All Popular Nigerian Food List You Must Taste!

List of All Nigerian food stuff and recipe
List of All Nigerian food stuff and recipe

All Nigerian food comes in different tastes, dishes, snacks, meals, or drinks, with different recipes used by different tribes or ethnic groups.

Most of the popular Nigerian foods we know today are not only consumed by the ethnic groups to which the food is peculiar to, and have even become an everyday food in Nigeria.

The Nigerian food culture is everywhere, even those that live abroad either in West Africa or outside, are longing to have a taste once again.


The whole world craves these Nigerian foods, and guess what? You can have a healthy food timetable for these delicious dishes.

If you’re looking for a collection of all major foods in Nigeria, the tribes they belong to, the most commonly consumed delicacy, and more, then you’re on the right page.

In this article, I’ve gathered the list of popular Nigerian food, how they are prepared and pictures to help you get a feel of what each looks like.

Yes, from Nigerian soup to all other types of Nigerian Dishes. This food will boost your immune system and help you stay healthy.

List of Nigerian Food Stuff and Food Recipes

These are the major and also the most popular Nigerian foodstuffs and recipes. As they come in different looks, tastes, and Nigerian dishes and snacks with little recipe information

1. Rice or Jollof Rice

Nigerian food - fried rice

The list of popular Nigerian dishes would never be complete without mentioning rice.

Let’s not go into which tribe it is peculiar to (because I don’t know, left for me it’s a “no tribe’s food”) as the food is consumed in virtually all Nigerian homes, both rich and poor. It’s also the most popular Nigerian party food

Rice can be prepared as jollof rice, white rice, fried rice, etc. Whatever version you want. This food has a stronghold on Nigerians, hence its popularity.

2. Garri

Nigerian Garri - popular Nigerian food

This Nigerian food is produced from cassava. Let’s get real, this food is said to have been saving Nigeria from hunger or starvation since God knows when.

It does not take time to prepare, IJEBU GARRI has been recommended over time with cold water, groundnut, sugar (optional), and milk (optional).

Soaked garri can be taken with anything from groundnut, Kuli Kuli to coconut, and others.

It is also used to make Eba or garri, whatever name you prefer, which you can eat with any soup of your choice. There is the white version and the yellow or red version.

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3. Fura Da Nono

Fura de nono - list of foods in nigeria
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This is a meal drink with the original recipe from the northerners, Fulanis. The FURA is made from millet only, though some people use a combination of soybeans and millet.

While the NONO is raw or locally fermented cow milk, it is not as thick as yogurt. This Nigerian food has become popular with its high protein content, amongst other nutrients.

The Fura balls (made from blended millet and spices and cooked then molded into balls) are crushed and mixed into the milk and served in a calabash…how traditional.

Some Hausas recommend it for adding weight or flesh (shh…its a secret). You must have heard about zobo drink and it’s health benefits, isn’t it?

Read about the 15 amazing health benefits of zobo in this post.

4. Ekpang Nkukwo

Ekpang Nkuwo - igbo food in Nigeria
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This popular Nigerian food is a pottage prepared by wrapping grated “coco yam” or “cocoyam and water yam” in cocoyam leaves and cooked.

The dish is peculiar to the south-south (the Efiks and Ibibios). Although the cocoyam leaves can be substituted with potato leaves or ugwu leaves or spinach.

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5. Ikokore

Nigerian food - ikokore

The Ijebu pottage is prepared using grated water yam and other ingredients like assorted meats, smoked fish, palm oil, pepper, etc. but it is not wrapped in leaves like the EKPANG NKUKWO.

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6. Moi Moi (or Moin Moin)

moi moi nigerian foods

Moi moi, is a Nigerian food that can be traced to the Yorubas. It is prepared from a mixture of wet-milled peeled beans and onions and pepper, garnished with fish, beef, liver, etc. and steamed, though some people bake it.

Ever heard of the combination of jollof rice and Moi moi at the owambes, especially? I did wonder if these two were inseparable until I started seeing other combinations of this dish with pap (akamu or koko), bread.

There is the nylon version, leave wrapped version (moi moi elewe) and the tin version (moi moi alagolo), it keeps having upgrades and styles. I mean, what a dish!! It could be eaten as a main dish or side dish.

7. Akara


Àkàrà, as it is called by the Yorubas, kosai, by the Hausas is the fried version of beans pastes, unlike the steamed moi moi.

