Twenty (20) Most Popular Nigerian Food

Twenty (20) Most Popular Nigerian Food – Are you planning a vacation to Nigeria, or are you already there and searching for things to do this weekend? Trying out the local cuisine is undoubtedly a great concept or activity to include in your agenda. Nigeria is a rich environment producing spectacularly wonderful foods since it is a multi-ethnic country. There are a wealth of spice-rich, flavorful cuisines that bind Nigerians together, from the east, west, north, and south to nearly every nook in-between the country–I recommend you taste as many as you can. To make things easier for you, we’ve put up a list of 20 famous Nigerian dishes to get you started on your culinary adventure. Join us as we discover the delectable delights that abound in this colossal African beast!
The Twenty most (20) Popular Nigerian Foods are

1. Pounded Yam (Most Popular Nigerian Food)

New Pounded Yam

Pounded yam is a famous Nigerian meal that goes well with a variety of soups, including Egusi, Ogbono, Vegetable, and Okro soup. Yam is cooked and crushed into a smooth mash, which is commonly accessible. People will very certainly be eating pounded yam with Egusi, Banga, Ogbono, or another dish.

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Although Nigerians living abroad produce alternate pounded yam with yam flour, it lacks the flavor of the authentic pounded yam. Although the Yoruba are known for their love of pounded yam, other Nigerian ethnic groups, such as the Ibos, consume it on special occasions such as the new yam festival.

2. Garri (Most Popular Nigerian Food)


Garri would reign supreme in the world of Nigerian foods, as it is a staple in practically every Nigerian family. In Nigeria, there’s a running joke that despite the fact that Garri has no advertising, it sells more than other food products that do.

Garri is made from fermented cassava tubers, but the tubers must first be peeled, washed, and grated into a mash before being fermented. The resulting product is then locally dried (roasted) and ground into a fine flour.

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When garri is blended with hot water, it creates ‘Eba,’ which may be eaten with nearly any stew or soup. It can also be eaten as a snack or with beans.

3. Egusi Soup (Most Popular Nigerian Food)


In Nigeria, this soup is quite popular. Melon seeds, red or any preferred meat, shellfish, fermented beans, a range of green vegetables, and onions are among the ingredients used to make the soup. Garri, pounded yam, and fufu can all be eaten with Egusi soup.

4. Jollof Rice (Most Popular Nigerian Food)


Many West African countries, not only Nigeria, eat this colorful delicacy. Rice, onions, tomatoes, chiles, and a variety of spices are all used to make Jollof rice. It goes well with veggies and your choice of beef, chicken, or fish. Jollof rice is frequently offered during social gatherings and on special occasions.

5. Efo Riro


Efo Riro is a dish made up of pumpkin green leaves, meat (usually chicken), and offal or smoked fish. Efo Riro is a traditional Yoruba dish from Western Nigeria. Green vegetables such as water leaves or pumpkin leaves, as well as spinach, can be added to the stew’s contents.

6. Akara/Kosai


Akara is a type of fried cake. Its popularity in Nigeria is clear, with many Nigerians choosing it for breakfast. It is referred to as Akara in the south and Kosai in the north. It is available for a very low price from roadside food sellers. It may also be made for family and friends at home.

7. Suya

Chicken Suya

In Nigeria, suya is a popular delicacy. This snack is traditionally served in the evenings and consists of spiced fish or pork skewered on a skewer. Ginger, peanuts, pepper, dried onions, and other stock tastes are among the spices.

8. Afang Soup

Afang Soup

The soup is created with Afang and water leaves from the area, as well as dried fish, beef, and snails, and spices. Afang soup, which originated in southern Nigeria, is today consumed across state lines in Nigeria as well as in the diaspora. Pounded yam, fufu, and Garri are frequently served with the dinner, which takes approximately an hour to cook.

9. Moi Moi


Moi Moi is a Nigerian steamed bean pudding that originated in the southwest of the country. To increase flavor, it can be cooked with egg, crayfish, corned beef, onions, and sardine. Moi Moi is a Nigerian snack that may be combined with other Nigerian cuisines or eaten on its own.

10. Tuwo Shinkafa


Tuwo Shinkafa is a Hausa word that translates to “mashed rice.” In many Hausa-speaking areas, it’s the go-to side dish for Northern soups like Miyan Kuka, Miyan Karkashi, and even Okra soup. It’s frequently offered for lunch or supper every day.

11.Pepper Soup

Nigerian Goat meat pepper soup 1

Because of its very spicy flavor and the variety of meat, fish, and fowl that may be used to prepare it, Nigerian pepper soup is one of the country’s most popular meals. The broth is flavorful, with fragrant spices, pepper, ginger, garlic, and onions adding depth to the flavor.

12. Nkwobi


Nkwobi is a traditional Ibo dish made from seasoned cow legs cooked in a flavorful sauce made from Utazi leaves and palm oil. For those seeking a great outing, a meal that may be served as the African equivalent of an appetizer is pepper soup, with Nkwobi as a dessert. They’re likely to be well-served in Igbo kitchens in Nigeria’s big cities.

13. Ewa Aganyin

Ewa Agoyin

Cooked beans and pepper sauce make up Ewa Aganyin. It’s a delectable bean dish recognized for its softness and flavorful sauce. Ewa Aganyin is a popular Nigerian bean dish that can be eaten with bread or yam.

14. Amala and Ewedu


Amala and Ewedu soup is a traditional Nigerian dish that is mostly consumed by Yoruba people, particularly those from Oyo state, although it is also enjoyed by individuals from other ethnic groups.

15. Abacha and Ugba


African Salad, also known as Abacha and Ugba, can be consumed as a meal or a snack. Many people eat it as a meal since it fills you up like any other food. This dish is well-known and well-liked among the Igbos in the eastern portion of Nigeria, and they like it.

16. Ijebu Garri and Groundnut

Garri and groundnut

On a sweltering afternoon, nothing is more calming than Garri and Groundnut with cool water. Only a real Nigerian may realize the satisfaction that this combo provides. Garri from Ijebu can be eaten with groundnuts or smoked salmon.

17. Boli and Groundnut

Boli and Groundnut

Garri and groundnut were discussed previously, but this time it’s Boli and groundnut. Boli is roasted ripe plantain that is particularly excellent when combined with peanuts; it is a delicious popular snack among Nigerians and one that they miss the most when they travel overseas.

18. Ogbono Soup

Ogbono Soup

Ogbono soup is a famous Nigerian meal made with pulverized Ogbono seeds that vary greatly depending on the region. The Ogbono seeds are pulverized and used as a thickener, giving the soup a brownish tint. It usually comprises meat, seasonings such as chile pepper, leafy greens, and other vegetables in addition to the seeds, water, and palm oil. Bitter leaf and celosia are two common leaf veggies. Tomatoes and okra are common examples of other veggies. Onions and iru are sometimes added. This tasty soup is made with fermented locust beans and may be served with pounded yam or rice. I’m salivating just thinking about it.

19. Ofada Rice 

Brown rice ofada

In Nigeria, Ofada Rice is produced locally. Its distinct flavor and scent are what set it apart. The sight of Ofada rice and stew would delight the majority of Nigerians.

20. Adalu 


Adalu is a dish made out of beans and corn that has been cooked with a variety of herbs and spices. Most Nigerians grew up eating a lot of this excellent food and have a strong attachment to it.

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