Vegetarian Nasi Goreng

Delicious vegetarian nasi goreng. Vegetarian? This nasi is even vegan. And very easy to make yourself. It is best to cook the rice a day before. After all, in Indonesia they make nasi goreng from the previous day’s leftovers. Nasi means “boiled rice” and goreng means “fried,” so together nasi goreng. In Indonesia, people also sometimes eat vegetarian nasi goreng for breakfast. The nasi goreng pairs wonderfully with fried onions and peanut sauce.

Nasi for breakfast

Rice (nasi) for breakfast I hear you thinking? Yes, rice for breakfast! When I lived in Thailand for 4 months, I also ate rice for breakfast every morning. Unfortunately, not such delicious nasi goreng as this one. My breakfast back then (I was not vegetarian or vegan then) consisted of nasi goreng with fried egg or with fried egg and -yes- ketchup! The crazy thing was that it always tasted good to me. Maybe that was because the rice was made in a rice cooker and I fried it up the next day with some spices and egg. Now I also really like a sweet treat like a vegan chocolate cake on occasion, but I prefer to eat savory. Anyway, back to the vegetarian nasi goreng.

Making Nasig goreng

Enough talk about fried rice. Below is the recipe to make your own creation. Did you know that nasi tastes great with tempeh kering, or tempeh with soy sauce, emping (nut crackers but vegan) and fried onions? Selemat Mekan!

Vegetarian nasi goreng

Making nasi is actually quite simple. And it’s tastiest if you leave the rice for a day. In fact, in Indonesia they make nasi goreng from leftover rice.
Preparation 10 minutes
Cooking time 30 minutes
Number of persons 4 person


  • 400 gram cooked rice Cooled. By the way, you can use white or unpolished rice.
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 red bell pepper in pieces
  • 3 chopped shallots
  • 1/2 leeks thinly sliced
  • 2 spring onions in rings
  • 2 chillies chopped
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 2 el soy sauce medja
  • 2 cm fresh ginger
  • pepper to taste
  • Peanut or sunflower oil


  • Heat a little oil in a large wok over medium-high heat
  • Fry shallots, ginger, garlic and chili pepper
  • Stir well throughout and bake everything for about 1 minute
  • Then add the leeks, bell bell pepper and spring onion
  • Stir well again and bake everything for about 30 seconds
  • Crumble the bouillon cube and mix well
  • After 30 seconds, add the cold cooked rice to the pan
  • Add some pepper to taste
  • Pour 2 generous splashes of soy sauce medja into the pan
  • Mix everything well so you no longer see a grain of rice and cook for a while ( 3 to 5 minutes on low heat)


Tip: Also delicious is to add a bit of peas. No more than 100 grams. These can come out of the freezer just fine. Delicious when you want some more vegetables in the nasi, for example. Then add them at the same time as the bell bell pepper, leeks and spring onion!

Want to try more Indonesian dishes? Then try the following dishes:

Want to make more Indonesian appetizers? How about spring rolls? These are much easier to make than you think. Also go great as a starter or side dish for vegetarian nasi. Or vegan patties.

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