I get lots of questions about Nigerian dishes daily and I try my best to answer them. Someone just asked “what is the national dish of Nigeria”? I am throwing back the question at you. Help us out.
What do you think? Do we have a national dish? I thought every food in Nigeria counts.
National Dish of Nigeria

Tell us your thought on this. I love Nigerian dishes and love to talk about them.

Most of the comments below suggest that it is jollof rice. I don’t think they are wrong. Read them and drop your own comment too.

In my opinion, I think jollof rice is really the national dish of Nigeria since it is made by different Nigerian ethnic group in different ways. Everyone loves the rice recipe and almost every Nigerian know just how to put together a pot of this delicasy.

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  1. Nelson  October 16, 2016

    I love a Nigerian dishes and I don’t think there is a national dish. If there is, it would probably be fried rice and salad

    • Chy Anegbu  October 17, 2016

      Nelson, thanks for your opinion, I would like to read what other are thinking.

  2. Osondu joy  October 17, 2016

    Nigerian national delicacy is Jolof rice, reason being dat there’s hardly an occasion in all parts of d country without jolof rice. So I tag it Nigerian national delicacy! #myopinion.

    • Chy Anegbu  October 18, 2016

      I suppose you are right. Jollof rice is the national dish of Nigeria. I would love to hear what others have to say.

  3. Rita  October 17, 2016

    I will think its EBA and eguisi soup. Its loved and cooked by all ethnic group in Nigeria. So,i’ll go with it.

  4. Malvina  October 17, 2016

    Definitely `JOLLOF RICE’ every region cooks JOLLOF rice with their own special twist which is indigenous to them.

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  6. EHITA  October 18, 2016

    oh my it’s so JOLLOF RICE without controversy

  7. ADEKOYA  October 18, 2016

    I think it’s actually jollof Rice, every part of Nigerian tribe cooks it either as concoction or richly flavoured

  8. Okoro  October 18, 2016

    I would go with jollof rice too but EBA plus egiusi is a lot more popular in Nigerian homes.

  9. Rita  October 18, 2016

    I think i will go with dose dat said jollof rice bcos dat s a food dat almost all Nigerians cooks in every occasion. Every other one has particular pple dat love it more than d other

  10. Alika  October 18, 2016

    I think is rice generally, it can be in any form, jellof, fried white rice, kwuskwus, tuwo rice etc. But rice it is in any occassion or event in Nigeria.

  11. Ruth  October 18, 2016

    The food every Nigerian will reach out for first is jollof rice, then white rice and stew

  12. Legbel Eja  October 18, 2016

    I think rice is a general most eaten cereal in Nigeria, so it can go as the national food. It could be prepared differently depending on ethnic groups or regions. It is eaten by every body who calls him/herself a Nigerian.

  13. patricia  October 18, 2016

    well, we have alot of national dishes ranging from the one, the only jollificate, then we have egusi, amala, egufe and the bean soup,gbegiri, October and ofada. at most occasions these meals, maybe not all, are a plenty. Hmmm… yum! now am hungry. great job doll face.

  14. YHEMISI  October 18, 2016

    Its definitely JOLLOF RICE, reason been that there is absolutely no party you will go to here in Nigeria that they wont prepare jollof, to the extent that Nigerians and Ghanaian s are still arguing on whose jollof rice is the best. I LOVE JOLLOF RICE.

  15. Blessing  October 18, 2016

    Rice, anytime of rice, jollof, fried, white etc, but preferably JOLLOF RICE, is Nigerian National Food. My opinion.

  16. Amina  October 18, 2016

    I think jollof rice or any dish with rice as the main ingredient.let just say rice.there is no ethnic group in Nigeria that doesnt eat rice.

  17. Rozy  October 18, 2016

    I agree that it is jollof rice because it is present in all occasions in anywhere in Nigeria, whether small or big party

  18. Folasade  October 18, 2016

    The National dish of Nigeria is jollof rice any day anytime.

  19. Joseph  October 18, 2016

    swallow and egwusi soup coz almost if not all tribes eat it

  20. Omowunmi  October 18, 2016

    Nigerian dish is absolutely jolly for rice. It is available in every occasion.

  21. star  October 19, 2016

    Nigerian dish is jollof rice and pepper soup is the favorite i know of.

  22. ife  October 19, 2016

    I think it is rice cause it’s cooked by all.

  23. Debbie  October 20, 2016

    Huh tough one Chy but I think its egusi and pounded yam.

  24. ESTHER  October 20, 2016

    its jollof rice, coz does not require much ingredients, people for any class can afford it,without any due process nd it makes every bdy happy

  25. hafsat  October 20, 2016

    I think it is rice and stew

  26. Favy  October 22, 2016

    I agree wit dos that said jollof rice.I think is quiet popular to every tribe in nigeria

  27. joy okwechime  October 22, 2016

    Nigerian dish is rice,be it jollof rice,fried rice,white rice with sauce or stew,etc

  28. RUTH  October 23, 2016

    It is joll of rice and eba.Because it cut across all tribe.My opinion.

  29. RUTH  October 23, 2016

    It’s joll of rice and eba,because it cut across all tribe.My opinion.

  30. foluke adekunle  October 24, 2016

    It’s jollof rice oo because witout it occasion is not complete

  31. Oluwaseun  November 1, 2016

    ofcourse rice in any form, be it jollof, fried, coconut, concotion etc becos there is no home in Nigeria that don’t cook rice.

  32. dauda funmi  November 7, 2016

    jollof rice and eba with egusi soup

  33. Vicky  December 13, 2017

    Jollof rice is the most common in all parts of the country. I believe if there is any national dish, it is Jollof rice.


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