Nigerian food

April 3, 2020
Chef Chidi
Nigerian Food

Nigerian food lovers and Nigerians all over the world depend daily on these foods to survive.

I will make 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 merely a section of Nigeria’s 200 million population knows and eats the rest.

Take Jollof rice for instance, everyone loves a plate of jollof rice and chicken because it is a popular Nigerian food. Alternatively, there are foods, like Abacha (African Salad) which is not loved by everybody. 😀

Because it is Igbo food, quite popular among the Igbos, but lots of Nigerians know little about it.

Here are basic Nigerian food names, pictures, and links to their respective recipes.

1. Jollof Rice

Jollof rice recipe

Jollof rice is unarguably the most popular Nigerian food. I advise folks that are just starting with Nigerian cooking 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.

Nigerian Jollof Rice Recipe Here

2. Soup and Swallow

Egusi Soup Recipe

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)

Yam Porridge Recipe

I prepare yams in different ways in Nigeria. Porridge yam is like the number one way to eat yam in Nigeria. It is a major staple food in Nigeria.

You can click here to learn more about >> Yam Recipes

4. Nigerian Noodles

Indomie Noodles

Noodle is food to millions of Nigerians, especially kids and young adults. Millions of tonnes of noodles are consumed monthly in Nigerian universities.

I could make it 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. Nigerian Porridge Beans

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

Nigerian breakfast Recipe

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

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. Nigerian Vegetable soup

Vegetable Soup

I combined vegetable soup 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. Nigerian Fried Rice

Fried rice

Fried rice is a very popular Nigerian food. 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

Nigerian vegetable sauce

We eat lots of rice in Nigeria. There are over 20 different rice recipes from Nigeria. This is one of them.

It make separately the vegetable sauce and then served with boiled white rice.

Here is the recipe for Vegetable sauce

12. Moi Moi

Moi Moi Nigerian dinner ideas

Moi moi (beans pudding) is a Nigerian food that is loved by many people from Nigeria, I could serve it 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

Agidi or Eko

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.

It made Agidi from corn (maize), the Igbos also loved it.

Another recipe is what we call agidi Jollof.

Learn how to make this Nigerian food – Agidi (eko) Here

14. Nigerian Pepper Soup

Pepper Soup

Pepper soup is a popular food in Nigeria. I serve peppersoup as a side dish or combined with yam and served as lunch or dinner.

Here is Pepper Soup Recipe

15. Home Made Bread

Bread - home made

Bread could be store-bought or homemade, we eat lots of bread in Nigeria. I serve as a snack or pair with tea and served as breakfast. Bread is a well know Nigerian food.

I created a simple recipe here for >> Home Made Bread

16. Suya – Nigerian food


I make Suya 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

17. Yamarita

Served Yamarita

Yamarita is food to millions of Nigerians. It is a very popular Hausa food. Unlike several other foods that take several hours to prepare, I could make this Nigerian food in just a few minutes.

It is just egg-coated yams that undergo frying.

How to make Yamarita

18. Rice and Tomato stew

rice and tomato stew

A combination of rice and tomato stew is a popular Nigerian food. I served it exactly the way you see above.

Most times I pour the stew 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 unique twists to it.

Find How to make Tomato stew.

19. African Salad

African Salad

African salad is a popular Igbo food. The key ingredient is cassava flakes. The rest is palm oil, peppers, etc.

Learn about (Abacha) African Salad Recipe

20. Ogbono Soup

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

Fruit salad

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.

More Nigerian food names and Pictures


Omolewa Ogidiolu

Thanks for sharing your recipe, Your are going bigger.
God bless the work of your hands 🙏

February 8, 2024
Chef Chidi

Awww! Thanks for your feedback.

February 11, 2024
Samuel Eluu Eze

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September 17, 2023
Chef Chidi

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September 18, 2023
Ngozi Obi

Delicious and healthy

April 15, 2023
Ngozi Obi

I love ur blog and always eager to see new recipes from u.

January 25, 2023
Chidinma Rufina Ngobidi

Hello Chidi, I l love your blog. But Chidi I would like you to prepare some foods for vegetarians also some cheap but healty foods considering the way the economy is because as you know some if not most families are living by the grace of God.. Money is so limited. Thanks

April 15, 2021
Flossy Gabriel

Nice job u re doing keep it up.

April 15, 2021

You have really tried God will continue to bless you

April 15, 2021

5 stars
I love your blog, you have always helped me on what to make for the family.

September 3, 2020
Friday Egbedi

5 stars
You are ones in a million, best in Nigeria and Africa

September 1, 2020
Chidi Anegbu

Thanks for your feedback dearie, I am happy to help.

September 3, 2020
Diane Kallon-Verhaeven

Keep up the good work. Your recipes are on top.

August 31, 2020
Nafisa bello

5 stars
I really appreciate you my CEO, thanks for the Nigerian food recipes.
May Allah bless you abundantly

August 31, 2020

5 stars
Nice one, All nice recipes, nice and yummy foods.

August 20, 2020

I love your blog and have tried lots of your recipes since I started following you. My favorite Nigerian food is rice and fried ripe plantain. Jollof or white rice and stew.

August 18, 2020

5 stars
Wao.. Really doing a great job. Keep up the good work. God bless you richly.

August 18, 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.