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How to Make Tinapa Fried Rice: A Filipino-Inspired Dish

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how to make tinapa fried rice

how to make tinapa fried rice

Tinapa is a style of fish preservation wherein fish goes through the process of smoking. In the Philippines, fish is frequently preserved via a smoking process, especially in rural areas where refrigerators are not common. This fish that undergoes this process is commonly bangus (milkfish) or galunggong (scads).

Today, let me show you how I turned leftover rice into another simple yet delicious dish. This is my recipe for tinapa fried rice.

tinapa rice ingredients

tinapa rice ingredients


  • 2 cups rice, leftover
  • 3 pieces tinapa, flaked
  • 3 tablespoons corn kernels
  • 3 tablespoons green peas
  • 1/4 cup mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • cooking oil


For the Preparation:

  • 1 big bowl
  • 1 medium bowl
  • 1 small bowl
  • 1 medium plate
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons

For the Cooking:

  • cooking spoon
  • wok


  1. Heat oil in a wok. Saute green peas, mushrooms, tinapa, and corn kernels. Set aside.
  2. Clean the wok with a paper towel.
  3. Again, heat oil in a wok. Cook the rice a bit, then add the cooked mixture.
  4. Mix well until all the ingredients are well combined.
  5. Serve with a side dish of freshly cut vegetables.

Tinapa Fried Rice Step-by-Step Procedure

Tips and Techniques

  • Use any kind of butter available.
  • Add other vegetables if preferred.
  • Serve the rice with freshly cut vegetables such as tomatoes or cucumber to break the taste.
tinapa fried rice with tomatoes on the side

tinapa fried rice with tomatoes on the side

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Travel Chef (author) from Manila on March 13, 2019:

Hello Thelma,

I hope you try it. It's a 2 in 1 breakfast meal that you will surely enjoy.

Thelma Alberts from Germany on February 18, 2019:

I have not tried tinapa for my fried rice. This sounds delicious. Thanks for the idea.

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on February 08, 2019:

Hi Pamela,

Yes, worth the try. I like the combination of it because it isn't the usual fried rice that we eat every breakfast.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on February 08, 2019:

This dish sounds wonderful! I like rice and fish, so this is the prfect combination of foods. I never hd this recipe before, but it is sure worth trying out for my family.

Have a nice weekend!

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on February 07, 2019:

Hello Liz,

Yes, smoked salmon can be a perfect alternative. Just saute it a bit to firm it up more. Most people I know love it even when making scrambled eggs or salmon benedict.

Liz Westwood from UK on February 07, 2019:

This is another easily adaptable dish. I am not familiar with the fish you used, but I can think of other substitutes that might work like smoked salmon.

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on February 05, 2019:

Hi Eric,

My family too are like yours. We're totally happy even for a simple fried rice especially for our leftover ones. As long as it has taste, we're good with it.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 05, 2019:

Hmmm you got me thinking here. We are a rice family. Any new twists (without peas ;-) is a great idea.

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