Indonesian Veggie Delight: Vegetarian Nasi Goreng Recipe

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Nasi goreng, literally translating to “fried rice” in Indonesian, is a beloved Southeast Asian dish. Traditionally made with meat or seafood, this recipe offers a delicious and satisfying vegetarian twist bursting with flavor. Packed with colorful vegetables, fragrant aromatics, and a perfectly seasoned rice base, this nasi goreng is sure to become a new weeknight favorite.


Vegetable Nasi goreng
Vegetable Nasi goreng

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red chili pepper, seeded and thinly sliced (optional)
  • 1 cup chopped mixed vegetables (broccoli, carrots, snap peas)
  • 3 cups cooked jasmine rice, cooled slightly
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon kecap manis (sweet soy sauce)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish
  • Fried egg (optional)

  • Instructions:

    1. Heat the oil in a large wok or skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 2-3 minutes, until softened.
    2. Add the garlic and chili pepper (if using) and cook for another minute, until fragrant.
    3. Stir in the chopped vegetables and cook for 3-4 minutes, or until tender-crisp.
    4. Push the vegetables to the side of the pan and add the cooked rice. Break up any clumps with a spatula.
    5. Increase the heat to medium-high and fry the rice for a few minutes, stirring frequently, until slightly toasted and heated through.
    6. In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, kecap manis, turmeric, coriander, and black pepper. Pour this mixture over the rice and stir fry for another 2-3 minutes, until evenly combined.
    7. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. You may want to add a splash more soy sauce or kecap manis for additional flavor.
    8. Turn off the heat and stir in the chopped cilantro.
    9. Serve immediately with a fried egg on top (optional).

    Nutritional Facts (per serving)

    Calories: approximately 400

  • Fat: 15g
  • Carbohydrates: 50g
  • Protein: 10g
  • Sodium: 500mg (depending on soy sauce brand)

  • Note: These are approximate nutritional values and may vary depending on the ingredients used.


    This vegetarian nasi goreng is a quick, easy, and flavorful meal that’s perfect for busy weeknights. It’s a great way to incorporate healthy vegetables into your diet and can be easily customized with your favorite ingredients. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    1. Can I use brown rice instead of jasmine rice?

    Absolutely! Brown rice is a great alternative and adds a slightly nutty flavor to the dish.

    2. What other vegetables can I add to this recipe?

    Feel free to experiment with your favorite vegetables! Some delicious substitutions include chopped bell peppers, green beans, corn, or even shredded cabbage.

    3. How can I make this recipe vegan?

    Simply omit the fried egg and use a plant-based oil for cooking.

    4. Can I make this dish ahead of time?

    Yes, you can! The cooked rice and vegetables can be prepared in advance and stored in separate containers in the refrigerator. When ready to serve, simply reheat them in a skillet and follow steps 6-8.

    5. What are some other delicious vegetarian Indonesian dishes?

    There are many wonderful vegetarian options in Indonesian cuisine. Here are a few suggestions:

    Gado-gado: A salad of steamed vegetables with peanut sauce.

  • Capcay: A stir-fry with vegetables, tofu, and sometimes tempeh.
  • Tahu goreng: Fried tofu served with a spicy peanut sauce.