Easy Garlic Fried Rice (Sinangag)

No need to throw left-over rice when you can make this easy, tasty and versatile garlic fried rice. Tried and tested!


 No need to throw left-over rice when you can make this easy, tasty and versatile garlic fried rice. Tried and tested!

In the Philippines, rice is king…..we have it in the morning, lunchtime, dinner and yes, even for snacks… and don’t rule it out as dessert too! Sometimes, we cook too much of it and then there are left-overs. But never fear…..sinangag is here. It’s the Tagalog term for “fried rice.” So next time you wonder what to do with left-over rice, try this recipe and you’ll know-how.

The ingredients here can be increased or decreased depending on how much rice you have left, so feel free to adjust it.

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Day-old rice (refrigerated left-over rice)

2 Tablespoons Olive oil (light)
A few crushed garlic (3-5)
1-2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce, or to taste
Dash of salt, or to taste
2 Eggs, beaten
Handful frozen Peas and Corn

You need either a big wok or a deep frying pan for this.


Heat about a 1-2 Tablespoon oil in a pan or wok. Saute the garlic until aromatic. Don’t let the garlic burn.

Add the cold rice and stir to break the grains apart. Cook until warmed up. Season with a little salt. Add the soy sauce and mix with the rice until most of the grains are coated.

You may scramble the eggs in another pan and just add it later after it’s been cooked. But if you have a big enough wok or wide enough pan, create a well/space in the middle of it by pushing the rice to the side. Spray a little oil in the middle and then pour the beaten egg.



Let it set. When the eggs have set enough, flip it over then begin to mix it with the rice breaking it up as you do so. Thereafter, add the frozen peas and corn and continue to stir until the veggies are cooked about 2-3 mins. Season the rice with more soy sauce or salt as needed.

Serve immediately. Easy-peasy delicious!

This fried rice pairs perfectly with Bobotie (Curried Ground Beef) or with Arroz a la Cubana.

 No need to throw left-over rice when you can make this easy, tasty and versatile garlic fried rice. Tried and tested!

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  1. November 15, 2012 / 11:52 pm

    This Friend Rice looks so beautiful, I just had to share it on my Facebook page!
    What a beautiful presentation!

    • November 16, 2012 / 12:22 am

      Thanks, Jutta! That's so kind of you! Glad you stopped by.

    • November 16, 2012 / 12:21 am

      Thanks Linda! It is just so simple though you can elaborate it by adding ham or any other meat that you fancy. I sometimes add shredded pork or beef with it. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Anonymous
    February 25, 2013 / 11:15 pm

    What kind of rice do you use?

  3. Anonymous
    June 10, 2013 / 8:35 pm

    What are you serving with the rice, in the picture?

    • July 17, 2013 / 7:21 pm

      I think it's Arroz a la Cubana… I do have a recipe for that in the blog if you are interested. 🙂

  4. July 17, 2013 / 5:49 pm

    Hi: I have wanted to try fried rice and now thanks to you I have the recipe. Thanks for sharing my recipes. I appreciate it 🙂 I love to learn new food recipes from other cultures. I love most foods… I will share for sure. <3

    • July 17, 2013 / 7:21 pm

      Thanks, MJ! Glad you stopped by and thank you for sharing too. Hope you enjoy the rice! 🙂

  5. Love Fried Rice!!
    July 17, 2013 / 6:34 pm

    Always wanted to make fried rice…it looks great what is the side dish & do you have a recipe for it…TY

    • August 8, 2013 / 7:03 am

      That's Bobotie and I don't have the recipe for it yet. 🙁

  6. Cathy Tetreault
    August 24, 2013 / 7:30 pm

    Oh I am so glad that one of my friends decided to post a picture of fried rice form your site. I have been looking for a good recipe for Fried Rice, Pancit and Lumpia for a long time. I can't get htese anywhere where I live so I have to make my own. I spent 10 yrs out of my life in the Philippines, Clark Air Base my Dad was military, and we traveled all over the island. I love the Filipino people and the food. God bless you for this site. I will be using it regularly.

    • August 24, 2013 / 10:19 pm

      Hi Cathy! so glad you discovered us, too. Hope this site will be helpful to you. I do miss my county a lot as well since we are based in the US. Thanks for stopping by.

