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Nasi Goreng (Fried Rice)

We recommend topping this fried rice with diced cucumbers and tomatoes, but for a more traditional Indonesian accompaniment, top it with a fried egg. Sambal oelek is a spicy table condiment from Southeast Asia; look for it in gourmet grocery stores and Asian markets. Total time: 35 minutes.

  • Yield: 4 servings


  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1/3 cup minced shallots (about 3)
  • 1 none to 2 tablespoons minced serrano chile
  • 1 tablespoon sambal oelek (chile paste with garlic)
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 none garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups diced cooked chicken breast
  • 2 cups diced cooked shrimp (about 12 ounces)
  • 3 cups cooked rice
  • 1/2 cup diced cucumber
  • 1/2 cup diced tomato


Heat canola oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallots and chile to pan; sauté 2 minutes or until the shallots are lightly browned. Add chile paste, fish sauce, soy sauce, salt, and garlic to the pan; cook for 1 minute or until the sauce becomes fragrant. Add diced chicken, shrimp, and rice to the pan, stirring to coat with sauce. Cook for 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring occasionally. Place about 1 1/2 cups rice on each of 4 plates, and sprinkle each serving with 2 tablespoons cucumber and 2 tablespoons tomato.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 430none
  • Calories from fat: 13%
  • Fat: 6.2g
  • Saturated fat: 1.2g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2.5g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.7g
  • Protein: 44.1g
  • Carbohydrate: 46.1g
  • Fiber: 2.3g
  • Cholesterol: 225mg
  • Iron: 5.8mg
  • Sodium: 717mg
  • Calcium: 62mg

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Nasi Goreng (Fried Rice) Recipe