Filipino Garlic Fried Rice With Crab Paste

Fried rice with taba ng talangka
Connie Veneracion
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 15 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
406 Calories
4g Fat
79g Carbs
11g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 406
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 212mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 79g 29%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Protein 11g
Calcium 33mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Say "fried rice" and the image that comes to mind is Chinese-style fried rice with small pieces of meat, chopped vegetables, and eggs. In the Philippines, fried rice tends to be simpler. The most popular version, called garlic fried rice, is cooked by sauteing minced garlic until golden then adding the day-old rice and salt. Everything is stir-fried until the rice grains are glistening with the garlic-infused oil. For a richer garlic fried rice, crab paste can be added. The crab paste used to cook this fried rice dish comes from talangka

The easiest way to enjoy crab paste is to mix it with hot newly-cooked rice. But if you have day-old rice, a few extra steps will yield an even tastier and more aromatic rice dish. Mixing crab paste with aromatics and a little citrus juice like in this recipe gives it added depth of flavor and aroma.


  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon crab paste
  • Splash kalamansi juice (or lemon or lime juice)
  • 2 cups white rice (cooked)
  • salt (to taste)
  • Optional: scallion (chopped) to garnish

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Saute garlic, ginger and shallots in the vegetable oil for about 3 minutes.

  3. Add the crab paste and the kalamansi juice.

  4. Taste and add salt, as needed.

  5. Mix in cooked rice and stir-fry just until heated through. Serve hot and garnished with chopped scallion.