Nasi Goreng is a popular Indonesian dish that translates to “fried rice” in English. It is a stir-fried dish made with cooked rice, usually leftover rice from the previous day, mixed with various ingredients such as vegetables, meat, seafood, and spices.
The dish typically includes ingredients like garlic, onions, chili peppers, kecap manis (sweet soy sauce), shrimp paste, and tamarind. The ingredients are stir-fried together in a wok or frying pan until they are well combined and heated through.
Nasi Goreng is often served with a fried egg on top and accompanied by various garnishes such as sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, and krupuk (deep-fried crackers). It is a delicious and filling meal that can be enjoyed any time of day.
Here’s my recipe variant for nasi goreng:
- 4 cups cooked white rice, cooled (leftover rice works well)
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 red chilies, finely chopped (optional)
- 1 cup cooked shrimp, peeled and deveined / diced chicken thighs (optional)
- 1/2 cup peas (optional)
- 2 tbsp kecap manis (sweet soy sauce)
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp oyster sauce
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Sliced cucumber and tomato, to serve
- Fried eggs, to serve
- Krupuk (deep-fried crackers), to serve
- Heat the oil in a large wok or frying pan over medium-high heat.
- Add the garlic, onion, and chili (if using) and stir-fry until fragrant and the onion is translucent, about 2-3 minutes.
- Add the shrimp or the chicken (if using) and stir-fry for another 1-2 minutes until they are cooked through.
- Add the cooked rice to the pan and stir-fry until heated through, about 3-5 minutes.
- Add the peas (if using), kecap manis, soy sauce, and oyster sauce, and stir-fry for another 1-2 minutes until the peas are cooked and the rice is evenly coated with the sauces.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve hot with sliced cucumber and tomato, fried eggs, and krupuk on the side.
Enjoy your homemade nasi goreng!