A tasty recipe (and video!) for Nasi Goreng (Indonesian Fried Rice) loaded up with fresh healthy veggies! Keep it vegan with Turmeric Tofu or add an egg (or chicken or shrimp!) – up to you! A fast and healthy dinner recipe the whole family will love. 

Vegetarian Nasi Goreng (Indonesian Fried Rice) loaded up with fresh veggies! Add egg or keep it vegan! Easy Tasty recipe! #nasigoreng

Nasi Goreng, in a nutshell, is Indonesian Fried Rice. It’s simple food, typically made with leftover ingredients, and varies quite a bit depending on where you are. While we were there in the hot south, it almost always was served with something crunchy, cool and fresh on the side.

This version is loaded up with healthy veggies. You can add a protein of your choice- typically chicken or shrimp or fried eggs, or keep it vegan with crispy tofu.

How to make Nasi Goreng | 45-sec video

Nasi Goreng (Indonesian Fried Rice) loaded up with fresh veggies! Add egg or keep it vegan! Easy Tasty recipe! #nasigoreng

Authentic Nasi Goreng is seasoned with a little Terasi shrimp powder and Kecap Manis – a dark sweet & syrupy soy sauce infused with a hint of star anise. Here I’ve kept it simple, vegan-adaptable and made with more accessible ingredients. If you want to go the more traditional route, please read the recipe notes.

This recipe calls for 5 cups of chopped veggies and 3 cups of leftover rice. Here I’ve used carrots, bell pepper, fresh shucked peas ( from Trader Joes) and mushrooms. Feel free to change this up.

For faster cooking, make sure to chop tougher veggies like carrots, extra small!!!

Instead of shrimp or chicken today, I’m pan-searing some Crispy tofu, coated in turmeric. The recipe is flexible – add your favorite cooked protein.

Here is a post on how to make crispy tofu.


I’m also adding a couple eggs.  You can leave these out for a vegan version – or serve them sunny side up over top of the Nasi Goreng.  Brian prefers scrambled so I cooked them up first and chopped into pieces.

Once the veggies are tender, oil the pan and make room for the rice.

I’m using leftover brown basmati rice. You want to make sure the rice is extra dry. Wet or moist rice will not work well here. So basically, I left the rice uncovered in the fridge overnight, to dry it out.

After you fry the rice, combine, adding the soy sauce and maple syrup. Add chili flakes if you like.

Toss in the optional eggs, chicken, shrimp or tofu. Or leave the tofu on the side like you see in the photos below.

Then plate the Nasi Goreng up, along with fresh crunchy veggies like cucumber, radish, tomatoes when in season, fresh herbs, sprouts, fresh chili peppers, and a lime wedge.

Vegetarian Nasi Goreng (Indonesian Fried Rice) loaded up with fresh veggies! Add egg or keep it vegan! Easy Tasty recipe! #nasigoreng

Shredded cabbage would also be nice here!

This recipe makes enough for 2-3 portions. Leftovers taste great, just reheat.

Vegetarian Nasi Goreng (Indonesian Fried Rice) loaded up with fresh veggies! Add egg or keep it vegan! Easy Tasty recipe! #nasigoreng

Serve with limes and Sambal Olek.  You get the idea!

Nasi Goreng (Indonesian Fried Rice) loaded up with fresh veggies! Add egg or keep it vegan! Easy Tasty recipe! #nasigoreng

On the homefront: I have a fondness for Bali. It was there, in that time of sunshine and slow-living that my husband Brian, hatched a plan to free us out of our “build a catering empire” conundrum. You see up until then, I was of the mindset that you had to be the best, work more & work harder to get to go to places like Bali to relax. I was of the mindset that more was more. More catering gigs would equal more stuff (to ensure the safety and security of our future) and more vacations.

He literally drew me a diagram, in order for my head to get around his idea of “simplifying”. It was a foreign concept. But while being in that beautiful simple countryside, where people were joyful, content with very little, the idea sunk in, and a little seedling sprouted in my soul. At first, it was simply imagining the life I wanted.  I wanted life to be easier, with less stress, more freedom… and to be near the ocean.

Those of you who have been here a while may remember how we sold our house a couple of months after that trip, got rid of 2/3rds of our stuff, paid off our debt, moved into a little house and then was able to cater fewer events because we had a much smaller wheel to turn.  And as we were catering less, I got more time to spend time doing the stuff that brought me joy. Like this blog.  😉

Eventually, we were able to stop catering all together, which was a godsend.  Ten years of catering, and ten years of having a restaurant before that, though rewarding on many levels, was a type of stress I didn’t want to carry anymore. So Bali, lead me down a path of being open and trusting my husband’s ideas (which were very different than mine at the time) and then to trust the path itself… even though we really had no certainty about where it would lead. To me, it felt like jumping into a rushing river -freeing, unsettling, exhilarating, crazy.  AND Wonderful.

So what does this have to do with Nasi Goreng? Nothing much, except, Bali is where it all began….

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xoxo

Sylvia

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Vegetarian Nasi Goreng (Indonesian Fried Rice) loaded up with fresh veggies! Add egg or keep it vegan! Easy Tasty recipe! #nasigoreng

Nasi Goreng (Indonesian Fried Rice)

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine | Feasting at Home
  • Prep Time: 15mins
  • Cook Time: 15mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 3 1x
  • Category: vegan, vegetarian, gluten free
  • Method: stir-fried
  • Cuisine: Indonesian
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Nasi Goreng (Indonesian Fried Rice) loaded up with fresh veggies! Add chicken, shrimp or eggs, or keep it vegan with Tofu! Easy tasty recipe! Vegan-adaptable and gluten-free.


