This Garlic Fried Rice also known as “Sinangag” is a Filipino style fried rice. Fluffy toasted rice served with tons of fried garlic and scrambled eggs. Don’t let the minimal ingredients fool you this Garlic Fried Rice is packed with flavor! The perfect side dish for any meal!
Where are my garlic lovers?! This recipe is just for you! Garlic Fried Rice aka “Sinangag” is loaded with tons of fresh garlic, green onions, and rice. It is such an easy side dish to whip up for any meal!
In my other fried rice recipes, I like to make use of Asian sauces and oil like soy sauce, oyster sauce, and sesame oil. However in this Filipino style fried rice vegetables and sauces are typically not added. This really lets the garlic, green onions, rice and oil stand out! It is also the perfect side dish for super saucey dishes that need rice to soak it up. Although I do like eating this rice on it’s own. I like to make a double batch so that I have rice for a couple of different dinners throughout the week. Meal prep made easy!
Best of all, kids love this Garlic Fried Rice recipe! Even my toddler enjoys helping me make it and will finish her plate (well, some might be on the ground!).
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Ingredients for Garlic Fried Rice
- Garlic: I used 6 whole cloves of garlic in this recipe and it tastes amazing! If you’re worried about the flavor being too overpowering you can reduce the number to 4 or 5, however, garlic is the star of this recipe and should really shine through as the main flavor! Also toasting the garlic mellows the flavor and adds a bit of nuttiness to the garlic.
- Rice: Cooked long-grain white rice is my go-to for this recipe. Other varieties of long-grain white rice will work, as well as brown rice for a healthier alternative. Although long grain white rice is traditional.
- Green Onions: Add the perfect subtle onion flavor as well as color to this dish. I also add in onion powder to bump up the onion flavor!
- Eggs: Eggs are a key ingredient to all of my fried rice recipes! They add protein and flavor.
- Seasoning: Along with salt and pepper, I also added just a touch of onion powder and garlic powder. The salt and pepper is really needed in this recipe because there is no soy sauce added.
- Butter & oil: I cooked the garlic and green onions in vegetable oil. Butter provides flavor and also keeps the rice from sticking together.
How to make Garlic Fried Rice
- Cook the garlic and green onions: Begin by sautéing the garlic and the white parts of the green onions in a large skillet over medium heat. The garlic will turn golden-brown and the onions will soften. Remove them from the pan, drain the oil through a sieve, and set them aside when they’re done.
- Cook the eggs: Next, scramble the eggs in a bowl with a fork. Add some of the reserved oil plus butter to the same pan that the garlic and green onions were cooked in, and then add the eggs. Stir continuously until the eggs are cooked and then remove them from the pan and set them aside.
- Heat the rice: Add the remaining oil to the pan along with the cooked rice. Stir until it begins to turn golden-brown and gets warm through.
- Add everything back in: Turn off the heat and add the eggs, green onions, and garlic back into the pan along with the garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper, and stir well. Serve immediately!
How to Store Garlic Fried Rice
Store Garlic Fried Rice in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat it in the microwave or in a pot on the stove until piping hot.
Tips for Success
- Watch the garlic! Garlic can cook quickly and burn, so keep an eye on it while it’s sautéing.
- This is a great way to use up leftover rice! It adds so much flavor giving it a second life. You can also cook the rice the night before so that it’s ready to go when you want to make Garlic Fried Rice.
- Add a little heat! You can sprinkle a little chili powder or crushed chilis when you cook the garlic and spring onions to give this rice a kick of heat.
- Add other vegetables! Although vegetables are not traditionally served in garlic fried rice feel free to add some if you want to sneak some extra veggies in. Finely diced carrots or peas would go great in this.
- Break up the rice before adding it to the pan. This is what I do when I make any fried rice recipe. When you use day old cold rice it tends to clump together. If you break up the rice with your hands the rice will fry evenly in the pan. Bonus: kids love doing this step. My daughter below is helping me break up the clumps of day old rice!
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the secret to fried rice? There are a few things that I keep in mind when making fried rice:
- 1. Use cold rice. This keeps the rice firm preventing it from getting mushy.
- 2. Avoid glutinous and short-grained rice. Again, these varieties are more likely to get mushy when fried. Stick to medium or long-grained rice.
- 3. Use a hot pan.
- 4. Cook the egg separately from the rest of the ingredients. We want the egg to be nice and firm, and a little chunky instead of coating the other ingredients.
What does Garlic Fried Rice go with?
This fried rice recipe is a chameleon – it goes with just about anything! Here are some of my favorites:
- Easy Chicken Stir Fry
- Chicken Shawarma
- Thai Grilled Chicken
- Slow Cooker Orange Chicken
- Honey Chicken Stir Fry
- Orange Teriyaki Salmon
- Thai Salmon Cakes
- Coconut Curry Salmon
- Hoisin Glazed Salmon and Veggies in Foil
- Salmon Sushi Bowls
- Salmon with Lemon Dill Butter
More rice recipes to try
Garlic Fried Rice
- Add oil to a large skillet and heat over medium high heat. Add in garlic and green onions (white parts only) and cook for 3-4 minutes stirring constantly until the garlic and green onions are golden brown.
- Drain the toasted garlic / onion mixture through a sieve and set aide. Save the oil.
- To the same pan add 1 tablespoon of the reserved oil along with 1 tablespoon of butter. Heat over medium high heat and add in the eggs. Scramble the eggs, remove from the pan and set aside.
- Add the remaining oil to the skillet and add in the rice. Toast the rice until it starts to get a little golden brown and warmed through.
- Take off of the heat and stir in the cooked eggs, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper and green onions. Serve immediately and enjoy!