Just like jollof rice, fried rice is a staple Nigerian meal. The base of a Nigerian fried rice is to cook the rice in chicken or vegetable stock before frying, freshly made chicken stock is usually used when available but a store-bought stock cube is also suitable.
Packed with a rich variety of vegetables and optional extras like prawns and livers, making fried rice the Nigerian way is something everyone should know… Allow me to say; “one taste and your like will never be the same”. Haha!
This recipe calls for the basic ingredients for a typical Nigerian fried rice, feel free to explore your taste buds by adding some extras of your chosen. Here’s the recipe:
Nigerian Fried Rice
Dissolve 1 stock cube, salt and pepper with the water in a pot over medium heat and pour in the rice to cook until the water dries out.
Pour the cooked rice in a bowl and keep in a cool place or refrigerate to stop it from cooking any further.
Now place a deep pan on medium-high heat, pour in the oil and let it heat up for 1-2 minutes.
Gradually stir in the fresh vegetables starting with the ginger and garlic, then green peppers, spring onions and celery, then the carrots and green beans, giving 1 minute inbetween whilst stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon.
Crush the other stock cube into the vegetable mixture and let it all fry together for 5minutes then gradually stir in the cold rice.
Add the drained sweet corn and green peas, stir lightly and let it cook for another 2 minutes.
Turn the heat off and serve hot.
Note: You can substitute the 3cups of water and stock cube with 3 cups of fresh (homemade) stock.
Serve with either Salad, Moi-moi, Suya, Chicken, Plantain and/or Sweet Potatoes. To name a few.
Try it and do not hesitate to let me know what you think in the comment section below.