Nigerian Buns Recipe

Nigerian Buns require a level of mastery that puff puff doesn’t require, if you don’t get it right the first time, please don’t give up.

Nigerian Buns 

Nigerian Buns require a level of mastery that puff puff doesn’t require, if you don’t get it right the first time, please don’t give up. I can proudly say it took me this LONG to perfect (used lightly here) my buns. For the Lovers of Buns, I think the outer shell is the most important part, it has to be crunchy/crumbly but not too hard. I never used to eat the inside dough but I was able to with this recipe, the egg and oil made it fluffy and delicious.




  • 2.5 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/4 cup Granulated Sugar


  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1/4 cup Oil or melted butter
  • Other
  • Oil for deep frying



  • In two separate bowls, combine the wet and dry ingredients.
  • Add in the wet mixture into the dry mixture a little at a time while mixing with your hand. (try not to overmix the batter. You want a Consistency that is thick and a tiny bit stretchy. This is the most important part as it determines how your buns takes shape)

Desired consistency

  • Place a deep pot on medium heat, add in 3-4 cups of oil.
  • When the oil is hot, scoop batter into oil ( You want the scoops to be kind of round but not perfect).
  • Frying the buns itself requires some patience and technique, because you are working with a thick batter, you want to make sure the Buns is cooked all the way through.
  • Turn the buns often while it’s in the oil, use a fort to poke holes in it while it’s in the oil. Let fry till golden brown; 2-3 mins per side.

  • Transfer fried buns to a plate lined with paper towel to drain excess oil.


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By |August 5th, 2011|68 Comments


  1. Debra James November 6, 2016 at 3:12 am - Reply

    Thx so much,Sis!
    I made it.l was like the one that I used to eat in the Naija those family loved it.keep it up,dear.

  2. H December 5, 2015 at 11:20 am - Reply

    Hey! Pls if I have some batter left after frying the desired quantity I want can I refrigerate it?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie December 5, 2015 at 5:48 pm - Reply

      Hi H,

      I haven’t tried refrigerating before. Refrigerating buns might stand a better chance.

      I would suggest you fry the rest and refrigerate the buns. Let me know how it turns out.

      Good luck

  3. Angela.o September 5, 2015 at 6:09 am - Reply

    If I use self rising,will I still add baking powder to it?

  4. Steve July 29, 2015 at 7:36 am - Reply

    To think I had to go and embarrass myself on nairaland and nobody answered me, meanwhile, I had the solution to my craving here. Thanks a lot.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie July 29, 2015 at 12:38 pm - Reply

      hahah.. you can always search here first. pele

  5. seunkeji May 12, 2015 at 4:12 am - Reply

    You re d best I read this yesterday and tried it for breakfast today my hubby really likes it and doesn’t want it to finish I ve to keep d rest for my baby….lol

  6. angela May 1, 2015 at 9:17 am - Reply

    Must eggs be added cos I don’t eat eggs.

  7. lulu April 1, 2015 at 9:12 pm - Reply

    OOOh MMM GGGG!!! You are definitely the best. I have been ‘googling’ and looking everywhere for this recipe. I’m glad I found it here. Thanks!

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie April 2, 2015 at 11:48 am - Reply

      Yeiii.. do let us know how it turns out

  8. Onome Avae March 24, 2015 at 10:49 am - Reply

    2.5cups of what? Is it grams,milk cup???

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 24, 2015 at 10:52 am - Reply

      A cup is a standardized unit of measure. 1 cup is 250ML volume.. depending on what you have in the cup, the weight will differ.

  9. Ree March 24, 2015 at 4:45 am - Reply

    I;m going to make this for breakfast this morning. I need something to cheer me up in this miserable winter that won’t end. I’ll be back to report on how I found the recipe lol.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 24, 2015 at 9:41 am - Reply

      Whoop Whoop… cant wait for the feedback

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  12. Abby February 14, 2015 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    Yum yum yummmmy! I tried this and it worked like magic! I actually prefer buns to puff puff and I found it easier to make than puff puff.

    I modified it a bit cos we’re only 3 in my house – 1.5 cup of flour ie 375 ml, 1 tsp of baking powder (although I should probably reduce this to half), 1/3 cup of sugar ie 80ml, 1/4 tsp of salt, 2 eggs, 1/3 cup of water and 1/4 cup of oil ie 60ml. My daughter can’t get enough. I use rapeseed oil for frying it has less foam.

    You’re the best, thanks for this!

  13. Esther September 26, 2014 at 4:23 am - Reply

    Hello please can u be more specific about the measurements in grams, I don’t know the cup u used. For example u said 1/4 cup of sugar, 1/4 cup of water, 1/4 cup of butter, 2.5 cup of flour. which type of cup please? Thanks

  14. fine girl August 16, 2014 at 4:00 am - Reply

    Tried it but the skin was to crumbly for my liking and the buns smells of too much egg . I think the number of eggs should be reduced as the batter is not that much.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie August 16, 2014 at 7:20 am - Reply

      You can definitely reduce the amount of eggs used, for me it’s an important part as it adds loads of flavor to the inside. As for the exterior, I think that’s the essence of a well made buns.

  15. azizat June 24, 2014 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    tanx!finally no more buying buns oh!!!!!

