Garlic Fried Rice

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!

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Garlic fried rice in a white bowl with a silver spoon.

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!).

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!

Garlic fried rice in a white bowl with a silver spoon

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.

Garlic fried rice in a skillet with a wooden spoon

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!

Toddler breaking up rice in a kitchen

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. The rice should sizzle and brown a little when it’s being fried.
  • 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 are the benefits of Garlic Rice? Along with garlic fried rice being low in calories and fat, garlic is well known for having immunity-boosting properties. I can fight colds and the flu! It also reduced blood pressure, and cholesterol It contains antioxidants and also allicin, which may prevent certain cancer. It’s definitely worth adding more garlic to your food!
  • Is garlic rice good for weight loss? It may well be! According to a study by the Journal of Nutrition, garlic can be linked to fat-burning in the body.

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:




Egg rice in a pan with a wooden spoon

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Garlic Fried Rice

5 from 6 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

This Garlic Fried Rice also known as "Sinangag" is a Fillipino 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!


  • 1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs, whisked
  • 3 cups long grain white rice
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 3 whole green onions, white and green parts separated and sliced thin


  • 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!
Nutrition Facts
Garlic Fried Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 347 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 11g
Cholesterol 101mg34%
Sodium 184mg8%
Potassium 103mg3%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 231IU5%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 37mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: Garlic Fried Rice, Sinangag

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