Nigerian Fried Rice:How to Cook Nigerian Fried Rice

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Nigerian Fried Rice with  fried chicken fillets

Nigerian fried rice is one of the most popular rice recipes in Nigeria. It has become a big party favorite and one of the most sought after delicacies in any festive gathering.
Unlike other Nigerian rice recipes, the Fried rice is prepared by stir frying seasoned precooked  rice with a mixture of vegetables and cooked proteins(meat/chicken or prawns).

I love Nigerian fried Rice and know you would too☺ 
Video recipe here

Nigerian Fried Rice Ingredients:

 Nigerian Fried Rice, How to Cook Nigerian Fried Rice

•500g long grain white Rice

•500ml Chicken or Turkey stock/broth

•100g Cow Liver (use beef as a substitute)

•2 large Carrots

•1 handful Green Peas or Runner Beans

•1 large Green bell pepper

•1 Onion bulb

• 2-3 tablespoonful Curry Powder

•1 teaspoonful Garlic Powder

½ tablespoonful Black or white pepper (optional)

•2- 3 Cooking spoonful Vegetable Oil

•2 stock cube or bouillon cube for Seasoning

•Salt (to taste)

For serving the Fried Rice:
•500g Chicken/Turkey thighs or drumsticks

• 1 teaspoon thyme(for cooking the chicken)

• 1 teaspoon curry (for cooking the chicken)

• 1 stock cube (for cooking the chicken)

• A few onion slices  (for cooking the chicken)

Cooking Directions
 1. If you don’t have stock,you can easily prepare a tasty stock by cooking the Chicken
Simply, Place the Chicken in a pot, add 1 teaspoon thyme, 1 teaspoon curry, 1 stock cube and onion slices;
Add a little water and cook the chicken for 10 minutes. Then add more water and cook until done.
The liquid left after cooking the chicken,is your stock. Pour the  stock into a Strainer to remove tiny chicken bones and any other particles in it; then set the stock aside for later use.

 stock for Nigerian Fried Rice:How to Cook Nigerian Fried Rice

    You can now go ahead and fry or grill the chicken.

2. Wash and place the cow liver in a pot, add seasoning cube and salt to taste; Cook the liver for 10 minutes, then when cooled, cut into cubes and set aside.
Liver can also be fried , before cutting into cubes.
Tip: If you can’t stand liver, you can use fried beef , chicken or shrimps as a substitute.

3.  Parboil the Rice using the method HERE; then place in a sieve to drain out excess water.
Tip: Parboiling helps to reduce the starchy content of the rice which makes the grains to clump together when cooking.

The next step is to prepare the Vegetables
 4a. Wash all the vegetables.
Dice the onion & set aside ;
b.  Peel the carrots & cut into small cubes.
c.  Remove the seeds of the green bell peppers & cut into small cubes.

fresh veggies are the best for Nigerian fried rice, frozen vegetables can also be used(after thawing).

d. Place the carrots & green peas in boiling water for 5 minutes, strain out and place in a bowl of cold water, leave to cool in the water, then pour into
a sieve and set aside.

Tip: this method is called blanching. It helps to par-boil the vegetables without cooking it through, thereby cutting down the stir-frying process. It also helps to preserve the vibrant color of the vegetables.

 Nigerian Fried Rice:How to Cook Nigerian Fried Rice

5a . Place the reserved chicken stock into a large pot and bring to a boil. The stock should be at almost the same level as the rice, so that it dries up completely when the rice is done.
You can add some water if the stock won’t be enough to cook the Rice.

b. As the stock begins to boil, add the parboiled rice, seasoning cubes(stock cubes), curry powder, garlic powder, onions and salt to taste. Leave to cook on medium heat until it’s done.
TIP; The cooked rice should not be soggy or too tender and the grains shouldn’t stick together either.
You can Pour out the cooked rice into a wider pot and set aside.

6. Heat up the vegetable oil; add the carrots, peas, green bell pepper and diced liver/meat; then add a little white/black pepper, a garlic, curry &seasoning cube to taste..  stir fry for 1 min and pour into a bowl.

 Nigerian Fried Rice,How to Cook Nigerian Fried Rice

     The Rice is going to be fried in small batches, so you’ll have to divide the stir-fried vegetables into equal portions. The size of your frying pan/wok will determine how many portions you will have.
 7. Pour a portion of the stir-fried mix into the frying pan; add the cooked rice and stir-fry for about 2 minutes.

 Nigerian Fried Rice:How to Cook Nigerian Fried Rice

Tip: Do not overcrowd the pan, make sure there is a little space in the pan so that you can move the rice around the pan for even distribution of heat.
Repeat this process for the remaining rice and veggie mix.

Now your Nigerian Fried Rice is Ready to be served with Moi- moi ,Fried plantains, Fried or grilled turkey/ fish/beef/Chicken or any meat of your choice. ENJOY!
You might also like these variation of fried rice:

Coconut fried rice

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  and  Egg Fried Rice Recipe

 Nigerian egg Fried Rice:How to Cook Nigerian Fried Rice

Frequently Asked Questions About the Nigerian Fried Rice

Q1. While cooking the Nigerian fried rice, why did you fry the rice in batches?

