Nigerian food lovers and Nigerians all over the world depend daily on these foods to survive. I will be making a list of the top 21 foods in Nigeria and their recipe (How to make them).
There are lots of foods in Nigeria. Some are quite popular while the rest are only known and eaten by sections of Nigeria’s 200 million population.
Take Jollof rice for instance, everyone loves a plate of jollof rice and chicken. Alternatively, there are foods, like Abacha (African Salad) which is not loved by everybody. 😀
Because it is an Igbo food, quite popular among the Igbos but lots of Nigerians are yet to taste it.
So here I will be making a list of popular Nigerian foods.
1. Jollof Rice
Jollof rice is unarguably the most popular Nigerian food. Folks that are just starting with Nigerian cooking are advised to start with jollof rice.
The recipe is easy and the required ingredients could be found in any country in the world. If you could lay your hands on tomatoes and chicken, you could make jollof rice.
2. Soup and Swallow
Nigerian swallows include eba, fufu, Semo, pounded yam, tuwo shinkafa and quite a few others. In Nigeria, we serve swallow and soups as dinner or lunch.
The most popular soup in Nigeria is egusi soup, here for Egusi Soup Recipe
3. Porridge Yam (Nigerian Food)
Yams are generally prepared in different ways in Nigeria. Porridge yam is like the number one way to eat yam in Nigeria. It is major staple food in Nigeria.
You can click here to learn more about >> Yam Recipes
4. Noodles – Nigerian food
Noodle is food to millions of Nigerians, especially kids and young adults. Millions of tonnes of noodles are consumed monthly in Nigerian universities.
It could be made in less than 10 minutes, so lots of students are depending on noodles to stay full.
I have written about several noodle recipes in the past.
Click here For Nigerian Noodle Recipes
5. Porridge Beans
Porridge beans is a popular Nigerian food. There is hardly any reputable eateries or restaurant in Nigerian that doesn’t serve cooked beans.
There are many ways to cook beans in Nigeria.
You could make beans and yam porridge combo, or boil plain white beans and serve with stew.
Here is Porridge Beans Recipe
6. Tea and Bread
Tea and bread is a popular delicious breakfast from Nigeria. Lots of Nigerians eat this for breakfast. Often, it is combined with fried eggs.
Here is the recipe for Fried Eggs
7. Spaghetti – Nigerian food
Spaghetti is a popular Nigerian food, It doesn’t stay much in the pot when I prepare it this way. My kids love spaghetti this way, their dad too. 😀
You could also boil spaghetti and serve with stew or sauce.
Here is my Spaghetti Recipe
8. Unripe Plantain Porridge
Unripe plantain porridge is food to millions of Nigerians. I make this at least once every week in my home.
You can learn more about Plantain Porridge Here
9. Vegetable soup
Vegetable soup is combined with eba or fufu in Nigeria and served as either lunch or dinner. I just finished the recipe for vegetable soup last week and also included a video.
Learn how to make this Nigerian food here >> Nigerian Vegetable Soup
10. Fried Rice
Fried rice is a very popular food from Nigeria. There is a twist to the Nigerian version. Several recipes exist for fried rice across the nations.
Most times we serve fried rice, chicken and vegetable salad together.
Here is How to make Fried Rice
11. Rice and vegetable Sauce
We eat lots of rice in Nigeria. There are over 20 different rice recipes from Nigeria. This is one of them.
The vegetable sauce is made separately and then served with boiled white rice.
Here is the recipe for Vegetable sauce
12. Moi Moi
Moi moi (beans pudding) is a Nigerian food that is loved by many people from Nigeria, it could be served with pap or custard for breakfast.
Moi moi can also be served as a main dish in Nigerian homes.
Here is Moi Moi Recipe
13. Agidi (Eko) – Nigerian food
I like to combine agidi and cooked beans and then serve with stew as you can see above. Agidi (eko) is food for the Yorubas, other ethnic groups in Nigeria also have a way of making this.
Agidi is made from corn (maize), it is also loved by the Igbos.
Another recipe is what we call agidi Jollof.
Learn how to make this Nigerian food – Agidi (eko) Here
14. Nigerian Pepper Soup
Pepper soup is a popular food in Nigeria. it is served as a side dish or combined with yam and served as lunch or dinner.
Here is Pepper Soup Recipe
15. Home Made Bread
Bread could be store-bought or homemade, the point is that we eat lots of bread in Nigeria. It is eaten as a snack, Nigerian food, or paired with tea and served as breakfast.
I created a simple recipe here for >> Home Made Bread
16. Suya – Nigerian food
Suya is made from beef or chicken. I have also seen fish suya and some other recipes. We eat lots of suya in Nigeria.
Usually as a snack or side dish.
Here is Suya Recipe
Yamarita is food to millions of Nigerians. It is a very popular Hausa food. Unlike several other foods that take several hours to prepare, this Nigerian food could be made in just few minutes.
It is just egg-coated yams that undergo the process of frying.
18. Rice and Tomato stew
A combination of rice and tomato stew is a popular Nigerian food. It is served exactly the way you see above.
Most times the stew is poured on top of the rice instead of being on a separate plate.
Lots of Nigerians eat rice and stew for dinner.
Stew is a big word in Nigeria food-osphere. There are different twists to it.
Find How to make Tomato stew.
19. African Salad
African salad is a popular Igbo food. The main ingredient is cassava flakes. The rest is palm oil, peppers, etc.
Learn about (Abacha) African Salad Recipe
20. Ogbono Soup
Ogbono soup is certainly the second most popular soup in Nigeria. There is hardly any eatry or restaurant in Nigeria that doesn’t serve ogbono soup.
It is also easy to prepare.
Ogbono soup can be served with either eba, fufu or semo.
Here for >> Ogbono Soup Recipe
21. Fruits as Nigerian Food
We eat lots of fruits in Nigeria. We eat banana, papaya (paw paw), mango, watermelon, pineapple, orange but especially watermelons.
I think watermelon is the most popular fruit in Nigeria.
We also have pears, Guava, oranges and a plethora of others.
When you combine lots of fruit together, like the plate above, we call it a fruit salad – a popular Nigerian food.
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