Ingredients

  • Serves 4 people
  • 500 g rice

  • 50 g dried red chilies (soaked in hot water and then drained)

  • 4 cloves garlic

  • 2 red onions

  • 4 tbsp cooking oil

  • 50 g chicken liver (diced and blanched)

  • 50 g chicken gizzard (diced and blanched)

  • 100 g chicken breast (diced and blanched)

  • ½ cup cabbage (thinly sliced)

  • ½ cup baby spinach

  • 3 eggs

  • 50 g spring onions

  • 3 tbsp kecap manis (sweet soy sauce)

  • 1 tbsp fish sauce

  • 1 tbsp white pepper

  • 1 tbsp salt

  • 2 tbsp shallots (fried)

Recipe Courtesy of Asian Food Network

Indonesian Nasi Goreng

Indonesian Fried Rice (Nasi Goreng) is one of the most popular dishes in Indonesia and across Asia for a very good reason. Quick, flavorful, authentic, and works at all hours from breakfast all the way up to after a late night out. It can also be customised with any meat or vegetables, with chicken being one of the most popular. The fried blended chili paste (sambal goreng) method is what makes our Indonesian Fried Rice (Nasi Goreng) with Chicken the quickest, easiest and most delicious ultimate Asian comfort food.
Halal
Halal
No Alcohol
No Alcohol
No Milk
No Milk
No Pork
No Pork
Halal
Halal
No Alcohol
No Alcohol
No Milk
No Milk
No Pork
No Pork
  • Easy
  • 10 min
  • 15 min
  • 10 min
  • 3 steps
  • 17 Ingredients
  • Easy
  • 3 steps
  • 17 Ingredients
  • 10 min
  • 15 min
  • 10 min

Indonesian Nasi Goreng (Fried Rice)

A Traditional Stir-Fried Fragrant Rice Dish For Home Cooks

The traditional Indonesian Nasi Goreng is a popular recipe that has many variants in today’s cooking culture. A classic dish, the Indonesian Fried Rice incorporates the flavors and ingredients of ‘sambal goreng’ with fried rice.

Fried rice today comes in all forms - with a fried egg, chicken cubes, shrimp, minced beef and vegetables. However, there are some key fundamental ingredients that make the Indonesian Nasi Goreng a stand-out dish among the other fried-rice variations.

The combination of kecap manis (sweet soy sauce) and at times, a hint of shrimp paste, is enough to transform the fried rice into one of the best-tasting comfort foods you will ever come across.

Just like a stir-fry, the Indonesian Nasi Goreng is the type of dish that you will want to make for easy and hearty weeknight dinners. The beauty of a fried rice dish is in its versatility. You can easily whip up a big pot of nasi goreng by combining the staple rice with a meat of your choice and almost every type of vegetable there is. In fact, the Indonesian Nasi Goreng is a perfect meal to make when you need a fulfilling dinner but only have leftovers in your kitchen. All the ingredients are also easily sourced, so you can skimp on looking for unusual ingredients.

Like most types of Asian cooking, the Indonesian Nasi Goreng has a sweet and savory taste profile, balancing the flavor of shrimp or fish sauce along with the sweetness of the soy sauce. It can be made more spicy by adding more chili paste or the texture can be more sticky with a heavier and darker soy sauce.

A staple among Indonesian households, the Nasi Goreng dish is usually served with a generous sprinkling of fried shallots and prawn crackers or cucumber on the side.

Feeling uninspired? Take your cue with our recipe for the famous Indonesian Nasi Goreng and put your own spin on it if you like!

 

Frequently-Asked Questions About Indonesian Nasi Goreng

The Indonesian Nasi Goreng is typically made with shrimp or chili paste, kecap manis and small bite-sized chicken or beef chunks. In our recipe today, we will use chili paste, cut-up chicken breast chunks, and some fish sauce for flavor. Exploring the complexity of flavors in Indonesian Nasi Goreng? We have the answers to your questions!

Can the Indonesian Nasi Goreng be a vegetarian dish?

