Indonesian fried rice with mackerel

Indonesian fried rice with mackerel

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(57 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4

On the table in just 20 minutes and cheap to make too, this one-pan supper will satisfy everyone

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal760
  • fat44g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs61g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre4g
  • protein34g
  • salt5.66g
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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 1 tbsp red curry paste
  • pinch caster sugar
  • 800g cooked basmati rice (about 250g-300g uncooked)
  • small bunch spring onions, sliced
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • 140g frozen peas
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce, plus extra to serve
    Soy sauce

    Soy sauce

    soy sor-s

    An Asian condiment and ingredient that comes in a variety of of varieties ranging from light to…

  • 4 smoked mackerel fillets, flaked
  • ½ cucumber, cut into half moons


  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan or wok. Tip in the eggs and swirl to coat the base of the pan. Cook for 1 min, then flip and cook the other side until set. Remove and roughly chop into ribbons.

  2. Add the curry paste and sugar and fry for 1 min. Tip in the rice and stir to coat in the paste, then add the spring onions and peas. Stir-fry for 2-3 mins until everything is really hot. Add the soy sauce, then gently toss through the omelette ribbons and mackerel.

  3. Divide between 4 bowls and garnish with the cucumber. Serve with extra soy sauce, if you like.

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4th May, 2020
I wasn't sure this would be a hit with the family, but everyone devoured it and asked for more! I stretched it a bit further by adding more rice, curry paste and veg and made enough for two family meals.
Sally L
30th Mar, 2020
Family favourite - quick for mid week, fussy 5yr old and 8yr had clean plates. I have used korma paste when it’s all I had in and it was still good. Usually add some sliced green beans. Nice to have mackerel that’s not in a Creamy sauce with horseradish! Thanks
Jane Bryant
21st Oct, 2018
a real favourite! My partner and I have different tastes and I am always trying to find ways to encourage him to eat more fish and this recipe fits the bill. I have mackerel and I substitute haddock for his portion. Like other reviewers I sometimes add in more veg ( mushrooms, courgette) depending what I have around but it does not need it. The cucumber on top gives it a nice fresh crunch. It's very quick and easy so a real winner
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10th Jul, 2018
Really lovely recipe for smoked mackerel AND super easy!
24th Oct, 2017
Tasty easy recipe. I cook the rice then using the same pan add some oil and fry everything (just add the egg in and stir around) in the order highlighted above. Added a chili and used peppered mackerel.
1st Aug, 2016
I make extra of this as my kids love it cold the next day in their packed lunch
3rd Mar, 2016
I love this dish! It's so quick & easy to make, and very tasty. I'm happy to make this as stated in the recipe but will quite often add leftover veg to it (peppers, mushrooms etc) just to use them up. It's great with peppered mackerel, salmon & chicken.
24th Jan, 2016
Delicious! I've made it a couple of times now and it's always yummy. Quite versatile as well, allowing you to swap out curry pastes and veggies to ones you have at hand. One time my red curry paste had gone off so subbed in some Balti paste and it was still great.
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1st Jul, 2015
This recipe is a real winner - would recommend to anyone, even those not keen on smoked mackerel). So quick and easy - this is a recipe I don't mess about with (though I don't bother with the cucumber and use wholegrain basmati). Everyone who's tried it has loved it and we have it at least once a month so 5 stars!
14th Feb, 2015
Absolutely cracking recipe! Highly recommended - so easy to make, which is an essential for me. My and my daughters loved it. Would recommend adding a bit of sweet chilli…..which made it all the more enjoyable. Might try it with chicken next time but the mackerel was the bomb!!!


29th Apr, 2015
Is the calorie count on this all messed up? It's such healthy ingredients there's no way it can amount to that amount of calories PER SERVING!
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29th Mar, 2014
I made this tonight, and it came out great. I read a few of the comments saying that is was not very indonesian, so I added two tbsp peanut butter (homemade in a blender 250g salted peanuts whizzed up dry til they get to a rough powder, whizz in4 tbsp veg or peanut oil and whizz in 2 tbsp honey keep whizzing til its the required consistency then spoon out into a jar.) and also I put in a handful of cashew nuts early on in the stirfry and some mustard seeds with a bit of garlic powder. Also I squeezed in half a lemon and half a lime at the end before serving. Great recipe, will be doing it again! The mackerel were fresh from the west coast of Ireland, cooked previously, cooled then flaked. Probably nicer than smoked mackerel.
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