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Fried Rice — nasi goreng in Indonesian — is very popular in almost every part of the country. Each has its own version of the fried rice. And just like any so-called traditional food, there are varied recipes and methods to make exactly the same thing.
This applies to nasi goreng too.
Many Indonesians have fried-rice for breakfasts. Therefore, if you go to Indonesia, you will find ‘nasi goreng’ among the breakfast menu list at the hotels, restaurants, etc.
When I was still living in Indonesia, I used to eat fried-rice for breakfast too. Obviously ?. Now, I rarely have it for my breakfast, because I am too lazy to cook first thing in the morning.
So, fried-rice has become a menu option for either lunch or dinner in my household. And if there was any leftover for the next morning, only then I would have had it for breakfast too. But chances are my little one would not let me have it. Because he loves “nasi goreng”. Especially tuna fried-rice.
Whenever I make tuna fried-rice, my little one just cannot stop eating it.
The first time I made this dish was because I didn’t have boneless chicken in my freezer at the time. And I was running late to make dinner. Since hubby and the kids agreed to have fried-rice, I guessed I just had to make do with whatever I had.
And I saw this canned tuna in the cupboard. Then I used it. It turned out well. Everybody was happy. Since then, I make nasi goreng tuna quite often now. Especially when I don’t have much time to cook.
Tuna fried rice recipe
Even though the recipe I’m sharing with you here is fried-rice with tuna, feel free to substitute the tuna with any proteins that you love. You can use chicken, beef, or plant-based proteins if you’re vegetarian or vegan.
The recipe is based on my mom’s nasi goreng recipe. I just simplified it a little bit to make it easier for me to cook. For instance, in Indonesia my mom uses red shallots (bawang Merah), I can’t find them easily so I replace them with brown onions. And I also use dry chilli flakes or powder instead of fresh chilli.
But I can assure you that the taste is exactly the same.
I do hope you enjoy reading this recipe and now thinking about trying it. If you do try making this tuna fried rice, could you please share how you like it in the comments below? Or perhaps you do some tweaking that makes your nasi goreng tuna is even better than mine?
And before you go, don’t forget to check my other recipes of Indonesian food that you can enjoy as breakfast, brunch, or any time of the day.
- Lontong sayur Betawi – vegetable curry with hard-boiled rice cake from Jakarta.
- Ketoprak Jakarta recipe – bean sprouts, vermicelli, and tofu salad with peanut sauce.
- Gado-gado Jakarta recipe.
Thank you and all the best.