Dodo Gizzard / Gizdodo Recipe (Gizzards and Plantains)


Gizdodo / Dodo Gizzards are coined names for a Nigerian dish prepared with a combination of gizzards and plantains (dodo). 
     This is one of those recipes ”invented” from excesses or in order to reduce food wastage. If you’ve read through my older posts, you’ll know that I love plantains…. a lot.  So you bet I also love Dodo gizzards☺.
      Chicken gizzards is best used for this recipe, but you can also substitute it for turkey or duck gizzards. As for the plantains, I’ll highly recommend ripe plantains with some black spots(on the skin), but not overly ripe, so that you don’t end up with a less appealing meal.

  Gizdodo is also known as Gizzards and dodo, or Gizzdo , so if you see it on a buffet menu, don’t be flustered…it’s just your normal gizzards and plantain…with a yummy spicy twist
   It is also a party favorite and served as a meal or accompanied by other dishes or small chops(appetizers).
    So let’s get cooking ☺. 
>> Nigerian Stewed/Peppered Gizzards recipe>>

Ingredients for Gizdodo /Dodo Gizzards
* 500 grams,Chicken gizzards

* 1 ripe Plantain
* 3 large Roma tomatoes(fresh tomatoes)
* 2 Habenero pepper (atarodo) (to suit your taste)
* 1 red bell pepper (tatashe)(optional)
* 1 teaspoonful ground Crayfish(optional)
* 1 large onion bulb (cut into 2 halves)
*1 garlic clove/half teaspoon garlic powder(optional)
* Half teaspoon each of Curry and Thyme
 * 2 bouillon/stock cubes
* Vegetable oil (enough for frying)
Note: if you have chicken stew, you won’t be needing the tomatoes and peppers.
For the Garnish you need:

This garnish gives color to the meal
* 1 green bell pepper (chopped into tiny cubes)
* 1 red bell pepper (chopped into tiny cubes)
* 1 small red onions (chopped into tiny cubes)

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* Clean the Gizzards by removing the yellow lining.  Then wash the gizzards with salted water or lemon juice.Scrub well to get rid of any dirt. Then Rinse the gizzards in running water, strain and set aside.
** You can cut the cooked gizzards into smaller bite sizes.
 Tip: If you buy yours prepacked, it is possible that the yellow lining won’t be there, so simply wash in salted water or lime/lemon juice , rinse and strain.

1. Place the cleaned gizzards into a pot, pour enough water
to half the level of the gizzards. Season with half onion bulb,garlic, one stock cube, thyme ,curry and salt
to taste. Cook until tender and set aside.

  Tip: Gizzard is a tough meat(a muscle meat to be precise) and most people assume that it does not absorb any of the seasonings while cooking. But I highly recommend that you season the gizzards properly using as much seasoning as you are comfortable with and let the stock dry as it cooks the meat. You’ll be amazed at how tasty, gizzards can be☺.

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2. Next, Cut the plantains into cubes, just like it was done here and fry in hot vegetable oil until brown. Transfer onto a sieve.

   Fry the gizzards in the same oil until brown and also Transfer onto a sieve lined with paper towels to absorb excess oil.

Tip: For a healthier option, grill the gizzards in the oven until brown.

3. Chop the tomatoes and peppers and blend coarsely. 
  Heat up some oil, add chopped onions, fry a bit and add the ground crayfish(remember the crayfish is optional). 
  Stir-Fry for 5 seconds and then pour the blended mix into the pot and fry for about 10-15 minutes or until the sour taste is lost. 
 Then add one stock cube and salt to taste.Simmer for 2 minutes. And set aside
Tip: You’ll know the sauce is ready when the oil rises to the top of the stew.
Tip: If you have chicken stew, you can skip step 3.

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4. Add the fried gizzards to the sauce and simmer for 1 minute to soak in the sauce.
 Add the fried plantains, chopped onions,green&red peppers. Mix thoroughly and put off the heat.
 And your meal is ready. 

Gizdodo/Dodo Gizzard can be served by itself or with jollof rice, coconut rice or plain boiled white rice. The choice is yours, Enjoy!

