If you’re craving some flavorful, colorful food, you can find it in any corner of Africa.
From sweet and simple fried plantains to hearty meat stews, this continent has some truly remarkable cuisine.
Craving some authentic African meals from the comfort of your kitchen? Here are some easy African recipes that you can try and enjoy!
1. West African Peanut Stew With Chicken
Peanuts are a common staple of African cuisine, so expect to see plenty of that in the recipes to come!
This stew is not only delicious, but it’s full of nutrients–especially protein.
It’s a popular dish on dinner tables on the Western coast of Africa.
This chicken peanut stew is super easy to make, so if you’re a beginner chef, don’t be afraid to give it a shot. And the best part is, you can make it all in one pot!
This vegetarian dish originates from Northern African kitchens.
It has soft eggs cooked into a hearty, spicy tomato sauce.
Consider serving it along with a side of rice or some naan bread!
You can enjoy shakshuka for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
It’s a great choice for anyone seeking low-carb or gluten-free meal ideas.
3. East African Bean Stew
Stews are popular in cultures around the world, and Africa is no exception.
This dish is super nutritious and full of fiber, so you can expect it to fill you right up.
Kidney beans, tomatoes, onions, and carrots are just a few delicious ingredients that make up this stew.
East African bean stew tastes delicious with a side of homemade Chapati. We have a recipe for that later on, so keep reading!
4. Gulab Jamun
While this dessert technically has Asian origins, it’s incredibly popular in eastern and southern Africa.
You’ll need plenty of khoya, a dry dairy-based ingredient, to make this recipe.
Gulab jamun has a crispy outside and a soft, chewy interior. It also has a drizzle of rose and cardamom flavored syrup!
It’s a delicious way to satisfy your sweet tooth.
5. West African Fufu
The soft, cloud-like texture of fufu is nothing short of unique.
Fufu’s origins lie in western Africa, but it’s popular throughout the entire continent. In recent years, it’s begun showing up on menus in other continents, as well!
It’s not something you’ll want to eat on its own, though–consider pairing fufu with one of the hearty soups and stews on this list!
6. West African Spicy Jollof Rice
If you’re looking for something truly tasty, consider making some of this flavorful jollof rice!
It has a variety of flavorful seasonings that mingle perfectly, from sweet ginger to spicy habanero.
Jollof rice is delicious enough to eat on its own. However, it tastes best with a side of curry or chicken.
7. East African Style Coconut Chicken
This coconut chicken is simple to make, yet its flavor is truly complex. It has the perfect balance of sweet and savory.
With meat, potatoes, and veggies, this dish is a full meal on its own!
Of course, it also tastes delicious with some rice or flatbread.
8. Nigerian Peanut Yam Stew
This is the perfect meal for vegans craving some African cuisine.
It has yams, peanuts, and fried plantains, making this stew a healthy way to satisfy a sweet tooth.
In addition to being super tasty, it’s also super delicious!
Enjoy on its own, or serve it on top of some white rice if you want something more filling.
9. Ethiopian Doro Wat
This flavorful chicken stew is one of Ethiopia’s most popular dishes.
It’s common to enjoy Doro Wat on Easter day. So, if you want a change of pace from the usual roasted ham, consider trying this recipe instead.
Doro wat takes around two hours to prepare, but most of that time involves simmering to help bring out the flavor. So, overall, this is a pretty low-effort recipe.
10. Senegalese Sweet Potato Shrimp Fritters
These crispy sweet potato shrimp fritters are a perfect snack or side dish for any meal.
Depending on how spicy you like your food, you can add a little extra chili to this recipe for a boost of heat.
They are tasty on their own but are even better when you dip them in some Nuoc Cham sauce.
11. Senegalese Yassa Chicken
If you’re not a fan of onions, you may want to keep scrolling. But if you do love onions, consider adding Senegalese Yassa chicken to your next dinner list!
This recipe is flavorful yet simple. Even beginning chefs will want to give this Yassa chicken a try.
And if you marinate the chicken beforehand, it can be perfect for summertime barbecues.
12. Coconut Flan
Looking for a sweet way to finish off your meal? This Gabonese dessert is sure to hit the spot.
Coconut flan has a rich, creamy flavor and a crispy top similar to creme brulee.
With only five ingredients, this sweet treat is pretty easy to prepare.
13. Ghanaian Krakro Balls
This Ghanaian recipe takes fried plantains to the next level.
Krakro balls have a soft and cakey texture, but the taste of plantains is still present.
You can enjoy Krakro balls as an evening snack or even as a special breakfast. They’re also super kid-friendly!
14. Nigerian Efo Riro
This flavorful Nigerian stew is a great way to get some veggies in your kids’ diets. It’s full of spinach, tomatoes, spices, and your choice of meat!
Efo riro goes great along with some homemade fufu or steamed rice.
From start to finish, this stew can be on your table in just thirty minutes.
If you enjoy fufu, you may want to give banku a try! It’s a similar yet ultimately unique recipe from Ghana.