It has its traditional significance when a person of old age dies, it is prepared and distributed around, till date.

It is also street food, a homemade snack that can be eaten anytime with bread, pap, etc. Usually as breakfast or dinner

Also Read: How to make chapman drink in Nigeria

8. Ewa Agonyin

Ewa Agonyin
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Ewa agoyin; This Nigerian food is so popular and it has a mixed origin. EWA is the Yoruba translation for beans, while, AGOYIN is said to be the name of the area and people to where the origin of the food can be traced (Cotonou).

It can be prepared at home (easy when you have a pressure cooker) and it is sold by food vendors or food hawkers. It can be eaten with bread, yam, potato, etc.

Beans and yam are sometimes combined to make bean-yam porridge

More Nigerian Dishes and Snacks With Pictures

I am not done yet, are you? Here comes more Nigerian dishes and snacks and pictures to give you a feel of what each looks like.


9. Tuwo Shinkafa and Tuwo Masara

Tuwo Shinkafa - Hausa Nigeria meal

These are swallows consumed as food in Nigeria. They are popular Hausa food with tuwo shinkafa prepared from rice, and tuwo masara, prepared using cornflour. They can be used to eat any Nigerian soup

10. The Popular Nigerian Food Fufu

Nigerian Food Fufu

The Nigerian fufu I also common with all Nigerian tribes. Its made from cassava and consumed with any of the soups mentioned in this article. The soup I prefer with the Nigerian fufu is the egusi soup

11. Mei Shai Food

Talk about indomitable and egg or bread and a fried egg, hmmm….at that aboki’s stand. If you like to call it the food of the masses but who cares?

Meshai Food popular among Nigerians and we are not shy to eat it. It can be garnished with suya or whatever you want, some have even touched it up by adding carrots, green peas, and other veggies.

Either way, if you have never tried it, your nationality is questioned. Oh! You can prepare it at home too, some of us are even better than some mei shai.

Nigerian Dishes Igbo

My igbo people, I no forget you, nna enh. When it comes to super-rich soups, forget….. Igbo soup no be here o.

12. Nkwobi

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You can call it “Igbo asun” as it contains mainly meat (cow legs) cooked in spicy sauce and vegetables. It is a dessert peculiar to the easterners.

13. White Soup Nigerian Food

White Soup

Hmmm…let’s give it up for the “Efiks and Calabars” and “igbos”. There are two versions to this soup, the Efiks and the Igbos version.

Afia Efere

This is the Efiks and Ibibios version of the white soup, it’s ingredients include Uyayak pod, chicken (although goat meat can be used), ehu seeds (local nutmeg), dry pepper, achi, etc. There are cool places on the web for the recipe.

Ofe Nsala

The Igbo version of this Nigerian food uses fresh catfish (modifications can be made to yours), utazi, uziza, ogiri, etc.

Both versions use yam and other recipes as a thickener but do not use Palm oil as this will change the color of the soup, and it won’t be white soup anymore.

14. Ofe Aku

Ofe Aku

Igbo kwenu, as usual na, our nnes will forever have their version of everything including food. OFE AKU is the Igbo version of BANGA soup, OFE meaning soup and AKU, banga, while some people call it BANGA STEW.

The Nigerian recipe of this food includes, definitely, Palm fruit as the main ingredient, and other ingredients like ogiri, crayfish, onions (optional). Unlike BANGA SOUP, OFE AKU can be used to eat boiled rice, etc.

15. Ogbono Soup

Ogbono Soup

Also known as bush mango, some of its history or myth can be traced to Asaba where it is claimed to be forbidden.

Although there are still debates on which tribe own the soup, irrespective of that, it is a Nigerian food and we love it.

OGBONO is a draw soup with preparation varying depending on preferences. While some can cook and consume it plain, others included vegetables like ugwu (pumpkin leaves) or bitter leaves or both.

Okra is also included at times. It is mostly consumed with swallows like fufu, amala, Eba, etc.

Other Nigerian Food Recipes – Stew And Nigerian Soups

16. Pepper soup

pepper soup nigerian recipe

I really can’t say which tribe this popular Nigeria staple is peculiar to and I won’t even try. It can be taken at home, at joints, or at ceremonies, it is that popular.

Pepper soup has its versions of chicken, beef, catfish, goat meat. Some add yam to it or plantain but the most important thing that is noticed about it is that it is hot!.

