If you are tired of the same fried rice over and over or just want to try more Nigerian food, make Nigerian fried rice. Cook the rice for a few minutes before frying it so it cooks evenly. Saute the mixed vegetables in the spices until they are fragrant and tender. Stir the parboiled rice into the skillet with the vegetables and cook the mixture until the rice is fully cooked. Serve the tasty rice with your favorite meat or fish.
- 185 g rice
- Water or beef stock to pre-cook the rice
- 2.5 g salt, optional
- Some smoked fish for pre-cooking, optional
- A few smoked shrimp for pre-cooking, optional
- 20 ml vegetable oil
- 75 g chopped onion
- 25 g ground crayfish
- 230g diced mixed vegetables
- 0.5 g ground pepper
- 2g Nigerian or Jamaican curry powder
- 1 to 3 stock cubes (such as Maggi or Knorr)
- 165 g smoked shrimp or crayfish
- Chopped spring onions to garnish
Good for 3 to 6 servings
Part 1 of 3: Pre-cooking the rice
Step 1. Rinse the rice with cold water
Place 185 g of dry rice in a fine sieve. Run cold water over the rice and gently rinse the rice with your hands. You can use ofada, basmati, white or jasmine rice for this recipe.
Step 2. Put water or beef stock in a saucepan and add spices if desired
Put enough water or beef stock in a saucepan to 3/4 full. The amount of water or beef stock you need depends on the size of the pan. If you want to add seasonings, consider stirring in the following:
- 2.5g salt
- Some smoked fish
- A few smoked shrimps
Step 3. Bring the water or beef stock to a boil
Turn the heat to high and let the liquid boil completely. Keep the lid off the pan while the liquid heats up. This prevents it from boiling over.
Step 4. Stir and cook the rice for 5 minutes
Add the rinsed rice to the boiling liquid in the pan. Cook the rice for 5 minutes so that it softens a bit and absorbs some of the water. If it looks like the liquid could be draining from the pan, lower the heat to medium-high.
Step 5. Remove some of the water and cook the rice for 3 to 5 minutes
Wearing oven mitts, carefully remove some water or beef stock from the pan. Drain until it is about one inch above the rice. Simmer the rice for another 3 to 5 minutes until almost cooked. Turn off the fire.
If you taste some rice, it should just be a little firm when you bite into it
Part 2 of 3: Baking and seasoning the vegetables
Step 1. Fry the onions for 7 to 8 minutes
Put 5 ml vegetable oil in a large frying pan or wok and turn the heat to medium. Once the oil is hot and shimmering, stir in 75 grams of chopped onion. Stir and sauté the onion until soft and almost clear.
You can leave the onion in large pieces or cut into small pieces to taste
Step 2. Stir in the crushed crayfish and fry the mixture for 1 minute
Add 25g ground crayfish to the sautéed onions and stir until combined. Fry the mixture over medium heat until the smell of the crayfish is released.
If you can't find ground crayfish, you can omit it, but the rice won't be as colorful
Step 3. Stir in the vegetables and herbs
Add 230 g diced mixed vegetables to the skillet and stir in 0.5 g ground pepper, 2 g Nigerian or Jamaican curry powder and 1 to 3 stock cubes (such as Maggi or Knorr).
You can use frozen mixed vegetables and add them to the skillet while they are still frozen. If you like, chop and slice your own mixed vegetables. Try with carrots, corn, green beans and peas
Step 4. Fry the vegetables in the herbs for 2 to 5 minutes
Stir-fry the vegetable mixture over medium heat until the vegetables are fully heated. If you used frozen vegetables, this will take about 5 minutes.
- Avoid overcooking the vegetables or they will lose their shape and their colors will be dull.
- If the vegetables stick to the skillet, add another 5 ml of cooking oil.
Part 3 of 3: Baking the rice and assembling the dish
Step 1. Stir the rice into the skillet
Transfer the parboiled rice to the seasoned vegetables and stir the mixture until completely combined. The rice should turn a little yellow once mixed with the spices.
Step 2. Drizzle in the oil and fry the rice for 2 minutes
Pour 15 ml of vegetable oil over the rice and stir to coat the rice. Keep stirring the rice while it cooks over medium heat. Let the rice cook until it is done and it has absorbed the flavors of the vegetables.
For a crispier rice, fry it in batches so that the frying pan doesn't get too full
Step 3. Stir in the smoked shrimp and adjust the seasoning
Add 165 g of smoked shrimp or crayfish and stir this through the rice. Taste the Nigerian fried rice and add salt to taste. If the rice is still too hard, add 120 ml of water or stock and cook the rice over medium heat until it is as soft as you wish.
If you want to adjust the flavor of the rice, stir in more ground crayfish, curry, or ground pepper
Step 4. Serve the Nigerian fried rice with meat or fish
Turn off the heat and serve the hot rice with fried chicken, grilled chicken, fried shrimp, or grilled beef. Garnish the dish with chopped spring onions.