Nasi goreng (Indonesian stir-fried rice)

Nasi goreng (Indonesian stir-fried rice)

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(13 ratings)

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 4 - 6

This fragrant rice dish with chicken, prawns and shredded omelette is the ultimate comfort food for spice lovers

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving (6)

  • kcal442
  • fat15g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs45g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre5g
  • protein28g
  • salt1.3g
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  • 300g long-grain rice



    Rice is a grain, the seed of a type of grass, which is the most widely grown and the most…

  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs, beaten



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

  • 100g fine green beans, cut in half
  • 2 chicken breasts, cut into small even chunks
  • 180g pack large raw peeled prawns, cut in half



    There are thousands of different species of prawn, but tiger, king and North Atlantic are the…

  • 200g shallots, thinly sliced



    Related to the onion (as opposed to being a younger version of it), shallots grow in clusters at…

  • 20g garlic, finely chopped



    Part of the lily, or alium, family, of which onions are also a member, garlic is one of the most…

  • 2 medium-hot red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1 red bird's-eye chilli, sliced
  • 1 medium carrot, thinly sliced



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 1 quantity Balinese spice paste (see recipe in 'goes well with'
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 tbsp kecap manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce)
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 8 spring onions, thinly 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…

To serve

  • ½ cucumber, sliced
  • 2 medium tomatoes, sliced



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 4 tbsp crispy fried onions



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • prawn cracker


  1. Put the rice in a medium heavy-based saucepan and add 520ml water. Quickly bring to the boil, stir once and cover with a tight-fitting lid. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 10 mins. Uncover, fluff up with a fork and spread over a tray. Set aside to cool.

  2. Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Pour in the beaten egg and, as it begins to cook, use a spatula to bring large flakes of cooked egg into the middle of the omelette. Continue to cook like this for a couple of mins, then leave the rest of the egg to set completely. Flip the omelette over and transfer to a plate to cool before cutting it into long, thin shreds.

  3. Drop the beans into a pan of boiling salted water and cook for 3 mins. Drain, refresh under cold water and set aside.

  4. Heat the remaining oil in a wok or large, deep frying pan until almost smoking. Add the chicken and prawns, and stir-fry for 1 min. Tip in the shallots, garlic, chillies and carrots, and stir-fry for a further 2 mins until the carrot is just tender. Add the spice paste and stir-fry for 1 min more. Add the tomato purée, kecap manis, cooked rice and green beans, and stir-fry over a high heat for 2 mins. Add the soy sauce, spring onions and shredded omelette, and toss together.

  5. Spoon the nasi goreng onto warmed plates. Overlap the cucumber and tomato on the side of each plate, sprinkle over the crispy fried onions and serve with prawn crackers.

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2nd Oct, 2017
This is absolutely delicious! I used cooked chicken and prawns, so added them at the last minute to heat through. The secret success of this recipe is the Balinese spice paste. As you have to make this in advance, the preparation time of 25 mins is a bit optimistic. As there was already chilli and garlic in the paste, I only added chilli powder and no extra garlic to the main recipe - just the right level of heat for me. You can also use other veg instead of beans of course. Really tasty and plenty of spice paste left to do it again!
21st Jun, 2020
How much of the spice paste should be used for medium spice dish?
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28th Jun, 2020
Hi, I would make the spice paste with only half of the chillies rather than cutting the amount of paste used. This way you will get all of the other flavours. Lulu
21st Jun, 2020
How much of the spice paste should I use for medium spice. Any advice appreciated thanks!
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