Nigerian Plantain Porridge

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Nigerian Plantain Porridge

Nigerian Plantain Porridge is a rich meal that all plantain lovers will surely enjoy. It can be prepared with either ripe or unripe plantains or a combination of both. Even if you’re not a plantain lover, you should give this meal a try, because plantains are rich in fiber, minerals(potasium, magnesium, iron, phosphorous) and Vitamins(A, B6  and C).

The green plantains is said to contain more healing properties than the ripened ones, but all the same, they are both okay for this recipe. 

Here’s how to prepare Nigerian Plantain Porridge


– 2 medium sized Plantains( ripe , semi ripe or unripe)
– 1 smoked fish or fresh fish(preferably mackerel ”titus fish”
(smoked fish should not be too dry, if using)

– About 400gram or 1 bunch Ugwu leaves(use Spinach, Kale or Green amaranth as substitute)
– 1 large Onion bulb
– 1 tablespoonful Ground Crayfish
– 1 cooking spoonful Palm oil(use tomato stew or stew oil as substitute)
– 1 Large seasoning cube or 1 teaspoonful seasoning powder
– Salt to taste
– Chili or Scotch bonnet (atarodo) Pepper to taste
(use ground dried pepper or chopped fresh ones)

See also  Nigerian Yam and Fresh Fish Pepper Soup

Tip: if you’re cooking for kids, the ripe plantains are usually preferred .
** Below is a video recipe on how to prepare Nigerian Plantain Porridge **


1. Peel and chop the onions;
    Chop or grind the pepper,
   Wash, peel and cut the plantains into small sizes.
   Then wash the vegetables and slice into thin strips and set all aside for later use.

2. Now,wash and clean the fish .
If using smoked fish, clean with hot water and set aside
If using fresh fish remove the gut, cut and set aside.

3. Place the plantains into a pot, add enough water to slightly cover the plantains.
Then add the chopped onions, the fish, ground crayfish, pepper and seasoning cube or powder.
Leave to cook until it starts to boil.
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4. Add the palm oil (or tomato stew or stew oil) and salt to taste.     
Leave to cook until the plantains are tender.
Tip: Stew oil is the excess red colored oil you scoop out from tomato stew.

See also  Nigerian Grilled Fish Recipe

5. Finally , add the sliced vegetables, and simmer covered for 3 minutes .
    Stir  thoroughly, serve and enjoy. 

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So what do you think, are you going to give it a try?


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  1. Rose
    August 29, 2023 / 4:22 pm

    Thank you
    You’re a life saver ????

  2. Olusola Balogun
    October 28, 2022 / 5:49 pm

    Wow!!! I really enjoyed it. Imagine the first time

  3. janice
    September 17, 2022 / 6:51 pm

    I made this for the first time today because the plantain I got 3 weeks ago would not ripen. I have to say it was delicious. My daughter really enjoyed and and wants me to make more.

    • September 19, 2022 / 11:09 am

      Hi Janice, I’m glad you tried out the plantain porridge recipe and enjoyed it.
      thank you for returning with a feedback, I truly appreciate.

  4. Queen Akpan
    February 1, 2022 / 3:52 pm

    This is a nice cook Idea.

  5. Ammbassador Nma
    October 29, 2020 / 3:52 pm

    Its yummy and i mixed mine with sweet potato

  6. Anonymous
    May 23, 2018 / 12:45 am

    Thanks very nice blog!

  7. Anonymous
    January 5, 2018 / 9:04 pm

    Thanks very nice blog!

  8. Unknown
    October 12, 2017 / 4:15 pm

    Kween I'm gonna try this tonight

  9. hope kalu
    June 10, 2016 / 3:35 am

    Nky, thanks a lot for this recipe, it came out perfecto, hubby was so delighted! Luv u !!!

  10. joy michaels
    December 7, 2015 / 3:45 pm

    Definitely trying it…my hubby should like it..thanks a lot Ma'am

    • Nky Lily Lete
      December 30, 2015 / 6:33 am

      I'm sure he will, Joy 🙂

  11. Anonymous
    August 22, 2015 / 6:47 pm

    hi nky,my name is becca, found your site reli helpful… God bless ur home, made this but added potato to mine, my brother and I called it 'plain-tato' porridge it was delish!!…..

