This Filipino garlic cauliflower fried rice or sinangag recipe makes a delicious and tasty breakfast. It’s a great way to use up any leftover cauli rice.
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Cauliflower rice is one of the simplest recipes in my collection. Growing up in a Filipino American family, I recall having white rice just about every day. We also enjoyed eating Filipino garlic rice was for breakfast.
A traditional Filipino rice dish which is often cooked for breakfast is sinangag which is simply the Tagalog word for fried rice. Filipino fried rice tends to be heavy on the garlic. A traditional sinangag is usually a mix of garlic, scrambled eggs, and rice.
I like to add meat like ham or bacon to my fried breakfast rice. Since I no longer eat white rice, I now make a tasty cauliflower fried rice instead. And, it’s a delicious low carb breakfast meal.
Fried rice was one of the foods my father taught me how to cook when he helped me move into an off-campus apartment. He made sure I had my own rice cooker and then showed me how to cook his Filipino garlic fried rice recipe. The other simple dish he taught me how to cook was chicken adobo.
How to make garlic fried rice low carb
When I make this garlic cauliflower fried rice dish, it brings back memories of my college days when I first left home and had to take care of myself. And it’s a super simple recipe that’s great for repurposing leftover cauliflower rice.
Simply heat a few tablespoons of cooking oil in a large skillet or wok. Then add in some chopped garlic and optional chopped onion. Cook until the garlic begins to brown. The cooked cauliflower rice is then added into the oil and garlic, then pushed to one side of the pan.
A mixture of beaten egg and low carb milk is then added into the empty side of the pan. It’s allowed to cook and then scrambled with a spatula. The cooked egg is then blended into the cauliflower rice.
Finally, the ham is stirred along with some soy sauce (or coconut aminos). It then cooked and stirred a few more minutes until the dish is heated throughout.
Why make Filipino fried rice sinangag
My youngest daughter enjoys eating low carb cauliflower rice with me, but between the two of us, we can’t finish an entire head of cauliflower. This garlic cauliflower fried rice recipe is a wonderful way to use up the leftover cauliflower rice the next day. It’s also a recipe that’s great for using up any leftover ham from a big holiday dinner.
Although we used to eat sinangag for breakfast, I find that it’s not always a good idea to start the day with garlic breath. So, I often make Filipino fried rice as a side dish for dinner or to enjoy for lunch. It’s a filling meal all by itself.
Other recipes to try
- Cheesy Cauliflower Rice
- Cheesy Cauliflower Breadsticks
- Cauliflower Tortillas
- Mexican Cauliflower Rice
- Mushroom Cauliflower Rice Risotto
Kitchen Tools Used for Filipino Garlic Rice
- Frying Pan or Wok – A large skillet works well. But if you find you need more room for stir-frying, a wok is recommended for making fried cauliflower rice.
- Wooden Spatula – To make scrambling the eggs
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Low Carb Filipino Fried Rice Sinangag
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- Heat olive oil over medium high heat in large skillet or wok.
- Add garlic (and chopped onion if using) and cook until garlic begins to brown.
- Stir riced cauliflower into oil and garlic, then push to the side.
- Combine eggs and almond milk, then pour into the pan and cook scrambled.
- Stir scrambled eggs into the riced cauliflower and then add in the ham.
- Mix in soy sauce and stir over medium heat for a minute or two until all is well heated.
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Post updated in March 2019. Originally published March 2015.