Nigerian Fried Rice is a basic but tasty recipe. This version relies on chicken broth and beef Liver, a lot of fresh vegetables, and a little bit of oil to crisp it up.
The added beef liver and chicken broth give a very nice rich but subtle taste to the fried rice and this is why it is one of Nigeria’s most common options.
Like the Basmati Jollof Rice, we savor these meals so much, and in gatherings and festive seasons we can barely do without them, and it is a meal that you can make in no time. So simple recipe but it’s quite remarkable the impact it makes in a gathering!
This recipe starts with Rice that has already been parboiled, making the whole process easier. If you haven’t parboiled rice already, you can see how this is done here. Using a day-old Rice that has been refrigerated is also okay, it’s very convenient and the result is just as good.
In a bit of well-seasoned stock, I also cooked this parboiled rice so that the rice could absorb more flavor. But, while this is recommended, this move can be skipped in case you are in a rush.
For this recipe, you can either use freshly cooked rice (parboiled) or the residual cold rice. If you chose to use freshly cooked rice, make sure that you select the appropriate Rice type. I like using the Rice parboiled long grain.
When making Fried Rice likewise, Jollof Rice, this type of rice is very easy to work with, because it’s firmer and less sticky, making it very difficult to go wrong when working with.
Before adding it to the pan the rice should be cool to the touch. If you are short of time, simply spread the rice over a sheet pan to allow the steam to escape easily or simply put the cooked rice in the fridge for a few minutes.
Finally, it’s important to always wash the rice before you cook.
This will help to remove the rice’s excess starch which can cause the rice to clump together.
Worthy notes on how to prepare Nigerian fried rice
- If you like some spice, it is ok to add a dash of cayenne pepper!
- Before you fry, don’t over boil your Rice, otherwise you’ll end up with a soggy Fried Rice.
- While the Veggies remain crunchy, Fried Rice is best enjoyed so don’t overcook your veggies.
- I used carrots, sweet peas, sweet corn, and green beans mixed veggies. Nevertheless, it is also possible to use vegetables such as sweet bell peppers.
- To achieve that pleasant coveted crisp, during the frying process you’ll need to turn the heat up to high and stir continuously as you allow the rice to heat up.
- I’ve added pieces of beef liver to my fried rice, a lot of people like this too, but if you don’t want it you ‘re free to leave it out, you’ll still enjoy the Fried Rice ‘s total goodness.
- It is best to use Chicken stock when making this Fried Rice because of their mils taste. The beef stock should be avoided because it can overwhelm the fried rice flavor. Here’s my very quick and tasty way to make my fried rice. It’s really straightforward, and the end result is terrific. Enjoy it!
Ingredients for preparing Nigerian fried rice
- 2 Cups of cooked rice
- 1 Cup of Mixed Vegetables i.e. Carrots, Sweet Peas, Sweet Corn and Green Beans
- 1 cup of onion diced
- 1 Cup of Beef Liver Cubed
- 1/2 Teaspoon of Thyme
- 1 Teaspoon of Curry powder
- 1/2 cup of Chicken stock
- 1 Stock of cube
- 3 Tablespoons of Oil for frying
- Lastly, Salt to taste
Directions for preparing fried rice
- Attach the parboiled rice to the stock and cook until dry.
- Preheat the oil in a saucepan, add the scallions, mixed vegetables, and seasonings (Thyme, Curry Powder, Salt, and Stock Cube) and fry for a minute or two.
- Put in the rice for around 3 to 5 minutes and stir-fry. Remove from heat, and serve
Where to buy Chickens in Akwa Ibom State
Since chicken is the only meat that has no negative health conditions, you can always use it to prepare any local and continental dishes of your choice. In Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria, you can buy chickens from sofreshchikens.
Uyo, The Akwa Ibom State capital:
Number 215 Udo Umana Street opposite Akpan Andem Market, Uyo
Oron, Akwa Ibom State:
Number 27 Market Square by Aba Street, Oron, Akwa Ibom State
PS: The images and most of the explanations used for this article is credited to cheflolaskitchen.com