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  1. Chibuzo Mobis
    June 9, 2019 / 8:08 pm

    My hubby is cooking so when my wife asked for Gizzard meal and even went to market and bought gizzard herself, I knew that I had to come out with something delicious so I did a minor goggle search and landed here…’my visit here landed a spontaneous gizzard meal on our table’

    Learned how to properly cook a delicious gizzard meal today…

    • June 21, 2019 / 7:10 pm

      Hi Chibuzo, I am so glad to be of help.
      Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a feedback.
      You did really well
      Please continue to WOW your woman o.
      A happy woman is a happy home 🙂

  2. Ruth
    May 10, 2019 / 2:35 pm

    Good day to you
    Just to let you know how delicious this recipe is ,I’ve tried a few but this is so devin keep up the good work Ruth Williams

    • May 10, 2019 / 6:14 pm

      Thanks for taking the time to post your feedback Ruth,
      I am so glad you enjoyed the gizdodo recipe,
      you sure made my day hun 🙂

  3. Joy Ajudua
    May 12, 2017 / 3:21 pm

    Please can I add carrots to the dish.

  4. Joy Ajudua
    May 12, 2017 / 3:03 pm

    Thanks a lot Nky,am trying this for hubby's birthday. Smiles. God bless.

  5. Dudu Yemi
    January 13, 2017 / 2:39 pm

    Great recipe!.. Tried it today for 15 guests..However, i included really soft chicken cut into small pieces in the recipe.. Got them all dazed… Lol..I used Cray fish and it was a good call..i was skeptical at first about using it, but in the end, the flavor was on point !!

    • December 6, 2018 / 10:19 am

      Sorry for the late response, Dudu Yemi, I am so glad you enjoyed this dodo gizzard recipe and also made it yours by adding some chicken cut, you are surely dazzling. I’m also glad that you added the crayfish too, that is my secret ingredients and it wows people at all times. Hope to hear from you again as you try out more recipes. Take care hun 🙂

  6. Loveth. O
    August 16, 2016 / 8:46 pm

    Thanks for the recipe saw this today and made it fo dinner mine had more sauce cos had it with ofada rice and was sumptous. At first wondered how the crayfish was going to blend in but it turned out to be the ish of the recipe used a Lil garlic also. My huby who selects food sooo loved it tnx again an addition to my food timetable

    • Nky Lily Lete
      November 27, 2016 / 8:11 pm

      I'm so glad you both enjoyed it Loveth, and thanks for validating the crayfish in the recipe 🙂

  7. Olajumoke Ogudipe
    March 13, 2016 / 3:01 pm

    You are ready doing a good work, God bless you

    • Nky Lily Lete
      March 23, 2016 / 3:22 pm

      Thanks Olajumoke 🙂

  8. Esadah Tessa
    February 19, 2016 / 7:06 am

    I replaced the gizzard with sea snail and it taste delicious. Thanks for this recipe.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      March 23, 2016 / 3:17 pm

      You're welcome Tessa, sea snails and plantain sounds yummy 🙂

  9. valerie
    January 13, 2016 / 3:36 pm

    am going to try this and i will sure give u a feed back.

  10. Lateefat
    December 4, 2015 / 9:01 pm

    I followed your recipe and steps as described… It turnned out so wonderful… Thank you … My family and I had a great dinner…

    • Nky Lily Lete
      December 30, 2015 / 6:32 am

      I'm glad your family enjoyed it, thanks for your lovely feedback Lateefat 🙂

  11. Unknown
    October 29, 2015 / 12:49 am

    Hi where can I get the crayfish powder to buy

    • Nky Lily Lete
      December 30, 2015 / 6:50 am

      You can get ground crayfish at any African food store, but remember that it is optional for this recipe.

  12. Busola
    October 22, 2015 / 10:01 pm

    I must say a great job, well done. I am on leave and I have had a great time with my kitchen. Successful tried puff puff, fish roll, edikiakan, cake, banana pancake,stew, jollof rice,bunsDo Your know how to make candy popcorn?

    • Nky Lily Lete
      October 24, 2015 / 1:32 pm

      Thanks for your feedback hun, I will have the recipe up sooon, hope you have subscribed, so that you can get it in your inbox 🙂

  13. ulunma
    October 15, 2015 / 12:06 pm

    Nky I stumbled on this site and knew instantly I had hit a jackpot. I tried the fried rice and grilled fish and it was so delicious, my hubby loved it, will also try out the gizdodo knowing it will also be a hit with him. God bless you dear.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      October 15, 2015 / 3:42 pm

      Thanks for your lovely comment sweetie,I'm glad you enjoyed the recipes.I'll be expecting your feedback on the gizdodo Bless u too hun 🙂

  14. ulunma
    October 15, 2015 / 12:01 pm

    Hi nky, stumbled on ur site by mistake and am loving it. Tried the fried rice and grilled fish and it was so delicious my hubby loved it to bits. Bless you darling and thank you.