Ingredients

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  • 812 ounces crispy tofu, pan-seared chicken or shrimp- all optional
  • 3 tablespoons oil, divided
  • 2 shallots (or 1/2 an onion), chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, rough chopped
  • 1 cup diced carrot (small dice!)
  • 1 cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup fresh shucked peas, snow peas, snap peas or green beans
  • 2 eggs, whisked with a generous pinch salt  (optional)
  • 3 cups cooked brown basimati rice, (leftover, dried out, see notes)
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce, more to taste (see notes) Or GF Liquid Aminos
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup, honey or palm sugar
  • drizzle of sesame oil
  • 1/41/2 cup chopped scallions
  • optional seasonings: Terasi shrimp power and Kecap Manis (see notes).

Optional Garnishes: sliced cucumber, radishes, shredded cabbage, tomatoes, sprouts, cilantro, crushed peanuts, Peanut Chili Crunch, lime wedges, and chili paste (sambal olek).


Instructions

  1. In an extra-large skillet or wok, pan-sear your choice of protein in oil with a little salt, pepper and chili flakes until golden and cooked through, set aside.
  2. In the same skillet, add 1-2 tablespoons oil and saute shallots, garlic, mushrooms, bell pepper and carrots over medium heat until the carrots are tender about 7-8 minutes. Season with salt. Toss in the fresh peas at the end.
  3. At the same time, while veggies are cooking, whisk,  salt and scramble the eggs in a separate oiled pan, breaking the cooked apart into little pieces, set aside. (Or feel free to top with sunny side eggs after serving.)
  4. Once the veggies are tender, scoot them over to one side of the pan. Add a little more oil to the bare pan and add the rice. Turn the heat up and fry for 3-4 minutes, getting it a little crispy. Combine rice with the veggies.
  5. Drizzle with the soy sauce and maple syrup and mix well. Mix in the scrambled eggs and meat/shrimp/tofu if using.  Taste and season with a drizzle of sesame oil, chili flakes, salt and pepper if needed. Stir in the scallions right before serving.
  6. Divide among bowls and serve with some of the optional garnishes,  lime & chile paste.

Notes

Feel free to sub other veggies- you’ll need about 5 cups raw.  Quick-cooking veggies work best here- chopped green beans, snow peas, asparagus, shredded cabbage, summer squash, fresh corn… etc.

TERASI SHRIMP PASTE: If you would like to use Terasi Shrimp Paste– you could mix it in with the soy sauce first before adding to the dish. 1/2 -1 teaspoon should be plenty. The Indonesian variety is usually in powder form.  I also sometimes use Hondashi Granules (not traditional, but tasty!)

KECAP MANIS: If you’d like to use this instead of the the soy sauce, start with 2 tablespoons and leave out the maple syrup. Taste, adjust salt– you may still want to add a splash of soy sauce.

STAR ANISE: A great way to infuse a little star anise into the dish is to add it whole to the cooking rice.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 500
  • Sugar: 14.1 g
  • Sodium: 526.1 mg
  • Fat: 22.6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 60 g
  • Fiber: 5.3 g
  • Protein: 18.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 124 mg

Keywords: Nasi Goreng, Indonesian fried rice, vegan Nasi Goreng, vegan fried rice,

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  1. Thanks you for sharing this recipe. I made it with Tofu and it was delicious.

    Paula

  2. I’ve made this recipe many times and it always turns out great and makes delicious leftovers for lunch. I recommend adding siracha.

  3. I like to add some cumin powder and turmeric powder to make the rice tastier. And although I am Canadian I have never added maple syrup. Overall quite a good recipe though

  4. The recipe was fabulous, but wading through the commentary by the author reminded me of listening to older relatives ramble. Could you have. “Jump to Recipe” button?

    1. Hi Nancy, The button is located right under the title of the recipes at the top of the page. 🙂

  5. Made this with my pupils at school for our Asian themed unit. They loved it and I did too! So much that I went home and made it for dinner!

  6. I made this for dinner tonight. Delicious!! When I read the recipe a few days ago I saw that I was supposed to make the rice the day before and let it ‘age’ in the fridge. Only I didn’t see the part about leaving it uncovered in the fridge until I started making it today. I was lamenting to my husband about it and he said – just put it in the oven for some minutes on low heat to dry it out. That is exactly what I did and it turned out perfectly!! Awesome flavours as always. Thanks Sylvia!!

    1. Oh Ingrid, the oven is such great idea- tell your husband he’s brilliant! I’ll have to try that! Glad you enjoyed it!

  7. Sylvia, I came across your page a week ago. Since then I’ve only cooked from your recipes. Easy, delicious & wholesome – big fan. Really wanted to find something that was easy and plant-based. You haven’t disappointed with your amazing recipes, my family loves them all so far.

    1. Thanks so much Sarah! Glad you are enjoying the blog! Very happy you are here.

    1. Christine- how do you mean? You can share on social media- or email a link to a friend?

  8. Excellent! I made this last night for the first time and it was absolutely a winner. From reading one of the prior comments, I fried the tofu with a bit of grand masala for an extra flavor kick. It was perfect. Thanks for the great recipe!

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Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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