Indonesian Nasi Goreng Recipe

Embark on a culinary journey to Indonesia with this flavorful recipe for Nasi Goreng. As one of the most beloved dishes in Indonesian cuisine, Nasi Goreng is a fragrant and satisfying fried rice dish that will transport your taste buds to the vibrant streets of Indonesia. Made with a combination of aromatic spices, tender meats or shrimp, and fresh vegetables, this dish offers a symphony of flavors that will leave you craving for more.


  • 3 cups cooked rice (preferably leftover and cold)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 8 ounces chicken breast or shrimp, cooked and diced
  • 1 cup mixed vegetables (carrots, peas, bell peppers), diced
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sweet soy sauce (kecap manis)
  • 1 teaspoon shrimp paste (terasi), optional
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Sliced cucumber and tomatoes, for garnish
  • Fried shallots, for garnish
  • Sliced red chili peppers, for garnish
  • Lime wedges, for serving


  1. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat.
  2. Add minced garlic and chopped onion, and sauté until fragrant and golden.
  3. Push the garlic and onion to one side of the pan and pour the beaten eggs into the other side. Scramble the eggs until they are fully cooked.
  4. Add diced chicken breast or shrimp to the pan and cook until they are heated through.
  5. Add the diced vegetables to the pan and stir-fry for a few minutes until they are tender.
  6. Add the cold cooked rice to the pan, breaking up any clumps with a spatula or fork.
  7. Drizzle soy sauce and sweet soy sauce over the rice. Add shrimp paste (if using) for additional flavor.
  8. Stir-fry everything together, ensuring that the rice is well coated with the sauces and evenly mixed with the other ingredients.
  9. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Remove from heat and garnish with sliced cucumber, tomatoes, fried shallots, and sliced red chili peppers.
  11. Serve hot with lime wedges on the side.

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