Jollof rice is one of the most simple and the easy to make Nigerian food, you’d want to start from here if you are new to Nigerian foods.
Are you married to a Nigerian person and probably looking for an easy to make African Food? Nigerian jollof rice is accepted all over the world and the ingredient used is found in all parts of the world. This was one of the first foods I learned to prepare at a younger age, my tactics only improved over the years.

There are different kinds of rice recipes in Nigeria and of course you will find all of them on this site, Let’s start with the jollof rice, then we talk about how to make Nigerian Fried rice, ofada rice and the local rice, I have a special liking for local rice with palm oil.

What you find below is the image of delicious plate jollof rice plus fried beef.
Jollof rice

Ingredients for Making Nigerian Jollof Rice (for 6 persons)

4 cups of rice
1kg beef
1000ml of Ground Fresh tomatoes (your blender is calibrated, 1000ml = 1 liter)
50ml Ground Fresh peppers
Spices (Curry, Thyme, Delice, Nutmeg, Chicken spice)
3 cubes of knorr of maggi
2 cups of sliced onions
300ml vegetable or groundnut oil
salt to taste.
3 cloves of garlic and 2 finger of ginger

Parboil the beef (or any meat of your choice) with the spices listed above. I like to use lots of them so as to end up with a very tasty beef. And then prepare the main food with the meat stock (meat water).

Add water so that more than half of the entire beef is submerged, then add 2 seasoning cubes, teaspoon of beef seasoning spice, 1 cup of sliced onions, one tea spoon of salt and a teaspoon each of curry/thyme.

Peel of the outer back of the ginger/garlic, pound or grind.

Parboil the rice the normal way, boil about 7 cups of water in a pot, add the four cups of rice and allow to cook for 10 minutes. Then pour out and wash thoroughly with clean water then set aside in a bowl or plastic sieve as you will see in my jollof rice videos below.

How to Make Nigerian jollof Rice.

Pick out the parboiled tasty beef and deep fry, this wouldn’t take more than 10 minutes.
beef stock
Cooked beef on the left side and the stock on the right side. This beef stock is a very important in Nigerian cooking.

Or grill your beef. The recipe for grilling is on page 18 of the Ultimate Nigerian Cookbook.

Once you are done with frying the beef, reduce the oil to 250ml (1 cup) just add the remaining one cup of sliced onions, stir for 1-2 minutes and add the ground tomatoes. I like to commence cooking jollof rice with the same oil I used in frying the beef, Using a fresh oil is just the same as cooking without the beef stock (meat water) which actually hold over 70 percent of the ingredient that is used in making most Nigerian foods, the end result is a tasteless meal.
Frying the tomatoes would take about 30 minutes. Fry until when you lift a portion with your frying spoon you will notice the oil continues to boil in the spoon. You also notice the tomatoes turning dark.
frying jollof

Once the tomato is well fried, remove half and set aside. add the meat water to the remaining fried tomato in the pot, the ground ginger/garlic, a teaspoon each of curry and thyme, two teaspoons of salt then add 3 cups of water, 750ml (Please use the recommended cups), add another seasoning cube. Stir and taste, it should taste overly spiced. Don’t worry, once the rice is added the taste would balance.

Then add the rice and cover to cook.
rice cooking

Add the fried tomatoes you initially removed, (I do this so my rice doesn’t start burning before it is properly cooked.
cooking jollof rice
Then just cook till the rice is soft for consumption, Remember that you can add water occasionally.
pot of jollof rice

Turn and serve with the fried meat.

This is just how to make jollof rice, you can serve with the fried meat, salad and maybe a bottle of your favorite drink

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Video For Nigerian Jollof Rice

I made this video a few days ago, you can learn to make jollof rice through the video below, the method is straight and easy to follow, You will also get a visual of all the ingredients that I used in the process.

Compare Jollof Rice & Fried Rice


  1. Grace Olaniyi  December 26, 2014

    chy, can one use can tomato in place of fresh ones and get the same good and tasty jollof rice?

    • Chy Anegbu  December 27, 2014

      Sure, you can. Most restaurants use canned tomatoes, it largely depend on other ingredients and how you fried the tomato.

  2. Sameer Khushi  January 3, 2015

    Its gud! I’m nt a woman… I’m a man but I still lv it! Gud Work Chy! Keep it up!

  3. millie Enabosi  January 4, 2015

    Awesome…….keep up d gud work.

  4. ChrisMARY  January 31, 2015

    thanks alot, what if i want to add carrot to my jollof rice, please how do igo about it

    • Chy Anegbu  January 31, 2015

      just add it three minutes before you turn off the heat, Thanks for commenting.

  5. Tammy Houston  March 14, 2015

    My son is Nigerian and African American. I want to make this for a heritage event where I live. I’m trying to make different foods for him. He will be one on the day of the event. I will have to add some spices to my grocery list. I’m happy that I found your site. 🙂

  6. suprise  April 15, 2015

    Am in love with jollof rice thanx so much am defenetly you going to try it for my family thank u

  7. Noble Amy  April 16, 2015

    one word for the recipe.. And stand d chance of winning my love

  8. jackxman  July 20, 2015

    Thanks for the guidelines God bless

  9. chichi  July 30, 2015

    This looks beautiful in the eyes and sweet in the mouth.

  10. chiomachizo  August 4, 2015

    can I get the recipe for jollof rice for a wedding or other big occasion

    • moshood muyideen  September 17, 2016

      Ma Mr muyideen yes you can get en big event.

  11. Rashidat  August 14, 2015

    Pls do i need to fried carrot, green peas when prepared jollof rice

    • Chy Anegbu  August 14, 2015

      Nope, just add them to the cooking rice – 4-5 minutes before you turn off the heat.

  12. Omo  August 20, 2015

    Jollof rice is my best, I luv it. I luv the great work you are doing. Thumbs’ up.

  13. Sonia  August 28, 2015

    yea!!! dis method is great. i tried it and it worked perfectly well

  14. Esther  September 8, 2015

    Hello Chy. I looked at the recipe now and I want to try it but if I use canned tomatoes instead of fresh ones,how do I go about it? Will it be possible to fry the canned tomato like the fresh one? Thank you

  15. franca nd  September 26, 2015

    Hi am Mrs franca I blend tomatoes + pepper + onion and I fry it after 15min I add tin tomatoes and I still have tasteless jollofrice wat can I do pls tell me or I should cook without tin tomatoes

  16. Babatunde tayo  October 5, 2015

    I am mrs babatunde. Should I use tomato paste in my jollof rice pls help me

    • Chy Anegbu  October 13, 2015

      sure you can, but it is better to use the fresh one if you can find them.

  17. Vera  October 12, 2015

    It looks good in my eyes. I will try it thank u so much I love what u are doing. God bless u

  18. Okafor Arinze  November 23, 2015

    This is informative, never thought something like this could be online. most helpful to me in terms of knowing the names of spices used frequently.

  19. embassy  March 31, 2016

    Hello, but in party jollof u don’t need to parboil the rice, I mean yoruba method

  20. Fredrick  May 31, 2016

    Wow…it looks great thank you very much. Pls i wnt 2 try it with tin tomatoes, how do i go abuh it?


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