You would want to take pepper soup with a chilled drink..(I’m sure you know that already).

17. Banga Soup

Nigerian food banga-soup

This north-central cuisine is also known as “oghwo anuedi” in the urhobo language and “izuwo ibiedi” in the isoko language. Its name can be said to be coined from its main ingredient, banga (Palm fruit).

The soup is prepared using the oil extracted from the Palm fruit, vegetables, beef, etc. The Palm fruit oil used is quite different from the Palm oil.

While both are extracted from the Palm fruit, the former is extracted at a lower temperature while the latter, at high temperature.

It is mainly consumed with swallows, especially Usi (starch) and Eba. You might want to check out for more on how to prepare banga soup.

18. Èfó Riro

Nigerian Food recipes - Efo Riro
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This Yoruba dish efo riro, which is a main vegetable dish in the Yoruba land has a common vegetable, èfó shoko used for it.

Other ingredients include iru, Ponmo, onions, dried fish, and…hmm…lemme stop here. You should meet Aunty Dunni for her recipe.

19. Edikang Ikong

Nigerian edikaikong

If you have not eaten this Nigerian food, you are wrong. I tried this out when I was In camp during NYSC. Hulala!

This vegetable soup, peculiar to the people of Akwa-Ibom and Cross River especially the Efik-Ibibios, is packed with nutrients, and the common ingredient you’ll find in this soup is Periwinkles.

Quite popular, Edikang Ikong soup is expensive and cooking it is special and Classy!

20. Afang Soup

Afang soup with meat

This is another nutrient-packed vegetable food in Nigeria. Afang soup is prepared with the combination of AFANG leaves (ukazi / okazi leaves, as it is popularly called) and waterleaf.

Spinach can be used as a substitute. Other ingredients like crayfish, meat, etc are added too. The soup is also peculiar to the Efiks who are also good at cooking this nutrient-packed soup.

21. Egusi Soup

Egusi nigerian soup

EGUSI soup, irrespective of its various versions is made of fat and protein-rich melon seeds.

From its name, this Nigerian food uses EGUSI as its main ingredient. There is the vegetable version that uses spinach leaves, pumpkin leaves, or leaves of your choice in boiled lumps or a fried thick paste of dry grounded egusi.

Also, we have the non-vegetable version that uses wet-milled egusi seeds that is cooked at moderate consistency and consumed with ewedu or okra.

22. Ofe Onugbu

Ofe Onugbu

Its translation in English is BITTER LEAF SOUP. Its name alone has those with sweet tooth running for cover but quite the opposite.

This eastern Nigerian food is cooked with properly washed bitter leaves and cocoa yam, among other ingredients, and doesn’t taste bitter after cooking.

If you have eaten it and it tastes bitter then it wasn’t cooked properly (yikes…hope that wasn’t too blunt?) or it was one’s preferred taste of the soup.

23. Gbegiri (Beans Soup)

Gbegiri - beans soup

Gbegiri is a bean based Yoruba food, that takes a detailed process to make. There is no rush about this soup but don’t worry, your efforts will be rewarded in multiple folds.

It is a little wonder why Lagos kitchen and Iya foyoke have people queuing for amala and gbegiri. Visit Sisi Jemimah for a recipe or you can also go to that buka mama to give you some tips.

24. Miyan Kuka

Miyan kuka nigerian food

Miyan Kuka is a soup partial and popular to the northern Nigerians especially. It is also called “luru”.

It is prepared using grounded baobab leaves that are cooked with other ingredients. This nutritious soup is greenish in color and while some like and loves it, some dislike it.

25. Miyan Yakuwa

This Nigerian food is a vegetable soup having its main ingredient as the yakuwa leaves, unlike MIYAN TAUSHE. It’s tangy in taste and it is majorly taken by the Hausas.

Miyan Yakuwa is eaten with tuwo shinkafa or masara, and you can also try it with a swallow of your choice or whatever you want.

26. Miyan Taushe

Miyan Taushe
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Miyan Taushe is a food in Nigeria peculiar to the northerners. It is prepared using ripe pumpkin and yakuwa or sorrel leaves (this kind of leaf with its tangy taste also contribute to the unique taste of this soup).

Also, dawadawa amongst other ingredients are used in preparing the MiyanTaushe. The vegetable used in this soup doesn’t have a substitute.

And there you have it! A compiled list of popular, mouthwatering nutritious and delicious popular foods in Nigeria.