  16. hariat February 7, 2014 at 9:45 am - Reply

    Just tried this today, thanks for the reminder l find buns less oily to eat compared to puff puff, albeit they are both fried 🙂 what do you think.

  17. grace August 26, 2013 at 10:06 am - Reply

    Tried the recipe,first tym it came out really nice,friends and family love it,nice job Dearie,tried again,and it soaked oil,wandering what went wrong,pls do tell me, dnt wanna make mistake again

  18. Emem August 10, 2013 at 7:10 am - Reply

    i will try it at home tonite

  19. aama July 30, 2013 at 7:01 am - Reply

    Thanks for the recipe. Felt like buns yesterday but was not sure of the recipe. Reminds me of my “growing up” days. Will definately try it out soonest.

  20. prisca July 22, 2013 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    God bless u greatly for dis, I av been begging for dis recipe for a long time. Will definitely try it tmao. Op it turns out well

  21. Anonymous July 20, 2013 at 1:27 am - Reply

    i love your recipe i will try it and find out how it work

  22. Cynthia July 19, 2013 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for this easy and tummy recipe , my whole family loves it so much

  23. Rose June 26, 2013 at 4:11 am - Reply

    Nice. Used some nutmeg and olive oil in place of canola oil. Came out beautifully.

  24. Sherryphat June 23, 2013 at 5:06 am - Reply

    I love ur site. Tnks for d recipe. I will definately try it. Wish me luck

  25. Tnks for the recipe. I will definately try it. I love ur site. June 23, 2013 at 5:02 am - Reply

    … I love ur site! Tnks for d recipe. I will definately try it. Wish me luck…

  26. Tobi April 1, 2013 at 5:29 am - Reply

    Thumbs up! The recipe really made my day as i Have been looking for it for my daughter to practice making a bun. Thank you.

  27. Cynthia January 31, 2013 at 8:56 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the recipe, I just made it and it is really yummy. My 5 yrs loves it. Good job

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie February 2, 2013 at 6:53 am - Reply

      whoop!!! a seal of approval from the 5 yr old is like an Oscar..thank you!!

  28. Nelly Uba January 18, 2013 at 12:09 am - Reply

    I have tried mine nd it was superb.A plus 2 my knowledge

  29. Maurizia January 6, 2013 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    Wow seems so good. Can i ask you in wich occasion is used to eat nigerian Buns? is a snack betweet lunch and dinner? thank u

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie January 8, 2013 at 7:20 pm - Reply

      Thanks Maurizia.. buns is a street food in Nigeria, it is eaten as a snack anytime during the day.

  30. Eby December 10, 2012 at 7:17 am - Reply

    Enough eggs and tin milk and it was yummy!! i love it!

  31. owoeye December 10, 2012 at 6:49 am - Reply

    tnx for d recipe, i av always wanted to know how to make it good,cos av tried it twice but it wz a mess, once again tnx.

  32. ajayi December 4, 2012 at 2:05 am - Reply

    Thank you for the recipes. I will try it and see how it go. God bless you.

  33. joy okpetu November 26, 2012 at 10:39 am - Reply

    just left ya the messaage wiv no name on

  34. Name November 26, 2012 at 10:38 am - Reply

    9ce 1!i tried it da first time ‘wiv coconut flour ..half ‘n half it was crunchy ..i i say it’s better ‘wiv only all purpose flour …:-)

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie November 26, 2012 at 4:41 pm - Reply

      I am glad it turned out great for you.

  35. frances October 31, 2012 at 5:02 am - Reply

    Just made this recipe now but I added some nutmeg and l didn’t melt the butter as I mixed it with the dry ingredieints and it turned out great for a first try. Thank you so much

  36. Oyeyemi October 8, 2012 at 8:18 am - Reply

    Thanks!!! I just finished from the kitchen, it came out well and even called friends to share from my buns! I used self raising flour and 3/4 spoonful of baking powder and all other ingredient remain the same.


  37. l August 21, 2012 at 11:10 pm - Reply


  38. phyllis August 8, 2012 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    i tried dis bt it wasn’t gud. my batter was very very clumpy. i mixed everything right so i do not know what went wrong.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie August 8, 2012 at 10:14 pm - Reply

      Hi Phyllis, I have added a picture to show the required consistency of the batter. The batter should be thick and stretchy, not smooth.

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  40. Ifunanya "Ifna" April 15, 2012 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    Hey love … my mom uses self rising flour… gives it better shape i think and evaporated milk for a better texture. UGK oya remove this post you have tempted me.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie April 27, 2012 at 9:53 pm - Reply

      Hooo…. I have never tried Evaporated milk, I have to. Thanks for your input.

  41. Suzan April 2, 2012 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    Thank u very much. i tried d recipe and it turned out very good. My children and husband enjoyed it, especially my husband i had to hide d rest from him lol. Thanks again.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie April 2, 2012 at 4:41 pm - Reply

      I am very happy to hear that! Please share the recipe with your friends and family.

  42. lite March 22, 2012 at 9:41 pm - Reply


    • Hajia Bello August 9, 2012 at 12:41 pm - Reply

      Thank you very much, I have been looking and begging for this
      recipe, it reminds of my youth.
      Cheers and wish me luck!

      • 9jafoodie
        9jafoodie August 10, 2012 at 9:36 am - Reply

        Good Luck Hajia!! let us know how it goes .

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