Nigerian Dishes

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.

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

[h2 ]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.

[h2 ]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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64 Comments

Gina
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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.

August 18, 2015
Chika
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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.

August 18, 2015
Lady G
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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.

August 18, 2015
Vivian Robert
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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

August 19, 2015
CHIDI ANEGBU
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Vivian, thanks for your comment, I do love beans and sweet potatoes too.

August 19, 2015
ifeoma
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You are very wonderful. Thanks so much for the recipes. Thumbs up sweetheart.

August 19, 2015
Maymay
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hello Chy ,you are really doing great job. please keep it up.

August 19, 2015
Grace
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wow! these are lovely, any best way to cook rice and beans together, its my additional favourite

August 20, 2015
Helen
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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.

August 22, 2015
oyinda
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Whaoo u r the best.

August 26, 2015
Tochukwu
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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.

August 26, 2015
stephanie
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Thanks so much 4d recipes dey are wonderful

August 26, 2015
Ikilima
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Thanks dia ..rily appreciate thumb up

September 7, 2019
ibe chidimma
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I can’t wait to eat all this dishes

August 28, 2015
Adeola
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Huuummmm I miss Nigeria Food. I want naija food ooo

August 29, 2015
faith
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keep up the good work

August 30, 2015
Folake Adamu
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You re really doing a great Job! Pls. Can u do a write-up on Afang Soup pls.

October 13, 2015
faith
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U are so amazing chy, your husband is a lucky man

October 15, 2015
pleasant cotterell
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Chy, you are simply too much. More power to your elbow. With all these wonderful Nigerian dishes, he is hooked for life 😀

October 15, 2015
augusta
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May God grease u wit my wisdom and creativity. Though I still await my cookbook to do some of dis wonders

October 15, 2015
funmilayo Sanumi
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keep up the good work sis!

October 15, 2015
Simbo
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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

October 16, 2015
Eby
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Thanks Chy for all these recipes
It’s simply cooking made easy
Keep it up dear.

March 26, 2019
Ken odemene
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Good foods fascinates me, easiest way to kidnap me.

October 16, 2015
johnson
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Nice food u have here , looks so nice hmmmm!

October 20, 2015
ruth friday
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you are wonderful l have tried the recipes thanks.

October 24, 2015
Adenike
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You are doing a great job, please keep it up

October 26, 2015
Phy
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Wahoo! dis is nice.

October 26, 2015
nusayba
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Wow ur so amazing…thank you cos I tried it and it was nyc my mum nd siblings rwly lyk it..

October 26, 2015
Titilayo
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God bless u for d great job you are doing, keep it up!

October 26, 2015
Adeola Gloria
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Thanks chy, I really like the egunsi soup and eba and my friends also… regards and thumbs up..

October 26, 2015
Ahunna Eberechukw Juliet
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Thanks for giving me d Nigerian dishes, I can’t wait to try my hand in all. This ur cook book is vry helpful.

October 26, 2015
Ere
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Fantastic Chy!

October 28, 2015
Edna
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Nice recipe. Thanks so much. I just made yam porrige with potatoes.

November 25, 2015
bukky
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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

November 25, 2015
Chy Anegbu
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lol, just keet reducing it.

November 27, 2015
ify
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I didn’t see porridge unriped plantain the list..all these are food are very appetising. well done Ma.

November 25, 2015
ihuOma
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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

November 25, 2015
Patricia
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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

November 25, 2015
bethy
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Nice one here, I luv d beans porridge. Very tasty. Thanks for these Nigerian dishes.

November 25, 2015
Zine
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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

November 25, 2015
HELEN ADAOLEH
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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

November 28, 2015
Patricia
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Thanks a lot chy, I appreciate dis post alot

February 16, 2016
Ada
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How can. I get the recipe book? I base in Enugu

February 23, 2016
chidaalu obi
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go to a shop and look for it

November 22, 2017
phehintholarh
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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.

April 22, 2016
Titilope
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NICE CONCEPT

April 22, 2016
Perez
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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.

April 22, 2016
batul
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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…

May 11, 2016
Cynthia
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You have taught me most of the recipe that i don’t know. Thank you very much you are the best

May 23, 2016
Oluchi A.
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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

May 23, 2016
Rozy
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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

May 25, 2016
Ify
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Thanks so much chy for all these wonderful, healthy meals. Would appreciate more information on pastries. God bless you!

May 25, 2016
Barbara
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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.

July 22, 2016
chitoo
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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

July 22, 2016
Mambo
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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.

July 23, 2016
Olayinka
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These are really fantastic. More grace for all you are doing.

September 25, 2016
kingz
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chy,thanks so much ,i can even call myself a chef now thanks to you

April 24, 2017
Peace Akaegbu
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this is so helpful, I really appreciate it

September 7, 2018
O Y
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Good stuff…

April 16, 2019
Alleh Glory
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This is nice

April 22, 2019
Felicia Ikuomenisan
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Thank u very much, u have really helped me in some many ways, i feel like trying edikakong soup.God bless u.

May 22, 2019
Shola
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Please how much is your cookbook

August 12, 2019
Miriam
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Wow this is really helpful I can’t wait to try my new recipe

December 4, 2019

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