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 makes 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 people if it is served alongside jollof rice or just about 3 persons if served alone as it appears in the plate below.


Ingredients For Gizdodo

Serving: 6

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 Seasoning cubes
150 ml vegetable oil
Salt to taste

Extra Vegetable oil for frying plantain (400ml)

The actual recipe for gizdodo takes 150ml of vegetable oil. The extra oil will be used for frying the ripe plantain.


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.

How to Cook Gizzards

There is really nothing special about cooking gizzard, you just want it soft and tasty so you can use the same technique employed when cooking chicken or beef.

Wash the gizzards with hot water and precook for 20 minutes. Use a seasoning cube, 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

How to make Gizdodo

Fry the plantain with 400ml of vegetable oil until it turns golden, scoop into a sieve and allow it to sit for a while.

Reduce the oil to 150 ml and fry the chopped gizzard.

The gizzard would be somewhat dark-brown when it is properly fried.

Gizzard and dodo

Remove the gizzards when it is fried and pour in the remaining half cup of onions, stir and add the tomatoes. Add the sliced pepper and allow it to fry for 10-15 minutes. Remember to stir occasionally so it doesn’t get burnt.

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

Transfer the fried gizzards, plantain, and sliced green peppers.

Add a pinch of salt.

Stir all together and taste for salt.

Allow to simmer for 3 minutes then serve hot.

That is just how to make gizdodo. Sound easy right?


Gizdodo can be served as a course meal or a side dish Nigeria. 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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Gizdodo Recipe

Gizdodo Recipe | How to Cook Gizzard

Chy Anegbu
Gizdodo simply combines well-cooked gizzards and fried ripe plantain to make a delicious dish. In contemporary Nigerian society, gizdodo is served with jollof rice and sometimes served as a snack or side dish.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Frying time 10 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Nigerian Cuisine
Servings 6 people
Calories 798 kcal


  • Frying pan


  • 3 Giant-sized ripe plantain
  • 500 g Gizzards
  • 4 cups sliced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup sliced pepper scotch bonnet
  • 1 cup of sliced onions
  • 1/2 cup sliced green pepper
  • 2 Seasoning cubes
  • 150 ml of vegetable oil
  • Salt to taste


  • You want to start by chopping the plantain, tomatoes, and onions. Chop to any size you like, I like them cubed.
  • Precook the gizzards and chop them using a kitchen knife.
  • Set a frying pan on the heat, pour in 400 ml of vegetable oil, allow to heat then fry the chopped ripe plantain to golden color.
  • Reduce the oil and fry the gizzards to dark-brown color.
  • Using the same oil, add the remaining half cup of onions, sliced tomatoes, and peppers. Allow frying for 10-15 minutes. Stir occasionally so it doesn't get burned.
  • Add a seasoning cube when the tomato is well fried.
  • Pour in the chopped green peppers, fried gizzards, and fried plantain.
  • Add a pinch of salt
  • Stir all together and taste for salt.
  • Allow to simmer on low heat for 3-5 minutes and you are done with this gizdodo recipe.
  • Serve as a snack or side dish with jollof rice.


Keyword Cook gizzards, fried dodo, Gizdodo, tomato sauce


  1. faith  July 6, 2016

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful appetizing recipe.

  2. Oge  July 6, 2016

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

  3. Chukwu bethel  July 6, 2016

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

  4. 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.

  5. Evelyn Chidinma  July 7, 2016

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

  6. nneka  July 7, 2016

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

  7. nina  July 7, 2016


  8. Zeee  July 7, 2016

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

  9. MUBO  July 7, 2016

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

  10. 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.

  11. Nky  July 9, 2016

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

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. Juliana  July 18, 2016

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

  15. temitope  July 18, 2016

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

  16. esiri  July 18, 2016

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

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. Glorisky  July 18, 2016

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

  20. 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.

  21. mrs H Waris  July 21, 2016

    Yummy!…will try it

  22. Mambo  July 21, 2016

    From the name it sounds awesome…. Gizdodo is a real delicacy….thanks

  23. Meesua  August 3, 2016

    So delicious

  24. Udoka  August 30, 2016

    Thanks for showing me how to make gizdodo. Your recipes are so easy to follow. Thanks. Udoka.

  25. ummi  April 18, 2017

    Thanks dear, will surely try it

  26. fancy  April 18, 2017

    lovely sight to behold……new recipe learnt,thanks chy.

  27. phil  April 18, 2017

    Wow.!!looks really yum yum would definitely try it this week..Thanks chy God bless you..

  28. William  April 27, 2017

    I prefer chicken livers. It’s a nice idea.

  29. Edogbanya Gloria  June 14, 2017

    Thanks for sharing, I will try it

  30. Hajjy  June 19, 2017

    Nice one Chy, I really like this. I will surely try it for my family.

  31. Adanna  June 21, 2017

    Thanks a lot. Really helped me

  32. Glorisky  July 13, 2017

    Wow am gonna try this at home, thanks.

  33. Cash  July 20, 2017

    Very amazing dish tried it nd it was wow
    Delicious, I love gizdodo.

  34. Anna  August 21, 2017

    this gizdodo looks delicious,I am actually salivating. I am going to prepare it. tnk for d recipe

  35. Blessing  August 30, 2017

    Wow! So delicious. I love this Gizzdodo

  36. Ajah Cynthia  September 15, 2017

    This is superb. I shall prepare it. Chy, God bless you.

  37. Tosin  September 30, 2017

    I just tried this now it came out great , at first I thought the dodo was sticking but it came out delicious and looks exactly like this picture thanks a lot ❤️

  38. Fatimo  August 20, 2018

    Thank you very much for this amazing are doing a great work !!

  39. Amaka okey  August 24, 2018

    Thanks chy will try this weekend

  40. Gloria chudiebere  May 10, 2019

    Wow, it’s just great and sumptuous

  41. Ade  October 6, 2019

    I tried it for the first time tonight and served it with white rice. My mother in law ate to her fill. My husband enjoyed it so much that he told me not to disturb his meal because I wa trying to talk to him. This turned out good. Thanks.

  42. Blessing Gbenebode  March 26, 2020

    5 stars
    Wow m getting dis done asap💃💃💃😊💓💓


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