Fried rice is one of the most widely eaten Nigerian food; it is accepted by almost every Nigerian both at home and in Diaspora. The process of making fried rice is a bit complicating but gets easier with time.
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Here is the complete ingredient for making this delicious Nigerian food although some of them could be omitted depending of personal preferences.

Ingredients for Nigeria fried rice. (6-8 persons)

  • 4 cups of rice
  • 5 cups of sliced Cabbage
  • 2 cups of sliced Carrot
  • Green beans {2 cups}
  • Peas {half cup}(optional)
  • 1 cup of sliced Green pepper
  • Liver {0.3kg}
  • Meat {2kg}(chicken, beef or goat meat)
  • Vegetable oil {150ml}
  • 1 cup of sliced Onions
  • Curry powder (coloring spice) {2 Tablespoons}
  • Salt and pepper to taste

I made fried rice with goat meat in the video below; it is easier to follow the video if you are not on a mobile device (although most mobile devices can now play internet videos).

Fried Rice

What you find above is a deliciously made fried rice with grilled chicken. I do have a Complete Resource Here for how to grill chicken, fish, how to make salads, plus recipes for the top ten Nigerian rice meals. Awesome!!!


Most Nigerian foods start with you parboiling the meat to be used, Most Niaja foods including fried rice goes along with fried or cooked meat. The most popular meat in Nigerian is either chicken or beef.

Parboil the goat meat, chicken or any other you chose with all the necessary ingredient (teaspoon of salt, half cup of sliced onions, teaspoon of thyme spice, teaspoon of curry, 2 cubes of maggi or knorr). Allow the meat to cook for ten to fifteen minutes, taste for salt, then pick out and grill, deep fry or barbecue. Be sure to reserve the stock (meat water)

Chop the cabbage, green beans, carrot, liver and set aside in a wide tray as you can find in the video below or the image above. This process is easy, I normally use just a knife and chopping board or a tray.

Remove the white center seeds from the green pepper and also slice.

Parboil the 4 cups of rice also and cook with half of the meat stock (water from the meat) and two cups of water, cook until it is about 80% done. (You will learn more about this from the video below). You have to observe the rice closely. it doesnt need to be too soft or too hard, just almost done. You can add water as you observe.

Here is how to make Fried Rice In Nigeria

Set your cooking pot on heat, allow to dry, then pour in about 150ml of groundnut or vegetable oil (some folks also prefer cooking margarine) If you want to use cooking margarine 150g would be enough.

Note: It is better to continue with the same oil you used while frying the meat (that is only if you fried the meats), you can reduce it to 150ml.

Allow to heat then add the sliced onions stir for 1-2 minutes then add the chopped carrot and green beans, any of this two can actually go first. Add the cabbage also.

Stir for 1-2 minutes then add the curry powder (Curry is a yellowish spice that actually adds the yellowish color of fried rice, add and stir till you are satisfied with the color.) meat stock (water from the meat), add ground pepper (optional), add a teaspoon of salt and the chopped liver, add 1-2 cubes of maggi or knorr then stir and taste, you may add more salt.

You would have a yellowish mixture which would often taste overly spiced, don’t worry the rice would balance the taste. (If it doesn’t taste overly spiced it is advisable to add another cube of maggi and salt so it doesn’t become tasteless after you add the white rice {a trick}).


If you are satisfied with the taste then add the green pepper, stir, add the almost-done white rice, stir, cover your pot and cook for 5 to 10 minutes, you are done with fried rice.
Fried Rice Making

Serve with the fried or grilled meat (chicken, beef etc.)

Video On Making Nigerian Fried Rice.

Above is a video for making Nigerian fried rice, here I made it with goat meat and also covered the process of making the goat meat barbecue that the rice was served with.
We also made goat meat barbecue in the video above which was served together with the fried rice. Remember that most Nigerian foods are often served with either fried/cooked meat or fish.

Another Nigerian Rice Recipe – Jollof Rice – Fried Rice, you will also understand why I think Nigerian jollof rice is the easiest Nigerian recipe


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  1. Joy  June 19, 2013

    Hi Chy, I really appreciate your message on how to make fried rice. I often get things done wrong whenever i’m preparing this meal. I always fry my cooked rice in the thick sauce made from my fried ingredients. But at the end of it all, i often realise that the taste of the fried ingredient doesn’t really enter the rice. Anyway, now i have a new method which i believe will produce a better result. Thanks so much. Please, is it advisable to use green colouring for fried rice? I’ve seen someone who used it and colour of d rice wasn’t bad.

    • Mercy  September 25, 2016

      Good day chy, I just messed up my Sunday fried rice, no taste again at all. Thanks will follow this method now on.

    • Chy  December 24, 2017

      No is not good. Tumeric curry can give you the colour you want.

