How to Make Delicious Fried Rice at Home

by Hobeth HD, on May 14th 2024

fried rice with egg and vegetables
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The Nigerian fried rice recipe is a flavorful and aromatic dish that combines parboiled rice, mixed vegetables, onions, and a choice of meat such as beef liver or shrimp. Learning to make this delicious fried rice at home not only allows you to explore the rich flavors of Nigerian cuisine but also provides an opportunity to hone your cooking skills.

  • Homemade meals offer numerous benefits, including the ability to control ingredients for a healthier dish and the satisfaction of creating a meal from scratch.
  • Mastering the art of making delicious fried rice at home empowers you to tailor the dish to your personal taste preferences and dietary requirements.

By learning how to prepare Nigerian fried rice, you can:

  1. Discover the joy of creating authentic dishes in your own kitchen
  2. Enjoy the delightful flavors of this popular recipe.

Ingredients And Cooking Method for Nigerian Fried Rice


For the Rice:

  • 3 cups of long-grain parboiled rice
  • 4 cups of chicken broth (or water)
  • 1 cup of mixed vegetables (carrots, green beans, peas, sweet corn)
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2-3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon of curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon of thyme
  • 1 teaspoon of white pepper
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • Salt to taste

For the Protein (optional):

  • 1 lb of chicken, diced
  • 1 lb of shrimp, deveined and cleaned

Seasonings for Protein:

  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of ginger powder
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method Of Cooking

Preparing the Rice:

  • Wash the Rice: Rinse the rice thoroughly under running water until the water runs clear. This helps to remove excess starch and prevents the rice from becoming too sticky.
  • Parboil the Rice: In a large pot, add the washed rice and cover with enough water. Parboil the rice for about 10 minutes, then drain and set aside.

Cooking the Protein (if using)

  • Season the Chicken and Shrimp: In a bowl, season the diced chicken and shrimp with garlic powder, ginger powder, paprika, salt, and pepper. Mix well to coat evenly.
  • Cook the Protein: Heat a tablespoon of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken pieces and cook until golden brown and cooked through, about 5-7 minutes. Remove the chicken and set aside. In the same skillet, add the shrimp and cook until pink and opaque, about 2-3 minutes per side. Remove and set aside with the chicken.

Cooking the Rice

  • Fry the Aromatics: In a large pot, heat the remaining vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and garlic, and sauté until fragrant and translucent, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the Vegetables: Stir in the mixed vegetables, green bell pepper, and red bell pepper. Cook for another 5 minutes, until the vegetables are slightly tender.
  • Season the Vegetables: Add the curry powder, thyme, white pepper, and bay leaves. Stir well to coat the vegetables with the spices.
  • Cook the Rice with Broth: Add the parboiled rice to the pot, stirring to combine with the vegetables and spices. Pour in the chicken broth (or water) and season with salt to taste. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let the rice cook for about 20-25 minutes, or until the rice is fully cooked and the liquid is absorbed.
  • Combine Everything: Once the rice is cooked, gently fold in the cooked chicken and shrimp (if using). Stir everything together until well combined.
  • Final Touch: Adjust the seasoning if needed. Remove the bay leaves before serving.


Fried rice with meat and plantain

Nigerian fried rice is best served hot. You can enjoy it as a main dish or pair it with side dishes like fried plantains, grilled chicken, or Nigerian-style fried beef.


    • Vegetable Variety: Feel free to add or substitute other vegetables like green peas, sweet corn, or bell peppers of different colors.
    • Protein Alternatives: You can also use beef, goat meat, or tofu as alternatives to chicken and shrimp.
    • Make it Spicy: For a spicy kick, you can add chopped Scotch bonnet peppers or a teaspoon of cayenne pepper.

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