice

Garlic

Use fresh garlic (not garlic powder) and minced or chop it into small pieces. Minced garlic is easier to brown, infuses the flavor with the oil, and blends wonderfully with the rice granules.

To easily chop the garlic, crush the cloves with the flat side of a knife. Peel off the skin away then carefully chop it into small pieces. Easy!

Ingredients: white rice, eggs, fresh garlic, salt, oil

Oil for Fried Rice

The best oil for fried rice is neutral vegetable oil. Neutral oil means unflavored oil. I often use canola oil. You can also use corn oil and light olive oil.

Salt

To season the rice, use sea salt or kosher salt. Table salt works well too.

For depth of flavor and umami taste, sprinkle with soy sauce or liquid seasoning. This is the secret to getting that restaurant-style flavor of fried rice. The difference between soy sauce and liquid seasoning is that the latter has added flavor enhancers which include MSG (monosodium glutamate).

How to Make the Best Garlic Fried Rice

Here’s how I make it:

cooking process of garlic egg fried rice
  • Cook the garlic in warm oil over medium heat. Don’t use high heat or it will burn the garlic and produce a bitter taste. If this happens, immediately turn off the heat. Discard the garlic and start all over again.
  • Stir-fry the garlic until the color turns golden brown. Keep stirring until all bits and pieces have changed color. Set aside some of it to be used as a topping.
  • Add the rice and stir-fry to slowly infuse the garlic flavor. The rice is ready when the texture turns slightly chewy. This could take 10 minutes or more depending on the amount of rice you’re cooking.

Add egg to make it special

Push the rice to the side. Add a small oil and pour the beaten egg. Let it set before breaking it into pieces and stirring it into the rice.

That is it! Easy!

garlic fried rice with egg in a pan

What to Serve with Garlic Fried Rice

A Filipino breakfast meal is never complete without garlic fried rice or “sinangag”. It is like pancakes to Americans or toast to many western countries.

This garlic fried rice goes so well with fried foods, grilled meat, and seafood. I personally like having it with a simple fried egg, SPAM, and marinated and grilled steaks when I feel like indulging 🙂

Garlic Fried Rice with Fried Egg

SILOG dishes to serve with garlic fried rice

SILOG refers to Filipino breakfast meals consisting of “sinangag” (fried rice) and “itlog” egg which is usually fried.

Below is my collection of silog dishes that you can make at home. They are best enjoyed with achara.

Bonus Tip! How do you keep rice from sticking to a stainless pan or wok?

Don’t have a non-stick pan or wok? Here’s what you need to do to prevent the rice from sticking.

Step 1: Heat your pan over medium-high heat until any left-over moisture or water residue has evaporated.

Step 2: Remove the pan from the stove. Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of oil to the pan. Using a thick dry cloth or kitchen towel wipe the oil to the bottom of the pan, to the sides all the way up to the edges. Remember to use oil with a high smoking point e.g. canola oil, vegetable oil, grapeseed oil.

Step 3: Place the pan back on the stove. Set heat to high and heat the pan until it begins to smoke. This could take 30 to 60 seconds. Remove from heat and it’s ready to use.

garlic fried rice with egg in a small bowl

Garlic Egg Fried Rice (Sinangag)

5 from 1 vote
Filipino-style garlic fried rice! Easy and quick to make using only 4 ingredients. A perfect side to grilled meat and seafood and to many Filipino breakfast food like tocino and longganisa.
Servings6 servings
preparation time5 minutes
Total cooking time12 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 1 bulb garlic (finely chopped)
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil (add more as needed.)
  • 4 cups (packed) cooked day-old white rice (see note 1)
  • 3 whole eggs (beaten)
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tsp liquid seasoning (or soy sauce, optional)

Instructions

  • In a nonstick pan, heat oil until just warm. Make sure it's not too hot to prevent burning the garlic.
  • Add garlic and season with a pinch of salt. Stir-fry until it turns golden brown. Remove about 1/4 of the toasted garlic and set aside. Add more oil, as needed.
  • Add rice and season with salt. Cook until texture turns lightly chewy, about 5 to 10 minutes. Stir and toss every now and then but not constantly. This will allow the rice granules to lightly toast whenever it touches the bottom of the pan.
  • Push rice to the side of the pan. Add 1 tbsp oil. Slightly tilt the pan so the oil stays on the other side. Pour beaten eggs. Let it cook until slightly set.
  • Stir to break into small pieces then combine with the rice. Sprinkle soy sauce or liquid seasoning if preferred. Cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Garnish with reserved garlic and toss. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes & Tips:

  • If using freshly cooked rice – cook your rice as you normally do but with a little less water than usual e.g. if 2 cups of rice need 2 cups of water, use 1 3/4 cups of water instead of 2 cups. Once the rice is cooked, spread it onto a tray to cool off faster. You can also cool it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to cook.
Author : Mella
Course : Main Course
Cuisine : Filipino
Keyword : Filipino garlic rice recipe, garlic fried rice recipe, sinangag
Nutrition Facts
Garlic Egg Fried Rice (Sinangag)
Amount per Serving
Calories
180
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
5
g
8
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
3
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Cholesterol
 
2
mg
1
%
Sodium
 
2
mg
0
%
Potassium
 
39
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
30
g
10
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
3
g
6
%
Vitamin A
 
3
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
11
mg
1
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Originally published June 2021. Updated the recipe and updated it with new photos in June 2022.

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