Which of these popular foods of Nigeria can you cook? Let’s see the Nigerian cooks in the house. Kindly drop your comments below.

Nigerian Food Time Table

Are you a big fan of Nigerian food time table?

To be honest, some people think following a meal time table is a waste of time, perhaps, it is only the rich people that can do this effectively.

Well, I’d say that’s their opinion but what about you, what do you think? Food time table for a family, students, even for children is pasted in kitchens nationwide.

Would you mind checking our guaranteed Nigerian food time table for family, children, and students in this post?

Light Nigerian Meals For Dinner

Our doctors and fitness trainers have always said that one should take light meals at night, isn’t it?

So, we’ve added light Nigerian meals for dinner to this post.

27. Spaghetti and Beef Stew

Hmm, should I call spaghetti a Nigerian food? Let’s talk about that in the comment box.

Ingredients needed include:

  • Spaghetti
  • Beef
  • Salt
  • Seasoning cubes
  • Pepper, tomato, and onions
  • Curry and thyme


  • Who doesn’t know how to prepare spaghetti here? (or spagg like my old man dey call am)
  • Get a clean pot, put your spag strands in desired length, into it. pour water, and boil.
  • Some do wash the spaghetti before really cooking, well, it’s up to you.
  • Add vegetable oil and your sliced onions
  • Add your seasoning cube
  • Add your sliced ponmo, and let all steam and stir

28. Yam and Fish Stew

Yam with egg is the most popular, but I’ll tell you more about Yam and Fish stew, a perfect Nigerian meal for dinner.


  • Yam
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Onions
  • Seasoning cube
  • Fresh fish
  • Thyme and curry
  • Vegetable oil
  • Tomato and water


  • Peel the yam, cut into sizes of your choice
  • Place in a clean pot, add water and allow to boil
  • Blend tomato, pepper, and onions together
  • Heat the blended tomato pepper and onion to make it dry sort of
  • Put the washed fish in clean pot, add curry, thyme and seasoning cubes, with salt and water to steam the fish
  • Heat the above, separate bones away from the fish, mash, and add it in the fried sauce.
  • Let the cooking cook itself, then you’re done

29. Boiled Potato and Vegetable Stew

  • Almost every one knows Potato, It’s not just an African food, it’s everywhere.
  • Ingredients:
  • Potato
  • Vegetable leaf (ugwu preferably)
  • Shredded smoked fish
  • Onion
  • Vegetable oil
  • Tomato
  • Fried meat
  • Water


One of the simplest Nigerian meals to prepare is boiled potatoes and vegetable.

Boil your potato, in most cases, it doesn’t take more than fifteen minutes. Of course, you can cook the vegetable.

30. Semovita and Okra Soup – Light Nigerian Meals For Dinner

Light Nigerian meals for dinner

Hmm, okele, like the Yorubas will call it. This is also a nice Nigerian meal that goes well at night, early enough around 7:30 pm


  • Okra
  • Two cooking spoons of oil
  • fish (either smoked or boiled)
  • Vegetable
  • Seasoning cube and salt
  • Diced ponmo
  • Dry pepper
  • Grounded crayfish
  • Semovita


Put a clean pot on your gas cooker or stove, boil, pour the semovita ad stir concurrently.

Cover it to steam for some minutes and stair, till it is soft and ready.

To make the okra soup, cut the okra into tiny pieces, boiled the fish, grind the crayfish and dry pepper as well.

Wash the vegetable and chop it, pour the palm oil into a clean pot, add the diced okra, with the fish stock.

Add the seasoning cube and slat. Add the grounded peeper and crayfish, plus the ponmon. Allow to cook and then add the vegetable.

More Popular Foods In Nigeria and How They’re Prepared

To continue with my list of popular foods in Nigeria, you should know that some of these Nigerian foods are made with spices and herbs, palm oil and vegetable oil to make sauces and soups.

31. Unripe Plantain Porridge

Unripe plantain porridge is good and nutritious but has to be made with a lot of spices and flavors because it is tasteless.