  7. September 3, 2013 / 10:43 am

    Great! A wonderful recipe I'll try very soon! I've sent you an email with the translation of a portuguese recipe you liked on Facebook the other day. I hope you enjoy it!

    • November 23, 2013 / 8:46 pm

      Got it! Sorry for the late response and thanks for letting me know.

  8. Brenda Bell
    November 23, 2013 / 4:22 pm

    Please tell me how you cook the original rice. I have not been able to cook rice good. It always comes out like a big clump of glue, not in individual grains.

    • November 23, 2013 / 8:51 pm

      I use a rice cooker. In the Philippines we rinse it twice and then drain really well and my usual ratio for jasmine rice would be – for every 1 cup of rice – 1 1/2 cups of water – increase the amount to however much you want but always use that ratio. This is good for stove top cooking too. Also, make sure to let the rice rest for about 10 minutes after it's done cooking. That way, it will dry up a little and won't be clumpy. Now this works perfectly with Jasmine and even with Basmati Rice but American rice – you may have to lessen the water. It's been a trial and error for me as well but once you get the formula that works for you, it really is easy. Hope it helps.

  9. December 20, 2013 / 12:21 am

    I tried making this for dinner tonight and it was a success! I added some left over roast beef wrapped asparagus which i chopped to bite sized pieces. I particularly like your way of cooking the egg in the middle of the rice. I used to have to cook the egg in a separate pan ( means more dishwashing to do haha). Your method is easier and my fried rice turned out great. The hubby loves it! Thank you for this recipe !

    • December 20, 2013 / 3:54 am

      So glad it worked well for you Orange. Thanks for letting us know. Appreciate it.

  10. January 16, 2014 / 6:19 pm

    My Aunt is from the Phillipines, I have been eating and making this fried rice since I was a kid. My kids LOVE it. Sometimes I make it with ground beef or even hot dogs. Cheap and so very good.

    • January 17, 2014 / 6:13 pm

      Ground beef is fantastic with this and yes, even hot dogs, Traci! I ought to do that next time we have some left-over hot dogs and sausages. Thanks for stopping by.

  11. March 10, 2014 / 3:06 am

    Very simple, inexpensive, and filling. I used brown rice done in the rice cooker, and it was really good. Added some leftover diced pork roast. Many thanks for this recipe!

  12. Anonymous
    December 6, 2014 / 4:23 pm

    Looks tasty x

  13. May 5, 2015 / 5:23 pm

    I've often made fried rice and even wrote a post on it, after learning some techniques from Grace Young. But I've never heard about the "making a well for the eggs" tip – how great! Definitely going to try it soon. Love this simple version of fried rice, and also how you plated the rice (cupped it really) in the last photo.

  14. May 22, 2015 / 12:35 pm

    Abby this looks so delightful! Love anything that comes extra garlicky of course 🙂

  15. September 1, 2015 / 12:10 am

    wow! Rice looks so beautiful. I have actually read a lot of your blog posts in the last hour. I really enjoy what you are doing here. (And as a writer of fantasy novels, I'm enjoying looking at different aspects of that when you go through them in blog post). And truly, I love world-culture building

  16. November 24, 2015 / 3:25 pm

    It's very easy to make fried rice.. Thanks for adding step by step of Fried Rice Sinangag…. Looks very Yummy…

  17. December 7, 2015 / 4:55 pm

    Thanks for the easy, healthy recipe. I am going to try it now.

  18. January 11, 2016 / 3:32 am

    This dish are my very favourite food of all time. Yours look amazing! YUM! Thanks for sharing this tasty recipe! I cant wait to try it!

  19. January 18, 2016 / 12:03 am

    Just made this for dinner and it was so simple and yummy!! The garlic is a really nice touch! Even the boyfriend liked it who is often hard to please 🙂 Thanks for a great recipe!

  20. February 26, 2016 / 7:09 pm

    Oh my. I could eat this all week. Great recipe thanks for sharing.

  21. April 11, 2016 / 2:18 pm

    I have some boiled rice- as leftover- in cooker. So I will get up early to make this fry rice recipe as my breakfast. I will add some dry mushroom.But honest speaking, your dish looks very delicious

  22. April 11, 2016 / 2:19 pm

    I have some boiled rice- as leftover- in cooker. So I will get up early to make this fry rice recipe as my breakfast. I will add some dry mushroom.But honest speaking, your dish looks very delicious

  23. April 29, 2016 / 5:35 pm

    I love how your directions say 3-5 cloves of garlic but the picture shows six. LOL. You measure garlic lime I do!

