Nasi Goreng – Indonesian Fried Rice

Nasi Goreng - Fried Rice

Nasi Goreng – Fried Rice

Everybody in Indonesia knows Nasi Goreng. It is one of the most popular food because of its simplicity and delicious taste. As long as you have rice and egg, you can make it, it is that simple. So if you are Indonesian, you probably cook nasi goreng much… much better than I do. Of course there are tons of variations, like fried rice with seafood, fried rice with chicken, etc. but basically, you can throw in anything you have in the fridge. It is a very common breakfast food because it takes little time to cook. If you stay in a decent hotel in Indonesia, you can always have Nasi Goreng for breakfast, always!

So here’s what you need for 1 serving:

  • 125g rice – cook in the rice cooker
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • vegies like bean sprouts or carrot
  • Onion or shallots
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • sausages, chicken or prawns, whatever you have
  • 1 or 2 eggs
  • 1-2 chilly, depends on your taste
  • 1 tablespoon soya souce
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup or sambal oelek – optional
  • salt and pepper
  • fried shallots and green onion to garnish, and fried anchovy if you have any

It’s different from person to person, and here’s how I usually cook nasi goreng:

First, wash and cut your vegetables and sausage or chicken into similar size. Cut the chilly, garlic and shalot as small as possible.


Add vegetable oil to the heated pan and scramble the eggs.

scramble egg

scramble egg

Then, add your chilly, onion or shallots and garlic. After that, add the vegetables and chicken. If the chicken is raw, fry it beforehand.


Stirr in the soya sauce and ketchup. You can also add sambal oelek if you want. Mix in the cooked white rice and sprinkle salt and pepper to taste. Finally, garnish with cucumber, fried shallots and anchovy

Nasi Goreng - Indonesian Fried Rice

Nasi Goreng – Indonesian Fried Rice

Basically, I just mix anything, what’s left in  the kitchen into a frying pan. I think bean sprout is perfect for nasi goreng but I didn’t have it. so carrot it is. You can use both, of course. Some people preffer margarine to vegetable oil. Oh, and do NOT mix the rice directly after it is cooked. Let it sit for minimum 1 hour before you use the rice for nasi goreng. Enjoy!