  • Unripe plantain
  • Pepper mix (tatashe, rodo, and tomatoes)
  • Onion
  • Oil (palm oil or vegetable oil)
  • Chicken stock
  • Stockfish
  • Grounded Crayfish or ponmo,
  • Scent leaf, seasoning, and salt

Procedure for Preparation:

  • Peel the unripe plantain and chop into small pieces then keep aside
  • Put a clean pot on the stove and pour palm oil into it to heat up a little and add the chopped onions into it.
  • Add the pepper mix and let it cook for 3 minutes then add the chicken stock and allow to cook for few more minutes.
  • Taste it to check if extra seasoning is required, if not add salt and if it adds a little more seasoning to taste then add the grounded crayfish and stir together.
  • Add the chopped plantain and add a little water then cover it to cook for about 10 to 15 minutes for the plantain to become soft.
  • Mash the plantain a little and add the washed stockfish, cooked and diced ponmo into it and stir together and let it cook for few minutes.
  • Add the scented leaf and turn off the heat, cover and leave for two minutes before serving.

32. Ojojo

This traditional Nigerian food is also yam fritters. It is a snack made from water yam and can be paired with hot pap, oatmeal, or garri.


  • Water yam
  • Vegetable oil
  • Scotch bonnet
  • Onions
  • Grounded crayfish
  • Seasoning cubes and salt to taste.

Procedure for Preparation

  • Peel the yam and chop them into small pieces.
  • Grate the yam with the smallest part of the grater.
  • Chop the Scotch bonnet and the onions
  • Pour the crayfish, pepper, and onions into the grated yam and stir do not over stir the mixture.
  • Place a frying pan on medium heat and pour vegetable into it that will be enough for deep frying
  • Scoop the batter into the hot oil and allow to fry till its golden brown on both sides.
  • Transfer to a paper towel and serve.

33. Keke Fieye

keke fieye - ijaw traditional meal

This is another popular food eaten by the Ijaw people. It’s a little similar to plantain porridge.


  • Unripe plantain
  • Red pepper
  • Palm oil
  • Uziza seeds
  • Stock cubes
  • Unshelled snails
  • Grounded crayfish
  • Dry fish
  • Beans
  • Scent leaves and salt to taste.

Procedure for Preparation:

  • Peel the plantain and chop into small pieces
  • Put the unshelled snails into salted hot water with to remove the slimy snail fluid for about 15 minutes.
  • Wash the snail thoroughly and put aside
  • Put a clean pot on the fire and pour in water to boil a little and then add beans to cook till it is soft
  • Add the chopped plantain, Crayfish and dried fish, stock cubes and salt to taste and cook till it is soft and almost ready to be eaten
  • Break the bottom of the snail and put it into the pot for the green water to flow into the food. This is a very important part of cooking this food.
  • Cover and cook for few minutes then add the sliced scented leaf and let it cook for another five minutes
  • Turn off the heat and serve.

34. Roasted Plantain and Pepper Sauce

This is another Nigerian meal that can be snacked on anytime and it is super fast to make.


  • Plantain
  • Scotch bonnet pepper
  • Onion
  • Palm oil
  • Grounded crayfish,
  • Stock cube and salt to taste.

How to Prepare:

  • Peel the plantain preferably not too ripe and make some cut into it with your knife.
  • Rub with salt and bake in the oven for about 40 to 50 minutes
  • Chop the Scotch bonnet and onions and put aside
  • Put a clean pot on heat and pour some palm oil when it is hot enough pour in the chopped pepper and onions and let it cook for some minutes
  • Add grounded crayfish, stock cubes and salt to taste
  • Fry till its dry and turn off the heat
  • Serve with the roasted plantain

35. Boiled Corn and Sliced Coconut

Another food popular in the country is boiled corn and sliced coconut.


  • Corn
  • Coconut
  • Salt and sugar.


  • Peel the corn from its coat
  • Remove the corn seeds from its stick and boil in salted water till it’s tender and soft.
  • Break the coconut and remove the shell from it
  • Slice the coconut and grate with a grater
  • Sieve the corn to separate it from the water when it is done.
  • Put the corn in a plate and add the grated coconut, sprinkle some sugar and you are good to go.

36. Plantain Mosa

Here is good Nigerian food to snack on any day. This snack is so yummy.


  • Very ripe plantain
  • Flour
  • Egg
  • Chili powder
  • Salt and vegetable oil for frying


  • Peel the plantain and cut into small pieces
  • Mash the plantain very well and add the egg, flour, salt, and pepper.
  • Mix thoroughly until the ingredients are well combined
  • Place a pot On the fire and add Vegetable  oil, when the oil is hot scoop the mix into it and Fry  in bits
  • Fry till its golden brown, remove and put on a paper towel.
  • Serve and enjoy

37. Adalu

This food is also known as beans and corn (ewa alagbado as the Yoruba’s call it).


