Jollof rice is a common dish in West African cuisine. It belongs to a family of dishes with roots in Sierra Leone and Liberia that use tomato as an ingredient. Let’s take a look at a collection of easy jollof rice recipes.
1. Nigerian Jollof Rice by Immaculate Bites
In Nigeria, jollof rice is one of the most popular rice dishes at parties. The aroma of Jollof rice cooking will send you into a frenzy of excitement! If you’re not huge on spicy food, you can prepare this with mild spices and you can always add your own heat as needed.
There are many variations to this dish. Some add carrots and peas while some prefer not to use any vegetables. Some cook the rice separately from the stew, while some bake their jollof rice in the oven.
It really does not matter how you make it because everyone has their unique way of making it. It’s really about what YOU like or how YOU were taught to make it.
If you’re looking for a great side dish for your next party or gathering, serve this with your favorite salad or chicken/meat recipe and watch it disappear before your eyes!
2. Smokey Nigerian Party Jollof Rice by 9jafoodie
This is a party jollof rice recipe for that special occasion when you want to make something a bit more elaborate and extra special. It has all the usual ingredients you would find in a Jollof Rice dish, but there is a little twist– it’s smokey!
I made this for my son’s christening reception, and the feedback was amazing! Since then, I have been asked to share the recipe many times, so I finally decided to stick to it.
I have always smiled at the feisty debates on which country makes the best version of Jollof Rice. There is no right or wrong answer here because there are so many ways to make this rice dish. The key is understanding what spices you like and how much of each you need to get the flavor you love. This is what makes Smokey Nigerian Party Jollof such a versatile dish that adapts to taste by anyone.
3. Ghanaian Jollof Rice by Tei Hammond
When it comes to Jollof rice, the stakes are highest in Ghana. Ghanaians clearly prefer their own Jollof rice over Nigeria’s and Sierra Leone’s. This is because each Jollof rice recipe is quite distinct from the others. In Nigeria and Sierra Leone, tomatoes make a tomato stew that flavors the rice. In Ghana, however, they use tomato paste instead. Also, in Ghana, they add onions to their recipe, whereas in Nigeria, onions are usually only added when making a vegetable stew to complement the rice.
The base of this Jollof recipe includes parboiled long grain rice and tomato paste or puree. Seasonings include salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder or chopped onions. While some people like to leave out ingredients such as carrots or green peas due to personal preference (or allergies), I think that adding them makes the dish tastier.
To make the best version of Ghanaian Jollof Rice, you can use butter for a buttery flavor. However, if you want your rice to be vegan friendly, you can substitute it with coconut oil.
4. Jollof Spaghetti Recipe by Diary of a Kitchen Lover
The secret to the perfect Jollof spaghetti is the magic that happens when the spaghetti cooks in the tomato stew. The starch released by the pasta gives it that ‘Jollof’ texture.
You can pair this Jollof spaghetti with any chicken, fish, or meat you prefer. I love pairing it with chicken and fried plantain.
I also love using fresh tomatoes. However, you want to make it extra spicy, use blended fresh pepper. You can use canned tomatoes puree or even ketchup to make it milder. But trust me, nothing beats fresh tomatoes puree for that authentic Jollof flavor!
5. Jollof Rice With Chicken By Precious Core
The flavor of this dish comes from the tomato base, which is enriched by dried fruit. The rice itself is brown, which creates a nutty undertone in this dish.
If you are looking for mouth-watering and delicious Jollof Rice With Chicken, then you’re sorted; you’ll be everyone’s favorite at the table!
It’s been said that this dish is “the best thing since sliced bread” but we think it’s even better than that. This meal has all of your favorites in one easy-to-make package: chicken, rice, veggies, and spices. We’re sure that anyone who tries it will agree that this meal makes for a perfect dinner any night of the week!
6. Jollof Rice by Epicurious
You can spend hours preparing a meal, but sometimes that’s not realistic. But, you’re in luck if you’re looking for a super-simple (and tasty) weeknight meal.
This easy jollof rice recipe from Epicurious is all about the prep. It has just 15 ingredients and one step: Add everything to a pot and simmer. The recipe says it’ll take 1 hour 20 minutes, but most of that time is inactive prep time.
It’s usually a spicy rice dish, though you can easily adjust the spice level to your taste. The rice is cooked with tomatoes and tomato paste, which gives it a delicious red hue.
And the best part? There’s nothing in here that you have to get at the store—these are all stuff you probably already have in your pantry or fridge.
7. Jollof Rice, Boiled Eggs and Fruits Recipe by Cookpad
If you’re looking for an easy side dish to cook up while also feeding your family or friends something healthy, then look no further than the Jollof Rice with Boiled Eggs.
This one-pot dish will be sure to please everyone at your table. It’s healthy and delicious, but it also packs some protein thanks to the boiled eggs on top. The recipe calls for at least four eggs, but add more if you want more protein. You can also use brown instead of white rice if desired. Just adjust your cooking time accordingly!