  24. May 2, 2016 / 8:35 am

    Clear, informative, simple. Love your post!

  25. May 15, 2016 / 5:45 am

    Very easy to follow, but I would like to use one egg instead of two, thanks for sharing

    • May 16, 2016 / 2:15 am

      It all depends on how much rice you have Bella so feel free to use just one if you like. Thanks!

  26. June 8, 2016 / 8:03 am

    It is so delicious. Thank for sharing, Manila. I love fried rice. I'm going to try it now.

  27. June 16, 2016 / 6:40 am

    This post is really nice. Fried Rice looks very delicious. Thank you for sharing this easy recipe. What a nice presentation. I love to eat this. Hope your next recipe published soon.

  28. July 8, 2016 / 6:46 pm

    This sounds delicious, Garlic is never special ingredient of my favorite fried recipe. But I think now it's going to be for that special twist and flavor.

  29. July 19, 2016 / 9:37 am

    I used brown rice done in the rice cooker, and it was really good. I wouldn’t want to stop eating!!!

  30. July 28, 2016 / 7:47 am

    Lovely Lovely and Delicious. I must leave my diet plan for this 🙂

  31. January 28, 2017 / 5:47 pm

    Very yummy and delicious…would love to include in my diet plan 🙂

  32. February 5, 2017 / 3:22 pm

    I like this very much . I'm gona to make this right now ..

  33. March 12, 2017 / 8:50 am


    This is a very nice post. Informative and interesting. It is very useful and knowledgeable.
    I would like to thank you for the efforts. Love this post. Hope your next post published soon.

  34. March 12, 2017 / 6:40 pm

    It is very delicious recipe, I will try it in my home for my sweet family. I think it is delicious and healthy. Thank you so much for the nice recipe.

  35. Anonymous
    March 20, 2017 / 5:28 pm

    About how much cooked rice would you use for this recipe?

    • March 20, 2017 / 11:09 pm

      However much you have as left-over. This recipe is adjustable to that. Just let your taste be your guide. 3-4 cups should be good. 🙂

  36. April 6, 2017 / 7:38 am

    Looks delicious and so easy!

  37. July 11, 2017 / 1:24 am

    Garlic Fried Rice looks delicious, thank you for sharing!

  38. August 28, 2017 / 7:43 am

    Love how easy yet hearty it is

  39. Mary
    February 1, 2018 / 7:00 am

    Can you use minced garlic instead? I’m new to cooking Filipino food, I’m trying to learn and practice making Filipino foods so I can teach my son more about his heritage and I believe food is universally important to every culture, so I’m starting there.

    • abigail
      February 1, 2018 / 3:22 pm

      Yes, you certainly can. 🙂 Enjoy!

  40. Lisa
    April 18, 2018 / 12:51 pm

    My family loves this fried rice! My grandchildren are so crazy about it that I have started to keep cooked rice in my freezer just for this. (They love jasmine rice.) This is so easy to make and allows me to use up leftover veggies or to add in seasonal produce. Your recipes are so family & budget friendly which I really appreciate. Thanks again.

    • abigail
      April 19, 2018 / 5:01 am

      Hello Lisa! You totally made my day and it’s so wonderful to know that the recipe is helpful to you and your family. Thank you very much!! So glad to know this. 🙂

  41. January 18, 2019 / 7:16 am

    Looks so delicious! absolutely yummy

  42. DJC
    January 24, 2019 / 9:43 pm

    I made this tonight into a dish I call “Chinese Tacos ” even though it’s not chinese nor does it use a taco shell. I just line a tortilla with raw spinach or salad ( to keep the sauce from dripping through ) and add in the fried rice that has leftover chopped chicken and barbqd pork. I top it with a sauce made of half mayo / half horseradish, roll it up and enjoy ! This stretches the leftover meats , and is really tasty ! Thanks for the recipe !

    • abigail
      January 24, 2019 / 10:23 pm

      What a delicious idea this is! Thanks for letting us know and glad you enjoyed the sinangag!

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