  • Beans
  • Cooked corn
  • Dried fish
  • Onions
  • Palm oil
  • Grounded crayfish
  • Pepper
  • Seasoning cubes and salt to taste.


  • Pick the beans and put aside
  • Put a Clean pot On fire and pour water inside put in some sliced onions in the water
  • Pour the picked beans into the hot water and cook till the beans is almost soft
  • Pour in the corn (must have been removed from its stick) and let it cook for few minutes
  • Add the pepper, dried fish, crayfish and palm oil then add the seasoning and salt to taste add water if it is too thick
  • Stir together and allow to cook for few minutes
  • Serve and enjoy with bread or ogi.

38. Snail Stew Nigeria Food

Another popular food in Naija on my list is snail stew. This stew is made occasionally because it is expensive.


  • Snails
  • Pepper mix
  • Onions
  • Curry powder
  • Cameroon pepper
  • Vegetable oil
  • Seasoning cubes and salt to taste.

Procedure to Prepare:

  • Deshell the snails
  • Wash the snails thoroughly with alum to remove all the slimy fluids on its body
  • Put a clean pot on medium heat, pour in the washed snails, add seasoning cubes, salt, chopped onions, Cameroun pepper, curry powder, and water to cook the snail for about 5 minutes.
  • Put a frying pan on the heat and pour in some oil
  • Chop onions and pour into the oil
  • Add the pepper mix and Fry till it is very dry
  • Pour in the liquid from the steamed snail and continue cooking the soup.
  • Pour in the snails and continue cooking for few more minutes
  • Turn off the heat and serve with either rice or yam.

39. Coconut Rice

Nigerian dishes and meal - coconut rice

This is also a popular Nigeria food eaten by most Nigerians. It is similar to jollof rice but with a different taste. It is a very healthy and delicious food.


  • Coconut
  • Rice
  • Pepper mix
  • Onions
  • Vegetable oil
  • Chicken stock
  • Curry and thyme powder
  • Seasoning cubes
  • Salt to taste

Procedure for Preparation

  • Break the coconut and remove the flesh from the shell
  • Grate the coconut and squeeze the water out of it (coconut milk) sieve and then put aside
  • Parboil the rice and set aside
  • Put a clean pot on the stove and pour in some vegetable oils, add sliced onions and let it Fry for few seconds before adding the pepper mix.
  • After 10- 15 minutes pour in the chicken stock and the coconut milk, add the seasoning cube, curry, and thyme powder and salt to taste.
  • Pour the parboiled rice into the pot and cook till soft to your desire
  • Turn off the heat and serve with chicken or meat

40. Yam Porridge

Asaro, as it is popularly called among the Yoruba’s is another Nigerian Food that is popularly eaten in Nigeria.


  • Yam
  • Palm oil
  • Smoked fish
  • Dried fish
  • Ground crayfish
  • Onion
  • Pepper mix
  • Scent leaf
  • Seasoning cubes
  • Salt

Procedure for Preparation:

  • Peel the yam and cut it into medium pieces, then wash and put into a clean pot and place it on fire.
  • Pour water into the pot to cover the yam and add the dried fish and cover to cook for few minutes
  • When the yam is soft add the smoked fish, grounded crayfish, palm oil, pepper mix, seasoning cubes, and salt
  • Stir together and mash a little not all the yam, then cover and let it cook for 10 minutes
  • Add the sliced scented leaves and cook for few seconds
  • Turn off the heat and serve

41. Ofada Rice

This is another of the top Nigerian dishes that is commonly taken in the southwestern region of Nigeria.

It is also called local rice, eaten with its own special sauce.

Ingredients Include:

  • Ofada rice
  • Water and salt

Procedure to cook:

  • Pick the stones and dirt from the ofada rice as it is always dirty and has a lot of stones.
  • Rinse over and over until the water becomes clear.
  • Put a clean pot on medium heat add water and pour in the Prada rice, do not cover and let it cook for about 10-12 minutes
  • Sieve the rice and wash with cold water to rinse out the starch.
  • Put the pot back on fire, add little water and salt then cook rice till it is soft.
  • Turn off the heat and your rice is ready to be served.

42. Ofe Ora

This is a Nigerian soup made by the Igbos. It is a super delicious soup that can be eaten with fufu or starch.


