Nasi Goreng is the perfect way to utilize those leftover veggies! A stir fried “carrot rice” mixed with egg and sausage. An Indonesian style breakfast, Nasi Goreng is paleo friendly, super flavorful, and packed full of protein and veggies! Cook and serve all in 30 minutes!
Hi ya! Are you feeling eggcellent today? Haha, ya know… Post Easter? Please excuse my humor, I’m a wee bit tired. I tend to go overboard on the Corny factor when that happens.
Okay, but in all seriousness y’all, I am stoked for this week. I have a few different egg recipes to share to help you use up all those Easter eggs. Non boring, flavorful (and SPICY) egg recipes! Egg recipes made in 30 minutes or less. Starting with this Nasi Goreng.
Can you guess what’s in it? Have you ever had Nasi Goreng!? Oh then you must!
What is Nasi Goreng?
The original Nasi Goreng is an Indonesian stir fried rice dish. Typically, the dish is flavored with kecap manis (a sweet style soy sauce). Nasi Goreng is very similar to fried rice but uses a different technique combined with a spicier sauce. The eggs can be mixed into fried rice or fried in another pan, then stirred in. All it takes is a little onion or shallot, eggs, chili, garlic, veggies, and your secret sauce! I like to think of Nasi Goreng as spicy Indonesian street food served right up, hot and delicious! A perfect way to utilize ANY leftovers too.
What is carrot rice?
In this Nasi Goreng, we will be utilizing all the carrots, eggs, and leftover ham/sausage you got! Since I’m using chicken sausage, this will be a variation of Nasi goreng ayam and Nasi goreng santri. Dude, just google all the variations and you’ll know what i mean!
Riced carrots serve as our “rice,” then, throw in all the extra veggies you want. Which makes this dish naturally lower in carbs but higher in nutrient content!
Eggs are mixed right in along with our very own gluten free sweet tamari soy sauce (it’s a copycat recipe for kecap manis). It’s super simple! It also makes this dish paleo friendly, protein packed, and oh so easy! Ahhh.. see, it’s EGGCELLENT!
Let’s call this a “scrappy Cotter Creation meets Ethnic style street food!” That works. Just go with it. Capeesh?
What’s in Nasi Goreng?
- Tamari Sauce (aka gluten free soy sauce)
- Bean Sprouts
- Any leftover chicken sausage, or ground breakfast sausage (precooked)
- Red Chili Peppers
- Ginger and Garlic
- Sesame oil
WHAM BAM, I have your breakfast for dinner planned. Or any meal really!
Nasi Goreng Breakfast (Paleo Friendly)
- Total Time: 30
- Yield: 3 -4 servings 1x
Nasi Goreng is the perfect way to utilize leftover veggies. A stir fried “carrot rice” mixed with egg and sausage. This Indonesian style breakfast is paleo friendly, super flavorful, and packed full of protein and veggies! Cook and serve all in 30 minutes!
For the sweet tamari soy sauce
(You will use 3 tablespoon sauce in recipe. See notes for quick substitute)
- 3 tbsp tamari sauce (gluten free) or coconut aminos for paleo option
- 2–3 tablespoon molasses
- 1 tbsp water
- 2 long red chilies, thinly sliced – remove seeds if you prefer less spicy (see notes for substitutes). Save 3- 4 tablespoon of sliced chilies for garnishing.
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1 small shallot (sliced peeled) or ⅓ cup diced red onion.
- Pinch of ground ginger
For the Carrot Rice Nasi Goreng:
- 2 Tbsp oil for the pan (sesame or avocado oil)
- 5 eggs (2 mixed in batter and 3 to fry separately for platting.)
- 8 ounces pre-cooked sausage (chicken or any type of pre-cooked breakfast sausage – gluten free). Chopped or minced in food processor. Equivalent to one cup minced.
- 4 large carrots – “riced”
- ½ cup fined diced broccoli
- 1 tbsp sweet soy sauce (gluten free recipe above)
- 1 cup bean sprouts
- Kosher salt and pepper to taste
- Cilantro to garnish
- Optional topping – Asian chili sauce, sesame seeds.
Homemade Sweet Soy Sauce (copycat Kecap Manis)
If you don’t want to make this, just use gluten free hoisin sauce.
- Boil the tamari, molasses, and water in a saucepan over high heat. Then reduce heat to medium-low and cook until molasses has dissolved with the tamari. Place in separate bowl and set aside.
- You will have extra sweet soy sauce. See notes for storing.
Carrot Rice Nasi Goreng
To Prep Beforehand:
- Spicy Mix-In; Mix the sliced chile pepper, ginger, sliced onion or shallot, and garlic together in a bowl; Set aside.
- Carrot/Vegetable “Rice”– Rice your carrots and finely dice the broccoli before starting to make the carrot rice nasi goreng. Simply pulse in blender or food processor then mix together and set aside.
- Add 1- 2 tablespoon oil to a large frying pan or wok and place on medium high heat. Add the spicy mix-in vegetables and stir fry on medium high heat until fragrant. About 1 -2 minutes.
- Next, add the minced sausage and continue stir frying on medium high until flavors combine or are cooked through, about 3-5 minutes.
- Crack 2 eggs into the pan; fry together for 2 minutes. Mix in the carrot rice, broccoli, and bean sprouts. Cook over medium heat until combined.
- Lastly, Add 3 tablespoon of the sweet soy sauce and a dash of salt and pepper. Gently mix with the vegetables until combined. Taste and adjust salt if needed. Cook for another 1-2 minutes until everything is coated.
- Divide carrot rice into 3 serving bowls.
- Using the same pan, fry 3 additional eggs over-easy . If skillet/pan is dry, add a tablespoon more of oil. If the pan is still oily, you make skip adding more oil.
