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 grilled chicken, I did add parboiled peas just to improve the appearance of the meal. Enjoy!
Jollof rice in Nigeria

Ingredients for Making Nigerian Jollof Rice (for 6 persons)

4 cups of rice
2 kg of Chicken (I just like to use chicken but you can use any kind of meat that suits you)
1000ml of Ground Fresh tomatoes (your blender is calibrated, 1000ml = 1 liter)
40 to 100ml Ground Fresh peppers
Spices (Curry, Thyme, Delice, Nutmeg, chicken spice)
2 cubes of knorr of maggi
2 cups of sliced onions
300ml vegetable or groundnut oil
salt to taste.
5 cloves of garlic and 3 finger of ginger

rice seeds

Rice seeds

There are different kinds of rice in Nigeria, some are cultivated locally while about 60 percent of the rice eaten in Nigeria are imported.
Parboil the chicken (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 fried chicken. And then prepare the main food with the meat stock (meat water). Then I use very little or no extra spice while doing the main cooking.

Add water so that more than half of the entire chicken (or meat of choice) is submerged, then add sliced 1 cup of onions, 3 cubes of knorr, one tea spoon of salt, one sachet of chicken spice 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 chicken and deep fry, this wouldn’t take more than 10 minutes.

Or grill your chicken (as in my case). The recipe for grilling chicken is on page 18 of the Ultimate Nigerian Cookbook.

Once you are done with frying the chicken, 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 chicken, Using a fresh oil is just the same as cooking without the chicken 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.

making Jollof rice

Once the tomato is well fried, add the meat water, the ground ginger/garlic, a teaspoon each of curry and thyme, two teaspoons of salt then about 1 or 2 cups of water, (you can add a little more water later), add a cube of maggi or knorr. 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.
Making jollof rice

Then just cook till the rice is soft for consumption, Remember that you can add water occasionally.
Jollof Rice
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. Moyeni F  June 3, 2016

    Wow… never knew cooking could be this interesting ( cause as a 16 year old I hate it ) lol. I will try each and every recipe on this site. Thank you so much may you go from glory to glory.

  2. udoka onwuka  July 23, 2016

    I love Nigerian jollof rice, thanks for showing me how to make jollof rice.

  3. tholarh  July 27, 2016

    Thank thank you so much for this jollof rice I cooked mine this morning and it was excellent. Everyone in the house ate a second round. I was so happy God bless you real good

  4. Nwabuno  September 10, 2016

    Chy! You are a friend indeed!
    You are such a nice woman. I thought i can cook jellof rice before without knowing that i am missing alot till i discover Chy. Bravo!

  5. Amaka  December 31, 2016

    Pls can I use green bean when preparing jollof rice?

    • Dave Anegbu  January 3, 2017

      Yes, sure.

  6. samuel  March 4, 2017

    I love the way you cook, I always swallow saliva when looking at your stuff, please me some

  7. Nd  March 15, 2017

    Nice one. Admin can u please give the quantity of ingredients for one to cook jellof rice for 50 people? From ( rice, meat/chicken, Maggi g/oil, tomato, etc) have leant a whole lot here I must say.

    • Chy Anegbu  March 19, 2017

      The ingredients above can cook jollof rice for about 6 persons. You just need to do the math to know how much of it would make rice for 50

  8. Ojinaid  August 9, 2017

    Thanks so much for this. God will continue to bless those hands of yours and it will never go sour. i thought the tin tomato brings out the reddish colour. Pls, is it bad to use tin tomato together with fresh one. and do we fry the paste along side the fresh tomoto. i await ur response. Thanks.

    • Chy Anegbu  August 10, 2017

      You can use a combination of fresh and canned tomatoes and yes, you can fry both together when making jollof rice.

  9. Echeme mercy  November 9, 2017

    Wooow you are doing a lovely job not being selfish with what you know but rather helping homes that would have been broken because the ability of not knowing how to cook, you will always have your reward… And your recipes are lovely thanks so much for them.

  10. Toyosi  November 24, 2017

    Wow! That was great. Keep it up

  11. Glory  August 3, 2018

    Thanks, keep up the good work. God bless you.


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