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Nasi Goreng Ijo Teri - Anchovies and Green Chilies Fried Rice

Mom recently gave me two big jars of deep fried mini anchovies (ikan teri goreng). They are super delicious and though I have been adding anchovies to my rice for lunch and dinner, I still got quite a lot left and I start to worry if they will turn bad. So, on a whim, I decided to make a fried rice using anchovies as the star ingredient. ♥

Nasi Goreng Ijo Teri - Anchovies and Green Chilies Fried Rice
Nasi Goreng Ijo Teri - Anchovies and Green Chilies Fried Rice

And not just any fried rice too, I add green Anaheim peppers, better known as cabe hijau besar in Indonesian to get some green tinge on my fried rice. Pretty amazing huh? By the way, adding some acar (Indonesian pickle) makes this fried rice even better than it already is. ♥

Nasi Goreng Ijo Teri - Anchovies and Green Chilies Fried Rice

5.0 from 2 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 10 mins

Total Time: 25 mins

Serves: 2

Print Recipe


  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 500 gram cooked white rice (Indonesian: nasi putih yang sudah dimasak)
  • 50 gram fried mini anchovies (Indonesian: ikan teri goreng)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • Grind the following into spice paste
  • 4 shallots (Indonesian: bawang merah)
  • 4 cloves garlic (Indonesian: bawang putih)
  • 4 green Anaheim peppers (Indonesian: cabe hijau besar), seeded
  • Accompaniments
  • 2 eggs, cooked sunny side up (Indonesian: telur mata sapi)
  • Indonesian pickle (Indonesian: acar)


  1. Heat oil in a frying pan/wok on high heat. Sauté spice paste until fragrant, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add cooked white rice, fried mini anchovies, season with salt, sugar, and ground white pepper. Stir so that everything is well mixed, about 3 minutes.
  3. Turn off heat, divide the rice into two serving plates and serve each with one sunny side up egg and some Indonesian pickle.
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  • Chris Chris says:

    Cooked this a while ago for dinner, my husband said "it's as delicious as eating in restaurant!" Thank you again for another wonderful recipe, Anita!

    • Anita Anita says:

      You are welcome Chris :) I am glad your husband loves it as well.

  • andrew l andrew l says:

    helped me with a project on Indonesian food. thanks class of 2021 Andrew L.

  • Jim Tarrant Jim Tarrant says:

    Classic recipe. When I was living in villages in West Java, my typical breakfast was nasi goreng with fried ikan teri on the side. I love those lovely crunchy, tasty fishes. I must find out if I can order them on the internet.

  • Elyse Elyse says:

    This looks amazing! I don't see any recipes for classic Indonesian fried rice, though. Would love to know how to make that :)

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Elyse, the spices for a classic Indonesian fried rice is very similar. You can use meat (e.g. about 100 gram of shredded fried/roast chicken or raw peeled shrimps) to replace the anchovies.

      It is also very common to add about 1 tbsp each of kecap manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce) and kecap asin (regular soy sauce) to step 2 to get that darker color fried rice.

      Another optional but highly recommended ingredient added to the spice paste would be about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of toasted shrimp paste (terasi/belacan), this provides an extra umami and richness to the fried rice.

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