Nigerian Cuisine

Exploring Nigerian Cuisine: 5 Recipes For Busy Women

by Oluwayemisi Akomolafe

Nigerian cuisine represents the dishes of more than 250 ethnic groups in Nigeria. From preparing meals to the jolly consumption of dishes prepared, Nigerian cuisine is an inherent part of Nigeria’s culture and community. 

Navigating life as a Nigerian can be daunting. And to be a Nigerian woman who’s probably a wife, mother, business owner/career woman, or even all combined is a big deal. Nigerian women are the cream of the crop.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle amidst their busy schedule is crucial for Nigerian women to thrive and have fulfilling lives. Fortunately, Nigerian cuisines have a variety of palatable dishes ranging from breakfast and lunch menus to swallows paired with soups and stews that scream deliciousness.

However, these cuisines require lots of time and energy. Due to this, traditional Nigerian cuisines are now remodeled into contemporary ones to save time yet have a semblance of taste and quality. Hence, we’ve compiled these five healthy, quick, and sumptuous Nigerian cuisine recipes for any busy Nigerian woman.

5 Nigerian Cuisine Recipes for Busy Women

If you desire quick, healthy, and yummy Nigerian cuisine recipes that are easy to make, this article will surely help you. You’ll need to plan your menu, prep your meals, find your pantry staples, and invest in the right tools.

Here are 5 Nigerian cuisine recipes perfect for any busy woman;

  1. Chicken toast

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    Chicken toast

Chicken toast is an upgrade from the traditional bread and fried egg breakfast to a contemporary Nigerian cuisine recipe. This recipe is very delicious and nutritious. It doesn’t require too much meal prep. Chicken toast is filling and usually takes about 30 minutes to prepare. Amazing right? 

For this Nigerian cuisine recipe, the ingredients you’ll need are;

  • Bread slices
  • Boneless chicken
  • Bread spread(butter and mayonnaise)
  • Spring onions
  • Red bell pepper


  • Into a bowl, pour the already cooked and shredded chicken, spring onions, red bell pepper, and mayonnaise. Then mix to combine evenly.
  • Butter one side of a bread slice, place the buttered side in a toaster or pan, then spread the chicken filling on it and cover it with another bread slice. Butter the top of the bread.
  • Allow it to toast to your desired preference. If you’re using a pan, flip the bread toast to the other side to ensure each side toasts evenly.

Your yummy chicken toast is ready to be devoured. Enjoy with a cup of tea, coffee, juice, or your desired beverage.

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  1. Pap/Custard/Oatmeal 

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These are super popular, healthy, and very quick to make. In contrast to what many think, pap and custard aren’t for babies. Neither is oatmeal only for the old or people who want to lose weight.You can enjoy pap, custard, or oatmeal as a contemporary Nigerian cuisine with some or all of these ingredients;

  • Milk
  • Sweetener(honey or sugar)
  • Fruits( strawberries, bananas, apples, kiwi,blueberries)
  • Chia seeds


  • Slice up the fruits and add them to your already-made pap, custard, or oatmeal.
  • Add the milk, sweetener, and chia seeds.
  • Stir and enjoy.

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  1. Smoothie

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Smoothies are cold beverages made by puréing or blending fruits and other ingredients. They are universal and a delicious way to incorporate fruits into your meal plan.Need a nourishing breakfast or a noontime snack? Make one in a couple of minutes with this four-ingredient smoothie recipe.

Ingredients needed are;

  • 1 cup of frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup of sweet pineapples 
  • 1-2 ripe bananas 
  • ½ cup of milk


  • Blend all the ingredients.
  • Dish it and enjoy chilling. You can be extra and add whipped cream or any other tasty goodies you like.

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  1. Mackerel sauce

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Mackerel sauce

Mackerel sauce is another contemporary Nigerian cuisine recipe derived from the traditional fish sauce stew. Mackerel sauce is delicious and takes about 30 minutes to prepare. Preparing this in your free time is advisable because even though it doesn’t require much time, you’ll have to cook a dish like rice, yam, or pasta to pair it with.

Ingredients include;

  • Mackerel fish
  • Cooking oil
  • Onions
  • Carrots
  • Bell peppers
  • Seasoning and spices
  • Corn flour slurry


  • Season, boil, and debone the mackerel fish. Dice the onions, carrots, and bell peppers(you can use a variety of red, yellow, and green bell peppers).
  • In a pan, sauté the onions for 1-2 minutes to release their flavor into the oil. Add in the carrots and bell peppers.
  • Season, add the spices(garlic/ginger powder, paprika, pepper flakes, etc.) and stir.
  • After 2-3 minutes, add the corn flour slurry(mixture of corn flour and water). Allow to simmer for 3-4 minutes.

Your sumptuous mackerel sauce is ready. Pair with your desired dish and enjoy.

  1. Salad

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Salad is rich in fiber, healthy, and delicious. They are perfect for breakfast and lunches. A great feature of this recipe is that it requires zero cooking time!

There are various salad recipes. You can prepare them in ways that fit your taste buds and preferences. Here’s a super easy and simple salad recipe for when you’re busy and desire something that won’t require you to light up your cooking burner.

Ingredients include;

  • Cabbage
  • Carrot
  • Kidney beans
  • Cucumber
  • Tomatoes
  • Lettuce 
  • Onions(optional)
  • Avocado(optional)
  • Salad cream or mayonnaise


  • Add a desired amount of each ingredient in a bowl and mix them.
  • Serve and enjoy.

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In a Nutshell

Daily, Nigerian women struggle to balance their profession and household chores, juggling kitchen duties at the same time. Nevertheless, Nigerian women shouldn’t cut down on healthy meals. After all, health is wealth.

These contemporary Nigerian cuisine recipes are simple, time-saving, and stress-free. They come in handy after a hard day’s work or during a busy schedule. Explore any of these quick yet healthy Nigerian cuisine recipes, and your tummy and tastebuds will thank you!

Which of these are you going to try out? Tell us in the comment section.

Oluwanifemi Akintomide edited this article.

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Oluwayemisi Akomolafe
Oluwayemisi Akomolafe
Oluwayemisi Akomolafe is an adept freelance writer with a flair for composing amazing content and captivating copies for brands across various industries.
She is a great supporter of self-development, equal rights, and enjoying life. Some of her interests include reading, writing, researching, culinary art, movies, and travel.

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