Nigerian dishes would include all kinds of foods that are served in Nigeria, these are very popular ones. Most of them are easy to prepare, you will find a link to the individual recipes below.

Also, all of these dishes are featured in the latest version of the Ultimate Nigerian Cookbook.

Top 8 Nigerian Dishes and Recipes

Nigerian dishes

Here are the 7 most popular Nigerian dishes, some of them are pretty easy to replicate, and the rest would require a little more effort.

1. Jollof Rice.


The first on my list would be the all too popular jollof rice. There are just too many jollof rice recipes out there but I think this takes the cake. They basically take the same process; the difference could be simply the addition of vegetables/fruits, the use of chicken instead of fish, choice of spice, etc. Jollof rice can be fixed during the rush hour, in less than 60 minutes, I have done that a couple of times. If you have most of the required ingredients stashed away in the freezer, you can do it too.

There is nothing really special with this, slice some carrot, green pepper, red pepper, green beans and add them just three minutes before you turn off the heat.
Follow this link for >> How To Make Jollof Rice

2. White Rice and tomato stew.

Rice and stew
These sure look delicious, most Nigerian homes make the simpler version of this food; the only difference with that and this is just the addition of carrot/green beans. I believe the addition of these vegetables does not only make your food look inviting, but it also makes it healthy too.

Just boil your white rice the usual way, add the sliced carrot/green beans just 3 minutes before you turn off the heat. Here is How To Make Tomato Stew.

3. Egusi Soup and Eba.

egusi and fufu
The third on my list would be egusi soup and eba, or fufu (as in the case of the dish above). This is one of the popular Nigerian dishes, this soup is well received in Nigeria, it is mostly served alongside eba (prepared garri), fufu or semo. Egusi soup is easy to prepare, follow this link for How To Make Egusi Soup.

4. Edikaikong Soup.

Edikaikong soup
The fourth on my list of popular Nigerian dishes would be the all too popular edikaikong soup. Edikaikong is native to the efiks and made with two of the most popular vegetables in Nigeria (water leaves and fluted pumpkin leaves). I love this soup exactly the way it is served here – with well-prepared wheat; it can also go with eba, fufu, or semo.
Click here to learn how to make Edikaikong Soup.

5. Fried Rice.

Nigerian dishes
Fried rice is one of the most outstanding Nigerian rice meals, it’s like the best of Nigerian dishes, everybody loves fried rice. However, the recipe is not as simple as that of jollof rice or tomato stew, there is a learning curve, but once you are able to master the process, it becomes pretty much as easy as most Nigerian recipes. The link below shows you how to make fried rice the Nigerian way – How to Make fried Rice

6. Pepper Soup

pot of peppersoup
Pepper soup is one of the well known Nigerian dishes, it is actually the only soup that is consumed without pairing with other foods. You can, however, chose to pair with white boiled yam or rice.

Click Here for Pepper soup Recipe

7. Porridge Yam.

Porridge Yam
Number six on my list of popular Nigerian dishes would be porridge yam. This meal can turn out really delicious if you know what you are really doing. If you want to enjoy this meal, use yams that are older than 7 months, newly harvested yams are not just good for porridge yam. Click Here For My Porridge Yam Recipe.

8. Porridge Beans and Recipe.

Porridge Beans
The last on this list would be… beans porridge? Well, Usually, it is porridge beans and plantain – all cooked, but in my case I decided to fry the plantain.

There are just about 5 different beans recipes that I know but this happens to take the cake. The average Nigerian person eats beans like once in a week, the exception being when you live in Ogun state and probably a copper, you will eat beans and bread every morning 😀 Please here is one of the Nigerian dishes – porridge yam.
I really think there are hundreds of other delicious Nigerian dishes that would make this list if my three years old son is reading this, he would be like “No mummy, Indomie should be number 1” lol.

So I would like to read your thought. What do you think? Which is your favorite Nigerian dish? Tell me about it.

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  1. Gina  August 18, 2015

    Thanks Chy, I am African-Ammerican but married to a Nigerian person, your recipes have been very helpful. I made jollof rice some days back and it was clearly delicious. I am going to try tomato stew soon.

  2. Chika  August 18, 2015

    Lol @ “a copper who eats beans and bread every morning!” I can totally relate. But it’s beans, bread and stew with lots of meats. It is really delicious and rich.

