Tinapa Fried Rice

Salted fish fried rice, but make it Pinoy. Toss your leftover rice with tinapa flakes, chopped fried danggit, and eggs.
3–4 servings
Prep Time
10 Mins
Active Time
10 Mins

Tinapa and danggit take a swim in leftover rice to make this smoky, salty tinapa fried rice. You'll find two types of eggs here, too: scrambled eggs for heft, and itlog na maalat (salted egg)—which you should use more often in fried rice!—for umami. Because it's so full of flavor, you can eat this fried rice on its own.

What is Tinapa?
Tinapa, which comes from the word "tapa" meaning "smoked", refers to fish preserved through the process of smoking. It is usually made with bangus (milkfish) or galunggong (round scad), and enjoyed with rice and eggs for breakfast.

Before making this recipe, make sure you've fried your danggit. To do that, simply fry the dried fish in a bit of oil until crisp. Once cool enough to handle, chop it up into smaller pieces.

What is Danggit?
Danggit is butterflied, salted, and sun-dried rabbitfish. Like bacon, the dried fish is usually fried to a crisp and enjoyed as breakfast with eggs and rice. You'll find lots of it in Cebu.

You can adapt this fried rice to whatever you have on hand. Feel like adding extra meat or vegetables? Go for it. Just make sure your mix-ins are chopped and ready before cooking. Fried rice cooks fast—once you start, you won't have the time to stop.

  • 2–3 tbsp oil, divided
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 red bell pepper, small diced
  • 2 itlog na maalat (salted egg), chopped
  • 1–1 ½ cup tinapa flakes
  • 3 cups day-old cooked rice
  • ½ cup cooked danggit, chopped
  • salt
  • chopped green onions, garnish

Cook eggs: Heat 2 tbsp oil in a wok over medium-high heat. Add beaten eggs and cook until moist and fluffy. Set aside.


Cook rice: Add 1 tbsp oil to the wok. Add minced garlic and bell pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, until garlic is fragrant. Add tinapa flakes and salted egg. Add rice, breaking up clumps when necessary, and toss to distribute ingredients. Add danggit and season rice with salt. Add cook eggs and toss until broken up and distributed into the rice. Finish with chopped green onions, and serve.

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