Definitely! Simply take out the meat from the recipe and substitute it with your favorite vegetables. Instead of adding meat, you can try adding green beans, thinly-sliced carrots or tofu cubes to your fried rice.

Can I refrigerate and reheat the Indonesian Nasi Goreng for my meals the next day?

Not only is our recipe for Indonesian Nasi Goreng easy, it is also extremely versatile. You can make a huge pot of the fried rice and pack them into boxes for your lunches as part of your meal preparation efforts. Yes, the Nasi Goreng is one of the easiest meals to make that can be reheated to enjoy the next day!

How can I make the Indonesian Nasi Goreng a bit spicier or more flavorful in texture?

Just add more chilies or chili paste to your Nasi Goreng and it will surely do the trick!

For extra flavor and texture, adding peanuts can give your dish a little bit of a crunch while a fried egg on top of it perfectly complements the meal. Prawn crackers are also a favorite alongside sambal belachan (chili condiment in many Malaysian and Indonesian foods).

 

Tips & Tricks For Frying Flavorful Indonesian Nasi Goreng

For a recipe as simple as this, the trick to packing a punch of flavor in your Indonesian Nasi Goreng is in some of the ingredients used as well as the preparation methods. A little goes a long way.

  1. Try to use cold and a day old rice: Using rice that is hot and freshly cooked can affect the stirring and frying process. Hot rice tends to get stickier when it is stir fried in the sauce. Using cold rice allows it to caramelise and retain the flavor and colour of the kecap manis. If you are using hot rice, you can spread it out evenly on a tray and refrigerate it for a couple of hours to dry off the surface of the rice.
  2. Make sure you use kecap manis (sweet soy sauce): Thicker and sweeter than normal soy sauce, the kecap manis is a distinct feature of the Indonesian Nasi Goreng. Using kecap manis will give your Nasi Goreng the sweet and savory flavor.
  3. Experiment with shrimp paste: In today’s recipe, we will be using only chili paste. However, the Indonesian Nasi Goreng tastes just as good with shrimp paste added to the mix. Including the shrimp paste will simply enhance the flavor of your Nasi Goreng further.
  4. Prepare all the ingredients on hand: Having all your ingredients chopped, sauteed, and laid out in front of you will help the cooking process. Indonesian Nasi Goreng is a dish that cooks relatively fast. Once you have sautéed your meat and vegetables, all there is left to do is to stir fry all of the ingredients in together until the rice begins to caramelise and brown.

 

Instructions: How To Make Indonesian Nasi Goreng

  1. Blend and fry chili paste

    • In a food processor, blend dried red chilies, garlic, and red onions.
    • Add 1 tablespoon of oil into a pan over medium heat.
    • Once the oil is hot, fry the blended ingredients until fragrant.

     

    Blend and fry chili paste


  2. Saute chicken and vegetables

    • In the same pan, add chicken breasts and liver, sauté until well-mixed.
    • In a separate pan, fry the chicken gizzards and then add to the pan with the rest of the chicken.
    • Add sliced cabbage and spinach leaves and quickly sauté until wilted.


  3. Season and cook the rice and eggs

    • Add rice, 3 tablespoons kecap manis, 1 tablespoon fish sauce, 1 tablespoon white pepper and 1 tablespoon salt.
    • Fry on high heat and toss until mixed well.
    • Whisk eggs together in a bowl. Push all the ingredients to the side, then add eggs directly to the pan surface.
    • Scramble the eggs over high heat to make runny scrambled eggs, then mix together with surrounding fried rice.

    For a unique take on this dish, fry a thin omelette and cover your rice with it. This style of rice and presentation is known as the ‘Pattaya’ style.



Plate and Serve!

Season to taste, then remove from heat. Add spring onions to garnish and mix. Serve with fried shallots. 

A simple but hearty meal, the Indonesian Nasi Goreng is one of the most common Asian dishes. Be sure to tag us and share on Instagram your take on the Indonesian Nasi Goreng!

Plate and Serve!

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