Indonesian Fried Rice (Nasi Goreng) Recipe

In 2011, apart from rendang, CNN nominated nasi goreng as one of ‘World’s 50 Most Delicious Foods’. Nasi goreng simply means fried rice and is probably one of the most famous Indonesian dishes. It’s a meal including stir fried rice in a small amount of cooking oil or margarine, spiced with seasonings and ingredients like egg, chicken, prawns, etc to fit your taste. The rice used to make nasi goreng is cooked ahead of time and left to cool down so it’s not soggy. As with almost every traditional dish, there are many versions of nasi goreng. Some are more complicated than others.

Nasi goreng is a staple in every house in Indonesia. As long as you have leftover rice, basic nasi goreng is a very simple yet delicious dish to make. Here we share the recipe for you:

  • 1 liter cooked rice (preferably cooked a day in advance) 
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 150 gram boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into ½ inch strips
  • 50 gram raw shrimp, peeled
  • 7 tablespoons sweet soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried shrimp paste (terasi) – optional
  • Cooking oil

Grind the following into not-too-smooth spice paste:
  • 12 red chili peppers (cabe merah keriting)
  • 13 shallots
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • Salt to taste

  • 1 leek, chopped
  • Fried shallots

  1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add cooking oil; wait until it is very hot and slightly smoking.
  2. Pour eggs into hot skillet. Cook until the eggs begin to set. Add the spice paste and shrimp paste, stir-fry for 2 minutes, squashing the shrimp paste as you go.
  3. Add chicken and prawn, stir-fry for a further 2 minutes.
  4. Finally, add rice and sweet soy sauce and continue to stir-fry for 4-5 minutes.
  5. Transfer rice to a serving platter. Sprinkle with leek and fried shallots.

Cooking Tips:
  1. Feel free to add/swap any veggies or meat to this nasi goreng recipe to fit your taste. I usually add chopped beef sausages, sliced meatballs and chopped mustard greens.
  2. You may remove the chili seeds to reduce the spiciness level. You are free to keep the seeds for a super spicy nasi goreng.

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