Top 7 Nigerian Christmas Recipes Ideas

As Christmas approaches, households across Nigeria are already gearing up for their holiday feasts. While some are sticking to the comforting embrace of Jollof rice as a Christmas tradition, there’s a wealth of other enticing Nigerian dishes waiting to be explored. All it takes is a bit of inspiration to venture beyond the familiar, and to kick off the festive season, we’ve curated a list of our top favorite Nigerian Christmas dishes.

Pepper Soup:

A renowned appetizer, pepper soup sets the tone for any Christmas meal. This spicy dish, available with a variety of meats including catfish, goat, chicken, and turkey, leaves your taste buds eagerly anticipating the next course.

Efo Riro:

Earning its place as a party starter, Efo Riro pairs well with rice or traditional swallows like pounded yam, eba, amala, and wheat. Bursting with nutrition and flavor, this dish can be prepared with an assortment of fish, meat, vegetables, and perhaps a touch of tomatoes.


Whether as a complementary side for rice dishes or savored on its own, Gizdodo is a delightful fusion of gizzard, spicy tomato sauce, and fried plantain. Its rising popularity at Nigerian gatherings makes it a fantastic addition to your Christmas menu.


Hailing from Southern Nigeria, Banga soup is a delectable treat traditionally enjoyed with starch but can be relished with rice or any swallow of your choice.

Coconut Rice:

A delightful departure from the usual Jollof and Fried rice, Coconut rice offers a rich and easy-to-make alternative. This flavorful dish is sure to be appreciated by friends and family as a fresh addition to the festive spread.


As an excellent accompaniment to rice dishes, the classic Nigerian vegetable salad can be prepared in advance by chopping and dicing the vegetables, storing them in the fridge. On the day, add non-vegetable components like sweet corn, baked beans, and the dressing.

Moi Moi:

A Nigerian staple, Moi Moi is a savory dish perfect for Christmas breakfast or as a side for rice dishes. It can even be paired with breakfast porridge such as pap or custard.

Don’t forget to include refreshing local drinks like Zobo and Chapman on your menu. Complete the feast with Nigerian desserts such as meat pies, fruit cakes, donuts, cupcakes, or puff puff for a truly comprehensive Nigerian Christmas dining experience.

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