    • Sylvia  October 10, 2019

      Thank you so much for the recipe, am always scared of cooking fried rice but with this your recipe am confident. Thanks alot MA. Looking forward to more sumptuous receipe for meals.

  2. The Nigerian Kitchen  June 19, 2013

    Hello joy, you are welcomed. It is very ok to use the green coloring for fried rice but I believe curry is a more natural and tasty ingredients for that purpose.

  3. Ebis  June 19, 2013

    It is nice to learn all of these wonderful recipes from you, fried rice is the most popular food in my house, my husband and kids love it very much but for a long time I have been doing it all wrong until I visited this page. Your method of cooking friend rice is fantastic, the first time I tried your method my husband cleared his plate, I felt on top of the world.

    It is so nice to learn all of this from you, your products are great too, I have been using the 50 delicious Nigerian Recipes, I love everything about the Nigerian Kitchen please keep up the good work, God bless you

  4. Obioma  June 20, 2013

    Thanks for the fried rice video, looks great! Please how do I download the 50 Delicious recipes (ebooks and videos? I live in Nigeria and don’t have a credit card, can I pay cash?

  5. The Nigerian Kitchen  June 20, 2013

    Hello Obioma, yes, you can purchase my products via cash deposit or bank transfer. See the product pages, you will find the links that would direct you

  6. Ruth  June 20, 2013

    Thanks for teaching me how to make fried rice, I eat a lot of friend rice because I love the taste.

  7. Ruth  June 28, 2013

    Thanks for the reCipe, but do you think it is right to use cabbage for fried rice? I was thinking that the only necessary ingredients are just carrot, green beans, peas, liver, onions and green pepper. Maybe I have to try the one with cabbage.

  8. The Nigerian Kitchen  June 28, 2013

    Hello Ruth, you can use cabbage for fried rice, it all depends on taste and choice. Cabbage tend to increase its nutritional value and make it a lot enjoyable.

    • ann  December 22, 2017

      For the goat meat barbecue, can i fry the goat meat b4 mixing it b in tomato sauce?

    • Victoria  March 24, 2019

      Last time I used cabbage, the fried rice spoilt the next day, pls what really caused it

      • Chy Anegbu  March 28, 2019

        You could refrigerate leftovers.

  9. Ruth  July 10, 2013

    Wow! I can’t wait to try this too. This seem like the most delicious Nigerian food. And it looks healthy too

  10. Cy  July 29, 2013

    I  ℓ°̩kƸ ur fried rice recipe. Its delicious

  11. Rukky  August 1, 2013

    Wow that was awesome.i actually tried cooking fried rice bt mine did nt par boil the rice…but from what am seeing am goin to prepare the real fried rice..tnx so much.

  12. funmilola  August 13, 2013

    Thanks for this. Recipe, will try the one of cabbage. as soon as possible. Ure the best.

  13. funmilola  August 13, 2013

    Pls can we get salad recipe and preparation too.

  14. Tina  August 15, 2013

    Am not clear wit the fried rice preparation cos hav heard u can use green pepper, tanx though, pls want 2 learn how to make chicken pepper soup for my friend birthday. Pls send it 2 my mail.

  15. favour chika  August 27, 2013

    my dear u r doing a very wonderful job. u r simply d best. pls keep d good work up

  16. Yinca  September 6, 2013

    thanks for the step by step of how to make fried rice i find very
    helpful i will appreciate if u also help me with the step by step
    making of salad and the best cream to use

  17. Olabisi  September 10, 2013

    U’re wonderful

    • Femi  April 15, 2019

      We welcomed another baby into our home few weeks back and my wife had to move over to her parents’ place because her mom’s still works and the school our others kids attend is closer to that place. Aside seeing in the evening in most weekdays, I go to get them for church. I could cook but I felt I wanted to be more on point. So I searched for Fried Rice recipe in the internet and settled for your website. I followed your recipe and instructions, got my fried rice done, packed it to church and right in the car, I opened the cooler for my wife. She couldn’t believe it. As she took each spoon, she kept muttering, Femi, something is wrong with you. She didn’t drop the spoon until I told her, Madam, that good is for all of us and not for you alone o.
      Your guide was simple and easy. I hope you make a lot of money doing this o.

      • Chy Anegbu  April 19, 2019

        Really nice reading your comment.
        Awww! thanks. Now that you just said it, I should start asking for payment. lol.

  18. christiana  September 22, 2013

    Wow, is nice…Please how do I get your book?

  19. Jude  September 23, 2013

    Great recipe. Am Cameronian but I love cooking some Nigerian foods. I usually add canned fresh corn to the vegetables when frying, but I’ve. Never used cabbage. This is delicious! Thanks

  20. Temi  October 1, 2013

    Wow,u ar a darling

    • Temitope  January 2, 2019

      I will try this

    • Tee  April 5, 2019

      Thanks for the step by step explanation on how to prepare fried rice.


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