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Last updated on November 10th, 2021 at 09:57 pm

The Nigerian native Jollof Rice is also known as Iwuk Edesi or Palm oil Rice is soul food at its finest – It’s hearty, incredibly satisfying, and deeply comforting. 

African Jollof Rice


 In this week’s recipe, I would like to show you how to make one of my favorite native Nigerian varieties of jollof rice  popularly called native jollof rice, palm oil rice or iwuk edesi. It’s generally made in one pot with the perfect balance of indigenous Nigerian spices together with dry fish or smoked fish.  Everything tossed in together.

Native jollof is quite different from the popular Nigerian Jollof Rice because this recipe uses Palm oil and other indigenous Nigerian spices. 



African Jollof Rice

The best part about Native Jollof is that you can customize your recipe by adding meats like dried fish and Shrimps. In my opinion, apart from the palmoil, the dried fish gives you an extra flavor while cooking native jollof. It gives the meal an authentic traditional taste.

 African Jollof Rice

Just like any other Nigerian Rice recipes, Native Jollof Rice is an easy dish to assemble and worth making any time of the year. I will be happy to know how it goes when you give it a try.

Watch how to make it – Native Jollof Rice


The Nigerian native Jollof Rice is also known as Iwuk Edesi or Palm oil rice is soul food at its finest – It’s hearty, incredibly satisfying, and deeply comforting. It is quite different from the popular Nigerian Jollof Rice because this recipe uses Palm oil and other indigenous Nigerian spices.
5 from 6 votes
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Course: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine: African
Keyword: homemade, traditional
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 5 people
Calories: 794kcal
Author: Lola Osinkolu


  • 3 Cups long-grain rice
  • Blended peppers See note
  • Palm Oil
  • 1 medium-sized Onion Divided into 2 parts – see note
  • Smoked Fish/Dried Fish
  • Cow skin/Ponmo
  • 2 Tablespoons Ground Crayfish
  • About a handful of prawns
  • 2 Tablespoons locust bean
  • Ugwu/Kale/scented leaves see note
  • Water/Stock
  • Seasoning cubes
  • Salt to taste


  • Preheat the Palm oil on medium heat until it’s hot (not bleached)
  • Add the diced onion and fry till soft
  • Stir in the locust bean and fry for about a few seconds to a minute
  • Add the blended peppers and fry until it’s reduced, stirring at intervals so as not to burn the sauce.
  • Add the ground crayfish, Prawns, Dry fish, diced Ponmo, Salt to taste, and seasoning powder/cubes
  • Add the stock and water, cover it up and leave to come to a rolling boil (adjust the seasoning if necessary)
  • Stir in the Rice then cook until done. See note 3
  • Stir in the ugwu/Kale and palm oil (optional) simmer for about 2 to 3 minutes on low heat.
  • Serve and enjoy 🙂



  • Keep in mind that you can make this Iwuk edesi with different varieties of dry Fish or smoked Fish. I usually use the Catfish but feel free to play around with the variety of dry Fish that suits your taste.
  • Don’t be afraid to load your sauce with all these ingredients because the Rice will absorb all the flavors from the sauce to create a tasty Palm Oil.
  • For me, the rice cooked for 30 minutes, covered, over low heat. Of course, other brands of rice will cook differently and everyone’s stove is different too. You can always check on the rice as it cooks and adjusts the heat according to how your rice and stove cook.


Serving: 5g | Calories: 794kcal | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Potassium: 0mg | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg

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Recipe Rating

Samuel Fortune

Wednesday 1st of December 2021

Thanks chef Lola for your wonderful recipe,I use it in almost all my dishes, love you.😍😍😍


Wednesday 10th of November 2021

Chef Lola you’re too good Abeg. I just used this your recipe. And this is my first time preparing Local rice. Omoooo it’s littt. I love my food. Thank youuu. I always use your recipes for different foods I prepare and they always come out banging. Chef Lola for President!!!!!

Lola Osinkolu

Wednesday 10th of November 2021

Woah what a compliment, I truly enjoy hearing what people think of my recipes. Thanks, fruitful ❤️


Thursday 4th of November 2021

Tried this out some days ago, was really nice, thanks a lot for the detailed instructions


Wednesday 28th of July 2021



Tuesday 6th of July 2021

I just used this recipe and a created a wonderful first-time Iwuk Edesi. I’m actually a man; a Nigerian man and I made it wonderfully. Thanks to this recipe

Lola Osinkolu

Friday 8th of October 2021

Glad it turned out well for you. Thanks for the feedback :)