Authentic Nasi Goreng Recipe

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Leftover rice is combined with meat, vegetables and Indonesian seasonings to make this fantastic and authentic dish, which you can serve hot as a snack, side dish or main meal.


  • 1 cup (200g) uncooked white rice
  • 2 cups (1 pint) cold water
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 chopped yellow onion
  • 4 sliced button mushrooms
  • 1/2 sliced carrot
  • 1/2 lb (225g) thinly sliced skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 lb (225g) peeled, deveined shrimp
  • 3 beaten eggs
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 chopped green chilies
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 tablespoons sweet soy sauce (kecap manis)
  • Handful green peas (optional)


  1. Put the rice in a pot and add the water.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil then turn the heat down and simmer for 20 minutes or until the rice is tender.
  3. Spread it over a baking sheet and chill for 2 hours or until cold.
  4. Alternatively you can use leftover cooked rice instead of doing the above (eyeball it and use enough for 4 servings).
  5. Heat a wok over a moderate heat and add 1/2 tablespoon of oil.
  6. Pour the eggs in there and cook for 1 minute or until they start to set, lifting the edges for even cooking.
  7. Flip the omelet and cook another 30 seconds or until cooked, then slice into ½ inch (1 cm) strips and put it to one side.
  8. Heat the rest of the oil in the wok over a high heat, then add the onion, garlic, carrot, chilies and mushrooms.
  9. Cook for 4 minutes or until the onion is tender.
  10. Add the shrimp, chicken, cumin and coriander.
  11. Add some peas too, if using.
  12. Cook for 5 minutes more.
  13. Mix in the cold rice, sweet soy sauce and reserved omelet slices.
  14. Cook for another 5 minutes or until the chicken and shrimp are cooked through.


If you prefer, instead of making the omelet and stirring it into the nasi gorgeng mixture, you can fry 4 eggs and top each portion of nasi goreng with a fried egg.

Serve with extra ketcap manis on the side and maybe regular soy sauce too, so people can add some more if they wish.

This is really good with prawn crackers too.

Don’t forget the sambal manis either – this Indonesian chili sauce is a great condiment.