It only requires four ingredients, all of which you might already have in your pantry.
While it takes quite a while to prepare, it’s not too challenging of a recipe. Overall, this is a great low-effort side dish to go with your favorite African stews or soups.
16. Kenyan Bhajias
The Kenyan Bhajias can make a perfect snack for when you’re craving something hot and savory!
Bhajias are crispy, deep-fried potatoes with a variety of tasty seasonings, including garam masala and green chili peppers.
This Kenyan snack tastes even better with some fresh kachumbari, which we have a recipe for on this list.
17. Malawah Somali Crepes
A dash of cardamom gives these Somali crepes a unique and flavorful twist.
They’re soft, fluffy, and overall mild, so this is a great recipe for picky kids.
For the best experience, top these crepes with a drizzle of honey or pair them with some fresh fruit!
Consider bringing these cookies to your next potluck or family gathering.
19. Zimbabwean Curried Chicken and Sudza
Are you a fan of chicken and grits? This recipe from Zimbabwe is pretty similar but still a unique dish all the same.
Curried chicken and sudza can make a simple weeknight dinner for your family.
And the best part of this is that all of the ingredients for this dish are pretty affordable.
20. Moroccan Couscous With Roasted Vegetables
When you’re dealing with North African cooking, you can expect a lot of chickpeas, couscous, and fresh vegetables.
If you’re a fan of these ingredients, this Moroccan recipe is the next one you’ll want to try!
The fresh almonds give this couscous a little extra crunch and protein.
While it’s delicious on its own, it’ll also taste great as a side for some grilled chicken.
21. Moroccan Carrot and Chickpea Salad
If you’re craving a refreshing summertime dish, consider whipping up this Moroccan carrot and chickpea salad!
As the name suggests, its main ingredients are shredded carrots and chickpeas. Simple, yet delicious all the same.
This salad is full of flavor and super easy to make–all you need to do is mix the ingredients together and it’s ready to eat.
22. Sudanese Cinnamon Tea
Trying to warm up on a chilly autumn day? This Sudanese recipe is the perfect way to do that.
You’ll need just four ingredients, all of which you likely already have in your pantry. If you like cinnamon, you’ll want to give this tea a try.
Overall, this is probably the easiest recipe on this list.
23. Ful Medames
This vegetarian dish has been around since the pharaohs ruled Egypt. Today, it’s a popular dish in both Sudanese and Egyptian kitchens.
It has fava beans, feta cheese, arugula, and a handful of tasty seasonings.
It’s common to enjoy this dish with a side of hard-boiled eggs and a drizzle of hot sauce.
24. Libyan Haraimi
This Libyan recipe is perfect for pescetarians hoping to try something new.
It originates from Libya’s Jewish community, so it’s also kosher!
With juicy fish, soft potatoes, and a spicy tomato sauce, this dish is a complete meal on its own.
25. Libyan Sharba
Sharba is a warm and flavorful soup with lamb meat, orzo pasta, and chickpeas.
It’s a filling dish that Libyan Muslims enjoy on Ramadan evenings!
A pinch of dried mint helps bring all of the flavors of this recipe together.
The best part? It’s pretty easy to prepare, and you can make it all in one pot!
26. Zambian Chibwabwa With Groundnuts
Chibwabwa is another word for dried pumpkin leaves. In this recipe, you soak the leaves and cook them in a pot with some groundnuts, tomatoes, and a handful of spices.
Overall, this is a pretty simple yet delicious recipe.
Consider serving this dish with some nshima or fufu!
27. Ugandan Rolex
Because it’s easy to eat with your hands, the Rolex is popular street food in Uganda.
It has flatbread (or chapati), fried eggs, and lots of veggies.
If you slice it up, this Rolex can make a perfect after-school snack for kids!
28. South African Malva Pudding
This easy dessert is super sweet and very popular among children in South Africa.
Despite the pudding in its name, it has more of a cake-like texture.
The apricot jam gives Malva pudding its rich and fruity flavor.
Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top!
29. Mealie Bread
While cornbread’s origins lie in North America, this special twist on cornbread comes from South Africa.
It has a sweet, cake-like flavor and a subtle hint of paprika.
Delicious on its own, but even better with some butter on top. It also pairs well with a piping hot bowl of chili!
This South African casserole is perfect for weeknight dinners or potlucks.
It has ground beef, a savory egg custard, fruit chutney, and lots of herbs!
Consider serving this bobotie with some freshly-baked mealie bread.
31. Matoke With Beans
This dish features a fruit called “matoke,” a banana that grows in Eastern Africa.
Beans, diced tomatoes, and plenty of onion add a lot of flavor to this dish.
Serve this stew with some fufu or your favorite bread for a filling and nutritious dinner!
32. Carrot Cakes With Harissa Yogurt
When most people think of carrot cake, they probably picture a dessert topped with cream cheese frosting. This North African recipe, however, is something entirely different.
