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60+ Nigerian Recipes You Need To Try

Nigerian Recipes – Food is part of our identity in Nigeria. We have rich, delicious, and nutrient-dense foods that fully satisfy the soul and the body. It is always a delight to make a variety of these dishes.

Nigerian Recipes – Nigerian Food

Nigerians love to eat, and they are known for their food. Nigerian food is very diverse, from the different regions in Nigeria to the various tribes that call Nigeria home. With this diversity comes a lot of recipes—and we’re here to help you find them!

1.   Jollof Rice

The popular jollof rice is a classic recipe that makes it to almost all special occasions in Nigeria. It is a rich, tasty, and elegant meal consisting of rice cooked with pepper, broth, seasoning, and spices in one pot. Serve this amazing meal with any protein of your choice.

2.              Nigerian Fried Rice

This version of fried rice consists of fresh vegetables fried and stirred into the rice. It is a healthy bowl that consists of beef liver, carrots, green beans, sweet corn peas, and more. You can add any protein of choice, like shrimp, chicken, or beef. Simple but insanely delicious.

3.           Meat Pie

A mix of flour, butter, salt, sugar, baking powder, and egg batter kneaded and filled with seasoned ground beef, carrots and potatoes make a comfort snack for you. Whether you are eating it as brunch, breakfast, or snack, you will enjoy this light and flaky delicacy.

4.               Egusi Soup

The list of Nigerian soups cannot be complete without Egusi soup. Egusi soup is made from melon seed from the gourd family. The melon seed is grounded and made into a ball with a mix of leafy vegetables and pepper. There are various ways of making egusi; you will like the Egusi Ijebu Recipe and Lumpy Egusi Stew. Served it with any swallow or rice to enjoy.

5.      Spinach Stew (Efo Riro)

Efo riro is a one-pot spinach stew made with chopped spinach stirred into a pepper stew. You can add any protein of choice to make an assorted delicacy. You will enjoy this flavourful stew with rice, swallows, and more.

6.                   Beef Stew

This stew consists of tenderly cooked beef soaked in a delicious broth. Furthermore, this pot of red stew is nutritious and rich. You can serve it with bread, white rice, couscous and so on.

7.                   African Buns – Nigerian Buns

Looking for a light snack with an undeniable sweet taste? This small golden ball of buns is a hit for you. It is made from a batter of flour, baking powder, milk, and sugar. Then it is fried with hot oil to give you a crispy exterior and soft interior. You’ll enjoy it.

8.                   Puff Puff

This is another lovely snack twining with Nigerian buns. Puff puff consists of yeast instead of baking powder. The batter is deep-fried in hot oil to get the golden-brown ball that you can pair with your favorite juice. It is simple, inexpensive, and irresistibly sweet.

9.                   Plantain Puff Puff

While making this version of puff puff, we add plantain to give a unique taste. It is equally soft and sweet with a chewy texture. You can make this version if you want a different taste from the classic puff puff recipe.

10.                   Spicy Puff Puff Recipe

This is for spicy food lovers. This version is an alternative to the sweet puff puff recipe. It is not so sweet because of its low sugar but spicy, soft, and savory.

11.                  Chicken Stew

How about a bowl of chicken cooked in a pot of pepper with aromatics and seasonings? This home-style stew bangs whenever served with white rice and spaghetti. Simple one-pot chicken stew is deep, exotic, and flavourful.

12.                   Style Chicken Fried Rice

Which variation of fried rice do you know? You should add this Nigeria-style version to your menu. It is a perfect way to transform leftover rice in your kitchen into something magical and delicious. It is an excellent choice on weeknights because of the minimal prep required to make it.

13.                   Pepper Sauce – Ata dindin

Ata din din is a game-changer when it comes to Nigerian sauce. It is a hearty stew made with roughly blended bell peppers, habaneros, chili flakes, garlic, onion, ginger, and tomatoes. This should be your go-to if you want a fast, fiery hot, and spicy stew. Pair with boiled yam, rice, boiled potatoes, and more.

14.               The Classic Nigerian Salad

Are you looking for a quick and tasty salad recipe? This salad recipe is a great choice. It is a versatile recipe you can serve as an appetizer and main dish. It is a colorful bowl of nutritious and filling vegetables.

