I have put together the list of 9 best Nigerian food you should try and which I can’t live without. Apart from the rich Nigerian culture, Nigeria is blessed with different types of delicious dishes that are affordable, hearty and requires the most basic kitchen staple ingredients.
Nigeria is blessed with so many delicious foods that is guaranteed to tantalise your taste buds. Are you new to Nigerian food or are you looking to brush up your skills? You are in the right place? My active kitchen has got you covered.
Also, we do not judge here and that is why I have made my Nigerian food recipes easy to follow. Most importantly, most of these recipes are complete with step by step instructions. I am always in the kitchen with you making these dishes, well I have been told by some of my readers that they feel I’m in the kitchen with them.
Without going into too many details on the Nigerian ethnic group that eats any particular food, I have made a compilation of 9 Nigerian dishes you would find on an average Nigerian menu. These recipes are simple to make and the ingredients are easily accessible wherever you are. Right, let’s get to it
Nigerian Jollof Rice
First on my list is Nigerian Jollof rice, you know that was coming right. If this is the only Nigerian recipe you make, then let this be it. This popular Nigerian party food is a one-pot dish and it is cooked in a rich seasoned tomato base until light, fluffy and grains separated. This rice dish is made for all and it’s the best in the whole of Africa, it is mostly enjoyed with peppered meat, fish or chicken with a side of golden fried plantain and Nigerian salad.
Egusi soup and pounded yam
Every ethnic group have different types of soups they are known for but one of the soup that binds us all is Egusi soup. It is delicious and super easy to make, this popular Nigerian soup is paired with pounded yam, amala or eba.
White rice and stew (Nigerian stew)
This is the first meal combo every Nigerian child gets taught to make. Most Nigerian household can’t survive a Sunday without this easy dish. This recipe uses Nigerian pepper base called ata lilo, oil and protein of choice.
Nigerian Pepper Soup
This is a spicy broth base dish popularly served at home, restaurants and parties in Nigeria! It can be made with any protein of choice, from goat meat, assorted meat, fish or cow leg. It is so comforting, spicy and delicious. To make this delicious soup, you can either use a homemade spice blend or buy pre-made.
This street food is a big thing in Nigeria. We don’t call “indomie” noodles in Nigeria. A true Nigerian sees noodles and goes “indomie”. The same way we see bouillon cubes and call it maggi. Yeah, we are cool like that. Here is a delicious noodle recipe to get you started on Nigerian food…
Nigerian Fried Rice
A fraternal twin to Nigerian jollof rice. This is not like your regular take out fried rice, it is definitely better. Well, I am to tell you that you are in the right place for the best recipe.
Moi moi (Steamed beans pudding)
Also called moin moin or beans pudding, this popular Nigerian beans recipe is made by blending peeled bean, adding fillings of choice and then steaming it until cooked. Originally, it is cooked in leaves but in the present day, there has been a lot of improvisation. This beans dish can be eaten as breakfast or as a side to rice dishes
This is the best efo riro recipe you will find anywhere on the internet. If you are looking for how to make efo riro, look no further, you are at the right place. It is delicious, quick and it qualifies for low carb Nigerian food as it can be eaten on its own or served with garri (eba), pounded yam or any other Nigerian swallow
This is the most basic of all Nigerian swallows, it is the ABC of the gang. You need eba also called garri to enjoy vegetable soups mentioned above. It is made with cassava flour and hot water, you can make it on the stove top, in a bowl or in the microwave. I have a dedicated post and video to this topic to guide you through it all.
Thank you if you have made it this far on this post, you are a star. I have told you about the best Nigerian food I can’t live without and you so want to try them right? You probably wondering where to buy Nigerian foodstuffs from.
Well, I am happy to tell, it is a lot easier than it used to be especially if you’re living outside Nigeria. Most Asian and African stores now stock Nigerian foods and you can find all you need to make the dishes above.
Alternatively, search online for where to buy Nigerian food, I know wosiwosi in London (not sponsored or an affiliate link) delivers foodstuffs anywhere in the UK.
Have you tried Nigerian food before? Did you enjoy it or are you just trying it out? Let me know in the comment section. Also, if I have missed anything out, let me know and I’ll add to the list.
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Mona Halvorsen says
Thank you so much for sharing. I’m from Norway 🇳🇴 and want to learn how to cook Nigerian food because I have a boyfriend there and I will practice so I can make for him when he come to Norway. Again thank you and it looks fantastic and yummy 🤤
Jennifer Dagi says
Nigerian foods are so rich and delicious. You've portrayed them very well in your photos, Ajoke. All your dishes are mouth-watering. Well done!
Thank you Jennifer!