- Heat pan on medium-high heat then break eggs and SLIP into pan, 1 at a time. IMMEDIATELY reduce heat to low. cook until whites are completely set and yolks begin to thicken but are not hard.
- Top each bowl with fried egg and garnish with cilantro and any extra sliced pepper (if desired).
- Optional topping – Asian chili sauce and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.
- To reduce sodium, place tamari with reduced sodium Tamari sauce in your sweet soy sauce, and do not add additional salt.
- You will have extra sweet soy sauce. You can keep extra stored in fridge for 7-10 days. If you don’t want to make sweet soy sauce, feel free to use store bought Sweet Soy Sauce, but most are not gluten free.
- If you can’t find red chile peppers, you can use jalapeno or any other spicy pepper of choice. Spiciness will vary with each pepper. Deseed after slicing if you prefer less spice
- Nutrition shown is per bowl, using pre cooked chicken sausage.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Category: breakfast
- Method: stove top
- Cuisine: Indonesian
- Serving Size: ⅓ recipe
- Calories: 230
- Sugar: 8g
- Sodium: 1060mg
- Fat: 13.7g
- Saturated Fat: 2.9g
- Carbohydrates: 15.9g
- Fiber: 4.4g
- Protein: 12.2g
- Cholesterol: 239.9
Keywords: nasi goreng, stir fried rice, healthy breakfast, gluten free breakfast, paleo breakfast
Ya’ll, whenever you have a ton of leftovers, whether it be vegetables, rice, meat, etc., just research different stir fry dishes or casseroles. You will find MANY MANY healthy options! Scratch that, just email me, I have TONS of recipes already made or saved for this very reason. Plus I can give you dietary friendly and allergy friendly options. You’re welcome. Ya, mega nerd here. Waste not, want not right?
Okay, I’m fried. Literally. Haha! Mondays.
What’s your favorite way to use up leftovers? Ever tried Nasi Goreng?
What can I substitute carrots with?
What do you have on hand? Cauliflower would probably work best but cooking time will vary, slightly. Hope that helps!
Among the best things I’ve ever cooked. Thank you so much for this recipe!!!!
So glad you liked it anneli!
Yaayy! So glad to hear this! You’re welcome, Anneli!
I will carefully read the issues you just shared, I find there are some places that are not very clear
Christina A Lombardo
I cannot wait to try this! It looks amazing.
I made this this morning on a whim and it was so delicious. I was a little confused about the sweet sauce and the spicy mix in sauce and when you combine them, but I just ended up throwing it all into a frying pan and it worked out great. Bonus, my daughter hates broccoli and cooked carrots but she loved this. WINNER!
I’m so sorry you were confused. But glad it still worked! Can I help remedy this? Which part was confusing? I’ll update instructions
Do you KNOW how many recipes I can make for my gluten, lactose free, pre-diabetic husband ?????? Millions. But of those, ask me how many we enjoy eating….go ahead…ask. YES! Exceedingly fewer than a million but now I have one more keeper. I was a little skeptical at first reading, but we had this for dinner tonight and loved it.
I couldn’t find the correct pepper and substituted about a third of a jalapeno, and also couldn’t find bean sprouts, but followed the recipe otherwise. It reminds me a little of mu shoo. Although my definition of “quick” is under 30 minutes, I used my vitamix on the carrots and it worked beautifully. It probably took me about 40 min. to prep. Since I’ll be making this again, I’m sure I’ll be able to cut that down with practice.
Is this a dish that can be made ahead of time or is it more serve right away?
for sure! It’s more marinated. Love it. Just wait to add the egg till later, obviously. Haha.
I’m eating this right now–it’s wonderful!!! I thought it looked so good, but the carrot rice concerned me as I’m not a carrot fan. I can’t stop eating it though! I’m thrilled to have a new breakfast option, especially one that I love that contains carrots!
Oh I am so glad!! I love it too. So tasty! Let me know if you try more Jen!
You teach me new things and I love that. Also, “scrappy Cotter Creation meets Ethnic style street food!” should be the name of your cookbook.
Haha my cookbook is a “Nourish Bowls” book. Still have decided on name though but maybe scrappy ethnic bowls? LOL!
Lindsay | With Salt and Pepper
Carrot rice is genius!!! And I love anything with an egg on top 🙂
eggs are magical, right?
Shashi at Savory Spin
“Sausage”…you said “sausage”??? I gave up meat for Lent and now that it’s over, I feel like that dog from the movie UP! 🙂
Lady, I’ve never had Nasi Goreng and am in awe – this sounds so flavor packed and that carrot rice is pretty darn brilliant!
then you really must eat this whole pan to make up for it. LOL! YESSS!
Susie @ Suzlyfe
You knowo my love for carrots and fake rice and runny eggs! TEMPTRESS
Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table
I think you’ve actually out-geniused yourself. This sounds amazing! I can’t get enough carrot right now. And eggs, as always.
Beautiful recipe. Nasi Goring is one of my favourites. Can’t wait to try this!
Oh yea! Let me know if you do Deb!
dixya @food, pleasure, and health
i have not heard of this breakfast dish before but im drooooling as i type. all things savory + eggs is totally my idea of a meal.
OMG you’d so love this Dixya!
Ooh I always love Asian sauces; they have so much character. I’ve never had Indonesian food, but this looks scrumptious. 🙂
Love the carrot rice idea!
You had me at spicy and eggs. Love the carrot rice too!! Gotta put this on my must make list
for sure! let me know if you do Sam!
Carrie this fit chick
Love the carrot rice idea! I just bought spiralized carrot from TJs, which I feel could work here too!
Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious
What a creative dish! Loving the carrot addition!