15.  Eba

This is a Nigerian swallow that is made with garri and boiling water. This dough-like swallow is easy to make. Eba is filling and awesome when served with delicious Nigerian soups like ewedu, okro, spinach stew, egusi soup, and catfish stew.

16.               Pounded Yam

We call this the king of swallows. It is made from African yam pounded till perfectly smooth and served like a dough. Pounded yam is paired with African soups like egusi, okro soup, and stewed spinach.

17.               Nigerian Egg Rolls

This filling snack features a boiled egg wrapped in a mass of flour dough and fried to form a ball-like shape. It is one of the street foods in Nigeria that gives you the satisfaction you want. Serve with cold juice at brunch or tea for breakfast.

18.               Yam Pottage/Yam Porridge (Asaro) Recipe

This yam recipe uses puna yam boiled and mashed with pepper mix blend, onions, seasoning, and palm oil. It has a bright color with an amazing taste. Garnish it with any leafy vegetable and serve it with the protein of your choice.

19.               Yam Porridge with Plantains

This is simply yam porridge with ripe plantain added for a sweet note. It is another one-pot meal with incredible taste. This version is flavored with seasonings and garnished with spinach with dry fish stirred to deepen the native flavor.

20.                Moin/Moi Moi

A traditional food made from beans, peppers, spices, and seasonings. This inexpensive and nutritious meal can be served any time of the day. Asides from the special note it adds as a side dish, it is common street food in Nigeria that s loved by adults and kids.

21.               Rice and Beans

You probably know white rice is cooked separately. But do you know you can cook rice and beans together in one pot? The classic combination is nutritious and super tasty. You can serve an inexpensive meal with any stew of choice to enjoy.

22.               Ewedu – Jute Leaves Soup

This is a unique soup made from jute leaves. An easy-make soup with a slimy texture to aid the eating of swallows like eba, amala and semo. This green soup is rich and delicious. You can serve it with beans soup, beef, fish, or chicken stew.

23.               Akara – Black Eyed Peas Fritters

Ever heard of the fried black-eyed peas fritters served in Nigerian homes on weekends with pap? The black-eyed pea is blended with pepper and fried to make an irresistible golden ball. It is a filling and delicious vegetarian-friendly meal that you should try. Pair with bread, garri (cassava flakes), or a bowl of salad.

24.               West African Pepper Sauce

This is an outstanding condiment that intensifies the flavor and taste of meals. It is a spicy sauce made with habaneros, tomatoes, and aromatics. This is a must-have condiment if you want to make a quick meal without starting from scratch.

25.               Fufu

Fufu is known throughout West Africa, and it tops the list on the menu of Nigerian swallows. Usually, the cassava is processed and cooked into a smooth, starchy, and stretchy dough. We don’t eat it alone. It is served with delicious soups like ewedu and egusi to accompany it down the throat.

26.               Plantain fufu

This is another version of fufu made from green plantain instead of cassava. A plain delicious gluten-free swallow served with any soup of choice. Specifically, plantain fufu is ideal for people living with diabetes because it has low sugar content.

27.               Banga Soup 

Banga soup bangs with swallows. It is a soup made from palm nuts. The nut is combined with assorted protein, spice flavorings, and beletete. This soup is exotic yet traditional and nutritious.

28.               Ewa Riro (Stewed Beans)

Stewed beans is a staple in Nigerian homes. It is easy to make and super filling after eating it. It is usually served with garri, fresh bread, and fried plantain. As a one-pot meal, it requires less stress for cleaning up.

29.               Crispy Spring Rolls – African Style

These spring rolls are incredible starters made from flour seasoned with salt, bouillon cube, curry powder, black pepper, and chili powder. An excellent finger food filled with beef and vegetable and then fried till it is golden brown crispy, and crunchy.

30.               Okro Pepper Soup

Okro pepper soup combines okro, pepper, palm oil, and protein made in one pot. It is a unique, slimy, and viscous soup served with swallows like eba and amala. You can switch the taste and make another version of Okro Soup with spinach.

31.               Ogbono Soup

Another delightful soup is made with ogbono seeds (wild mango seeds). The traditional soup is a thick, hearty stew featuring all meat and fish in one pot. It is a great option to eat any swallow of choice.

