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Jollof Rice – Oven baked

Oven Baked Jollof Rice – Here is another take on Jollof Rice, one of the most famous West African one pot meal. Simplicity, is what sets apart the stove top from the oven baked method of cooking Jollof rice.

Delicious Oven Baked Jollof Rice to please everyone!

Oven baked Jollof Rice

Hardly will you go to any Nigerian party and not find this delicious meal. Talking about party foods, you need to try this East African beef and potato pilau. This is also one delicious meal that can never be missing in most East Africans parties. It’s smells heavenly but tastes even better – I’m sorry for the deviation but I think it’s worth mentioning.

The stovetop method of cooking Jollof Rice can sometimes be a little intimidating even to the best of cooks but this oven-baked method makes it easier to deal with, and the best part is, you will have nothing burnt.

The oven method of cooking Jollof rice makes the cooking process a little easier without compromising on the complex flavor of the rice.

Though, I know some enthusiasts may not want to stray from the classics but then, you never know maybe if you make it once, it might become regular on your table just like it happened to me. You can also check other rice recipes here.

To make the oven baked Jollof rice, you will need :

The preparation of Jollof varies from family to family. However, traditionally, Jollof contains the following:

  • Peppers – Choose bright red pimento or bell peppers it helps to brighten the color of the rice.
  • Tomatoes – Ripe red juicy tomatoes work best for this recipe.
  • Onions – I have tried using different varieties of Onions. I love it all. Any variety works well for me.
  • Chicken Stock – I always use homemade chicken stock. However, any
  • Long Grain Rice – I always like to use the long grain Rice usually labeled as “Parboiled long Grain rice”. An example is the uncle ben’s Rice. This type of rice is more durable – it doesn’t get mushy easily. Note that, there are other good brands out there that are not as expensive as the brand I mentioned.
  • Vegetable Oil – Any good vegetable Oil will work for this recipe. However, I will suggest peanut Oil (groundnut Oil) or any other mild tasting oil – A strong tasting Oil might affect the overall taste of this dish
  • Other Ingredients – Salt, Thyme, Curry powder, Stock cubes, Bay leaves, Ginger, Garlic

Options to customize your Jollof Rice

You can add vegetables like

  • Carrots
  • Green beans
  • Sweet peas
  • Sweet corn
  • Bell peppers
  • Green onions
  • or a mix of any of these vegetables.


  • You will need an oven-safe pot or pan for this recipe.
  • The total liquid content of the Sauce is 4 Cups for the 3 cups of dry Rice. You may need to reduce this by half of a cup if you use Basmati Rice or Jasmine Rice.
  • You can add more water if you feel the Rice is still hard after your cooking time but make sure you add a little at a time because a little water goes a very long way.
  • It’s advisable not to open the oven until after about 45 minutes so that the trapped steam in the Oven will not escape.

What to serve with Jollof Rice:

Jollof Rice is usually served with Peppered chicken, fried chickenSalad, Coleslaw, Chilled drink like zobo (sorrel drink), Lemon ginger juice

Other delicious rice recipes you might want to try

Oven baked Jollof Rice

Oven baked Jollof Rice

Here is another take on Jollof Rice, one of the most famous West Africans one pot meal - Simplicity, is what sets apart the stove top from the oven baked method of cooking Jollof rice.
4.93 from 14 votes
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Course: Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine: African
Keyword: homemade, jollof rice
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 541kcal
Author: Lola Osinkolu


  • 3 Cups Rice Long grain (see note)
  • 6 Tbsp Oil
  • 2 Teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 Onion Medium
  • Salt
  • 1 Tomato Large
  • 2 stock cubes
  • 2 Cups Chicken stock

For the Sauce

  • 2 Red Bell pepper
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 Tbsps Tomato paste
  • 1 Scotch bonnet
  • 1 Tbsp Ginger Minced/Grated
  • 2 cloves Garlic


  • To make the sauce, blend the peppers, Tomatoes, Onion, Garlic, Ginger and Tomato paste.
  • Heat the Oil, and add the diced onions. Stir-fry the Onions for about 1 to 2 minutes or till translucent. 
  • Add the sauce and let that cook for about 5 minutes. Add the Curry powder, Thyme, salt, Chicken stock, Bay leaves and stock cubes then cover it up and allow it to come to a rolling boil.
  • Stir in the Rice, cover it up and put it in a 350°F (180°c) oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour (depending on the type of rice used)
  • Finish this up by stirring in the diced Tomatoes or mixed vegetables. Serve hot. Enjoy!


Calories: 541kcal | Carbohydrates: 87g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 486mg | Potassium: 537mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1865IU | Vitamin C: 66.3mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1.7mg

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Recipe Rating


Tuesday 11th of May 2021

I also added prawns

Lola Osinkolu

Sunday 16th of May 2021

Good idea 👏👏👏


Saturday 17th of October 2020

This turned out great and was much easier than stove top jollof. After 45 min my rice was done perfectly.

Lola Osinkolu

Thursday 22nd of October 2020

Thank you for coming back to share your experience Tessa! I'm so glad you love it!!


Friday 14th of August 2020

thanks for this! i have always struggled to get the texture right for jollof but this method worked really well!

Lola Osinkolu

Tuesday 22nd of December 2020

So glad that you liked the recipe. Your comment is reminding me that I need to make this again soon. :)


Monday 27th of April 2020

Its amazing to serve in my birthday


Monday 29th of April 2019

I'm not going to lie. I was a little freaked out when I heard the name, since I had never heard of it. But from the ingredients, it looks amazing! I pinned it to my meal plan board to try later!