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Indonesian Fried Rice (Nasi Goreng)

This mouthwatering nasi goreng (Indonesian fried rice) step-by-step recipe is wonderfully flavourful and fragrant. You can add a fried egg for extra authenticity. Flavoursome classic recipe simple enough to become a family favourite! 


  • Long grain rice (not easy cook rice) 
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced 
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour 
  • 1 tablespoon shrimp paste 
  • 1 red chilli, chopped 
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce 
  • 1 heaped tbsp brown sugar 
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 4 spring onions, chopped 
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste 
  • 2 tablespoon dark soy sauce 
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind 
  • 1/4 tablespoon salt 
  • 3 eggs 
  • Vegetable oil


  1. Wash rice and bring to a boil. Cook for about 20 minutes on the lowest heat on a small burner. Drain, spread out the rice onto a tray and set to one side to cool. 
  2. In a large wok or frying pan, heat up 1 tablespoon of oil until hot. Put the onion in cornflour and add on to the wok. Stir-fry, for 5-6 minutes until browned and crispy, remove from the pan and place in a plate and set aside. 
  3. On a medium heating, add another 1 tablespoon of oil to the pan, stir in the shrimp paste, garlic and chilli. Cook for about a minute until fragrant.
  4. Now add the fish sauce, brown sugar, tamarind and tomato paste and soy sauce and allow to simmer for a minute. 
  5. Stir in the rice to the pan and cook on a high heat. Use a spatula or wooden shocking spoon to ensure the rice isn’t sticking to the bottom of the pan. Keep stirring the rice to keep getting it all reheated. 
  6. Cook rice for about 5 minutes. Using the spoon, push the rice over to one side of the pan. Now crack the 3 eggs into the empty space. Keep stirring and frying the egg until the egg cooks to scrambled. 
  7. Then mix the egg into the rice. Stir in the spring onions, a pinch of salt and the crispy onions and mix it all together. Allow to cook on a low heat.
  8. Enjoy!

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