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Nigerian fried rice

Nigerian fried rice super delicious Nigerian meal prepared with curried rice, fresh vegetables, shrimps, diced liver, and a variety of aromatic spices.

Known for its unique yellowish-green color and taste, this is one fried recipe you’ll want to make over and over again.

fried rice

Although they share some similarities, (Rice, vegetables, fried). Nigerian fried rice recipe is quite different from Asian fried rice in both preparation and in taste. We omit the egg, soy sauce, also, original Nigerian fried rices uses parboiled long grain rice as oppose to jasmine rice.

Traditionally served with coleslaw, chicken or beef and fried plantain.

How to make Nigerian fried rice

step by step fried rice instructions

Make it your own

Nigerian fried rice is very versatile and easily adaptable to additions. For example, you could jazz it up by adding chopped up fried chicken, chopped beef, pork, fried shrimps, fried sausages, etc. We haven’t forgotten about the vegetables; broccoli, snap peas, cauliflower, and other vegetables works great with this recipe too.

Nigerian fried rice

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: African, nigerian, West African
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6
Author: kikifoodies


To cook meat

  • 1.2 kg chicken
  • 1 Thumb sized ginger( chopped or minced)
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 knorr chicken cube
  • tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp dried thyme or 3 stems fresh thyme
  • ½ cup water

for the rice

  • 3 cups basmati rice sella basmati or parboiled rice (see note 2)
  • 2 cups meat stock
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp white pepper optional
  • ½ bell pepper


  • 1 bunch sacllions
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1 medium green bell pepper
  • ½ cup green peas
  • ¼ cup sweet corn frozen or canned
  • handful green beans
  • ½ tsp each: salt, garlic powder, curry, thyme
  • 2 tsp white pepper or cayenne pepper
  • 1 chicken cube

other ingredients

  • ½ cup shrimp cooked and fried see note 1
  • cup beef liver cooked, diced and fried
  • 3 tbs vegetable oil


  • In a medium pot, cook meat with the ingredients listed, boil for 15 -20 minutes. While meat is boiling, prepare your other ingredients.
  • When meat is cooked, separate meat from stock, fry, grill for airfry the meat.
  • Filter the meat broth, return broth back to pot, add washed rice, salt, pepper, curry and bell pepper chunks. Allow rice to boil until cooked but not completely soft. Fluff up, turn off  heat and set aside.
  • Mainwhile, devein and fry shrimp, add a sprinkle of salt and pepper to taste. also, boil, dice and fry liver if using.
  • In a large wok or saucepan, heat up vegetable oil, fry vegetables starting with the carrots and green beans, add the other vegetables, and salt and the other spices, fry for 6-8 minuets.
  • Add cooked shrimp, liver, rice, stirfry for about 5 minutes then add chopped scallions(spring onions).
  • Stry fry fried rice for 5-8 minutes for the ultimate tasty fried rice and serve with coleslaw, fried meat and fried plantain.


Note 1. Cooking instructions for liver:
  • Cook in boiling water  seasoned with salt, seasoning cube. Cook for about 5 minutes.
  • Remove from water when cooked. 
  • Dice cooked liver into cubes 
  • Heat oil up in a pan, fry liver on low heat for 5-8 minutes. Transfer to paper towel to drain excess oil.  
Note 2. What type of rice works best? Nigerian dishes are usually cooked with long grain parboiled rice. The closest alternative is sella basmati rice(what I used for this recipe). you can also use basmati rice or brown rice.
Note 3. Fresh or frozen vegetables? Fresh vegetables is always best but you can also use frozen(thawed) if you don’t have access to fresh vegetables.
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