Easy Indonesian Nasi goreng(fried rice)

Indonesian style-20 minute Nasi goreng ( the Base recipe).

Learn to make this basic Indonesian Nasi Goreng recipe(fried rice). Add a mix of your favorite meat or seafood and you have a restaurant worthy dish made and served at home.

Course lunch, Main Course, meals
Cuisine asian,
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author jehan


Making substitute Kecap manis(sweet soy sauce).

In a small bow, mix 1 tablespoon soy sauce with 1 tablespoon brown sugar and set aside until further use.

2 tablespoons of Oil

2 tablespoons of minced Garlic

1 large Onion sliced fine

1-2 red chilli sliced or 1 tablespoon red chilli flecks

1/2 -1 teaspoon toasted Terasi ( the use of Terasi will vary upon the amount of rice you add as I’m making this for 6 individuals, I had to use close to 2 teaspoons as I wanted the taste of it to come through for a milder taste or less rice you can use 1/2 teaspoon)

3 cups of cooked rice( overnight)

2-3 tablespoons of oil

Salt to season

1 fried egg


  1. Take out the refrigerated rice and leave it to out for a few minutes.

lace the pan(preferably a wok) you are using over low heat.

Add the Terasi, crush and leave it to toast for 1 minute over the heat.

Once the Terasi is mildly toasted, add oil and saute Garlic, Onion, red chilli for 2-3 minutes until they are soft. include chicken or seafood at this stage and cook between 2-5 minutes. cook until the oil slightly separates.

Pour in the substitute mix of Soy sauce and brown sugar to the pan and mix for 2 minutes under medium heat.

Mix all the ingredients until you have the rice well coated and taste to make sure you get that distinct Nasi goreng flavor.

Follow the tip of adding more flavor mentioned in notes if you need to add more terasi once the rice has been added.

Serve warm with a fried egg topping off the rice and with fresh Cucumber and Tomato slices.

Recipe Notes

 Always use leftover rice or rice that has been cooked the previous night and refrigerated.

I've mentioned earlier that you need to be careful in using terasi as it has a strong flavor and smell so while using it if you find that there isn't enough of the shrimp paste and sweet soy sauce flavor coming through for your personal taste. here's a simple trick you can do to add more of these two ingredients.

Once you mix in the rice and realize that you need more flavor, turn the heat down and move the rice aside so the bottom of the wok is visible, add another 1/2 teaspoon of Terasi crush and toast it, mix in 1 teaspoon of Soy sauce with 1 teaspoon of brown sugar, pour it over the Terasi and mix well. you'll probably have to do this the first time but once you know the correct amount you'll have no need to do this every single time you make Nasi goreng at home.

When should I add the chicken or seafood to this base Nasi Goreng recipe?

You can add these on the fourth step where you sautee the Onions, Ginger with shrimp paste and cook them for 2-5 minutes.