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Nigerian fried rice

Nigerian Fried Rice

Abi Olayiwola
Delicious Nigerian party fried rice, cooked with seafood and vegetables.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Nigerian
Servings 2
Calories 540 kcal


  • 3 tablespoons Oil
  • 1 Cinnamon stick
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1 Onion chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Mild curry powder
  • ½ teaspooon Thyme
  • ½ teaspoon Chilli flakes
  • 1 cup Rice uncooked
  • 4 cups Stock
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup Mixed seafood
  • 10 Green beans sliced
  • ½ cup Green peas
  • ½ cup Chopped Carrots
  • 1 Red pepper cut into cubes
  • 1 Yellow pepper cut into cubes


  • Rinse the rice and discard the water. Repeat until the water is no longer cloudy, which means all of the residual starch have been washed off. Pour in a colander and allow to drain.
  • Heat three tablespoons of oil in a pan under medium heat.
  • When the oil is hot, add the cinnamon stick and bay leaves. Leave in the oil for 30 secs.
  • Add the onions into the pan and stir until fragrant.
  • Pour in the mild curry powder, chilli and thyme and stir for about 10 secs; then add the drained rice into the pot and stir for the spices to coat the rice. Stirring will also prevent burning.
  • Pour the stock in when the rice grains start to crackle.
  • Add some salt to taste.
  • Cover the pan allow to cook for about 10 mins.
  • Pour in the mixed seafood.
  • Add more stock if the liquid in starts to dry out, while the rice is still hard. The key is adding the water in smaller quantities, so you don’t add too much.
  • When the rice has absorbed most of the cooking water and is nearly done; pour the vegetables into the pot, and cover without mixing them in. The steam will cook the vegetables.
  • When all the water has been absorbed and the rice is ready, mix the vegetables into the rice; and leave for 5 mins for the flavours to develop.


I didn't add bouillon cubes to this recipe, but feel free to add it if you want.
It is important to add the stock gradually so the rice does not get too soggy.


Calories: 540kcal
Keyword Nigerian fried rice, Nigerian party fried rice
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