  • Oha leaves
  • Cocoyam
  • Meat of choice
  • Uziza leaves
  • Grounded crayfish
  • Dried fish
  • Stockfish
  • Pepper
  • Palm oil
  • Ogiri
  • Egusi or ofor
  • Stock cubes and;
  • Salt to taste


  • Wash the cocoyam with water and put in a clean pot and boil till it is soft, peel the leaves with your hands, and pound the cocoyam.
  • Slice the Oha leaves with a kitchen knife ( do not slice it to tiny bits)
  • Cook your meat for few minutes before adding the washed dried and stockfish, then cook till they become soft.
  • Add more water to the pot and then add palm oil, crayfish, seasoning cubes, salt, and pepper. Allow to a boil. Do not worry about it being watery.
  • Add the pounded cocoyam and the egusi or ofor and the ogiri to thicken the mixture.
  • Stir and incorporate everything together making sure the pounded cocoyam dissolves in the mixture
  • Add the sliced uziza leaves and then add the oha leave after a minute or two then stir and cook for 3to 5minutes more
  • Turn off the heat and serve your Ofe ora.

43. Abacha

Talk about Nigerian cuisine and you can’t leave Abacha out. African salad as it is called is a great food to snack on or eat in between meals.


  • Abacha
  • Ugba
  • Red palm oil
  • Powdered potash
  • Fish
  • Onion
  • Salt and dry pepper
  • Ground crayfish
  • Stock cubes
  • Ground ehu seeds
  • Ogiri
  • Fresh utazi leaves
  • Ponmo
  • Garden Eggs
  • Garden leaves

Procedure for Preparation:

  • Roast the ehu seeds then Peel and grind them with a dry mill.
  • Fry your fish and put aside.
  • Soak the Abacha with cold water till it is soft and rinse the ugba with warm water.
  • Put the powdered potash in a cup and add water to it, then stir and put aside.
  • Pour the palm oil into a big pot and add water from the potash mixture into it, stir well and the mixture will turn into a yellow paste.
  • Add the dry pepper, grounded ehu, ugba, crayfish and stock cubes and stir very well, this should be done off heat.
  • Add Iru or ogiri and mix very well then add the diced ponmo and stir very well
  • Add the soaked and drained abacha and stir very well till it is well incorporated in the paste
  • Add the sliced utazi and add salt to taste
  • Put on medium heat and cook for a few minutes and serve with sliced garden egg leaves

44. Fried Potato and Stew

fried potato and stew - Traditional nigerian food

This is another delicious Nigerian meal on my list.


  • Potatoes
  • Vegetable oil
  • Red pepper
  • Onions
  • Seasoning cubes and;
  • Salt to taste

Procedure to Cook

  • Peel and wash the potatoes
  • Cut into small sizes and soak in water and salt.
  • Put a frying pan on medium heat and pour in vegetable oil
  • Pour in the drained potatoes and pour into the hot oil to fry.
  • Chop the red pepper and onions
  • After frying the potatoes reduce the oil and Fry the pepper and onions in it, add seasoning and salt and allow cooking for a few minutes.
  • Serve your fried potatoes with stew

45. Goat Meat Pepper Soup

Should I call this a traditional Nigerian food? Hmm, maybe I should.

This soup has a peculiar taste from spices used for making it.

It is usually made with goat meat or catfish. It is a popular Nigerian soup eaten by all.


  • Pepper soup spice mix
  • Chilli pepper
  • Goat Meat
  • Onions
  • Ginger and garlic
  • Seasoning cubes and salt


  • Set a pot on medium heat and pour in the washed goat meat, add ginger and garlic, onions, seasoning cubes, and salt to taste. Allow cooking until the meat is tender.
  • Add water to the meat, enough to make it watery.
  • Add the pepper soup spice mix, chilli pepper, seasoning cubes, onions, and salt to taste and allow boiling together and cooking for a few more minutes.
  • Turn off the heat and serve your food.

46. Breadfruit Porridge

Here is another meal of my list of Nigerian delicacies.


  • Breadfruits
  • Dry fish
  • Stock cubes
  • Potash
  • Palm oil
  • Bitter leaves
  • Pepper and salt to taste


  • Put a big pot on medium heat and pour in the washed ukwa (breadfruit)
  • Pour enough water to cover the breadfruit into the pot.
  • Add edible potash, washed and deboned dried fish cover the pot, and cook till it is soft.
  • Add palm oil to the breadfruit, add pepper, stock cubes, and salt to taste then cover and allow it to cook for more minutes.
  • Stir and add the bitter leaves
  • Turn off the heat and serve your breadfruit porridge.

