Jollof Rice | Lagos Groceries

Jollof rice is a popular party favourite in Nigeria and most West African countries. It has a basic simple method and the ingredients are easy to find. It is a very flexible dish that you can experiment with by adding your own signature ingredients.

4 Servings


  • 500g Long grain rice
  • 3 cooking spoons Margarine /Vegetable oil
  • 2 Large Onions
  • 6 or more Red chilli peppers
  • 3 large Fresh tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons Tomato purée
  • 1 clove Garlic/ginger
  • Bay leaves
  • Thyme
  • 3 Maggi cubes
  • 500g Chicken
  • 100g Boiled seasoned snails
  • 40g Cooked green peas
  • 2 Smoked stock fish (optional)
  • 4 pieces of Crabs or 50g Shrimps
  • A bunch of Plantain bananas
  • 500ml water


Step 1: Melt the butter or pour 1 cooking spoon of vegetable oil in a deep cooking pan, add sliced onion till slightly brown, add grated garlic, tomato purée, sliced red chilli pepper and small grated ginger, stir all together, add other seasoning – leave to fry for 3mins then add water.

Step 2: Add the rice and bay leaf (optional) to above.

Step 3: In another cooking pan boil the shrimps, crab, and snails together, add a bit of seasoning till cooked then add or separately boil green peas inside for 2mins.

Step 4: Season the chicken and grill with onions, a bit of garlic and ginger.

Step 5: Check the rice, if almost done, or bring to boil, add the shrimps, green peas either to garnish or to add to rice depending on you.

Step 6: Melt a small cooking spoon of oil into the frying pan, slice a bit of onion, chopped red chilli pepper, a little tomato purée, add the snail, crab, smoke stock fish and grilled chicken. Stir, add seasoning and fry for 10 minutes to make sauce.

Step 7: Check rice if well cooked. Softly stir up from the root with a wooden spoon because of the sauce settled at the bottom. If done, garnish with cooked and boiled green peas, fried plantain and the sauce. Serve with your favourite beverage.

TIP: Grate instead of chopping the garlic and ginger into the dish in Step 1 for a sweeter unique flavour to the dish. 60

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