  15. beauty
    April 20, 2015 / 4:58 am

    Wonderful steps.God bless you.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      April 22, 2015 / 10:32 am

      thanks dearie.

  16. Atinuke Adewale
    January 1, 2015 / 12:47 pm

    Nky,tanks a million for sharing dis recipe.i just tried it and guess wat!!! We all love it.have a glorious 2015

    • Nky Lily Lete
      January 3, 2015 / 2:26 pm

      Thanks for your lovely comment dearie, wishing you all the best this new year. Cheers 🙂

  17. Atinuke Adewale
    January 1, 2015 / 12:45 pm

    Nky,tanks a million for sharing dis recipe with us. I just tried it today and guess what!!!!We all love it..Have a glorious 2015

  18. Anonymous
    November 11, 2014 / 7:59 am

    Hello, Nky, can I boil the gizzard and plantain instead as I am watching my intake of so much calories (I know the fried ones taste better though). smiles!!! Also, thanks for this version, I have always though Gizdodo was made in the oven. Now this is such a relief.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      November 12, 2014 / 9:47 am

      Hi dearie, I haven't tried with boiled plantains, but it might also work,as long as you make use of ripe plantains.Let me know how it turns out and send me pics too 🙂

  19. kk3
    October 29, 2014 / 12:27 pm

    Wow…. Thank God i came across this wonderful site!!! Ohhhh, my husband will hear it soon cos i'm gonna spoil him with all these great dishes, snacks, dessert and appetizers. All these small girls gunning for people's husbands are surely in trouble cos he will be running home always to have a taste of a new dish…variety variety, variety. I'm loving this. Thanks ma for a wonderful food compendium. God bless.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      October 30, 2014 / 6:46 am

      Chai KK3, you are so funny lol :)I can assure you that with all these recipes, your husband will surely be running home for your meals.You are so welcome and feel free to ask any questions on any recipe, I', just a click away.God bless you too dearie 🙂

  20. Uzo's Food Labs
    May 4, 2014 / 9:09 pm

    I cant believe how popular Gizdodo has become. I shall be trying your version very soon

    • Nky Lily Lete
      May 6, 2014 / 9:18 am

      Do let me know how it turns out dearie 🙂

    • aladi ogbe Onoja
      November 12, 2015 / 5:00 pm

      I'm making this right now. Thanks a lot. Will let you know how it turns out. God bless you.

  21. Anonymous
    April 21, 2014 / 3:56 pm

    Thank you for the recipes ,and other food can we watch this on TV in LONDON God Bless You!

    • Nky Lily Lete
      April 22, 2014 / 1:15 pm

      Hi dear,I don't show on any tv channel yet, but you can view all my videos on youtube 🙂

  22. Anonymous
    March 27, 2014 / 4:12 pm

    Very good! Thank you for this recipe and informative video. I really enjoyed it

    • Nky Lily Lete
      March 29, 2014 / 11:33 pm

      Thanks dear 🙂

  23. Anonymous
    March 27, 2014 / 4:11 pm

    This was soooo good! I've been looking for a good gizzard recipe. Thank you so much for posting this 🙂

    • Nky Lily Lete
      March 29, 2014 / 11:33 pm

      Thank you so much Ryan 🙂

  24. Anonymous
    March 6, 2014 / 11:48 am

    hmmmmm hmmmm hmmmm heavenly.God bless u sweetie

    • Nky Lily Lete
      March 8, 2014 / 1:19 pm

      And you too dear 🙂

  25. Anonymous
    February 27, 2014 / 5:54 am

    hmn…. I got tired of regular dodo n egg, wen I saw this n made for my family my 2 yrs old son yelled "mum more more more" need I say, God bless you for blessing us with this recipe! d crayfish wat d bomb! *hugs*

    • Nky Lily Lete
      March 1, 2014 / 12:33 pm

      Thanks to you dear, for trying out the recipe. I'm so glad your family enjoyed it. Big hugs to you 🙂

  26. Maureen
    February 22, 2014 / 6:19 pm

    If i use goat meat to prepare this plantain recipe, am i allowed to call it "Goatdodo?" Hehehe 🙂

    • Nky Lily Lete
      February 24, 2014 / 1:53 pm

      Lol… Maureen,of course you can my dear 🙂

  27. Shachie ugo
    January 6, 2014 / 5:52 pm

    Thank you for the recipes on this website. I am a Jamaican and I love Nigerian food. These recipes have allowed me to try different Nigerian foods in the comfort of my kitchen. God Bless You!

