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

Updated on January 23, 2020
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how to make tinapa fried rice
how to make tinapa fried rice | Source

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 | Source


  • 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 | Source

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    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Travel Chef 

      15 months ago from Manila

      Hello Thelma,

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

    • Thelma Alberts profile image

      Thelma Alberts 

      16 months ago from Germany and Philippines

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

    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Travel Chef 

      17 months ago from Manila

      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.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      17 months ago from Sunny Florida

      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!

    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Travel Chef 

      17 months ago from Manila

      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.

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      Liz Westwood 

      17 months ago from UK

      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.

    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Travel Chef 

      17 months ago from Manila

      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.

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      17 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

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


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