  3. Lady G  August 18, 2015

    I can’t wait to try my hand on all of these dishes, I think you omitted a couple of the popular Nigerian dishes though- there is still ogbono soup, bitter leave soup, noodles, etc. thanks.

  4. Vivian Robert  August 19, 2015

    D all seven dat u mentioned r all my favourite wit d exception of beans, ,buh If I really hav to eat beans,,it wil b porridge beans wit a lot of very ripe plantain inside cooked together,,,d latest I hav been doin now is beans wit sweet potato cooked together,,very tasty,,
    I appreciate u for all u hav been doin,,may God bless u real good n bless d works of ur hands,,
    I hav learnt frm u to add a little twist to my normal cooking,,n I hav tried new recipes frm u too,, well done

    • CHIDI ANEGBU  August 19, 2015

      Vivian, thanks for your comment, I do love beans and sweet potatoes too.

  5. ifeoma  August 19, 2015

    You are very wonderful. Thanks so much for the recipes. Thumbs up sweetheart.

  6. Maymay  August 19, 2015

    hello Chy ,you are really doing great job. please keep it up.

  7. Grace  August 20, 2015

    wow! these are lovely, any best way to cook rice and beans together, its my additional favourite

  8. Helen  August 22, 2015

    Hello Chi, how do you do?. I must commend you for those top Nigerian dishes, they are simply mouthwatering and attractive, I’m sure to try them out myself thanks.

  9. oyinda  August 26, 2015

    Whaoo u r the best.

  10. Tochukwu  August 26, 2015

    I have been following your presentations,and I love them especially the ones on ofe Nsala and Rivers native soups.please can you do some on pastries thanks.

  11. stephanie  August 26, 2015

    Thanks so much 4d recipes dey are wonderful

    • Ikilima  September 7, 2019

      Thanks dia ..rily appreciate thumb up

  12. ibe chidimma  August 28, 2015

    I can’t wait to eat all this dishes

  13. Adeola  August 29, 2015

    Huuummmm I miss Nigeria Food. I want naija food ooo

  14. faith  August 30, 2015

    keep up the good work

  15. Folake Adamu  October 13, 2015

    You re really doing a great Job! Pls. Can u do a write-up on Afang Soup pls.

  16. faith  October 15, 2015

    U are so amazing chy, your husband is a lucky man

  17. pleasant cotterell  October 15, 2015

    Chy, you are simply too much. More power to your elbow. With all these wonderful Nigerian dishes, he is hooked for life 😀

  18. augusta  October 15, 2015

    May God grease u wit my wisdom and creativity. Though I still await my cookbook to do some of dis wonders

  19. funmilayo Sanumi  October 15, 2015

    keep up the good work sis!

  20. Simbo  October 16, 2015

    Thanks for all this wonderful recipes, but the first dish picture look more of fried rice & not kill of rice, from my own experience hollow rice is like tomatoe red or orange

    • Eby  March 26, 2019

      Thanks Chy for all these recipes
      It’s simply cooking made easy
      Keep it up dear.

  21. Ken odemene  October 16, 2015

    Good foods fascinates me, easiest way to kidnap me.

  22. johnson  October 20, 2015

    Nice food u have here , looks so nice hmmmm!

  23. ruth friday  October 24, 2015

    you are wonderful l have tried the recipes thanks.

  24. Adenike  October 26, 2015

    You are doing a great job, please keep it up

  25. Phy  October 26, 2015

    Wahoo! dis is nice.

  26. nusayba  October 26, 2015

    Wow ur so amazing…thank you cos I tried it and it was nyc my mum nd siblings rwly lyk it..

  27. Titilayo  October 26, 2015

    God bless u for d great job you are doing, keep it up!

  28. Adeola Gloria  October 26, 2015

    Thanks chy, I really like the egunsi soup and eba and my friends also… regards and thumbs up..

  29. Ahunna Eberechukw Juliet  October 26, 2015

    Thanks for giving me d Nigerian dishes, I can’t wait to try my hand in all. This ur cook book is vry helpful.

  30. Ere  October 28, 2015

    Fantastic Chy!

  31. Edna  November 25, 2015

    Nice recipe. Thanks so much. I just made yam porrige with potatoes.

