Nasi Goreng Recipe

Nasi Goreng Recipe
By The Cooking World, Editorial Staff
August 18, 2023

Classic Nasi Goreng Recipe: Taste Indonesia at Home

In this week's We Cook Books recipe, embark on a culinary journey to the heart of Indonesia with a flavorful Nasi Goreng recipe.

Nasi Goreng holds a cherished place in the culture and cuisine of this vibrant nation. This dish, a harmonious fusion of textures and tastes, invites you to embark on a gastronomic adventure like no other.

15 minutes
20 minutes


1 teaspoon shrimp paste or 30 to 45 g (2-3 tablespoons) fish sauce
6 eggs
Salt and black pepper, to taste
42 g (3 tablespoons) coconut oil
2-3 red bird's eye chilies, finely chopped
2 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 large banana shallot, thinly sliced
800 g (4½ cups) day-old cooked rice, room temperature
4 tablespoons Sweet Soy Sauce
2 tablespoons light soy sauce
2-4 pak choy, sliced (optional)
2 carrots, grated
100 g (⅔ cup) frozen peas
Rice Crackers or prawn crackers (optional)

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  1. Finely grind the shrimp paste with a pestle and mortar. Set aside.
  2. Crack 2 eggs into a small bowl and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a wok or frying pan over medium heat. Add the eggs and scramble for 2-3 minutes, taking care not to overcook. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  4. Heat another tablespoon of oil in the same wok. Add the chilies, garlic and shallot and saute for 4-5 minutes. Add the shrimp paste, mix well and cook for another 2 minutes. Stir in the rice and scrambled eggs.
  5. Mix in the soy sauces and saute for another 6-8 minutes, using a fork to separate the rice grains and break up any lumps.
  6. Add the pak choy, If using, and half of the carrots and saute for 2 minutes. If needed, add a tablespoon of water if the mixture looks dry. Season to taste. Reduce the heat to low. Stir in the peas.
  7. Divide the fried rice between 4 serving plates and garnish with the remaining grated carrots.
  8. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil in the wok over medium heat. Add the remaining 4 eggs and cook for 3-4 minutes for sunny-side up. Add an egg to each plate and finish with rice crackers. Serve immediately.
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