47. Mai Suya

Another popular Nigerian food is the Mai Suya, a street market food snack bought every day!

It is simply skewered meats covered with a spicy peanut spice mix and roasted to perfection. Beef or Chicken can be used for Nigerian Suya.

Mainly prepared by the Hausas at road junctions at night, this particular delicacy no dey joke o, you can’t just help it when the suya spice and onions get to your palate.

48. Groundnut Soup

This is one of the Nigerian soups that is commonly eaten in the north. It is a very healthy and nutritious food.


  • Unskinned groundnuts
  • Oziza seeds
  • Stockfish
  • Scent leaves
  • Smoked fish
  • Boiled meat
  • Scotch bonnet
  • Onions
  • Palm oil
  • Periwinkle
  • Beef stock
  • Seasoning cubes and;
  • Salt


  • Season and boil the meat in a clean pot, add onions and add the stockfish then cook till it is soft.
  • Roast the groundnut and oziza seeds in a frying pan for few minutes
  • Grind the groundnut and oziza seed in a dry mil and put aside
  • Blend the Scotch bonnet and put aside.
  • Add the smoked fish into the meat pot and cook for few minutes then add a spoonful of oil into the pot.
  • Add the blended Scotch bonnet and stir and allow cooking for a few minutes.
  • Add the periwinkles and stir together let it cook for a few minutes and then add the groundnut powder with 1½cups of hot water.
  • Let this cook for another 10 minutes and the soup will thicken up. If it is still watery add a little more groundnut powder but be careful not to add too much.
  • Add the sliced scent leaf and allow to cook for a few minutes, check the taste and regularize if there is a need for it.
  • Turn off the heat and your groundnut soup is ready.

49. Cocoyam and Palm Oil

coco yam popular foods in Nigeria

This is another simple to cook Nigerian food on my list.


  • Cocoyam
  • Palm Oil
  • Onion
  • Salt


  • Wash and boil the cocoyam in a clean pot till it is soft.
  • Pour palm oil on a plate and sprinkle with salt
  • Peel your cocoyam and Serve it.

50. Amala and Ewedu

This is a very popular Nigerian food among the Yoruba’s; A traditional Nigerian food many can’t joke with.


  • Yam flour
  • Ewedu
  • Potash
  • Iru


  • Put a clean pot on the fire and pour in water depending on the quantity of your yam flour.
  • When the water has come to a boil, pour in the yam flour little by little and stirring continuously to avoid lumps
  • Lift the pot off the fire and stir Very well on the floor.
  • Put back on the fire and add little water to soften it, let the water come to a boil and stir on the fire until there is no water left.
  • Put it off the fire and wrap in nylon then keep it hot in the food flask while you make ewedu
  • Puta little water on heat and add potash and allow the water to come to a boil
  • Pour in your sliced ewedu and allow it to cook till it becomes soft
  • Pour in the ewedu into a blender and blend
  • Pour back into the pot and add iru then put it on fire and add salt.
  • Take off fire and ewedu is ready.
  • Serve your amala with ewedu and stew.

This brings us to the end of my list.

Nigerian Food Recipe App

Many people want to have a go-to app for food recipes, yes, food lovers (I mean those who love to cook go too like am). So I found one of the Nigerian food recipe app on Google Play Store.

Nigerian food recipe app

Click on the install button to get to Google Play Store.

Conclusion On Nigerian Foods List

Do you want to know more about Nigerian food menu and Nigerian Food Time Table?

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  1. You probably have not eaten Awa soup, popular among the Nkanu people of Enugu state and its neighbouring communities.

  2. Wow… Great piece and quite educative. Been limited by the menu we grew up with. However, this is very commendable and I have learnt alot from this piece. Thanks a bunch.

  3. How can i join a cooking group 🍱🥣🍜🍛🌮🍟🍕🍔 I would love a reply from you soon thank you,u really inspired me

  4. Wow….so many delicious delicacies🤤🤤🤤🤤thanks for the write ups on how to make them

  5. Thank you for bringing certain foods to mind, it was worth the read but you didn’t rep my Afang well oo

  6. I have tasted almost all the food listed above 😩😩 I feel like I have eaten every in Nigeria.

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