Tuesday, 10 January 2017

NIGERIAN FRIED RICE | One Pot Way | Video Recipe

So in this post I am cooking fried rice.  However I’m using a one pot method where everything starts and end in one pot rather than cooking the rice and sauce separately. This is my go to way of making Nigerian fried rice, it’s easier and not just that you just get a more in-depth delicious flavour this way.


This recipe feeds a village. Joke, this recipe will fill the pot I used in the image below, it’s a 24cm stockpot. So if you don’t want to make as much, divide the quantities of ingredients in half.

  • Rice 700g / 3 mugs (I used ‘Asli’ Golden Sella Basmati Rice, just so perfect for Fried Rice!)
  • Chicken breast (650g – diced)
  • King Prawns (340g – use raw king prawns instead of cooked king prawns if you can)
  • Scotch bonnet peppers (2)
  • Vegetables (I used frozen mixed vegetables, it has a mix of carrots, garden peas, green beans and sweetcorn. You can also use fresh)
  • Onion (1)
  • Spring Onions (4)
  • Garlic cloves (2)
  • Ginger (2 teaspoons grated)
  • Chicken stock
  • Thyme (1 tablespoon)
  • Curry powder (2 teaspoon)
  • ‘Dry pepper’/cayenne pepper (2 teaspoons)
  • Bayleaves (2)
  • Oil (1/2 cup)
  • Salt, All-Purpose Seasoning, and Knorr Stock Cubes to taste


To prepare chicken stock: Boil chicken with onions, garlic, ginger and a choice of seasonings, I used thyme, curry powder, black pepper, little salt, all-purpose seasoning and Knorr chicken stock cubes. Before adding any water, first of all add all of the ingredients into a pot along with the seasonings and cook on high heat for 5 minutes, then cover the chicken with water and boil. Once the chicken is ready, take it out, and then cook the remaining liquid on high heat for 5 minutes to reduce the stock. This way you get a richer tastier stock. Which in turns leads to a more delicious fried rice.

To make the fried rice: 
  1. So to begin add oil into a pot or pan and once the oil is hot enough add in one diced onion and fry on a low-medium heat till they start to turn translucent, this should take about 4 minutes.
  2. Next add in the spring onions and fry together. Make sure to only use the white part of the spring onion at this stage, the green leafy part will be added later. This prevents the green part from wilting too much (you don’t want spinach lol).  Now let the onions and spring onions fry together stirring occasionally for 2 minutes.
  3. After this add in 2 finely sliced scotch bonnet peppers, use more or less to suit your tolerance. Stir in with the onions and spring onions and fry together on medium heat for 2 minutes making sure it doesn’t burn.
  4. Next add in the grated ginger, I used about 2 teaspoons. Stir in well and fry together for 1 minute. TIP – Adding the different ingredients bit by bit and not all at once, develops all of different flavours making the fried rice even more delicious.
  5. Still frying on medium heat, add in the grated garlic, add the garlic last because it burns quickly.
  6. After a minute increase the hob to high and add in the diced chicken breast. Stir to incorporate everything together.
  7. After about a minute, before the chicken breast cooks, add in the seasonings: salt, all-purpose seasoning and Knorr chicken stock cubes to taste, 2 teaspoons dry pepper/cayenne pepper, a tablespoon of thyme, teaspoon curry powder, and 2 bay leaves. Stir to incorporate everything together, continue to fry and stirring occasionally.
  8. Once the chicken is no longer pink add the vegetables (be careful not to overcook the chicken at this stage), Mix in well and immediately add in the chicken stock and cover to bring to a boil.
  9. While its coming to a boil wash the rice. So wash the rice repeatedly to remove the starch. You want to do this until the water turns clear. TIP – Make sure to wash the rice continuously till the water turns clear. This step is very important as if not done well, the fried rice will be clumpy and sticky.
  10. So back to the pot…As soon as its all come to a boil add in the king prawns and immediately after add in the washed rice, doing this ensures the prawns do not overcook or get tough and chewy. So stir in properly to get the rice well mixed in.
  11. Add in boiled hot water, add in just enough water to cover the rice, so the water should be just above the level of the rice. After adding the water stir well. TIP – Make sure to use hot water and not cold water so to start the cooking process quickly.
  12. Cover and leave to cook on a high heat first of all for 15 minutes.
  13. After the first 15 minutes stir the rice from the bottom up (not too much as it can make the rice go a little mushy). You will see that most of the water has been absorbed and the rice is halfway cooked.
  14. Now reduce the heat of the hob to medium low, cover the pot and continue to leave to cook for a further 15 minutes.
  15. So after a total of 30 minutes the rice is fully cooked. So now add in the green leafy part of the spring onions. Mix in well and the fried rice is ready!

So that’s how I make Nigerian fried rice, and in just one pot. I prefer this way as its just hassle and hiccup free really, and it tastes better to me.

You can also watch the video of this recipe here

Thanks for reading, hope you found this recipe useful :)


  1. HI Ivonne,

    Tried your recipe, entire family loved.. I am subscriber on your you tube channel.. You're an awesome cook... GOD BLESS!

  2. Will be trying this one today. Wish me Luck πŸ‘ŠπŸΏπŸ‘πŸΏ

  3. Recipe is on lock! Cooked it for my Jamaican hubby and he loved it! Thank you Hun xx

  4. I made this yummy deliciousness tonight. Omg soooooooo good!!!!

  5. cant wait to try this for hubby

  6. Tried this last week - it was delicious! Thank you

  7. I tried this today and it was awesome! Thank you so much. Can you post for moimoi. I can never get the meal right.

  8. Thanks for this recipe, cooked it for my girlfriend and she loved it

  9. I don't normally eat fried rice, but I saw your video on YouTube but and it changed my view on fried rice.

    Then I found out you have a website ☺️☺️
    Today is gonna be my 6th time making this exactly the way you make it step by step.

    Thank you girl❤️

  10. I am using an instant pot pressure cooker to cook this so 12 minutes to cook and 5 minutes to rest that's all not altered the ingredients at all i cant wait a 17 minute fried rice would be brilliant

  11. Recipe is really on lock! Cooked it to the Jamaican hubby and he adored it! Thank-you

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  12. This. Recipe. Right. Here.
    This is the one recipe that has been on constant request from my husband since we married in 2017. Thank you!
    I need more meal ideas. Help!! Your videos are clear & very easy to follow. You give measurements & I love the tips you provide.

  13. Thanks aot for your videos. I actually found them on youtube not here nut I learnt to make jollof and fried rice using your videos I cant tell you how grateful I am. Love.

  14. Hi I just made this recipe today. I like the step by step process. can't wait to taste it. Thank you for taking the time to write out these recipes. This is the 2nd recipe of yours am cooking. The first being meat pies. my husband love it.

  15. I'm definitely going to try this. Love the step by step process. Thanks.


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