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Indonesian Fried Rice (Nasi Goreng) Recipe

Indonesian Fried Rice (Nasi Goreng)

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 people


  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 shallot minced
  • 1 tsp shrimp paste
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Indonesian sweet soy sauce
  • 1 tsp chili sauce of your choice
  • 1 1/2 tbsp chopped red or green chilies optional
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 4 cups cooked white rice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp green onions chopped
  • 8 slices cucumber
  • Shrimp crackers optional
  • Sliced cucumbers optional


  1. In a food processor, combine the garlic, shallots, and shrimp paste to form a paste. Transfer paste into a small bowl and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the Indonesian sweet soy sauce, fish sauce, and chili sauce.
  3. In a pan, heat 1 tbsp of oil over medium high heat and fry the eggs sunny side up, until the edges are brown and crispy. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. To make the shrimp crackers, deep-fry the crackers in 350 degree Fahrenheit oil until they are completely bloomed and crispy. Drain off excess oil and set aside
  5. In a pan or a wok, heat oil over medium high heat. Cook the garlic-shallot-shrimp paste until aromatic and garlic and shallots are tender. Add in the chopped chillies and cook for about 20 seconds. Add in the white rice and stir well. Pour in the sweet soy sauce mixture and mix until well combined and the rice is evenly coloured. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Put the heat on high and continue to stir until the fried rice is dry. Remove from heat and place on a plate. Place fried eggs on top of the rice and serve with shrimp crackers. Garnish with green onions and some cucumbers on the side.