These carrots cakes are quite savory. And instead of baking them, you can make them on the stovetop.
They have shredded carrots, chickpeas, and lots of coriander, as well as a side of spicy harissa yogurt!
Chakalaka is a tangy, flavorful relish that originates from South Africa. It usually consists of baked beans, tomatoes, onions, and a handful of other veggies.
You normally won’t eat chakalaka on its own–instead, you should serve it on top of some toast, crackers, or even mix it into your favorite stew.
34. Bunny Chow
With a name as cute as this, how can anyone resist?
This South African dish is great for kids. It’s a rather popular street food throughout the continent, too.
It has a hollowed bread crust filled to the brim with chicken, curry sauce, potatoes, chickpeas, and more!
25. South African Milk Tart
Looking for a rich dessert to satisfy your sweet cravings? Look no further than the South African milk tart.
It has a crispy pie crust and a creamy, milky filling.
Top it all off with a dusting of cinnamon sugar!
Because it’s so rich, you may want to eat this tart with a cup of tea or a glass of cold milk.
This delicious soup from Cape Verde is the perfect wintertime meal to warm you up!
Beef brisket, salt pork, hominy, and three different kinds of beans make up the bulk of this recipe.
While the ingredients list is pretty long, it’s pretty easy to assemble.
This recipe shows you how to make your own yeast from scratch. While it can be time-consuming, the method itself isn’t too complicated, so even beginners can master this delicious bread!
Injera is a spongy, dark brown bread that originates from Ethiopia.
You can fill injera with some veggies or meats, or even serve it as a side dish for a bowl of Doro Wat.
38. Moroccan Matbucha
If you’re hoping for a new spicy dip to bring to your next potluck, consider bringing some of this Moroccan Matbucha.
It’s full of roasted peppers, tomatoes, and olive oil, all simmered to perfection.
Serve on top of pasta, pizza, crackers, or anything else you like!
39. Madagascar Coconut Shrimp Curry
This unique, flavorful curry originates from the southern African island of Madagascar.
The shrimp and coconut milk pair wonderfully, giving this curry a sweet and savory flavor.
From start to finish, you can have this curry ready to eat in roughly thirty minutes!
Like most curries, this recipe tastes best on top of some lightly seasoned white rice.
40. Kelewele Cinnamon Buns
Cinnamon is a common spice in African cooking, especially when it comes to desserts. So, it should come as no surprise that Ghana has their own spin on cinnamon buns!
These cinnamon buns have a sweet, hibiscus-flavored icing on top.
It’s a perfect sweet treat for breakfast, brunch, or even dessert.
This chicken soup is a popular meal on chilly days in Ghana.
With sweet potatoes, carrots, and cabbage, it’s nothing short of nutritious.
The coriander and spicy peppers help bring the flavor all together!
It’s a great meal for when you’re feeling under the weather, too.
Mandazi is a sweet and delicious pastry that’s popular in Eastern Africa.
The coconut and cardamom mingle to create a unique and delicious flavor.
In some countries, people will also refer to it as puff puff.
This treat goes well with a cup of your favorite tea!
43. North African Cauliflower Salad
People looking for a healthy African dish will want to give this North African cauliflower salad a try.
It’s super filling and super easy to put together.
Not only does it have cauliflower, but it also has carrots, raisins, arugula, and a drizzle of tasty chermoula dressing.
Kachumbari is a simple, refreshing, and flavorful salad that’s popular on the Eastern coast of Africa.
Cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, and jalapenos make up the bulk of this salad. These ingredients give it a colorful appearance as well.
Kachumbari is a great side dish for a variety of the African dishes featured on this list.
It also tastes delicious with some avocado on top!
45. Fried Sweet Plantains
Fried plantains are a popular snack in nearly every part of Africa. They’re also common in countries with a lot of African influence, such as the Caribbean islands.
Depending on how you prepare them and how ripe they are, fried plantains can be sweet or savory.
Frying plantains is a pretty simple process, too. They can make a great snack or even a side dish for a meal!
46. Jollof Spaghetti
Are you craving the flavors of jollof rice, but you’re a pasta lover at heart?
You’re in luck because this classic African dish can also come in spaghetti form!
Preparing this jollof spaghetti is super easy and won’t take much longer than forty minutes.
Consider serving this along with some grilled chicken or even some garlic bread.
47. Sweet Crunchy African Chin Chin
Chin chin is a popular appetizer at parties or potlucks in Nigeria. So, next time you’re craving something sweet, these delicious treats might hit the spot.
Chin chin can come in a variety of flavors, but the version in this recipe has a strong coconut and nutmeg flavor.
Its crispy texture and sweet flavor make this recipe super kid-friendly.
Easy African Recipes, Final Thoughts
Africa is a continent with some truly amazing cuisine.
Whether you’re seeking ideas for snacks, dinners, or potlucks, there’s sure to be a perfect African dish that you can pick from this list of easy African recipes for the occasion!