Traditionally, it’s made with long-grain parboiled rice. Parboiled rice is used because it absorbs more flavor from the other ingredients than regular white rice. The parboiling process also infuses some of the nutrients from the bran layer into the endosperm of each grain, making it healthier for you to eat.
8. Cauliflower Jollof Rice by Low Carb Africa
This is a keto-friendly twist on an African classic. You’ve probably never thought to replace rice with cauliflower, but it’s the perfect swap. It tastes just like the original and has less than half the carbs.
With a little creativity, you can turn cauliflower into a delicious dish. Cauliflower is a vegetable that can easily be turned into “rice.” All you need to do is to pulse the cauliflower florets in a food processor until they become the size of rice grains.
There are many ways to cook cauliflower rice. You can steam it or boil it for about 5 minutes, or until it becomes tender.
You can also sautee it with some oil for about 5 minutes and then add water, cover and let it steam for about 5-10 minutes, depending on how tender you want your rice to be.
9. Grilled Chicken Yassa with Jollof Rice by Cook Unity
We’ve scoured the web for the best easy jollof rice recipes, and it’s hard to be a winner in this category. However, Grilled Chicken Yassa with Jollof Rice is truly something special.
The first thing you’ll notice about this recipe is that it’s not as easy as others on our list. There’s a reason for that: it’s worth it. Just one bite, and you’ll understand why Cook Unity went the extra mile to bring you this delicious dish.
Because this recipe isn’t quite as simple as the other ones on our list, we recommend making it when you have a little more time on your hands or when you’re planning a dinner party and want to impress your guests with something truly unique.
There’s something about grilled chicken paired with rich Jollof Rice flavors that just makes your taste buds sing! If you’re looking for a way to kick things up a notch in your kitchen, we highly recommend trying this winning recipe.
10. Oven Baked Jollof Rice with Chicken Yassa by 1Q Food Platter
Sometimes you just want to kick back and enjoy a nice meal without having to slave over the stove for hours on end. This is a great recipe for anyone who is short on time but still wants a home-cooked meal that tastes like it’s fresh off the stove.
It’s made with a chicken oven-baked in an onion and lemon sauce, served over rice, and it’s delicious. The oven-baked version takes out the steps of cooking the chicken in a skillet or on a stove.
This recipe is perfect for busy weeknights because you can just walk away while it bakes in the oven. You don’t have to worry about checking on it, stirring it, or any of that stuff. It will be done when it’s done, and when it’s done, you’re going to have a delicious meal ready to eat!
11. Shito-Rubbed Grilled Chicken with Jollof Rice by Spinneys
This Ghanaian-inspired grilled chicken dish is full of flavor. The spicy rub gives the chicken a kick, and the jollof rice soaks up all that delicious flavor.
Sometimes you need to make a meal that’s beyond delicious and impressive but still super easy.
The secret to this Shito-rubbed grilled chicken with jollof rice is in the rub. You can make the rub up to two days ahead, then use it to season the chicken just before grilling. The dark, smoky flavor of the super-easy jollof rice complements the spicy chicken perfectly. Add a salad on the side for some lightness and freshness, or swap out the salad for steamed vegetables if that’s more your style.
12. Tuna Jollof with Carrots and Green Beans by Biscuits and Ladles
At first, I was skeptical. But then I found out that the small addition of tuna in this recipe makes it extra rich and delicious, and I knew I had to try it.
And I’m glad that I did! The tuna gives the dish an extra savory flavor while adding more protein into the mix. The carrots and green beans are also a great crunchy addition to the dish and they add some extra vitamins and minerals as well (your body will thank you later)!
I’ll be honest: this recipe is not for the faint of heart. It takes a little bit of time, but if you’re willing to put in the elbow grease (maybe with some help from your favorite cooking buddy?), this recipe is worth every second.
The bright colors, tasty flavors, and mouthwatering aroma combine to create a dish with the right balance of chewy, crunchy, savory, sweet, and spicy. You’ll have your friends and family begging for a taste!
13. Twice Fried Jollof Rice with Chicken by My Burnt Orange
This easy fried rice recipe is a spin on the classic Nigerian jollof rice. The fried jollof rice with chicken combines several layers of flavor and texture, from the crispy edges of the fried rice to the tender, juicy chicken.
The secret is simple: twice-frying the rice. The first frying crisps up the edges of the rice grains, creating a crunchy texture and also allowing for more browning on the outside of each grain. The second frying helps to make sure this crunchy texture is maintained throughout the dish; if you were to add in all of your ingredients at once and stir fry until cooked through, you might end up with a mushy mess.
It’s also important to remember that while you can fry the rice in any oil you like, it’s best to use coconut oil when frying jollof rice—it helps bring out that nutty flavor we all know and love from traditional African dishes!
Easy Jollof Rice Recipes, Final Thoughts
After sampling and testing these recipes, I’m certain that your relationship with rice will be changed forever. Consider trying each of the easy Jollof rice recipes, or maybe even these Caribbean rice recipes, and you’ll find a new appreciation for the humble grain.