Fried Rice (Nasi Goreng)

Fried rice (Nasi Goreng)

Fried rice (Nasi Goreng) is one of the most popular Indonesian food and has become a worldwide known name for an Asian rice dish. This is one of our 30 Indonesian Culinary Icons.

“Nasi” means rice and “Goreng” means fried. In Indonesia Nasi Goreng will be served as a main menu. So please don’t be surprised, if you make a holiday in Indonesia and you come across a “Nasi Goreng” as part of your breakfast menu 😉 My husband used to laugh about it. Nasi Goreng …. for breakfast??!! ha ha ha. What can I say?? Typical Indonesian. We eat mostly rice for breakfast, lunch and dinner :-). Here in Western countries this is little bit different. And of course you can eat Nasi Goreng depending on your mood & appetite ;-).


  • 500 g pre-cooked rice and cooled down
  • 150 g chicken fillet, cut in cubes
  • 2 pc egg
  • vegetables if preferred( ex: grated cabbage, carrot)
  • 1 pc spring onion, finely sliced
  • 2 tsp Indonesian sweet soya sauce / kecap manis
  • 1 tsp tomato sauce or tomato puree
  • 1 tsp salt


  • 3 pc large red chillies, de-seeded, chopped
  • 5 pc small red chillies / bird chillies (optional)
  • 5 pc shallots, chopped
  • 2 gloves garlic, chopped
  • ¼ tsp roasted dried shrimp paste / terasi (optional)


  • 1 pc tomato, sliced
  • cucumber, sliced
  • kerupuk udang / shrimp chips
  • fried shallots / onion

Important Note: I should warn you that dried shrimp paste smells quite awful especially for Europeans, but the taste in Nasi Goreng or other finished dishes (if required) is greatfully aromatic and essential to the authenticity of Indonesian cuisine. My suggestion, use it only little at first as I write in this recipe. It is less than in my Indonesian version.

If preferred you can add shrimps or vegetables into your Nasi Goreng such as: beansprouts, peas or shredded carrots.

If you are curious of another variant of Indonesian Nasi Goreng with fried achovies, please look at my "Nasi Goreng Teri/Ikan Bilis" recipe.


1. Put all ingredients for the paste in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. (If necessery add a little bit oil to help the blending process).
2. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a Wok or big saucepan. (Don't add oil of just add a bit only if already added in a blender). Stir fry the paste all the time until you can smell a good aroma/fragrant.

3. Add the chicken, stir to mix. Proceed until the chicken is well cooked.

4. Add the grated vegetables if used. Stir to cook.

5. Adjust the heat to medium. Add the cooked rice. Stir to mix.

6. Add kecap manis, tomato sauce & spring onion. Add the salt to taste.

7. Stir to mix and lift.

8. Fry the eggs into "sunny side up" form. You can also fry as omelet and then slice it thinly.

9. Serve Nasi Goreng immediately. Garnish with slice tomato, cucumber and kerupuk udang (shrimp crackers).

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