How to make Nigerian Jollof Rice – 7 Steps

Usually gracing the parties in Nigeria, Jollof Rice (also popularly dubbed as ‘party jollof rice’) is a hands down favorite of plenty guests.  Its taste can be further enhanced with grilled or fried chicken, beef, fish, prawns and Moimoi, with Nigerian beef or chicken soup alongside the viand.

Jollof Rice Recipe

Jollof Rice Recipe

How to make Nigerian Jollof Rice – 7 Steps

Nigerian Jollof Rice

A mouth-watering rice dish enjoyed throughout West Africa  Just need some simple ingredients, equipment, and cooking skills. You are able to process and enjoy an Nigerian traditional food without coming to expensive fine-dining restaurants.
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Course: Main dishes, Rice
Cuisine: African, Nigerian
Keyword: Jollof Rice, Nigerian Jollof Rice
CookingStyle: Stir-Fry
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 284kcal
Author: Ms Kelly
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  • saucepan
  • Frying Pan


  • 2 cups estimated 500g already cooked long grain rice
  • 5 tbsp. tomato paste concentrated
  • 4 to matoes big
  • 1 red bell pepper tatashe
  • 2 scotch bonnets peppers/atarodo
  • 100 ml vegetable oil
  • 600 ml Meat or Chicken stock
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • ½ teaspoon of thyme
  • ½ tsp. of curry
  • 1 broth cube
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • Water
  • 1 tbsp.ground crayfish*
  • 2 small Bay leaves *
  • *optional



  • Precook the rice and let it seat until all the other ingredients are ready.
  • Also grill or fry the meat (can be beef, chicken or turkey) and set aside for broth or stock.

Jollof Rice Procedure

  • Prepare a small amount of sauce by incorporating the tomatoes and peppers. Boil them together and simmer for a few minutes to dry out extra liquid.
  • Place a pot over a medium heat and put some oil. Put the chopped onion and fry until it attains the translucent factor.  Add in your premade tomato sauce, let it simmer for about 10 minutes and add tomato paste.
  • Now that the tomato stew has been made, scoop about a quarter of it and set aside.
  • Add the chicken or meat stock into the pot and boil in high heat from 5 to 10 minutes. Add curry, thyme, broth cube and salt, and then boil again for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the rice and mix well, making sure that the liquid in the pot should be the same amount (or level) as the rice. Feel free to add more water if the chicken stock is not enough.
  • Cover the pot with lid and let the rice cook over medium flame. If you opt to use bay leaves, drop it before covering the pot.
  • When the liquid in the rice has almost dried up, pour the extra stew you kept and ground crayfish at the top of the rice. Do not mix the rice yet but cover the pot again, letting it simmer until it completely dries up this time.  When you see that there’s no liquid already, mix the rice thoroughly and voila! Your party jollof rice is all ready to be served.



Green seasoning is a simple blend of fresh herbs (cilantro, parsley, thyme) + onion, garlic, ginger. You can sub in/out your fave herbs as needed.
How to make Nigerian Jollof Rice – 7 Steps
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Serving: 1serving | Calories: 284kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 11g
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This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily from the Spoonacular Database, whenever available, or otherwise other online calculators.

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How to make Nigerian Jollof Rice – 7 Steps



  1. Blend tomatoes and red bell pepper together. If you like spicy food, you may add your scotch bonnet pepper into the blender. Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in skillet. Add onions and tomato paste and cook till the onions are soft and translucent.
  3. Add tomato blend, green seasoning, curry powder, herb de Provence, bay leaves, coconut aminos and fish sauce. Cook 15mins till tomatoes loose their tartness and release their oils. May periodically need to go add a little water to prevent the tomatoes from burning.
  4. Add rice and stock. Once the stock comes to a boil, turn heat down to low, cover and simmer until rice is fully cooked – 20mins. Add steamed vegetables, fluff, serve and enjoy.

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