Nigerian dishes would include all kinds of foods that are served in Nigeria, this are the 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.

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.

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

White Rice and tomato stew.

Rice and stew
These sure looks 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, it 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.

Egusi Soup and Eba.

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.

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.

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

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.

Porridge Beans.

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 eat 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 your opinion. What do you think? Which is your favorite Nigerian dish? Tell us 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.


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