Each region of Nigeria has its own take on classic recipes, but every one of them is as delicious as the next.
Whether you’re Nigerian and want to reconnect with your roots or are interested in trying dishes worldwide, you won’t want to miss these easy Nigerian recipes.
1. Jollof Rice
Jollof rice is a popular African dish prepared in many countries. While that’s true, each country, and often each chef, has its own way of preparing the dish. Nigerian jollof rice is perfect for dinner parties and just when you’re craving something comforting after work.
This recipe takes about an hour, but it’s very easy to make. All you’ll need is rice, cooking oil, butter, red bell peppers, onions, and a hefty dose of seasoning. Many people prepare it with crayfish, but you can make it with it, and it’ll be delicious too.
2. Pepper Soup
Soups are incredibly popular in Nigeria, and if you want to make a tasty and easy one, pepper soup is a great option. While much of the world eats chicken noodle soup when they’re not feeling well, Nigerians eat pepper soup. Granted, you don’t need to be sick to enjoy this meal.
The spices are what make this dish fantastic. Some that you’ll need include nutmeg, erhe seed, cayenne pepper, and much more that you can read on the website. Depending on your preference, you can use chicken or goat meat for the soup. Whichever you choose, you’ll have a delicious meal in less than an hour.
One of the easiest, and fastest, Nigerian recipes is dodo. This is essentially fried plantains. You can make it as a side dish to another great Nigerian dish, as a snack, or you can eat them as your meal. No one will judge you.
All you need to make dodo is ripe plantains and cooking oil. This recipe recommends canola oil, but you can use any as long as it has a high smoking point. You’ll need to skin and cut the plantains and then once the oils are hot enough, fry them for about five minutes on each side. They’re crispy, sweet, and you’ll want them all the time.
4. Nigerian Beef Stew
Unless they’re a vegan or vegetarian, it’s hard to find a Nigerian who doesn’t love beef. It’s a staple in many households and as a culture. Nigerian beef stew, also called African stew, is a delicious beef soup with beef, tomatoes, peppers, scotch bonnet, onions, and plenty of spices.
You can eat the stew on its own or add it to your jollof rice. Many of the seasonings are optional, but if you’ve never made this recipe before, you should try it with all of them. The prep time is what takes the longest, but once everything’s prepped, you can have excellent beef stew in 25 minutes.
5. Egusi Soup
We’ve said that Nigerians love their soups and stews – and we mean it! Here we have another fantastic soup option.
Egusi soup is a classic in West Africa, and Nigeria has its own variations. Many people haven’t heard of this dish before because the primary ingredient, egusi, isn’t readily available in many places.
However, if you can get your hands on some egusi, you must try this soup.
Egusi looks like watermelon seeds, but they taste very different. You’ll need ground egusi seeds, your choice of meat, tomatoes, onion, crayfish, cooking oil, and plenty of spinach. The longer you let soup cook, the better the flavor usually is, but this recipe only takes an hour total, and the flavor will blow your mind.
6. Pounded Yams
With all the soup and stew recipes on this list, you need to know about pounded yams. Pounded yams aren’t typically eaten by themselves, although you can. They’re best when you serve them with soup or stew. You can dip them into the broth. You won’t regret it.
This pounded yams recipe is an easy one if you’ve never made them before. The food is similar to mashed potatoes, but it feels more like dough. All you need for this recipe is yams and water. You’ll peel and boil the yams until they’re tender. Then, mash them until there are zero chunks left and it feels smooth.
7. Suya Beef Skewers
Suya beef skewers are Nigerian and West African street food. They’re delicious and very easy to make.
The key to making this taste incredible is perfecting the seasoning mix. Suya refers to the seasonings in this dish which usually consists of ground peanuts, brown sugar, salt, pepper, paprika, and chili pepper.
You can make the mix yourself or purchase it online. To make these beef skewers, you’ll make your seasoning mixture, add olive oil to create a paste, coat the beef, place them on skewers, and grill the meat.