32.               Catfish Stew

The awesomeness of fresh catfish stew is indescribable; you must taste it to understand the tone deeply flavored stew. It is made of fresh catfish cooked in a bowl of pepper mix and seasoned to perfection. A Simple but elegant stew everyone should taste.

33.               Hearty Salmon Stew

This spicy stew consists of delicious salmon soaked in a well-seasoned pepper mix. It is warm, savory, and boldly flavored with appealing bright-red color. Enjoy this rich and bold hearty salmon stew with any food you choose.

34.               Jollof Rice – Oven Baked

Oven-baked jollof rice is a variation of the deep-flavored classic jollof rice. It simply uses the same ingredients for Jollof but is cooked in the oven. It is an easy way to make delicious Jollof without compromising its flavor.

35.               Native Jollof Rice – Iwuk Edesi/Palm Oil Rice

While the regular Jollof is made with groundnut oil, our native jollof is made with palm oil. The rice is cooked with pepper, spices, seasoning, and hearty protein. You can enjoy the one-pot comfort meal anytime in the day.

36.               Stick Meat

Everyone loves fried beef. Indulge yourself with addictive chunks of fried meat arranged on sticks with bell peppers. It is a regular starter at parties and a colorful Nigerian snack.

37.               Ata Lilo (Starter Sauce)

Ata lilo is a blended mix of bell peppers, habanero, tomatoes, chili pepper, onions, and vegetable oil. It is a base recipe for most stews and soups. You can always make it ahead to make other food preparation faster.

38.               Jollof Spaghetti

This is not a regular everyday spaghetti that you eat with ready-made stew. It is a one-pot stewed spaghetti recipe made with aromatics, vegetable oil, and pepper. You can stir your choice of protein and eat it for lunch or dinner.

39.               Turkey Stew – African Style

A classic combination of blended pepper mix and turkey seasoned and garnished with herbs. The turkey brings in that exotic flavor that will make you return for more. Serve it over rice, couscous, or sweet bread.

40.               Ewa Agoyin (Ewa Aganyin)

This is another sweet beans recipe that is popular street food in Nigeria. The beans is cooked until it is tender and mashed. Then the special agoyin sauce made with dried chili pepper, bell pepper, and onions is served on the beans. It is enjoyed with sweet soft bread and any drink of choice. Filling, delicious and yummy.

41.               African Masa Recipe

African masa is a delicious traditional Nigerian recipe is delicious and easy to cook. It is a rice pudding with a mix of yeast, baking soda, sugar, and salt. It is fluffy and tender for kids and adults.

42.               African Sausage Rolls

The sausage roll is another popular Nigerian pastry with a crunchy exterior and yummy filling. The snack is made up of batter dough filled with sausage meat. You can make it with other pastries to taste varieties. Enjoy with your favorite juice.

43.               West African Coconut Rice

Coconut rice is a great option if you want to make something different from the classic rice. The rice is cooked in coconut milk to give a rich and exotic savor. This coconut rice is a simple recipe loaded with flavor.

44.               African Pound Cake

Do you want cake? Yes, please. African pound cake is a good choice for you. In addition, this pound cake is chewy and requires pantry-staple ingredients. You easily bake this for snacks for school children or family picnics.

45.               Chin Chin

Everyone likes sweet and crunchy chin chin deep-fried in hot oil. Make your sweet chin chin snacks at home from a batter of flour, sugar, milk, butter, and nutmeg. You can cut it into any shape you want and munch on it between work. An excellent starter and a winner on tables during celebrations.

46.               Stuffed Savory Masa (Waina)

This Northern Nigerian recipe is made from fermented rice and cooked in a Masa pan. This savory version combines rice, ginger, yogurt, baking powder, onion, yeast, sugar, and so on. It is a kid-friendly traditional meal.

47.               Meat Floss (Beef Floss)

Originating from northern Nigeria is this shredded dried meat floss. It is a delicious hair-like meat that is eaten as snacks or sprinkled over rice stuffed inside masa or bread.

