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Peppered Gizzard and Plantain

Gizdodo is the combination of plantains and Gizzards  (chicken Gizzards) and Plantains mixed in Pepper Sauce. This recipe is great for mid-week or weekend dinner because it’s so straightforward and of course tasty.

Close up image of Gizdodo - Fried Plantain and Gizzards in a pan


Gizdodo is a simple dish that delivers great flavor with minimal effort.

Boiled pieces of gizzard are deeply fried and mixed fried plantains poured over a simmering pepper and Tomato Sauce. Tossed with Onions, Green bell peppers, and yellow bell peppers and Orange bell peppers.

Close up picture of Nigerian Gizdodo recipe served up in a plate

If you don’t like red bell peppers and Green peppers, you can toss it in whatever vegetables you want. I also like the heat and aroma from habanero pepper so I diced one into my Gizdodo. I also like to make this a side to my weekend lunch especially with Jollof Rice or Fried Rice.

Picture of Gizdodo with bell peppers

Can you spot the Gizdodo hiding behind my freshly made Jollof Rice? You might also want to try my Jollof Rice recipe.

**This Gizdodo recipe first appeared on chef Lola’s Kitchen in 2015 but has been updated.


  • This Gizdodo recipe requires the use of a lot of Oil for deep frying. However, weight watchers can substitute frying for baking.
  • I always use Chicken Gizzards for this recipe. Though quite a number of people have achieved success using Turkey Gizzards.
  • I used Plum Tomatoes for this recipe but you can use Tomato sauce as a replacement
  • Sometimes, the Gizzards are not well cleaned from the store. Be careful to check for the lining that usually covers the Gizzards make sure it’s peeled.
  • Be careful not to over fry the Gizzards because the longer you fry the tougher the outer layer of the Gizzards becomes.

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Gizdodo (Peppered Gizzard and Plantain)

Gizdodo is the combination of plantains and Gizzards  (chicken Gizzards) and Plantains mixed in Pepper Sauce. This recipe is great for mid-week or weekend dinner because it’s so straightforward and of course tasty.
4.49 from 25 votes
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Course: Main/Side
Cuisine: African
Keyword: easy, homemade
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 People
Calories: 262kcal
Author: Lola Osinkolu


  • 1 Pound Gizzards
  • 2 Plantains Ripe
  • 4 Tomatoes Any Ripe and juicy Tomato will work
  • Vegetable Oil Enough for frying
  • Chicken stock
  • 1 Teaspoon Curry Powder Divided in two
  • 1 Tsp Thyme Divided in two
  • Water For boiling the Gizzards
  • 2 Seasoning Cubes
  • Salt to Taste
  • Green Bell Pepper, Yellow Bell Pepper and Orange bell peppers Diced
  • 1 Habanero pepper Minced
  • 1 Large Onion (Diced) Divided in two


  • Wash and clean the Gizzards thoroughly
  • Place the Gizzards inside the cooking Pot add the diced onions,1 seasoning cube Curry powder, Thyme, and Salt to taste. Add water to the same level as the Gizzards and cook for about 40 minutes or until tender.
  • Preheat some cooking Oil and fry the Gizzards till brown. Remove from Oil and set aside.
  • Peel and cut the Plantain into ‘cube-like’ pieces, sprinkle with a pinch of salt and fry till golden brown.
  • Put about 4 Tablespoons of cooking Oil into a Pan, add and stir-fry the Onions for about 2 minutes.  Add the diced Tomatoes and Minced Habanero pepper.  Fry for 3 to 5 minutes or anywhere in between. 
  • If too thick add a bit of chicken stock or water to loosen it up if necessary. Add 1 Seasoning Cube, curry powder, Thyme, and Salt to taste. 
  • Finally, add the Gizzards, the Fried Plantains, and the diced bell peppers. Stir together thoroughly, leave to simmer for 3 to 5 minutes and you are done.
  • Serve and enjoy ”as is” or serve as a side to Rice, Couscous, Spaghetti or any other meal of your choice.


Calories: 262kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 307mg | Sodium: 177mg | Potassium: 948mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 2255IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 4mg

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Recipe Rating

Emmanuel Samuel

Friday 10th of December 2021

This is awesome. Kudos to you.

Lola Osinkolu

Thursday 16th of December 2021

Thank you, Emmanuel

Wednesday 8th of September 2021

Well-done ma Irealy enjoyed you


Saturday 10th of April 2021

Followed step by step and love it!

Lola Osinkolu

Friday 30th of April 2021

I'm glad you loved it 😊

Gabriel Okafor

Friday 9th of October 2020

Awesome and simple recipe. Thank you

Lola Osinkolu

Friday 9th of October 2020

You are welcome :)


Wednesday 17th of June 2020

Hubby decided to treat the family to this delectable dish. Followed your steps and the end result was fantastic. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

Lola Osinkolu

Thursday 18th of June 2020

wow! I'm glad hubby nailed it!! Thanks for the feedback :)