  32. bukky  November 25, 2015

    Ur recipe is simply d best,ever since I stumbled on dis page, it has really helped improve my cooking. Thanks to u. My challenge now is salt, my food or soup are always salty. No matter how I reduce my hand it wil still end up been salty. Pls can u help me out? Thanx

    • Chy Anegbu  November 27, 2015

      lol, just keet reducing it.

  33. ify  November 25, 2015

    I didn’t see porridge unriped plantain the list..all these are food are very appetising. well done Ma.

  34. ihuOma  November 25, 2015

    Yea, many more lovely dishes are not here,I tried out
    Ofe Owerri last week,it was very good.I have never made edikakong with achi,may be I will try it or cook Afang soup

  35. Patricia  November 25, 2015

    Your meals are great, I’ve learnt how to cook other Nigerian dishes. Thank u for thinking abt d Nigerian women, though am still single, I can still cook dis at home n wen am married

  36. bethy  November 25, 2015

    Nice one here, I luv d beans porridge. Very tasty. Thanks for these Nigerian dishes.

  37. Zine  November 25, 2015

    Thank u Chy for your mails and for this blog. I will definitely try these dishes. U are making me a very good friend of my kitchen. I see all my favorites dishes here, lovely

  38. HELEN ADAOLEH  November 28, 2015

    Thank you for your recipes I received your cookbook and love it I cook Jollof rice Pepper soup bean Poridge rice stew with chicken turkey or beef thank you I am ready to show my husband when he comes to Australia how much I have learnt from your book thank you so much

  39. Patricia  February 16, 2016

    Thanks a lot chy, I appreciate dis post alot

  40. Ada  February 23, 2016

    How can. I get the recipe book? I base in Enugu

    • chidaalu obi  November 22, 2017

      go to a shop and look for it

  41. phehintholarh  April 22, 2016

    How can I do all these recipe without commending ur great efforts. Whao u are a generous giver. With time and effort to p it together all these sumptuous Nigerian dishes, recipes and emailing them out. U are a GEM. Thank you much.

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  43. Perez  April 22, 2016

    There is only one Chy Anegbu. She is the best. In matters of the stomach, you’re truly an inspiration. I’m so happy because you changed my life after ordering for the latest cookbook.

  44. batul  May 11, 2016

    Thanks for your emails.. I tried beans porridge and sweet pototoe, fried rice, egusi soup with eba, they are all sweet. Thanks a lot, more greese to your elbow…

  45. Cynthia  May 23, 2016

    You have taught me most of the recipe that i don’t know. Thank you very much you are the best

  46. Oluchi A.  May 23, 2016

    Chy, I appreciate you very well for bringing out your time and talent to educate people on how to cook different types of Nigerian dishes. May God bless you. My favourite of all is Edikaikong soup

  47. Rozy  May 25, 2016

    wow!Chi you are such a blessing. you’ve made me a better and happy cook.the way you take time to put these things down just makes me love you. keep it up sweetie

  48. Ify  May 25, 2016

    Thanks so much chy for all these wonderful, healthy meals. Would appreciate more information on pastries. God bless you!

  49. Barbara  July 22, 2016

    Is just wow…ur recipes has been very helpful to me and family. My favorite is the Afam-soup and it came out wonderful.thanks a lot Cut.

  50. chitoo  July 22, 2016

    Thanks Chy. U re one in a million. May God bless u more. I have learn so much. I prepared the vegetable sauce for my husband yesterday and he loves it. On Sunday I will cook ofada rice and the stew

  51. Mambo  July 23, 2016

    Thanks chy your meals are perfectly enjoyable, it makes mouth waters just from appearance. Tried some of your Nigerian dishes and was very delicious. Thanks again.

  52. Olayinka  September 25, 2016

    These are really fantastic. More grace for all you are doing.

  53. kingz  April 24, 2017

    chy,thanks so much ,i can even call myself a chef now thanks to you

  54. Peace Akaegbu  September 7, 2018

    this is so helpful, I really appreciate it

  55. O Y  April 16, 2019

    Good stuff…

  56. Alleh Glory  April 22, 2019

    This is nice

  57. Felicia Ikuomenisan  May 22, 2019

    Thank u very much, u have really helped me in some many ways, i feel like trying edikakong soup.God bless u.

  58. Shola  August 12, 2019

    Please how much is your cookbook

  59. Miriam  December 4, 2019

    Wow this is really helpful I can’t wait to try my new recipe


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