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How to Make Jollof Rice in 5 Easy Steps


Jollof Rice, a classic Nigerian rice dish flavored with tomatoes, peppers, and lots of seasonings!

Rice is in order! For those of you who don’t know; I am a rice fiend! I could eat rice 100 times a day and still not be satisfied. One of my all time favorite rice dishes is a classic Nigerian dish that I grew up eating called Jollof rice. Today I am going to be sharing with you how to make it in just 5 easy steps.

How to make mouthwatering Nigerian Jollof Rice in 5 easy steps! Full of flavor, and a super easy and simple way to tackle Nigerian cooking. 


Jollof rice is a West African dish that’s a staple in most households. It definitely was a staple in my house growing up, and  at parties, where you can rest assure that there will be pans and pans of it.  This is the first reason I love attending Nigerian parties. Second would have to be for the music and dancing. It’s just too much fun!

How to make mouthwatering Nigerian Jollof Rice in 5 easy steps! Full of flavor, and a super easy and simple way to tackle Nigerian cooking. 


How to make mouthwatering Nigerian Jollof Rice in 5 easy steps! Full of flavor, and a super easy and simple way to tackle Nigerian cooking. 

There are many different ways to cook Jollof Rice. It is a dish made with rice, tomatoes, tomato paste, onions, scotch bonnet peppers, salt, and spices. If it doesn’t have the above mentioned ingredients, then it’s not true Jollof. I make it the way my mum taught me, and I usually call it Nigerian Jollof because of the type of the rice that is used. Nigerians use the long grain rice that has been parboiled. Other versions i.e. Ghanaian Jollof will use basmati or jasmine rice. There has been quite the debate on social media on whose Jollof is better (Nigeria vs Ghana), and I will have to say that honestly it just comes down to preference. I prefer Nigerian Jollof because I personally think that the basmati/jasmine rice is too sweet and soft of a grain to be used in the dish. The recipe is simple enough. I made it even more simple by cutting it down to just 5 easy steps. As long as you have the main ingredients and you season appropriately, than your jollof should come out perfectly. I usually serve it with some baked chicken, salad, and fried plantains. Enjoy!!


How to make mouthwatering Nigerian Jollof Rice in 5 easy steps! Full of flavor, and a super easy and simple way to tackle Nigerian cooking. 



How to Make Jollof Rice in 5 Easy Steps
Cuisine: Nigerian
Author: Evi
Delicious Nigerian Jollof Rice made in 5 Easy steps!
  • 5 medium sized Roma tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, roughly chopped
  • 1 medium sized onion, roughly chopped, set aside
  • 2 scotch bonnet peppers (habanero peppers as they are sometimes called)
  • 1/4 cup of groundnut oil
  • [b]3 tbsp tomato paste[/b]
  • 2 cups of [b]parboiled[/b] rice
  • 2 1/2 cups of chicken stock
  • 1 tsp salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp All purpose seasoning
  • 1 Knorr stock cube
  • 3 bay leaves
  • Water, as needed
  1. Blend your tomatoes, red pepper, scotch bonnet peppers in a food processor or blender for about 45 seconds, make sure that everything is blended well.
  2. In a medium sized pot, heat your oil on medium-high heat. Once the oil is heated add the onions you set aside and fry just until they turn golden brown. Once the onions, have turned brown in color add the tomato paste and fry for 2-3 minutes. Then add the blended tomato mixture (reserve about 1/4 cup and set aside) and fry the mixture with the onions and tomato paste for about 30 minutes. Make sure you stir consistently so that the tomato mixture does not burn.
  3. After 30 minutes, turn the heat down to medium, and add the chicken stock. Mix and add your seasonings (salt, curry powder, thyme, all purpose seasoning, and the Knorr stock cube). Continue to boil for 10 minutes.
  4. Add the parboiled rice** to the pot. Mix it very well with the tomato stew. At this point if you need to add water so that the rice is level with the tomato mixture/chicken stock go ahead and do so. Add the bay leaves, cover the pot, and cook on medium to low heat for 15-30 minutes.
  5. When the liquid has almost dried up add the remaining tomato stew**, cover, and let it cook for another 5-10 minutes heat until the liquid has completely dried up. Turn off the heat, mix thoroughly, and your Jollof Rice is ready to be eaten!
**It is key to use parboiled rice so that you don’t end up with mushy rice in the end. [br][br]**When cooking the tomato stew, you can tell when it is done because the oil will rise to the top. Also another way to tell that is done is when the bitter taste of the tomatoes has been cooked out.[br][br]**The reason why you reserve 1/4th of the tomato mixture and add it at the end is because we do not want the rice to burn. Also, it gives the rice that beautiful red color we all know and love.