A1: Frying the rice is what actually gave it the name ”Fried Rice”, so to make sure that all the grains get fried equally, it is best to fry in small batches. Frying in batches also helps to separate the rice grains and
gets all the ingredients and spices into every grain of rice, making it
taste better.

Q2.  I have a very big frying pan, should I fry all the rice at once?

A2:  If you have a big frying pan like the type used for cooking at big events ”agbari ojukwu” or ”Osi ite”, then you can try to fry it in
larger portions, but not all at once. The idea is to make sure that
every single grain gets fried.So for Nigerian Fried Rice, be patient and fry in small batches, your guest and family will thank you for your effort

Q3: Apart from the liver, are there any other alternatives meat that I can use for cooking Nigerian Fried Rice?
  A3:  There are several meat to choose from.You can usede-boned chicken, turkey or beef, that has been cooked and fried. I have tried each of these meat for making Nigerian Fried rice and they all came out deliciousSo if you don’t like a particular meat, try using any of the above.

Q4:  How do I preserve or store left over Nigerian Fried Rice,so that I can enjoy it again,without cooking from scratch?
A4: To enjoy your Nigerian Fried Rice over again, store it in an air -tight container, in the freezer(not fridge) within two hours of cooking the food. It will keep for up to 6 months in the freezer
    – Don’t wait until the Rice has gone badbefore placing it into your freezer.
– Do not put a hot meal in the freezer, let the Nigerian Fried Rice  cool completely before storing it.
So whenever  you need it, just defrost and warm it up in the microwave.
I just said a silent ”thank you” to William Cullen and Percy Spencer for inventing refrigeration & Microwaving ☺.

Q5: Whenever I cook Nigerian Fried Rice, It always goes bad within 8 hours of cooking, How do I keep it from going stale before all my guest leaves?
A5: This is one question I get all the time, so I’ll share how I keep mine fresh for longer periods .
No matter how delicious your Fried rice turns out, it doesn’t stay fresh for too long.
The Nigerian Fried Rice does go bad quickly but you can still preserve it, so that you can enjoy it for longer hours.
– First, after frying the rice, do not place a lid over it immediately;Allow the steam to evaporate for a few minutes before transferring it into a food warmer.
– When serving the Nigerian Fried Rice, try to dish out the food from one side of the pot or food warmer ;don‘t stir the rice at every serve.From past experiences,I noticed that the side that doesn’t get touched, stays fresh for a longer period.

Hope these FAQs has been able to help you.
Enjoy your meal

Related Recipes 

* All Rice Recipes

* Nigerian Egg Fried Rice

How to Cook Nigerian Coconut Rice

* Nigerian Rice and Beans: How to cook Nigerian Jollof Rice and Beans

How to Parboil long grain white Rice(Nigerian  method)

Jollof Rice : How to Cook Nigerian Party Jollof Rice

Please leave your comments, doubts, questions and success stories  below 
☺Bon Appetit

By Nky Lily Lete



  1. November 2, 2018 / 8:33 pm

    Thanks ma’am for dis wonderful step to step method
    Pls can I add fried rice spice

    • November 3, 2018 / 11:46 am

      Thanks Honey Drop. The recipe is perfect as it is,
      but if you would like extra flavour you can use your fried rice spice in place of the spices in the recipe.

  2. Flora Okoli
    October 27, 2018 / 5:50 pm

    Hi ma, I tried the fried rice on my Son’s birthday this week and lo and behold everybody eat , requested more, my husband even told me that “so I know I how to cook like this nd have not made me to savour this all this while”. Merci beaucoup and may God honor you. A question, do u have a restaurant in Lagos?.

    • October 28, 2018 / 4:23 am

      Hi Flora, thanks for your lovely feedback.I¡m so glad you all enjoyed it.
      I live in Spain at the moment, so no restaurant yet 🙂
      Hope to hear more from you and keep on surprising them with great food-
      God Bless you too hun.

  3. ceccy
    August 27, 2018 / 9:52 pm

    wow!sis,you're doing a great job here.i tried the pie and it was marvelous even my husband love it.but i have to turn the upper part so as to make it bake. please why or was it cos i use stove for it

    • October 29, 2018 / 8:09 pm

      Thanks for the feedback Ceccy, as for the pie, you’ll have to check your oven settings. Some ovens come with both an upper and lower burner, maybe yours only has the lower type.

  4. Anonymous
    February 5, 2018 / 6:38 am

    This was so helpful! Made my first ever solo attempt at fried rice yesterday, and I did not regret it. 😊 thank you!