    • Nky Lily Lete
      September 9, 2015 / 11:02 am

      'Plan-tato porridge''.. i like that 🙂 and I'm also glad that you both enjoyed the recipe 🙂

  12. Blessing
    June 17, 2015 / 3:21 am

    Awesome recipe!!! Can I use canned mackerel or is there any alternative. There's no fresh fish where I am & out on dried fish. Thanks

    • Nky Lily Lete
      June 17, 2015 / 10:28 am

      Thanks dearie. Even if it wont taste like the real thing, you can use the precooked canned mackerel too. Add it, at the same time as the vegetable.

  13. Blessing
    June 17, 2015 / 3:13 am

    Hi Nky I am a new fan and love all your recipes. Can I use canned mackerel for this recipe? Am in a place where there's no fresh fish & am out on dried fish.

  14. Anonymous
    September 11, 2014 / 2:57 am

    Thank you your recepies are easy to follow …my husband is nigerian n we both enjoy your delicious recepies.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      September 12, 2014 / 11:08 am

      Thanks for your lovely comment dearie, I'm so glad to be of help 🙂

  15. Anonymous
    July 22, 2014 / 12:36 pm

    today is my 1st time here and am gluedU can also substitute ugu with nchanwu(scent leave) dts what i mostly use and it gives it one distinct taste.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      August 5, 2014 / 3:26 pm

      Yes you can dear and welcome to the website 🙂

  16. Anonymous
    July 14, 2014 / 9:59 am

    Looks yummy, will give it a go.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      August 5, 2014 / 3:25 pm

      Thanksdear, let me know how it turns out 🙂

  17. Oluwa Tosin
    June 29, 2014 / 2:30 pm

    Ok,can I use Kale alone to cook(just like spinach)? Will it have thesame taste as spinach/tete?

    • Nky Lily Lete
      June 30, 2014 / 9:02 am

      It won't have the same taste, just as spinach doesnt have the same taste as ugwu(fluted pumkin leaves), but it is a good alternative if you can't find any of the ones you are familiar with.

  18. Anonymous
    June 27, 2014 / 3:50 pm

    I keep refreshing for new posts i font see any…pls hw do u update i mean d time ur blog so much

    • Nky Lily Lete
      June 30, 2014 / 9:05 am

      Thanks dearie. I upload new recipes every week. Sometimes twice a week.

  19. Anonymous
    June 27, 2014 / 1:38 pm

    Thank you so much it was delicious ! Trying to perfect my Nigerian cooking skills for my partner and ur website is helping a lot 🙂

    • Nky Lily Lete
      June 30, 2014 / 9:04 am

      Thanks for your lovely feedback dearie, I'm so glad to be of help 🙂

  20. Oluwa Tosin
    June 25, 2014 / 4:15 am

    Pls,is 'tete' vegetables or spinach thesame thing as kale vegetable? Kale that I saw today looks like ewedu

    • Nky Lily Lete
      June 25, 2014 / 10:13 am

      Hi dear, ''tete'' is green amaranth, popularly known as ''GREEN'',and you can use it for plantain porridge. But kale is not common in Nigeria, so make use of ''green'', ugwu or spinach.

    • Oluwa Tosin
      June 28, 2014 / 10:29 pm

      Thanks for that,I stay outside Africa. That's why I'm asking bcos I saw Kale at the Mexican store. Tete is called Calalloo here. You could google the name.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      June 30, 2014 / 8:59 am

      Callaloo is the same as green amaranth (tete), you can use it dear 🙂

  21. Susan Patrick Omole
    June 22, 2014 / 12:26 am

    Hi Nky, I'm a new fan and have been going thru your recipes. You are certainly a good chef, it's hard to believe that you are not professionally trained. Great recipes, great presentation, great photos. This your picture just bought me over. You are just too much Nky, keep it up .

