They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and in the Philippines, that means rice. Often sweet but also savory, rice is the base of many breakfast dishes. One of those dishes is Sinangag or garlic fried rice.
What Is Sinangag?
Originating in the Philippines, Sinangag is a nutritious and filling breakfast dish. Rice fried with garlic and seasoned with salt and pepper is then topped with fried eggs to make a complete meal.
Sinangag, with the addition of eggs, or in Tagalog “itlog”, makes the dish known as “silog”. As is common in the Philippines, “silog” is served with a protein such as spam, sausage, or fish. In this case, the protein precedes the name “silog” and becomes, for example, “spamsilog”.
How to Prepare Sinangag (Garlic Fried Rice)
Whatever you decide to pair with your silog, starting with a good garlic fried rice is essential.
Using leftover rice is an excellent option because it will cut down on preparation time. If you don’t have any, starting with fresh-made rice will work well too. Jasmine rice works in this recipe, as does basmati or another long-grain rice. Make sure your rice is cold when you begin.
Prepare your garlic by slicing four cloves and mincing four cloves. Add your minced garlic to your cold rice as well as salt and black pepper. Mix in a large bowl.
Next, take the remaining sliced garlic and saute it in a neutral oil such as grapeseed or canola. You want the edges of your garlic to turn golden but not to brown or burn. Doing this infuses your oil with garlic and enhances the flavor.
Once the garlic has started to turn golden, add more oil to your skillet along with the rice. Coat the rice with your infused oil.
Spread the rice across the skillet in an even layer and cook until a crust forms on the bottom. This step creates a crispy rice element to the dish that is irresistible.
Remove from the skillet and serve topped with fried eggs and protein of your choice. Enjoy!
- 8 cloves garlic, divided
- 3 cups cold cooked jasmine rice, or another long-grain rice
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more to taste
- 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
- 3 tablespoons neutral oil, such as canola or grapeseed, divided, plus more if needed
- Slice 4 of the garlic cloves and mince the remaining 4 cloves.
- In a large bowl, place 3 cups of cold rice and break up any clumps that may have formed with your hands. Add your minced garlic to the rice. Also, add 2 teaspoons of salt, and 3/4 teaspoon of black pepper. Toss to coat.
- Heat 2 tablespoons of neutral oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Once the oil is shimmering, add the garlic slices and cook until the edges turn golden about 2 minutes.
- Add the remaining tablespoon of neutral oil to the skillet along with the seasoned rice. Toss the rice and infused oil together for about 1 minute. Spread the rice across the skillet in an even layer and cook until a crust forms, about 5-7 minutes. Before removing from the skillet, give the rice a final stir and season to taste. Plate with your protein of choice and fried eggs.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 338Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 632mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 5g