This Filipino garlic rice is infused with fragrant garlic oil and loaded with crispy garlic chips. A breakfast staple in the Philippines, sinangag is a great use for that leftover Jasmine rice sitting in your fridge right now. And it’s ready in just 10 minutes from start to finish. Garlic lovers rejoice!
In my opinion, there’s nothing more instantly appetizing than the smell of garlic cooking in oil. Those two kitchen staples are the starter ingredients to so many of the foods I love – that I have a literal Pavlovian response to the scent.
Well, this Filipino garlic rice recipe will have the garlic lovers in your house running to the kitchen to see what you’re working on. Trust me.
What is Filipino Garlic Rice?
Filipino garlic fried rice (sinangag) is long grain Jasmine rice stir fried in a simple mixture of garlic and oil.
Loaded with crispy garlic chips, it’s a traditional breakfast dish in the Philippines.
Those garlic chips not only caramelize to perfection in the cooking oil, they also infuse the oil with garlic flavor. That flavor then is then absorbed by the rice grains.
It’s the perfect kitchen alchemy, producing a ton of flavor from a short ingredients list – most of which you probably have sitting in your pantry right now!
Ingredients for Filipino Garlic Rice
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- Neutral Cooking Oil: For this delicious garlic fried rice recipe, I like using grapeseed oil. But really you can use vegetable oil – or any other neutral flavored oil that’s in your pantry. However, I recommend that you steer clear of olive oil for this recipe – as it has too much flavor of its own. Pick up grapeseed oil here on Amazon.
- Garlic: 5 large cloves should have you sitting pretty. Take your whole cloves and slice your garlic into thin chips. (Note: if you prefer minced garlic, you can run your cloves through a garlic press instead. That said, I think the recipe works best with larger chips). This is the main flavor element in this simple Filipino garlic rice – and we’ll talk about exactly how to prepare the garlic chips in a sec.
- Leftover Rice: Long grain Jasmine rice is best. I recommend you use leftover rice (at least day-old cooked rice) that has been sitting in the refrigerator. We’ll talk more about why this is important a little later in the post.
- Rock Salt: You’ll want to use coarse salt in this simple dish. Kosher salt or coarse sea salt are great options.
- Scallions: Chopped green onions add a crispness and an earthy, verdant note to the rice with fried garlic.
How to Fry Garlic
We’re essentially frying garlic in oil to create a garlic oil. This oil will be so infused with garlic flavor that it will coat and permeate the rice grains so that every bite is bursting with assertive flavor.
However, the garlic flavored oil is only part of it. The second purpose of frying the garlic is to have toasted crunchy bits scattered throughout the finished fried rice.
- To start, add your oil and thinly sliced garlic to a large skillet, pan or wok over medium low heat. You want the heat on the lower side so the garlic doesn’t overcook, and the oil has plenty of time to be completely saturated with garlicky goodness.
- Cook for about 4-5 minutes – or until the oil becomes fragrant and the garlic turns a golden color.
A word to the wise: there’s a very fine line between perfectly golden garlic chips – and burned, acrid charcoal. Keeping the heat on the lower side of things will help you register the color change and see when it’s perfect!
How to Make Garlic Rice
- Gather all of your kitchen tools and equipment.
- Prepare your garlic chips and garlic oil according to the steps I outlined in the section above. It’s ready when the garlic turns a golden color the oil is fragrant.
- Add your leftover cooked rice to the pan and gently break up any clumps using a spatula or rice paddle. Mix with the garlic and oil well – and cook for 2-3 minutes, until the rice is hot.
- Turn the heat off, but keep everything in the pan. Top the Filipino garlic rice with your chopped scallions and coarse salt and mix well. Serve it while it’s hot!
What’s the Best Rice for Fried Rice?
Jasmine rice is my favorite rice to use for this delicious Filipino recipe. However, there’s something much more important to getting this recipe right than simply using long grain rice.
When it comes to whipping up fried rice at home, I have one hard and fast rule: I only make fried rice with leftover rice.
And that’s simply because freshly cooked rice is usually too pliant and loaded with moisture to be added to a hot pan and stir fried on the spot.
When making this Filipino fried rice, we’re introducing moisture in the form of the garlic oil. If I took rice straight from the rice cooker and tossed it into the wok, the texture would be too soft, and possibly too wet.
On the other hand, placing cooked rice in the refrigerator for a day or two dries up some of the moisture in the grains – preparing it to perfectly soak in the garlic oil and retain its perfect texture.
Transfer the garlic rice to an airtight storage container and refrigerate for 5 to 7 days. Reheat in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes, or in a pan with a little oil, stirring constantly, for a couple of minutes.
Let the rice cool to room temperature and divide it into single servings. Put each serving into a freezer friendly storage bag and freeze for 4 to 6 months.
To reheat, take the rice out of the freezer and thaw it in the fridge overnight. Reheat in a skillet over medium low heat for about 5 minutes.
What to Serve with Garlic Rice
This yummy Filipino sinangag recipe is delicious on its own. Or you could dress it up like Ben does – with a fried egg and chili oil.
While it’s a typically a breakfast staple in the Philippines – you can serve it anytime alongside a savory and sour salmon na sinigang.
What do you like to eat fried rice with? Let me hear about your favorites in the comments section below!
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Filipino Garlic Rice
A breakfast staple in the Philippines, sinangag is a great use for that leftover Jasmine rice sitting in your fridge right now. And it’s ready in just 10 minutes from start to finish.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 4 sides 1x
- Category: Rice
- Method: Pan frying
- Cuisine: Filipino
- Diet: Gluten Free
- 2 tablespoons vegetable or grapeseed oil
- 5 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 2 cups cooked cold leftover long grain white rice, such as jasmine rice
- 1/4 teaspoon rock salt
- 2 scallions, finely chopped
- Add the oil and garlic to a large pan over medium low heat. Cook for about 4 to 5 minutes, until the oil becomes fragrant and the garlic turns a golden color.
- Add the rice and break it up using a rice paddle or spatula. Mix the rice with the garlic and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until the rice is hot.
- Turn the heat off, add the chopped scallions and sprinkle the salt on top of the garlic rice and mix well in the pan.
- Transfer to a serving bowl and serve hot.
Refrigerate in an airtight storage container for 5 to 7 days.
Let the rice cool to room temperature and pack it in individual servings using freezer friendly storage bags. Freeze for 4 to 6 months.
Reheat: Thaw the rice overnight in the fridge and reheat in a skillet over medium low heat for about 5 minutes.
- Serving Size: 1/2 cup
- Calories: 187
- Sugar: 0.2g
- Sodium: 106.1mg
- Fat: 7g
- Saturated Fat: 0.7g
- Unsaturated Fat: 4.8g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 28g
- Fiber: 0.1g
- Protein: 2.2g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
Keywords: fried rice, side dish