    • Nky Lily Lete
      January 7, 2014 / 10:15 pm

      Thanks dear, good to hear you're trying the recipes and loving them too. Feel free to ask any questions… God bless you too 🙂

  28. Shachie ugo
    January 6, 2014 / 5:48 pm

    thank you for the recipes. I am Jamaican and I love Nigerian food and these recipes are very plain and easy to follow and am loving them.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      January 7, 2014 / 10:12 pm

      Thanks dear, I'm so glad to be of help, welcome to my blog 🙂

    • Anonymous
      July 14, 2015 / 1:54 pm

      I tried it out lastweek cos ve seen my mum made such, but I didn't use d grounded crayfish. Wil use it Nxt time. Thanks for d gud works dear. It's really helping most of us dat r nt kitchen friendly.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      October 15, 2015 / 2:11 pm

      you're welcome hun 🙂

  29. Tam
    January 3, 2014 / 11:10 pm

    Thank you so much for your work on this website. We are so used to cooking the same rice, eba, pounded yam in our house that we forget how rich the Nigerian menu is. I think it is revolutionary what you do on here. I think of it as preserving our food culture and adapting Nigerian culinary art to the new age, making it accessible to members of the Nigerian diaspora who have become distanced from the traditional mode of learning by simply watching our parents and uncles and aunties cook!

    • Nky Lily Lete
      January 6, 2014 / 7:26 pm

      You are so right dear, that was one of the reason why I started the website…our new generation are losing touch of our culture and this is one of the ways of enlightening them. I'm so glad you're finding it helpful …stay in touch dear 🙂

  30. Tam
    January 3, 2014 / 11:04 pm

    Hello. I really appreciate your work on this website. It is easy for us to forget how rich our cooking can be in Nigeria. I am so excited to try out all these recipes. I made the efo riro today and it was delicious!!

    • Nky Lily Lete
      January 6, 2014 / 7:20 pm

      Tam , you are a darling. I'm so glad to be of help dear…congrats on the efo riro and keep me updated on any other recipes you try out .. God bless you hun 🙂

  31. Anonymous
    September 9, 2013 / 4:18 pm

    Good afternoon and bless you sister, I found this website by chance and I think it's the best thing to come from a Nigerian Sister. I've introduced many of my friends to this web page and they in return have been thanking me for this website. Gone are the days of buying certain nigerian food outside, when you can watch and save this wonderful God sent website.Keep up the good work.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      September 10, 2013 / 4:45 am

      Aww, Thank you so much for the referrals. I appreciate your sweet comment dear. God bless:)

  32. oluwakorede Salako
    August 27, 2013 / 5:36 pm

    @last!!!! I tink I've finally found a kool recipe for hubby's bday nxt mnth.wld howeva try it out b4 den n let u knw hw it turned out. Kudos ma'am!!

    • Nky Lily Lete
      August 27, 2013 / 5:43 pm

      @Oluwakorede.. thanks for stopping by dear…I'm sure you and your family will love this recipe. Bless you Hun 🙂

  33. Anonymous
    August 27, 2013 / 9:59 am

    Thanks….I' try it…say your link on facebook 🙂

    • Nky Lily Lete
      November 12, 2014 / 9:44 am

      You're welcome.

  34. Shakirat Ade
    August 27, 2013 / 9:55 am

    I also wondered why you added ground crayfish, but after I tried it yesterday, I will always use this recipe. You are right the crayfish does make a difference and the garnish also adds flavor to the meat.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      November 12, 2014 / 9:43 am

      I'm glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  35. Ada azuka
    August 27, 2013 / 6:57 am

    I was already salivating with the picture….great recipe as usual

    • Nky Lily Lete
      August 27, 2013 / 10:08 am

      Lol.. thanks Ada 🙂

  36. Nky Lily Lete
    August 26, 2013 / 2:51 pm

    Awww Anonymous(I wish I knew your name) thanks dear, I am so honored by your comment. The ground crayfish does make the taste different in a good way.. lol.I'm glad you tried it sweetie 🙂

  37. Anonymous
    August 24, 2013 / 11:26 pm

    This is the Best Dodo gizzard recipe so far. I tried it for my daughters graduation party and it was a hit.I like the addition of ground crayfish to the recipe, it makes it more Nigerian and the flavor was da bomb..keep it up dear, God bless your home.