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Ham-Pineapple Garlic Rice

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Breakfast or brunch especially with this Ham-Pineapple Garlic Rice are big in our household. When my sons are home, I make a huge breakfast to start our day. I learned this from my parents who always made sure we had a good, substantial meal before we left for school. Often, that meant a bowl of rice was part of breakfast. The typical Filipino breakfast consists of rice, usually a very appetizing and fragrant garlic-flavored fried rice called ‘sinangag’ (say ‘see-nah-ngag’).

“Morisqueta tostada” (fried rice) was how my mom described garlic fried rice in Spanish. She taught me how to make a delightful platter of this whenever we had leftover ham from the holidays. Sure enough I had a couple of slices stored in my freezer. I also had sweet pineapple cubes in the ref from making the ham. I knew my family would enjoy this so I got to work. This would be a perfect energizer for everyone.


Ham-Pineapple Garlic Rice

Ham-Pineapple Garlic Rice for breakfast or brunch is one of the best meals at our home for breakfast or brunch. I make these with leftover Baked Ham. A typical Filipino breakfast includes garlic rice or "sinangag".The garlicky aroma of the fried rice from the sizzling skillet is what wakes up my family on a weekend. This is easy to do with lots of garlic, ham slices, cubed pineapple and day-old, refrigerated cooked white rice. Serve this with some eggs.This is an Asianinamericamag recipe. Serves 2 to 4.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Asian, Filipino
Keyword: Ham Pineapple Garlic Rice
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 371kcal
Author: Asian in America recipe.


  • Large Skillet: 12-inches diameter


  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 cups cooked ham cubed
  • 1 cup pineapple cubes fresh or canned, drain juice
  • 3 cups cooked rice at least a day old, refrigerated
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley for garnish (optional)
  • 3 to 4 cooked eggs for serving


  • Over medium heat, in a large skillet add the vegetable oil. When oil is hot enough in about 1 to 2 minutes, add the minced garlic. With a cooking spoon, press the garlic against the skillet well to spread out the garlic flavors. Then add the chopped onions and cook for 2 minutes till onions are translucent.
  • Add the chopped ham and blend well with the garlic and onions for about 2 minutes. The skillet should be hot enough by now and ingredients are sizzling. Add the cubed pineapple and blend well.
  • Pour the cooked rice into the skillet. Mix well with the other ingredients. Season with salt and black pepper. Garnish with chopped parsley if desired. Serve with sunny side up eggs on the side.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 371kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 181mg | Sodium: 1283mg | Potassium: 288mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 195IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1mg

Notes on Nutrition: The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and specific brands of ingredients used.

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  2. Hooray for Team Philippines! I love that you are sending your team out into the snow with a hearty, delicious, thoughtful breafast. This would make a fine dinner as well. Love the photo with the eggs sunnyside-up, top of the mountain.

    1. Thanks, Nancie! You are so sweet. Yes sharing Philippine pride has always been my passion. As for this quick, yet delicious breakfast you’re right, we have it for dinner, too 🙂

  3. This looks just fabulous. I will pick up ham and pineapple just to make it — I can’t wait for leftover-from-Easter dinner! The sunnyside eggs on top? So very fine. Go Team Philippines!

    1. Thanks, @SandwichSurprise ! Glad to find a kindred soul in the rice for breakfast sentiment. This was one of the most favorite brunch fares we’ve had that my family asked for it again at dinner 🙂

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