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. Chidera  July 25, 2013

    Jollof rice is my favorite Nigerian food, I like when it is spiced up with green pees and then fried plantain. I like a whole lot of other Nigerian foods but this happens to be my best, thanks for helping out

  2. blessing  July 26, 2013

    Yes! I have tried this rice recipe and it turned out perfectly well but there seemed to be a little difference with the one I ate at a friends birthday party, there was a slight difference in taste and color, maybe I probably didn’t get it right. I will have to try again and keep trying till I get that particular taste

  3. Enny Ijezie  August 12, 2013

    You are doing well Peace the rice seems a lot delicious! *thumbs up*

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  5. pamela  August 28, 2013

    Thanks so much….I love ur work!

  6. blessing  October 17, 2013

    it look sweet i will try it

  7. Lahonda Olumide  January 12, 2014

    I am an African- American woman married to a Nigerian man and I love jollof rice when he prepared it for me I fell in love I like the spices and put goat meat in the rice it is so delicious. I am a big fan of Nigerian cuisine . P.S. Iy is othing better than pounded yam!!

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  8. christie  February 2, 2014

    hi, I really don’t understand that part of seiving ur fresh tomatoes and pepper, i thought the normal thing to be done is to boil the grinded tomatoes until it becomes dry thereby also reducing the sour taste? besides, from ur illustrations, I dint see where u boiled it. Are u saying we can still achieve the same result with just filtering and frying? enlighten me pls. thanks

    • Chy Anegbu  February 6, 2014

      Christie, yes, you can just filter and fry, it is faster and better that way. However, you can also boil instead of filtering.

  9. divine williams  February 13, 2014

    I like a nice prepared jollof rice n fried rice. but I don’t know how to prepare one, I’m glad I will learn 4rm ur site. U are doing a good work here keep it up God will Blss u abundantly

  10. Cee  March 9, 2014

    If you boil the tomato till it becomes dry, do you still fry it with the onions for a while or do you just add your stock to it and continue from there?. I tried it and the rice came out funny. Please give a detailed step by step method

    • temi  October 12, 2017

      you must select your tomatoes right.look for the hard red colored dries well without soury taste.

  11. Chy Anegbu  March 12, 2014

    Cee, You don’t ever need to boil the tomatoes, just grind and fry, you can also slice and fry. Whatever you do, even if you boiled it, you will still need to fry the tomato before commencing with the rest of the cooking. It would be nice if you look up the embeded video

  12. vanessa celaire  March 28, 2014

    loving your cooking am not a nigerian though i just love your jollof rice.

  13. Christie A  May 6, 2014

    Pls i would like to learn more about ofada stew. i want to prepare it this weekend. Thanks

  14. seun Erinle  May 30, 2014

    i tried out the procedure for the jollof, and i must tell u, i had a great meal. it is the best i have cooked forfour years since i entered university of ibadan. thumbs up to chy anegbu

  15. Ella  August 29, 2014

    Chy,your recipes are very nice. You r really good at what you do. However,I do normally boil my fresh tomatoes after grinding or slicing till it dries,that way I wont hv to deep fry. I really avoid too much fries dats why.

    • Chy Anegbu  September 3, 2014

      That is cool, I mean the part where you boil your tomato after grinding. There are just so many ways of doing everything, keep making tasty foods.

  16. teresa lyn  August 30, 2014

    woooow….m xo impressed,i hope it turns owt well for mhe cuz im to present et n an examination practical…ma….f i am to produce dis to an hypertensive patient,wat re d thingz i ought to add,or reduce…plz enlighten mhe

  17. Eliz  September 6, 2014

    hello, i need ur assistance. Please tell me how can i prepare jollof rice for 20 people? what are the quantites involved in the ingredients? Thank you

  18. omotayo  September 21, 2014

    Infact I cooked the fried rice it was very delicious unbelivable ,my husband enjoyed it nd I enjoyed It tooo ,sweet sensation can not withstand me again , u are great thnks joooooooo

  19. Bolanle  October 22, 2014

    tanks so much

  20. anony  November 3, 2014

    You are saving women and aspiring cooks’ lives!!
    Thank you 🙂 :*

  21. 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.

  22. 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!

  23. millie Enabosi  January 4, 2015

    Awesome…….keep up d gud work.

  24. 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.

  25. 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. 🙂

  26. 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

  27. Noble Amy  April 16, 2015

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

  28. jackxman  July 20, 2015

    Thanks for the guidelines God bless

  29. chichi  July 30, 2015

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

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. Omo  August 20, 2015

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

  33. Sonia  August 28, 2015

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

  34. 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

  35. 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

  36. 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.

  37. 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

  38. 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.

  39. embassy  March 31, 2016

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

  40. 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?

  41. 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.

  42. udoka onwuka  July 23, 2016

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

  43. 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

  44. 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!

  45. Amaka  December 31, 2016

    Pls can I use green bean when preparing jollof rice?

    • Dave Anegbu  January 3, 2017

      Yes, sure.

  46. samuel  March 4, 2017

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

  47. 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

  48. 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.

  49. 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.

  50. Toyosi  November 24, 2017

    Wow! That was great. Keep it up


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