  5. ogechi eze
    December 30, 2017 / 9:34 pm

    Nky can I add spring onions and green beans to my fried rice

  6. Vincent Joshua
    December 28, 2017 / 7:56 am

    I find this method very resourceful… I am going to try and cook it for the first time, I just hope i don't burn the whole house down… Thanks though

  7. ife
    August 21, 2017 / 4:54 pm

    Enter your comment…if I don't want to use chicken cn I use fish and wat makes d rice change its colour

  8. Olajide Anu
    June 19, 2017 / 3:17 pm

    Thank you… This 's really helpful.. But pls, when I cook the parboiled rice with D stock , must it be 100% cooked before I fry?

  9. Wuraola
    January 17, 2017 / 3:59 pm

    Interesting,I so much love this and will try it soon,welldone ma'am.

  10. ivase charity
    December 16, 2016 / 3:06 pm

    Thanks dearie,u have been so helpful,I will sure try it this christmas

  11. Anonymous
    October 28, 2016 / 10:57 am

    can i use short grain rice

    • Nky Lily Lete
      November 22, 2016 / 7:40 pm

      Yes ,as long as it is not the sticky type.

  12. joke
    October 27, 2016 / 8:49 pm

    Kudos! My question is am I going to pour vegetable oil inside the pan whenever I want to fry the rice in batches?

    • Nky Lily Lete
      November 22, 2016 / 7:39 pm

      No Joke, the stir fried veggies you made in step 6 already has enough oil. So whenever you pour in a little of the veggie, you're also adding some of the oil that was stir fried with it.

  13. joke
    October 27, 2016 / 8:49 pm

    Kudos! My question is am I going to pour vegetable oil inside the pan whenever I want to fry the rice in batches?

  14. Anabel
    October 25, 2016 / 2:04 pm

    You have made me an excellent cook.God bless you

    • Nky Lily Lete
      November 22, 2016 / 7:35 pm

      I'm glad to be of help Anabel 🙂

  15. Anonymous
    August 21, 2016 / 5:45 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this. it's similar to how my mum cooks hers, buh I've learnt why some things are done the way they're done. My fiancé is coming to visit me soon nd he requested that I cook fried rice for him (like d one I cooked sometime ago), I was so happy, cos he is not "a food person", that request meant a lot to me.Ma I noticed u didn't mention Sweet corn nd Spring onions, hope it's OK if I include it in my own fried rice.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      November 22, 2016 / 7:34 pm

      Yes it is ok, you can include it

    July 24, 2016 / 4:54 pm

    I tried your method and the fried rice was very tasty. Thank you so much.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      November 22, 2016 / 7:32 pm

      You're welcome

  17. Anonymous
    May 6, 2016 / 6:02 am

    Thank you so much for your step-by-step fried rice recipe. I have been preparing fried rice forever but your method sure put all my other methods to shame! It turned out AWESOME and my kids could not get enough. Kudos to you on your wonderful tips to all of us!!

    • Nky Lily Lete
      November 22, 2016 / 7:03 pm

      Thanks for your sweet feedback, I'm so glad you all enjoyed it 🙂

  18. misty falls
    March 19, 2016 / 11:57 am

    Thanks ma'am. Planning to prepare fried rice this Easter for the first time. I pray it comes out well..

    • Nky Lily Lete
      March 23, 2016 / 2:40 pm

      I assure you, it will :)I'll be expecting your feedback

  19. misty falls
    March 19, 2016 / 11:54 am

    Tanks maam .i intend cooking fried rice for the first time dis Easter.. I pray ur method comes out well…

    January 26, 2016 / 6:05 pm

    Hello. Am a Foodie and I love cooking. I always make my fried rice with tomatoes but tonight I am going to try your style. I hope to have a wonderful outcome. The article is well detailed and helpful. Thanks

    • Nky Lily Lete
      March 23, 2016 / 2:35 pm

      Hiprimadonna, good have another foodie here. I'm sure you will have a wonderful outcome, go ahead and read all the feedback from people, its a full proofed recipe 🙂

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    January 12, 2016 / 1:05 pm

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    • Nky Lily Lete
      March 23, 2016 / 2:31 pm

      Thanks Sam, there are no EXACT substitute for angostura bitters, but you can make use of any other bitters you find, but prepare a little quantity first, if you like it, then go ahead and make as much as you want.

  22. Riskat
    January 8, 2016 / 7:05 pm

    This site is wonderful I must commend.. I tried ur recipe and it tastes like i've been cooking for years. Thank you

    • Nky Lily Lete
      January 9, 2016 / 8:22 pm

      Thanks for your lovely feedback Riskat 🙂

  23. Anonymous
    December 29, 2015 / 11:21 am

    Thanks so much! i hope to give my parents a jolly suprise

    • Nky Lily Lete
      January 9, 2016 / 8:24 pm


  24. Joy Amadin
    December 23, 2015 / 2:56 pm

    I love the way you explained every step. I will cook it on christmas day. Thanks

    • Nky Lily Lete
      December 29, 2015 / 12:46 pm

      You're welcome Joy 🙂 🙂

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    September 10, 2015 / 2:52 am

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