Indonesian Nasi Goreng seafood is what you want to make when you are craving a seafood dish that feels light to enjoy. And this recipe helps you put the ingredients together without spending too much time yet results in a deliciously satisfying dish.
Nasi Goreng The National Dish
The dish – which literally means fried rice – is actually an influence of Chinese Indonesian. As we know, fried rice is quite big among the Chinese cuisines.
Likewise, the dish has become very popular throughout the Indonesia archipelago that wherever you go around the country, you will always come across the local version of Nasi Goreng.
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Originally, the idea of fried rice was to enjoy the leftover rice quickly. Because in the olden day microwaves didn’t exist. And if you wanted to reheat the rice properly, you had to re steam it.
History of Fried Rice
The problem was sometimes the leftover portion was not big enough to justify the hassle of re-steaming. As a shortcut, people used a wok to reheat the rice. And as they went along with it, more ideas came to mind to make the rice more delicious.
Hence, egg fried rice was born. Then other types of fried rice were created according to the situation of those people and what was available to them.
But the basic idea was the same. It was to enjoy the leftover rice. And often people eat Nasi Goreng for breakfast.
As time goes by, this humble dish has won people’s hearts all over the country. Therefore, there are countless recipes of Nasi Goreng in Indonesia.
Versatile Dish With Forgiving Ingredients
But the essence of this Indonesian fried rice is the same. It uses cooked rice, spices and sweet soy sauce. You can add other protein ingredients according to what you like or have such as eggs, tofu, chicken, tuna, etc.
And for this seafood version, I used assorted seafood of prawns, mussels and cuttlefish. Feel free to use whichever seafood you love.
As for the spices, you need onion, garlic and chillies. These three ingredients are a must. Other than these are just an addition when people try tweaking fried rice recipes.
When it comes to chillies, I suggest you use homemade Sambal Goreng Terasi. But if time and convenience do not allow you to make your own Sambal Goreng Terasi, you can get the ready-made one like this one. And if either one is not possible, you can just swap the sambal with ordinary chillies like fresh bird’s eye chillies, dried chilli flakes, or even red chilli powder.
This Nasi Goreng Seafood recipe is quite forgiving that you can always tweak according to your taste and available ingredients for you.
However, when it comes to the sweet soy sauce, I highly recommend using Indonesia’s sweet soy sauce. My favourite one is this brand, but often I use this one as it’s more available to many places.
The reason is to get the flavour as close as the authentic Nasi Goreng. Did you know that sweet soy sauce was originally from Indonesia? So let’s stick to the origin :-).
How To Make The Best Nasi Goreng Seafood
Firstly, you get all the ingredients ready. Wash, rinse and cook your rice. I use Basmati rice more often than not because this rice is the main staple in our households. If possible, let your rice completely cool down before using it for the fried rice.
Then, make the scrambled eggs, prepare and cook the carrots and green beans. This followed with getting the chopped onion and minced garlic ready.
When all the ingredients are prepared, heat the oil in a large wok/ frying pan. Fry the onion and garlic until the onion becomes translucent and both releases a nice aroma.
Next, you add the sambal (if using), chillies, stir them then put the seafood in. Cook until the seafood is fully cooked.
Add the carrots, green beans, salt, fish sauce and sweet soy sauce in. Keep stirring after each addition. Further cooking until all is cooked through.
Lastly, sprinkle the sliced scallion/ spring onion.
This Nasi Goreng Seafood is best to enjoy with some sliced cucumber, tomatoes, prawn crackers/ Kerupuk and a spoon or two of Sambal on the side.
Thank you for reading this post. I hope you’re now ready to try this recipe out. When you do, it will be great if you could share what you think about it in the comments below.
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Before you, don’t forget to check out my other rice recipes that you may like.
- Nasi Uduk Jakarta: rice cooked in fragrant coconut milk.
- Nasi Kuning: Indonesian yellow rice in fragrant coconut milk.
- Nasi Goreng Tuna: Indonesian tuna fried rice.
- Biryani Rice.
- Chicken Pilau Rice.
- Vegetable Pilau Rice.
Thank you and all the best.