Gizdodo is a simple side dish that is often served with rice; especially Jollof rice. It is easy to deduce from the name that this meal will be basically made of gizzards and ripe plantain.
Hence Gizdodo (Gizzard Dodo) and we all know that dodo is just another name for ripe plantain.

It make perfect sense right? I don’t know who actually coined that word but I think it is epic! 😀

Ripe plantain is called dodo in Nigeria, you can equally use it for porridge. In that case it would be porridge plantain. But when you fry unripe plantain, it is called kpekere 😀 That aside. Let’s get to the business of the day.

The ingredients below are required for making Gizdodo, it could serve about 6 person if it is served alongside jollof rice or just about 3 persons if served alone as it appear in the plate below.

Ingredients | Serving: 3

3 Giant sized ripe plantain
Chicken or Turkey Gizzard (500g)
4 cups of sliced tomatoes
Half cup of sliced pepper (scotch bonnet)
1 cup of sliced onions
One cup of sliced green pepper
2 cubes of knorr or maggi
Salt to taste
Ground nut/vegetable oil (800ml)

You would need that much oil because you would be frying the plantain. You fry the plantain and then fry the gizzards. That way, you get a really delicious gizdodo at the end of the day.

How to make Gizdodo

Start by peeling off the back of the plantain and chopping to smaller bits with a kitchen knife. Slice the tomatoes, peppers and Onions as seen here.

Wash the gizzards with hot water and precook for 20 minutes. Use a cube of knorr or maggi, half teaspoon of salt and half cup of sliced onions. Check to see that the gizzard is soft and chop to smaller bits.

These are some of the needed ingredients. What you find at top-right is the chopped ripe plantain. Chopped gizzards at the bottom-right, then sliced tomato, onions and green beans in the plate at the left corner.
How to Make Gizdodo

Fry the plantain with 600ml of vegetable oil until it turn golden, scoop into a sieve and allow it to sit for a while. Reduce the oil to 250ml and fry the chopped gizzard.
The gizzard would be somewhat dark-brown when it is properly fried. Remove and pour in the remaining half cup of onions, stir and add the tomatoes. Add the sliced pepper and allow to fry for 10-15 minutes. Remeber to stir occassionally so it doesn’t get burnt.
Gizzard and dodo

Once the tomato is properly fried, you are almost done with making gizdodo. Add one cube of maggi to it and salt to taste.

Transfer the fried gizzards, plantain and sliced green peppers. Stir all together, cover and allow to simmer for 3 minutes. That is just how to make gizdodo. Sound easy right?

Gizdodo can be served as a course meal or a side meal. Usually, it works best with jollof rice as it appears in the image below. I would like to read your comment below. Try this delicious meal and tell me how it turned out.
Jollof Rice Gizdodo

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  1. Anthony  July 19, 2016

    Thanks for sharing all the beautiful recipes with me online. I newly join the nigerian kitchen but have gained a lot from your teaching. I appreciate and God bless you.

  2. Glorisky  July 18, 2016

    Hmm can’t wait to try this Chi you are wonderful thank for this.

  3. chika  July 18, 2016

    It looks nice but can I use any other meat or is it gizzard only.

    • Chy Anegbu  July 18, 2016

      @ Chika, if you use meat instead of gizzard, it wouldn’t be gizdodo anymore. It would be something like beefdodo or cowdodo 😀 lol

  4. Debi  July 18, 2016

    my first time of reading about this, God bless you Chy. I have learnt how to prepare a lot of delicacies from your site, though am not married yet. thank you.

  5. esiri  July 18, 2016

    Wow, this is wonderful. Of only be can get more of this everyday

  6. temitope  July 18, 2016

    Gizdodo is making my mouth water ooo.have to try this

  7. Juliana  July 18, 2016

    U are simply amazing Chy…..thanks for sharing all these fantastic recipes. I would try this soon.

  8. Ndi  July 13, 2016

    Gizdodo? I am just reading about it for the first time and also learning how to make it. Chy, Thank you very much for taking our cooking to a whole new level. God bless your hustle.

  9. Rachael  July 12, 2016

    waw this is very appetizing, will surely suprize my husband with it I know he will love it. tnx fr dis gizdodo Chi

  10. Nky  July 9, 2016

    Thanks chy for the recipes I will try it out this weekend

  11. Esther  July 7, 2016

    Wow. This is seriously appetizing. Thanks for sharing this recipe. This should be the next surprise to my hubby. Love it.

  12. MUBO  July 7, 2016

    D process was easy and it was delicious.tank u Chy for dis

  13. Zeee  July 7, 2016

    I am so trying this out. I’ve heard a lot about it. Thanks a lot for sharing.

  14. nina  July 7, 2016


  15. nneka  July 7, 2016

    Jst a sight of it am salivating. What a delicious meal

  16. Evelyn Chidinma  July 7, 2016

    Thank you so much Chy.It’s looks so Delicious, i will try it .

  17. Julie  July 7, 2016

    I love gizdodo, I first tasted this delicacy at maduse fast food, abacha road some weeks back. It was served exactly as it appeared here. I have been wondering how to make it myself. Thanks for helping.

  18. Chukwu bethel  July 6, 2016

    I love gizdodo. Thanks so much for all your recipes.

  19. Oge  July 6, 2016

    Tried it before and it came out nice. Enjoyed with white Rice, it was delicious.

  20. faith  July 6, 2016

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful appetizing recipe.


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