8. Okro Soup
Okro soup, or okra soup, is another staple in Nigerian culture. You can find the dish all over Nigeria, but it’s popular in Southeastern Nigeria. The recipe is easy to follow, and once you’ve prepared everything, you’ll just let it simmer for about an hour.
As the name may suggest, the main ingredient in this dish is okra – and you’ll need plenty of it!
You’ll chop it in a food processor and add peppers, onions, seasonings, and assorted meats.
If you aren’t a fan of okra, don’t worry! You don’t have to use them if you don’t want to. Instead, smoked turkey tastes fantastic in the soup if you’re interested in adding it.
9. Moi Moi
Moi Moi is a steamed bean pudding that’s huge in Nigeria. If you’ve never heard of bean pudding, it probably doesn’t sound appetizing, but you can’t knock it until you try it. As with other dishes in the country, there are several ways to prepare Moi Moi. This one uses smoked trout.
You’ll need black-eyed peas, bell peppers, habanero peppers, smoked trout, unflavored oil, bouillon, and salt and pepper. You’ll soak the beans for about three minutes before peeling the skin off. You’ll prepare the mixture, add it to ramekins, place them in a pot, add boiling water and let the magic happen. It takes a lot of time, but the recipe itself is easy and worth it.
10. Efo Riro
For those who love spinach, efo riro is a dish you need to try. It’s commonly known as Nigerian spinach stew. It is perfect on cold days or whenever you want something comforting. It’s a little spicy based on this recipe, but you can always remove some of the habanero peppers if you like.
The recipe doesn’t take very long; prep time is the longest. You’ll chop your veggies and slice your meat if you’re using any before cooking the soup. You’ll need a lot of spinach, but it’ll cook down to look like less. You can eat this on its own or serve it with Moi Moi or any other dish.
A puff-puff is a Nigerian snack, party food, or street food. They’re small, round, and resemble doughnut holes. They’re the perfect bite-sized snack at a party or when you’re craving something sweet. They’re even great for breakfast.
To make Nigerian puff-puffs, you’ll need sugar, yeast, flour, nutmeg, salt, and cooking oil to fry them in. Once you’ve made the dough, you’ll need to wait about two hours for it to rise. After that, you’ll roll pieces of the dough into small balls and then fry them. Let them cool, and you’re ready to enjoy!
12. Jollof Spaghetti
If you love Jollof rice, then you’ll love this variation of it. The main difference is that you use spaghetti or other noodles instead of rice. One of the best parts of this recipe is that you can have a delicious meal on your table in about 40 minutes.
You’ll boil your pasta of choice. This recipe recommends angel hair or spaghetti. While you’re waiting for the water to boil, you’ll roast your veggies in the oven. While it’s roasting, you’ll create the other part of the sauce. You’ll combine all the spices and the roasted veggies. You can top the dish with shrimp or not.
13. Ewa Agoyin
Ewa Agoyin is a traditional Nigerian bean dish that is perfect for vegetarians, but anyone can enjoy it. The dish’s name is also the name of the sauce that you serve with the dish. The star of the show with this dish is the black-eyed beans. You can’t make the dish without them.
Another critical component of this dish is dried bell peppers. You’ll need to soak them in water to soften them for a little bit before using them, which takes a while but is effortless. If you’re wondering if you can use fresh peppers, you can, but it won’t have the authentic taste you want.
Garri is one of the most common dishes in every Nigerian household. It’s also commonly referred to as eba, but they’re the same thing. Most people don’t eat it on its own, but you can. It’s usually served with one of the several stews or soups in Nigeria.
It’s cassava flour mixed with hot water. It’s that simple. You’ll boil water and then sprinkle in the cassava flour while mixing. You’ll keep mixing until it forms a paste. You’re looking for a mashed potato consistency. Most people roll it into balls before serving.
If you’re looking for a recipe that’s not a full meal, then chin-chin is the perfect one for you. It’s bite-sized, crunchy, sweet, and the perfect snack when you’re watching tv. Kids love chin-chins, but they’re for everyone.
