Nasi Goreng

I’ve been trying to recreate the Nasi Goreng I had in Bali some 9 years ago and today I got pretty close. Nasi Goreng is an Indonesian fried rice with prawns (shrimp) and chicken. Well actually I think it just means fried rice, but the dish you get in restaurants is always with prawns and chicken. This is good, simple comfort food, just the thing when you want to whip up something quick and tasty.

Quantities here are for 1 and are pretty aproximate as I just threw it together.


  • A good glug of Vegetable oil, rice bran oil if you can get it
  • Chopped fresh chili to taste
  • Some chicken breast sliced into bite sized pieces
  • ¼ tsp shrimp paste
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 6 raw tiger prawns (big shrimp), peeled
  • ½ tsp cumin, toasted and ground
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 cups cooked rice, day old Jasmin rice is prefered
  • A splop of Kicap Manis (1 tbsp dark soy and 1 tsp sugar is a reasonable substitute)
  • Salt and pepper
  • A squeeze of fresh lime
  • An egg, made into a thin omelet, rolled and sliced or boiled and sliced
  • Cucumber, julienned


  • A wok
  • A metal stirring implement - it has to make the right sound against the wok


  1. Heat the oil and fry over the chili and chicken.
  2. Add the shrimp paste, most of the onions and the prawns and fry till just pink.
  3. Add the cumin, paprika, rice and Kicap Manis mixing well.
  4. When warmed through, add the remaining onions, season and squeeze in the lime.
  5. Serve and garnish with the egg and cucumber.
Re: Nasi Goreng

your version of Nasi Goreng recipe is more complete than what my family used to cook. :D ehehehehe… my mom said that a good nasi goreng always made from a half dried yesterday’s left over rice. And at home, we usually only use Onion, fresh red chili, pepper and salt, blend it all together using mortar and pestle as basic ingredients. Kecap manis and chili sauce will be added later after the rice have mixed well with the spices.

we rarely use prawn, instead, we fry chicken sausages, or sunny side up. and if we happen to have left over side dish such as chicken liver or soy sauced beef, we’ll just add it to the rice.

so, thank you for paying an attention to Nasi Goreng from Indonesia. :D hope you enjoy more Indonesian cuisines.

Re: Nasi Goreng

Hi Widya, thanks for your comment, I’ll try it your way next time. So, do you have some more Indonesian recipes for me?

Re: Nasi Goreng

sure. er.. about Indonesian recipe, i posted some side dish recipes at my page. and those are simple, that even i could cook it well. :D

Re: Nasi Goreng