Perfectly Smokey Nigerian Party Jollof Rice


Smokey Party Jollof

Are you ready for the absolute best smokey Nigerian party Jollof recipe? Say yes, say yes. This recipe is just in time for the festive season.  If you are a Jollof devotee like myself, you know more than anything, good party Jollof is defined by the Smokey characteristics it possess. Subtle smokiness that comes from the use of firewood and local cast iron pots called koko-irin. For those who do it well, the rice is never parboiled. Why? Good Jollof is a game of time, the more time the rice spends in the sauce the more flavorful it is.

Another defining characteristic is “oneness” of the grains. Never mushy, each grain stands at complete attention without being dry. This is achieved by using just the right amount of broth (liquid) and cooking over low heat.

Fundamentals of great party Jollof is accumulation of several factors including

  • Meat stock (omi Eran) – Party Jollof is never cooked with water. Good quality homemade meat broth is required.
  • Bay leaf: This is a must. It completes the spice trio of Curry, thyme and white pepper.
  • Quality thyme: A good quality thyme lends itself well to party Jollof. Splurge on a good brand or even fresh thyme if you can find it.
  • Smoke: traditionally this is achieved because of firewood cooking. It can also be achieved stove-top through a controlled burn. It’s important to remember that the smokiness should be subtle without assaulting your palate
  • Butter: yes yes yes. Don’t ask questions, just add it.
  • Used oil: Because Jollof is often prepared alongside stewed meat, oil that has been used to fry meat is often used instead of fresh oil. This lends to the smokiness of the rice.

Now are you ready for my recipe?


  • 2/3 cup oil
  • small onion (chopped)
  • 4 cups rice
  • 4 cups broth (stock, omi­eran)
  • 2 cup parboiled blended stew base*
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • teaspoon each (curry, thyme, white pepper)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • salt ­ to taste
  • Seasoning cube ­ 2­-3 cubes
  • Sliced tomato and onion (to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  • Place a pot on medium heat, heat up oil
  • Add in sliced onion. Fry until slightly browned. Add in spices and bay leaf. Stir
  • Add in tomato paste. Stir fry. Cover and cook for 2­-3 mins
  • Add in pepper mixture. Stir-Fry. Cover and cook 5 mins
  • Add in stock, seasoning cube and salt. Stir. Cover and simmer for 15 mins. Taste and adjust for seasoning.
  • Stir in drained washed rice. Reduce heat to medium low (2-3 on marked cooker). Seal pot with foil then cover with lead.
  • Leave to cook for 30 mins. No need to stir or open. LET IT GO
  • Stir in butter, sliced tomatoes and onions. Increase heat to high (This is where the smokiness happen). Leave for 5-8 minutes or just until you can smell the burn. Turn off heat. Leave to rest covered for 10 minutes before serving.

*Blended stew base is the base for making traditional stew. Recipe can be found here. A nontraditional roasted version recipe can be found HERE.


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By |December 4th, 2017|19 Comments


  1. Tobi January 28, 2018 at 8:34 am - Reply

    Ronkeeeeee….. I love you…
    First time in my life making jollof rice that is jollof rice ….

  2. slope January 17, 2018 at 3:03 am - Reply

    I have read your article. it is very informative and helpful for me.I admire the valuable information you offer in your articles. Thanks for posting it, again!

  3. Onyeche January 1, 2018 at 8:22 am - Reply

    I just made this dish for New Year’s day and all I can say is that it’s the best jollof rice I’ve ever made. My husband had to have a second helping and even our guest commented on how lovely the meal was. My only regret is not making a larger quantity. I also used your akara recipe for the second time today for breakfast and both times my husband said it was lovely. Thank you so much for sharing your recipes and your gift with the world.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie January 2, 2018 at 6:13 pm - Reply

      Awwww that’s awesome! thanks for the feedback.

  4. Owaish Umar Khan December 30, 2017 at 7:18 am - Reply

    nice dish loved it keep the good work up

  5. Lola December 28, 2017 at 2:52 pm - Reply

    I made this on Christmas Day 2017 and I can definitely say that I will NEVER pay anyone to make party jollof for me..unless I don’t have the time! It was perfect! I felt like a celebrity chef and I can’t wait to show off with it whenever I have guests over. Thank you for helping me crack the party jollof code.

  6. Ahi December 26, 2017 at 12:45 am - Reply

    Thanks for a great recipe. The rice was so on point.

  7. Nma December 24, 2017 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    I’m doing this and the 9jafoodie rice for Christmas tomorrow, coach. Looking forward to it.

    • Had zus December 27, 2017 at 2:19 am - Reply

      And it was yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmyyy!

  8. MsChi December 16, 2017 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    Thank you! Biko what’s your broth recipe?

  9. Chop4naija December 12, 2017 at 5:51 am - Reply

    What a lovely food recipes site i ever come across in my entire life! And i just can’t wait to try them up asap.

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