You can have these to snack on at home, but you’ll most often see them on the snack table at Nigerian parties. What you’ll need for this recipe is flour, nutmeg, sugar, egg, baking soda, coconut flakes (optional), milk, butter, and oil. You’ll have a crunchy snack in less than an hour.
Fufu is one of those dishes that is associated with African countries and Nigeria. If you don’t know how to make it from scratch, that’s not an issue. Most people outside of Nigeria choose to buy the powder in a box.
This recipe is probably the easiest fufu recipe on the internet. All you need is a box of fufu powder, salt, and water. You can make it on the stovetop or in the microwave. Once it’s done, you can serve it with any dish you choose. It takes less than 15 minutes.
17. Nigerian Egg Rolls
You’re probably thinking of traditional Asian egg rolls, but Nigerian egg rolls are quite literally eggs rolled in a batter. They’re delicious and easy to make if you want classic Nigerian street food.
You have to boil eggs first. Then, you’ll make the batter that you’ll wrap around the eggs and then fry. The batter is slightly sweet, making this a unique dish when paired with the hard-boiled eggs. It has vanilla extract, nutmeg, sugar, and cinnamon.
18. Nigerian Peanut Soup
Another tasty Nigerian soup you need to try is peanut soup. This soup is easy to make and what makes it even better is that it’ll be finished in 45 minutes. The prep time is less than 20 minutes, and once the soup is cooking, your house will smell amazing.
Unlike many other Nigerian soups, this soup doesn’t have a lot of ingredients. All you’ll need is chicken broth, a green bell pepper, jalapeno, onion, and crunch peanut butter. Even if you’re not a crunchy peanut butter person, you’ll love it in this dish.
19. Coconut Candy
Coconut candy is another popular snack in Nigeria. It’s great for parties or having on hand when you can’t kick your sweet tooth. While buying candy is easier, this coconut candy recipe is easy and only takes 45 minutes to make.
This version is crunchy coconut candy. You’ll need to grate the coconut or purchase it already shredded. You’ll add the wet ingredients and squeeze out most of the moisture before baking it in the oven. Be careful as it bakes. You’ll need to check it every few minutes to stir it and make sure it’s not burning.
20. Ogbono Soup
You may have heard of this dish called draw soup, but they’re the same thing, regardless of what you name it. It’s a super hearty and healthy soup packed with nutrients. The main ingredient is ogbono seeds, which are ground African mango seeds.
Besides the ogbono seeds, you can put a variety of meats into the soup with traditional Nigerian spices. Most people choose cow’s feet and beef for the meats, but you can use an alternative if you want. But, if you want to try authentic ogbono soup, you should try it with beef and cows feet first.
Boli is baked or roasted plantain. It’s a popular Nigerian street food that’s the perfect snack or side dish for something else you’re preparing. The dish takes about 55 minutes to make, but it’s almost entirely hands-off.
All you need to do is buy plantains, peel them and then bake them in your oven. You don’t need to add any seasoning to them as they’re already sweet. You can eat them on their own or prepare some guacamole to dip them in like the author of this boli recipe.
22. Classic Nigerian Salad
Nigerian salad isn’t the classic salad you probably think it is. It doesn’t have lettuce, but it is packed with veggies and nutrients. It’s a great dish to serve when you need a quick meal or when you have a pollock coming up.
The classic Nigerian salad has kidney beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, corn, and hard-boiled eggs. The dressing is easy to make, and all it has is vinegar, mayonnaise, paprika, and sugar. You can lay all the ingredients out onto a plate and drizzle the dressing on top or mix it all together for presentation.
Nkwobi is a classic dish that originates from Eastern Nigeria. It’s comforting, it’s delicious, and will impress anyone you make it for, even yourself. It takes a little over two hours to make, but it’s so easy you won’t even realize it took two hours.
There are a few ingredients that make nkwobi what it is. Cow leg is crucial, but goat leg or calf leg is the best alternative if you can’t find it. You can’t make this dish without ehu seeds. It’s what makes the dish taste how it’s supposed to. Once it’s cooking, you can do other tasks and let the ingredients do their work.