48.               Easy Wheat Meat Pie (Beef Pie)

Instead of flour, wheat flour is used to form the batter for these exotic Nigerian snacks. The pie is filled with beef, potatoes, and other veggies. It is a healthier version of meat pies with a distinct nutty flavor.

49.               Chicken Pie

This is another version of meat pie. The difference from the classic one is that the filling is chicken instead of beef. It is loaded with chicken flavor and equally delicious.

50.               African Pepper Soup – Goat Meat

Hot and spicy pepper soup with chunks of goat meat and a cup of your favorite drink is a delight to the soul. This recipe is exotic in African restaurants and delivers a unique and bold flavor.

51.               Fried Sauce with African Meatballs

If you love the classic meatball, you will enjoy these meatballs stirred in Nigerian sauce. It is easy to make and tasty to eat. A crowd-pleasing recipe with inexpensive ingredients.

52.               African Fish Pastry

Basically, it is called fish pastry because the filling is fish. It is another popular snack that you can get on the street. The fish pastry is sweet, crispy, and crunchy. 

53.               Ayamase Stew (Ofada Stew)

Ofada is rice that is cultivated locally. It is usually unprocessed and has a unique native flavor. To eat this rice, we make a special ayamase stew. It is blended green pepper with onions, locust beans, and traditional spices. It is packed with bold flavor and irresistibly delicious.

54.               Asun (Smoked Goat Meat)

Smoked goat meat is an outstanding recipe. It is a great game recipe that is also suitable for family hangouts, picnics, and get-togethers. The meats are cut in chunks, seasoned, smoked, and stirred in blended spicy pepper.

55.               West African Peanut Soup (Maafe) – Nigerian Style

This is African cuisine, but there is a Nigerian way of cooking it. It is highly nutritious and easy to cook. The combination of peanut and protein of choice makes it a hearty soup.

56.               Grilled Plantains

Grilled plantain is a street food in Nigeria. A satisfying plantain recipe that is grilled over hot charcoal. All you need is a ripe plantain; no salt or sugar is required. It hits differently when you serve it with groundnut, pepper sauce, or fried egg.

57.               Fried plantains

Also known as dodo in Yoruba dialect. The sweet and soft brown crusty dodo caramelizes in your mouth, and you surely want more. It is so addictive that you can finish it even before frying the batches because of its sweet, savory taste. You can pair this amazing side dish with white rice, jollof rice, stewed beans, and couscous.

58.               Suya Spice

A spicy seasoning spice for your food. Make your own suya powder mix with peanut butter, smoked paprika, red chili, onion, ginger and garlic powder, nutmeg, and so on. Once you make it, you can add it to fish, potatoes, turkey, beef, chicken, and more.

59.               Chicken Pepper Soup

Are you looking for a bowl of comforting and satisfying delicacy? This hot and spicy chicken pepper soup is a great choice. It is hearty, nutrient-dense, and bold with elegant flavor. Cut in some green plantains or potatoes while cooking and enjoy.

60.               Grilled fish

This is a mode of preserving fish by smoking or drying the fish. The smoked or grilled fish becomes a flavourful addition to any of your food. It infuses a unique smoky flavor that changes the entire taste of your meal. Normally, you can find this in the African market, but you can make your own at home.

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Food is part of our identity in Nigeria. We have rich, delicious, and nutrient-dense foods that fully satisfy the soul and the body. It is always a delight to make a variety of these dishes. For Nigerians, nothing tastes better than our traditional meal, no matter where we find ourselves in the world. You’ll find different types of Nigerian soups, stews, snacks, and swallows here. Enjoy!
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Olejeme David

Thursday 28th of September 2023

Mama Your Doing Well o God bless you ma It’s a Five star from me to you ma

Chef Lola's Kitchen

Sunday 15th of October 2023

Thanks, David.


Thursday 13th of July 2023

Let the cooking begin! I had no idea i was missing plenty of food. No wonder i get tired of eating my food. Thank you.

Lola Osinkolu

Friday 14th of July 2023

Let the cooking adventures begin Esther! Life's too short for repetitive meals. Variety is the spice of life!! Thanks so much for your comment and happy cooking!!!

Sunday 12th of February 2023

I love your all dishes

Chef Lola's Kitchen

Wednesday 1st of March 2023

Thank you