Nigerian Food Recipes
Helping You Explore Top Nigerian Recipes

Nigerian food recipes are derived from a number of grains, rhizomes, bulbs, fruit seeds, vegetables and an avalanche of fruits. See top Nigerian foods here and how to prepare them. You would be able to contribute your comments and add to this conversation on foods eaten by Nigerians within and outside the shores of that country. 

Are you searching for Nigerian food, looking to make that top of the world Nigeria food dish for your spouse or family? Then, you are looking at food eaten by an estimated 190 million people. As a result of this huge population it is said to be the most populous country in Africa.

Nigerian is a country in the western part of Africa with over 500 distinct ethnic groups. As expected with such diversity, each region has its own unique cuisine. However, as a result of interaction between the different ethnic groups dishes that were once regional are now considered national.

Western and early Arabian contact has also influence the preferences and choices you would find on the Nigerian table. 

Irrespective of where you live or look at though, the Nigerian food recipes come mainly from a selection of semi solid doughs or boiled servings prepared from cassava, plantain, yam, cocoyam, millet, beans, maize, or rice, served with a typical Nigerian soup or stew.

Soups and stews are generally a careful and deliberate blend of spices and seeds or thickeners in a broth enriched with fish and assortment of meats and leafy vegetables if desired. 

Meals are also served with plenty of fruits easily grown near homes.

Below are a list typical breakfast, lunch and dinner, not an exhaustive lists but an overview of what to expect.

Nigerian Food: Typical Breakfast Menu List

The typical Nigerian breakfast largely depends on where in the country you live in, and to a large extent on your income or buying power. It might be very light or as elaborate as dinner.

The following are the most commonly found items on the Nigerian breakfast table, from Yola to Calaba, Lekki to Kontagora.

 They  may include the folowing:

  • Akara (shown here to the right), served with pap (ogi or akamu). Akara is made from soaked pealed beans (black eye beans), blended into a thick paste and fried. If you live abroad, you can substitute custard for pap or ogi.
  • Bread smeared with butter or margarine sometimes dunked in tea or hot chocolate, or served with fried, scrambled or boiled egg and a cup of tea.
  • Moi-moi and bread or pap with a bowl of fresh fruits.
  • Fura de Nunu. This is pasteurized milk served with millet or corn flour. This is a popular breakfast item in Northern Nigerian, though increasingly consumed all over the country. You can make your very own Fura (millet flour) and nuno (milk) at home or buy from market and ensure you boil to pasteurize before consumption.
  • Fried Ripe Plantain (Dodo) Served with boiled or fried egg and a cup of tea
  • Boiled Yam and Green plantain served with nice pepper soup and fresh fish - more in Southern / Midwestern Nigeria.
  • Boiled Yam served with scrambled eggs or corned beef sauce. You can substitute potatoes for yam, if you cannot find yam abroad.
  • Boiled Rice and Stew.

The list goes on and on. We have listed only healthy and authentic African food choices easily found across the country. 

Nigerian Lunch Ideas

Lunch in Nigeria is usually the big meal. Lunch is eaten at about 1 to 2 pm.

Common lunch menu across the country include:

  • Miya Kuka served with Tuowo Masara or Tuwon Shinkafa or Tuwon Acha
  • Eba (made from grated fried cassava) served with a choice of soup
  • Pounded Yam severed with an authentic Nigerian soup
  • Starch or Usin served with banga soup
  • Rice and fried plantain or dodo
  • Beans served with fried plantain or dodo
  • Jolloff rice, moi-moi, fried plantain, and salads

The list continues. You are indeed please welcome to add to this list by contacting us too.

Nigerian Dinner Ideas

Dinner or supper in Nigeria is usually eaten anytime from 6 to 8pm.

It is often a lighter meal than lunch. Popular supper or dinner menu list in Nigeria include:

Etc.

In between food, snacking is very common. Popular Nigerian snacks include:

  • Chin chin
  • Fried plantain chips (kpekere)
  • Roasted corn or maize
  • Ground nut (Gugurou and ekpa)
  • Suya
  • kilishi.

Cooking is a very important skill quickly learned at very young age by both boys and girls, even more so by the female child. Cooking is done mainly by the lady of the home. Families often cook their own meal rather than eat out.To cook is to demonstrate love for yourself and your family!

No wonder learning how to prepare Nigerian food dishes is a must for to-be wives who wants to marry the traditional Nigerian man. It is a common saying in Nigeria that "the fastest way to a man's heart is via his stomach"... and you get there by learning to cook delicious meals!

We bring you three Nigerian food recipes here, but you will find a list of "zillions" of Nigerian foods on the Nigerian foods list section here

Foods eaten in Nigeria, like in most hot climes, are often very spicy. We will describe them here as they would have been cooked anywhere in Nigeria; hot, spicy and tantalizing!

Top on the list of the different foods eaten in Nigeria includes rice, followed by eba, beans, yam, maize, potato, macaroni, plantain and several others, which comes in different recipe combination.

Rice recipes for example include jolloff rice recipe, fried rice recipe, ofada rice, banga rice, coconut rice etc. Rice can also be cooked white and eaten with stew.

Jollof rice happens to be the most popular rice recipe eaten in Nigeria and here is how to cook jollof rice.

Cooking is a very important skill quickly learned at very young age by both boys and girls, even more so by the female child. Cooking is done mainly by the lady of the home. Families often cook their own meal rather than eat out.To cook is to demonstrate love for yourself and your family!

No wonder learning how to prepare Nigerian food dishes is a must for to-be wives who wants to marry the traditional Nigerian man. It is a common saying in Nigeria that "the fastest way to a man's heart is via his stomach"... and you get there by learning to cook delicious meals!

We bring you three Nigerian food recipes here, but you will find a list of "zillions" of Nigerian foods on the Nigerian foods list section here

Foods eaten in Nigeria, like in most hot climes, are often very spicy. We will describe them here as they would have been cooked anywhere in Nigeria; hot, spicy and tantalizing!

Top on the list of the different foods eaten in Nigeria includes rice, followed by eba, beans, yam, maize, potato, macaroni, plantain and several others, which comes in different recipe combination.

Rice recipes for example include jolloff rice recipe, fried rice recipe, ofada rice, banga rice, coconut rice etc. Rice can also be cooked white and eaten with stew.

Jollof rice happens to be the most popular rice dish eaten in Nigeria. Try this recipe here.


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