24. Afang Soup
Nothing’s better than a 30-minute meal, and afang soup tastes like you’ve been cooking it all day. The prep time is only ten minutes, and then the soup will be ready in 20 after that. It’s even better the next day when you reheat it for leftovers.
The key ingredient for this soup is afang leaves. It’s where the soup gets its name and its classic flavor. The smoked fish, palm oil, and other seasonings will simmer together, creating a great smell. It’ll be hard not to take a bite once it’s finished immediately, but you’ll need to let it cool a little first.
25. Nigerian Meat Pie
A staple on the table at Nigerian parties is a Nigerian meat pie. This party food is the perfect snack or meal if you eat enough of them. They’re sort of like a Nigerian empanada. This recipe includes how to make the perfect meat pie crust.
For the filling, the first ingredient is ground beef. You can stop here if you want to, but traditional meat pies have seasoned ground beef, carrots, potatoes, and olive oil. The best part about meat pies is how diverse they are. You can switch up the veggies or substitute them out if you don’t like them.
Asaro is a hearty dish filled with veggies and takes less than an hour to make. The vegetables used are starchy and then simmered in a tomato sauce. Typically, you’ll use Western African yams, taro root, and even unripe plantains.
You’ll chop the veggies as small or large as you like and then simmer them in the sauce. The sauce is tasty with tomatoes, coconut milk, and a single habanero for a bit of spice. Of course, you can remove it or add more, depending on your preference.
This dish is common for West Africans celebrating Good Friday, but you can make it whenever you want. Frejon is a bean dish topped with a fish sauce and then topped with garri. You can use black-eyed peas or brown beans for the beans, whichever works better for you.
The sauce is the perfect combination of coconut milk, crushed tomatoes, ginger, scotch bonnets, onions, and plenty of seasonings. You will need sardines to get the correct flavor, but don’t let that deter you from trying this.
28. Tuwo Shinkafa
There are several side dishes in Nigerian that are perfect for dipping into soups and stews, and tuwo shinkafa is perfect for this. It’s super easy to make and will make a great addition to any meal you’re making, Nigerian or not.
The ingredient list for this dish is one of the shortest of the recipes on this list. All you need is water, salt to taste, and rice flour. You’ll combine the ingredients and mix until you have a thick dough. You’ll use boiling water to mix the ingredients, so once you have the consistency you want, take it off the what and wait until it’s cool before you pinch pieces off and shape them.
29. Nigerian Noodles with Seafood
Nigerian noodles with seafood are a unique dish that you have to try next time you have extra pasta in your pantry. It’s filling, creamy, and a little spicy. This dish is an exciting way to eat noodles that you probably haven’t had before.
You’ll boil the noodles how you normally would, but the sauce is where most of the effort comes in. Don’t worry. It’s still easy. The sauce features coconut milk, salty pasta water, chilis, ginger, bell peppers, onions, and whatever seafood you like.
30. Tomato Stew
This easy tomato stew is perfect for any night of the week, and it freezes well. If you make too much of it, you don’t have to worry about it going to waste. Most people say if you’ve never made Nigerian cuisine before, this is the perfect one to try first.
It’s a tomato-based stew with peppers, onions, and traditional Nigerian spices. You can eat it on its own, use it to top your rice, or even on noodles if you really want to.
31. Nigerian Pound Cake
Next time you need to bake a dessert for any occasion or want cake, you need to try this Nigerian pound cake.
The ingredients are what you would find in any homemade cake recipe. The key to making this the most delicious and moist pound cake is to pull the refrigerated ingredients out early to get them to room temperature.
Pulling them out an hour in advance should be perfect. The vanilla extract is critical for the recipe, and the nutmeg is what makes this cake stand out amongst other pound cake recipes.
The best part is that the cake only takes an hour to make. You can decorate it however you want or leave it as is. Either way, people will be asking you for this recipe every time you make it.
Easy Nigerian Recipes, Final Thoughts
Nigeria is a large country with hundreds of recipes. While these are considered some of the most popular, there are dozens of variations you can try to suit your personal preference.
From savory dishes to desserts, you can’t miss trying any of these delicious dishes.