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Nigerian Fried Rice Recipe

Nigerian Fried Rice is a very simple yet delicious recipe. This version relies on a ton of fresh vegetables, Beef Liver, and a little bit of oil for crisping it up.

Close up picture of the delicious Nigerian Fried Rice loaded with mixed vegetables and beef Liver

The added beef liver gives the fried Rice a very nice rich but subtle taste, and this is why it is one of the most popular choices in Nigeria. Though you can also use Shrimp or any protein you’d like.  If you would love to make vegan fried rice, you can omit the Beef liver or Shrimps entirely!

This fried rice is entirely different from the popular Asian Chicken Fried Rice because the depth of the taste in the latter comes from the Soy sauce while the depth of taste of the latter comes from the Curry powder, Thyme, Seasoning cubes, and of course the abundance of vegetables like Carrots, Green beans, Peas, sweet corn, and Onions.

Just like  Jollof Rice we savor these meals so much, and we can barely do without them in gatherings and festive seasons, and it’s a meal you can make in no time. Such a simple recipe, but the impact it makes in a gathering is quite remarkable! You can check amazing Rice recipes here. You will also enjoy my 60+ Authentic Nigerian recipes.

You can watch the detailed Nigerian Fried Rice video below:

This recipe starts with already parboiled rice, so it makes the whole process easier. If you don’t have already parboiled rice, you can see how to do that here. It’s also okay to use a day old rice that has been refrigerated it is very convenient, and the result is just as good.

I also cooked this parboiled rice in a bit of well-seasoned stock so that the Rice can absorb more flavor. Though it’s advisable to do this, however, this step can be skipped if you are in a hurry.

Fresh Rice or Leftover Rice?

You can use either freshly cooked rice (parboiled) or leftover cold rice for this recipe. If you choose to use freshly cooked rice, make sure you choose the right type of Rice. I like to use the long grain parboiled rice. This type of Rice is very easy to work with when making Fried Rice likewise, Jollof Rice because it’s firmer and less sticky, therefore, making it very difficult to go wrong when working with it.

Another key to achieving a good result when making this fried rice is to allow the freshly cooked rice (parboiled) to cool slightly before using it. The rice should be cool to the touch before adding it to the pan. If you are short of time, simply spread the rice on a sheet pan so that the steam can easily escape or just place the cooked rice inside the fridge for a few minutes.

Finally, it is important that you always wash the rice before cooking it. This will help to remove the excess starch on the rice, which can cause the rice to be clumped together.

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Notes On How To Make Nigerian Fried Rice:

  1. It’s ok to add a dash of cayenne pepper if you like some heat!
  2. Don’t over boil your Rice before frying it, otherwise, you will end up with soggy fried rice.
  3. Fried rice is best enjoyed when the Veggies remain crunchy, so don’t overcook your veggies.
  4. I used mixed veggies which consist of Carrots, Sweet Peas, Sweet Corn, and Green Beans. However, vegetables like sweet bell peppers can also be used.
  5. In order to achieve that nice coveted crisp, you will need to turn up the heat to high during the frying process and stir continuously as you allow the rice to heat up.
  6. I added pieces of beef liver to my fried Rice, a lot of people like this as well, but if you don’t want it you are free to leave it out, you will still enjoy the total goodness of the Fried Rice.
  7. When making this Fried Rice, it is best to use Chicken stock or Turkey stock because of their mild taste. The beef stock should be avoided as it can overpower the taste of the fried rice.

Here is my very simple yet delicious way of making my fried Rice. It is really straightforward, and the final result is awesome. Enjoy!

How to make the classic Nigerian fried Rice

Nigerian Fried Rice Recipe

The Nigerian fried rice is a staple lunch, dinner, and even party dish in Nigeria. Very simple yet delicious recipe. This version uses mixed vegetables and Beef liver; you can use Shrimp or any protein you’d like. You can omit the beef liver if you love to make vegan fried rice.
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Course: Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine: African
Keyword: fried rice, homemade
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 5 people
Calories: 227kcal
Author: Lola Osinkolu

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 3 tbsp oil for frying
  • 1 cup onion diced
  • 1 cup mixed Vegetables Carrots, Sweet Peas, Sweet Corn and green beans
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp Curry powder
  • 2 scallions diced
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 1 cup beef liver cubed
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper

Instructions

  • Add the boiled rice to the stock in a medium pot and cook on medium heat until the water is dried up.
  • Preheat the oil in a pan on medium to high heat, throw in the onions, and fry for a minute or two; add the scallions, mixed vegetables, thyme, curry powder, salt, and stock Cube.
  • Throw in the beef liver and rice — Stir-fry for about 3 to 5 minutes on high heat.
  • Take it off the heat and serve.

Notes

  1. The white rice should be cooked tender but still firm to bite (like you cook your pasta al-dente). Overcooking the rice will result in mushy fried rice.
  2. Fried rice is best enjoyed when the Veggies remain crunchy, so don’t overcook your veggies.
  3. You need to increase the heat and stir continuously to get that nice coveted crisp during frying.

Nutrition

Calories: 227kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 257mg | Potassium: 235mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 4635IU | Vitamin C: 7.6mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1.6mg

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Recipe Rating




Arianna

Wednesday 25th of January 2023

Hi Thanks for this recipe I’m Italian married with a Nigerian man and I have learned so much online during those years I can now cook pretty well Nigerian food but still I make mistakes and this site explains very well which ingredients are the best and particularly for me the choice of the rice has been challenging but thanks to you I finally got it right. Thanks for your precious advices I’m looking forward to try more of your recipes and improve everyday. Thanks

Tianah

Monday 9th of January 2023

Chef Lola I love all this your style You are doing well ma I will try this fried rice

Simpiwe Gontsana

Monday 2nd of January 2023

My favorite chef My name is Simpiwe Gontsana from South Africa, Eastern Cape Province in a small town called Engcobo and my village is Bokleni Location. I would like to try this Nigerian fried rice but I don't know the scallion, is there another name or can I replace it with something else? What advise me can you give me? Thanking you in advance

Lola Osinkolu

Tuesday 3rd of January 2023

Hi Simpiwe, glad to have you here. Scallions are green onions. The small onions with long green leaves. They are quite popular, but you can just use onions if you can't find them. I hope that helps?

Blessed

Wednesday 21st of December 2022

Thank you very much

Lola Osinkolu

Tuesday 27th of December 2022

You are welcome Blessed.

Rachael

Wednesday 14th of December 2022

It was delicious. This is a go to for me.

Chef Lola's Kitchen

Monday 19th of December 2022

Great, Rachael.