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Ofada Rice Recipe

Updated: Apr 19

Ofada rice is a traditional Nigerian rice dish made with a local rice variety and served with a spicy stew made with a blend of peppers and assorted meats. Here's a detailed recipe for ofada rice with all the necessary information including calorie intake, healthy alternatives, kitchen equipment, and ingredients that can be purchased on Amazon.

Ofada Rice Recipe


  • 2 cups of ofada rice

  • 3 cups of water

  • Salt to taste

  • Assorted meats (beef, tripe, cow skin, and/or chicken)

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 2 red bell peppers, chopped

  • 2 habanero peppers, chopped

  • 2 scotch bonnet peppers, chopped

  • 1/2 cup of palm oil

  • 1/2 cup of locust beans (iru)

  • 1 tablespoon of crayfish

  • 1 teaspoon of thyme

  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Rinse the ofada rice thoroughly in cold water and drain.

  2. In a pot, add the rinsed rice and water. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to low. Cook for about 20-25 minutes or until the rice is tender. Add salt to taste.

  3. In another pot, cook the assorted meats with chopped onions, thyme, salt, and pepper until tender.

  4. In a blender or food processor, blend the chopped red bell peppers, habanero peppers, and scotch bonnet peppers until smooth.

  5. In a pan, heat the palm oil and add the locust beans. Stir for about 2-3 minutes.

  6. Add the blended pepper mixture to the pan and stir. Let it cook for about 10-15 minutes or until the sauce has thickened.

  7. Add the cooked meats and crayfish to the pan with the pepper sauce. Stir well and let it simmer for about 5-10 minutes.

  8. Serve the ofada rice hot with the spicy meat sauce.


  • 1 serving of ofada rice (1/2 cup) contains about 180 calories

  • 1 serving of the spicy meat sauce (1/2 cup) contains about 320 calories

Healthy Ingredient Alternatives:

  • Use brown rice instead of ofada rice for a healthier option.

  • Use lean cuts of meats like skinless chicken breast or turkey instead of beef or cow skin for a lower fat option.

  • Add a variety of vegetables like chopped carrots and green beans to the spicy meat sauce for added fiber and nutrients.

Kitchen Equipment:


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