How to make mouthwatering Nigerian Jollof Rice in 5 easy steps! Full of flavor, and a super easy and simple way to tackle Nigerian cooking. 


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  • sunshinemomma1017
    August 4, 2015

    This looks so great. Can’t wait to try it!

    • evseats
      August 4, 2015

      Thank you! Let me know how you like it once you try it!

  • Lindsay (@itssimplylinds)
    August 4, 2015

    Looks so yummy!! And fried plantains sounds delicious, too. Thanks for sharing this.

    • evseats
      August 4, 2015

      Thanks for reading Lindsay! I have to eat fried plantains with this dish. It just doesn’t feel right if I don’t, lol

  • Joscelyn | Wifemamafoodie
    August 5, 2015

    I am a riceaholic, lol! I love any kind of rice but have never tried this Nigerian style before. It sounds similar to a Spanish rice, but with some additional flavors. Sounds so delicious and I can’t wait to give it a go..thanks for sharing!

    • evseats
      August 5, 2015

      Lol, Me and you both! I do hear a lot that is similar to a Spanish rice, and I find that to be true too. I love Spanish rice!! Let me know how you like it if you try it!

  • Brandi johnson
    December 4, 2015

    Which Knorr flavored cube did you use? tomato, beef, chicken?

    • evseats
      December 5, 2015

      Hi Brandi! I used the chicken flavor cube, but you can use the beef or tomato too! It doesn’t make that much of a difference.

  • Lauren
    October 8, 2016

    Hey! Thank you so much for making this recipe simple to make. I am an American woman married to a Yoruba man who LOVES Jollaf (of course)!!! I am surprising him with this and fried plantain when he gets home!! Yaaaaay!! Thanks again sis!! ❤️

    • evseats
      October 16, 2016

      Thank you so much Lauren! <3 How did it turn out?! I can't wait to hear 😀

  • Barbara
    October 10, 2016

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. I made it for a Nigerian friend’s birthday dinner. She was thrilled!!! The video was very helpful, too. : )

    • evseats
      October 16, 2016

      Aw, thank you so much Barbara! I’m so glad you liked it and that it turned out nice. Thanks for coming back to tell me about the turn out. 🙂

  • Llhya Colbert
    November 3, 2016

    Hi I miss my Nigerian friends that used to cook for me, so I’m on my own now so I’ll try your recipe, thanks so much

    • evseats
      November 12, 2016

      Hi Llhya! Love that you’re missing Nigerian food! How did the recipe turn out?

  • Endee
    February 9, 2017

    Hello am a near total novice in cooking. Need a miracle!
    Pls when you refer to a cup, what really are you referring to? Could you describe the size of the cup?

    • evseats
      February 14, 2017

      Hello dear! When I say a cup I mean the standardized measurement for 1 cup in the United States. If you follow the metric system than I mean 250 milliliters! Hope this answers your question 🙂 using measurement cups should help!

  • Jenn Adu
    April 19, 2017

    Can you tell me how many servings are in this recipe and what a serving size is?

    • evseats
      April 22, 2017

      Hi Jenn! This recipe serves 4-6 comfortably. I’m not sure what the standard serving size in your house is, but when I serve this it’s usually 2-3 scoops of rice. I also eat this with chicken and plantains so I would say to 2-3 scoops is enough. 🙂 Let me know if this helps!

  • Chnaghyun
    August 2, 2017

    Unbelievably yummy!! Quite simple cooking process with very addictive taste!! Thank you

    • evseats
      August 2, 2017

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! 🙂 <3, Evi

  • Vinod
    August 29, 2017

    Hi Evi. Thanks for your recipe. Looks really nice. I live in Paraguay (South America). Used to live in West Africa. Want to try cooking this Jollof rice but unfortunately we don’t get Groundnut Oil here. Can I use peanut butter instead and what quantity? The rest of ingredients are available

    • evseats
      September 15, 2017

      Hi Vinod! If you don’t have groundnut oil vegetable works just fine! I wouldn’t use peanut butter in this recipe because it has a strong flavor, and it doesn’t really belong in jollof rice!

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