    • Nky Lily Lete
      June 23, 2014 / 5:41 pm

      Aww Suzan , you just made my day, thanks for your lovely comment hun, well appreciated.

  22. Anonymous
    June 21, 2014 / 7:37 pm

    I have been cooking for years but whenever I try any of your recipes adhering to it word for word, timing by timing, I realize a result far better than what I have always cooked. Is there any secret there? I think there is something about timing that is very important for good meals. Thanks for taking your time out to do all this.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      June 22, 2014 / 12:20 am

      Thanks for your lovely feedback Hun. Timing is very essential in any food preparation, if not we would end up with either undercooked or overcooked meals and lots of nutrient loss.The secret is ''no secret at all'' :). I'm so glad to have given you this experience, we learn new things each day dearie.Hope to hear more from you .

  23. Dobby
    June 21, 2014 / 5:13 am

    looks really yummy…Salivating already 🙂

    • Nky Lily Lete
      June 22, 2014 / 12:13 am

      Aww, thanks dear, good to see you around, thanks for stopping by 🙂

  24. sisi
    June 21, 2014 / 2:37 am

    hi, i'm loving your blog so much i decided to share your recipes on my blog too with a backlink to your blog(not to worry) is it ok? here's a link to my website

  25. Myne Whitman
    June 20, 2014 / 9:07 pm

    Came here from romance meets life, love this recipe and you take great pics too.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      June 21, 2014 / 4:27 pm

      Thanks for coming by Myne and thanks for your lovely comment, highly appreciated . I also enjoy your other blog too, very inspiring 🙂

  26. Anonymous
    June 20, 2014 / 11:08 am

    you so rock been looking for this channel for ages ……. is this on bella it should be ……. again thanks from a revitalised naija wife

    • Nky Lily Lete
      June 21, 2014 / 3:48 pm

      Hello revitalised naija wife :), thanks for your lovely comment hun, well appreciated , you rock too girl .

  27. Anonymous
    June 20, 2014 / 7:36 am

    Hello, this kale, is there a local name for it here?

    • Nky Lily Lete
      June 21, 2014 / 3:45 pm

      Hi dear, you don't need Kale if you are in Nigeria, but if you are outside Nigeria, you can find it at any fruit and vegetable store. Another name for Kale is ''borecole'' .

  28. Anonymous
    June 19, 2014 / 7:38 am

    Muah! Tnx doll

    • Nky Lily Lete
      June 21, 2014 / 3:42 pm

      You're welcome Hun 🙂

  29. blessing
    June 18, 2014 / 11:48 am

    Thanks for the recipe, you such a wonderful cook

    • Nky Lily Lete
      June 21, 2014 / 3:36 pm

      Thanks Blessing dear 🙂

  30. Anonymous
    June 16, 2014 / 3:46 pm

    So trying this…thank you for sharing!

    • Nky Lily Lete
      June 17, 2014 / 7:50 am

      You're welcome hun, let me know how it turns out 🙂

  31. Anonymous
    June 16, 2014 / 3:35 pm

    Thanks for posting. I love plantain.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      June 17, 2014 / 7:49 am

      Me too dear, you're welcome 🙂

  32. Anonymous
    June 16, 2014 / 10:12 am

    I'll try the recipe today have plantain,hope my kids we like it ?

    • Nky Lily Lete
      June 17, 2014 / 7:48 am

      I'm sure they will 🙂

  33. Doropretty
    June 15, 2014 / 2:53 pm

    Thank u 4 sharing.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      June 17, 2014 / 7:47 am

      You're welcome Doropretty 🙂

  34. Doropretty
    June 15, 2014 / 2:52 pm

    Thank u 4 sharing.

  35. Anonymous
    June 15, 2014 / 12:59 pm

    I like plantain a lot. I'll have to try this recipe. Thanks

    • Nky Lily Lete
      June 17, 2014 / 7:36 am

      Let me know how it turns out dearie 🙂

    • Anonymous
      March 6, 2016 / 1:38 am

      I tried it tonight, glad preparing something new for my hubby. tnx for sharing the recipe.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      June 2, 2016 / 10:52 pm

      🙂 🙂