Nigerian dinner ideas

March 10, 2020
Chef Chidi
Nigerian dinner Ideas

Nigerian dinner ideas include hundreds of Nigerian meals that could be served as night foods in Nigeria. I will be listing the top 12 Nigerian dishes for dinner.

There is really no basis for categorizing food as breakfast, lunch or dinner in Nigeria. This list is completely based on popular opinion, as different people accept different meals for the night.

The average Nigerian eats eba and soup as the last meal of the day. This is because eba and soup are considered generally easy to make and always comparatively cheap.

Most Nigerian homes stock soups in freezers. Bowls and bowls of different soups waiting for their turn at the dining table.

Once in a while, the soups are left in the freezers while other meals like jollof rice, porridge yam or beans porridge are served alternatively.

Most people argue that the night foods served in Nigerian homes are largely dependent on the level of health awareness, exposure, and money a particular family has.

The more wealthy families can make food menus/time table and get the chef or cook to follow them.

The health-conscious Nigerian families stick to light and healthy Nigerian dinner recipes.

For the rest, anything goes. As long as it is delicious, cheap and easy to make.

In the next few minutes, I will make a list of Nigerian dinner ideas that would suit any Nigerian home.

10 Popular Nigerian Dinner Ideas

1 Fufu and Egusi Soup

Egusi Soup Recipe

When fufu is combined with egusi soup, it serves as dinner to millions of Nigerians. Egusi soup is the most popular soup in Nigeria and unarguably loved by every Nigerian.

Here is the Recipe for Egusi soup

2. Jollof Rice

Jollof rice in Nigeria
Several recipes for jollof rice exist across different Nigerian ethnic groups. jollof rice is one of the perfect Nigerian dinner ideas.

We serve jollof rice as dinner, lunch or even breakfast in Nigeria. it is also the most popular food in Nigeria.

You can serve with vegetable salads, beef or chicken.

How to cook Jollof Rice

3. White rice and Sauce or stew

Vegetable sauce recipe

This is boiled white rice that is served with vegetable sauce. Alternatively, you could serve white rice with Banga stew or tomato stew.

This is a very popular dinner idea in Nigeria.

See Nigerian Vegetable Sauce Recipe

4. Edikaikong and Swallow

Edikaikong soup

Edikaikong soup is the most popular vegetable soup in Nigeria. This is a healthy Nigerian dinner idea. You could serve with eba or fufu instead.

I make this soup at least twice every month.

Here is Recipe for Edikaikong Soup

5. Porridge Yam

Yam Porridge Recipe

Porridge yam is dinner to millions of Nigerians. You could add vegetables if you like.

We make porridge yam and serve as night food in Nigeria all the time.

I have written a detailed article for making yam porridge, click the link below to read all about it.

Porridge Yam

6. Porridge Beans

Porridge Beans

Either we call it beans or black-eyed peas, it is the same thing. Lots of Nigerians prepare beans and ripe plantain porridge and serve as dinner in their homes.

You could also fry the plantain separately if you like.

Beans Porridge Recipe here

7. Tea and Bread

Nigerian breakfast Recipe

While most people eat bread and tea as breakfast in Nigeria, there are millions of Nigeria that consider it a light dinner idea.

If you are interested in light Nigerian dinner ideas, a combination of tea and bread or porridge beans and pap would suffix.

8. Moi Moi as Dinner Idea

Moi Moi Nigerian dinner ideas
Moi moi is served as dinner in many Nigerian homes when it is combined with pap (akamu) or custard.

We make moi moi every week in our home.

Learn more about Moi Moi as Dinner in Nigeria

9. Akamu (Pap) or Custartd

beans and akamu

When pap (akamu) is combined with porridge beans or fried akara, what you get is a perfect Nigerian dinner.

10. Fried Rice as Nigerian Dinner Ideas

Nigerian dinner Ideas

Fried rice is a very popular food in Nigeria and many Nigerian homes would want a plate of fried rice and chicken for dinner, the only problem being ease of preparation.

It is also quite expensive.

Making fried rice is not as easy as making jollof rice, it is however very loved in Nigeria.

See How to Prepare Fried rice

Plantain porridge

Plantain porridge

Lots of Nigerians prepare plantain differently. While we could fry them after they get ripe, We could also make porridge plantain or bake them.

Unripe plantain porridge is my favorite dinner meal.

Find recipe for Unripe Plantain porridge

Hundreds of foods abound that could pass for Nigerian dinner ideas. Nigeria is made up of 180 million people with over 400 ethnic groups. All of these groups have foods that are indigenous to them.

While certain foods are accepted nationally as dishes for dinners, several recipes, however, exist amongst the ethnic groups.

The foods listed above are considered national dishes in Nigeria, everyone loves them. You could try them in your own kitchen or tell me about your own dinner.

What is your favorite Nigerian night food?

Please use the comment form below and tell me about what you would prepare for dinner tonight.


Lydia Johnson

This is looks wonderful and delicious 😋😀😁

February 2, 2024

Tnxs u really made my day 🥰🥰

July 11, 2023
Chef Chidi

Achi does it.

July 17, 2023
Gift onyinye okwesa

Nice food now I no what I we be cooking for my family

June 28, 2023

Awesome! beans and pap or custard will do the magic tonight. thanks a lot

May 30, 2023
Peace Ajila

Great ideas 💖💖💖

January 25, 2023
Toheeb Taye

Rice an beans

December 28, 2022

Thanks, you just made my day.

November 10, 2022
Adetomi Shugar💥❣️🤗❤️

Thanks so much I think beans and plantain will actually work out tonight

August 6, 2022

I love Nigeria dishes.. they so yummy 😋

July 16, 2022

thanks so much,at least I know what to cook this night,,,,(beans and plantain ) I appreciate it….

July 6, 2022
ThankGod Emmanuel

My thank you for your list my intention is to open restaurants
So I go out to fine what Nigeria really love so i will know what to do. once again thank you

June 25, 2022

Thanks a lot for this list, you mentioned a few of my excellent dinner idea.

March 18, 2022

I feel like I’ve exhausted this list.

June 1, 2021

5 stars
My favourite dinner meal is semovita with either ogbono, melon or achii soup thanks

September 4, 2020

Chidi thanks alot pls i feel ashamed because i can’t cook fried rice to my taste pls help me out.

September 4, 2020

Nice one, I will try them. I already know to make some of the foods.

August 20, 2020

5 stars
Nice one, thanks for the ideas. Let me get to them asap.

July 23, 2020


July 23, 2020

5 stars
Woooow Thank you so much dear…. at least I no what to cook this night

July 22, 2020
Ogundele Anthonia

Thanks.Is it possible to have a whole week menu for family time table.

July 22, 2020

5 stars
I prefer light foods for dinner, I hardly eat foods on the night this day. I take oats and milk. Sometimes, I buy akara. I was eating heavy and getting fat. My dinner idea is light and simple to make. There are temptations to eat more than neccesary, but I have to fight it.

July 7, 2020

Thanks for this detailed recipe. My favorite dinner is a combination of soup and swallow. Especially vegetable soup.

July 6, 2020

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Omg! Chef, I love u so much, God bless d day I came across dis site,u make me wanna eat every time and try all recipes,Have tried d fried rice,mashed chicken porridge,indomie and I am trying d beans 2nyt, U re Jst Awesome,Tnks 4 impacting so much knowledge God bless you, but I still need u 2 teach us how 2 mk friut juice ,nd spagetti bolognese! LOL.