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20 Most Popular Foods in Nigeria That Will Make You Beg For More

Are you looking for the most popular foods in Nigeria, If yes, you will see the top 20 of it here in this article.

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Nigeria is a blessed country. We are blessed with diverse rich culture and food. Nigerians both at home and the diaspora always love their food because of how unique and delicious it is. You are free to add to the list because this list is based on my research. Feel free to salivate…. It’s allowed.

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This delicious meal is one of the most popular foods in Nigeria. Although it is not synonymous to Nigeria alone but also to other West African countries. Jollof rice is the go to meal at occasions in Nigeria and this is because of the point listed below;

  • It is easy to make.
  • Everybody loves jollof rice (don’t deny now that you don’t like it).
  • Making jollof rice isn’t time consuming.

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This happens to be my second favourite meal funny enough. It is called Sunday food by most people because although people prepare rice and stew on a normal day, it is most commonly prepared on Sundays.

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The rice is boiled white and served with stew made from tomatoes and other ingredients. I did a research on how different people prepare stew and it turns out that there are different ways of making stew.

But 70% of Nigerians prepare is with tomato, onion, vegetable oil/palm oil. It’s definitely one of the most popular foods in Nigeria.



Pounded yam is one of the most popular foods in Nigeria. What Nigerian man hates pounded yam? We don’t joke with our pounded yam.

It is best served with delicious soups like ukazi soup, eguisi soup, ogbono soup, oha soup, afang soup, I can go on and on but I am pretty sure you get the picture I am trying to paint.

Where I come from, the yam is pounded together with plantain and palm oil. Eat this dish I doubt u will be hungry for hours because it is filling. It is called onunu.

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Beans and dodo is one of the most popular foods in Nigeria. Dodo is also called fried plantain. Ask most guys now in Nigeria what their best meal is, they will gladly tell you it is beans and dodo.

I was shocked when I was watching an interview on tv, a South African that visited Nigeria was asked his favourite meal in Nigeria and he said beans and plantain.



Or eba as most people will call it is very popular in Nigeria. This dish made from cassava is something every Nigerian must have had in one way or another. Garri is best served with soup, beans, or just with milk and groundnut.



Indomie, loved by kids, ladies mostly, few guys is another meal that is well known in Nigeria.

Although it is an already processed food but does it really matter for the sake of this list?

Lol. Some people call it a lazy man’s food because it is prepared in less than 5 minutes. This facts made indomie one of the most popular foods in Nigeria.

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This is a light soup that is really spicy and filled with assorted meat or fish with scent leaf. It is best taken hot. Very delicious soup. Many people prefer taking the assorted goat meat pepppersoup while some love catfish peppersoup.



Isi ewu is just the meat found in the head of a goat spiced and mixed with a palm oil based sauce. The popular leave used in this delicacy is utazi.



Akara is just a deap fried bean cake. It is filled with protein and is best taken with pap (made from grounded corn). Most people love taking akara with bread.

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This protein filled meal made from peeled beans grounded together with onions, pepper, palm/vegetable oil, spices.

It is highly recommended for staying healthy and also advised to be incorporated into our diets. You can decide to put boiled eggs, corned beef if you want to.



Suya is grilled meat done in an open fire. It is done mostly at night by majority of hausa’s and it is served with big chops of onion, cabbage and pepper in a newspaper.



Plantains are either green, yellow or black depending on how ripe or unripe it is. It is fried in vegetable oil, cut either diagonally or in circles. Best served with rice, beans or eaten alone.



Chin chin is one of the popular snack in Nigeria. They are made from dough which is made up of butter, flour, eggs, etc. The dough is cut in cubes and deep fried.

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Zobo is a nutritious drink made from dried hibiscus flowers. These dried flowers are usually boiled in water with great aromatic spices like ginger, vanilla and any aromatic spice you want to add. It is best served cold. Zobo is usually taken with other snacks. It’s definitely among the most popular foods in Nigeria.



Efo riro is a very rich vegetable soup, popularised by the Yorubas. It is filled with assorted meat. Made with pumpkin leaves. Has great nutritive value and absolutely delicious.



This is one of the most delicious dishes found in the Northern part of Nigeria. Tuwo is just really soft rice served with a spicy sauce. People that has tasted this delicacy can testify on how good it tastes.

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My grandma loves this meal. It is also known as African salad. It is well known in the eastern part of Nigeria. I personally love this dish.



Have tasted the boli from Port Harcourt? Boli and roasted peppered fish is a very delicious meal. It is well known in the southern Nigeria, Port Harcourt to be precise. Boli also goes well with groundnut.



I have said a lot about our local dishes, it’s time to visit this great snack. Although its not really food but the relationship between gala and lacasera has been going strong. It has passed the test of time..lol. These two are made for each other. I put this on the list because it is even more popular than some dishes here.



Afang soup is a delicious meal prepared with ukazi leaves and waterleaf. It is a rich vegetable soup popular in south-south of Nigeria. Prepared with assorted meat, stock fish, seafoods, etc. I love my afang soup. If you have ever visited a typical Nigeria restaurant, you know that Afang soup is definitely one of the most popular foods in Nigeria.



So there you have it. 20 popular foods in Nigeria. These are the meals you will surely miss when you leave Nigeria. You can add yours and subtract too. Pick the food you are dying to eat now. Till next time.

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Ifiokobong Ibanga

Ifiokobong Ibanga is the founder of InfoGuideNIgeria.com. You can get in touch with him on Instagram @ifiokobong. If you need a personal assistance on this topic, kindly send a message. Much Love!

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