Ultimate Nigerian Stir-Fry

Nigerian - Stir - fry - suya - snail - plantain - ponmo - shaki -9jafoodie - naijafoodie - origina

This started as a question in my household a few weeks back, my husband and I were talking about food (as usual) and I had jokingly asked what a “Nigerian” stir-fry would look like if we had stir-fry as a regular part of our traditional diet. We had a very healthy debate about potential ingredients and the National stirfy of Nigeria was born.

I love me a great stirfy! The stirfry idea isn’t restricted to meat and vegetables; it is simply the mode of cooking. I have shared some stirfry recipes in the past, my favorite being this Suya chicken stirfry recipe that you can honestly be prepared in 15 minutes. Serve it with steamed rice and a side of vegetables; it makes a great lunch or supper.

In creating this recipe, we didn’t have much trouble coming up with protein options. We wanted “meat” that most Nigerian would love and also things that will provide relative texture contrast. Ponmo, shaki and Snails were the winners. For some sweetness and a little carb, I made use of fried plantains, now who doesn’t love some fried dodo?

The crowning achievement of this whole thing is the sauce; the stirfry pros know that the secret to a great stirfry is the sauce. The beauty of this particular sauce is in its simplicity, I made use of pepper trimmings, suya spice and broth; the combination was magical.

You really should try this recipe. Cook it for the fam, for bae, for the next potluck, for yourself (because aren’t nobody more special!). oya oh… just do it!!

The Nigerian Stir-Fry

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Serves: 3

  • 2 palm size pieces - Ponmo (Cow skin)
  • 2 palm size pieces - Shaki (tripe)
  • 8-10 pieces - Snails
  • 2-3 maggi cubes
  • Salt – To taste
  • ½ teaspoon each – curry and thyme
  • 1 teaspoon powdered pepper (ata-gigun)
  • 1 large ripe plantain
  • Red, green and yellow bell peppers (1 of each)
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 tablespoon suya spice mix
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil (divided)
Other – Oil for frying plantain
Prep the ingredients
  1. Nigerian - Stir - fry - suya - snail - plantain - ponmo - shaki -9jafoodie - naijafoodie - original
  2. In a large pot, combine ponmo, shaki and snails. Add in maggi cubes, salt, curry, thyme and powdered pepper. Add in enough water to cover the meat. Stir to combine. Boil on medium-high heat until meat is tender (35-45 minutes).
  3. Remove cooked meat from broth and set aside to cool.
  4. Save broth
  5. Peel and cut plantain into strips. Fry until golden and set aside
  6. Plantain - fried - dodo - naija
  7. Cut off the ends of the peppers and onions and set aside. Cut the peppers and onions into thin strips and set aside
  8. Cut cooled cooked ponmo and shaki into strips. Cut the snails into bite size pieces
  9. In a blender, combine pepper/onion trimmings, meat broth, half the oil and suya spice. Blend until smooth. Set aside
  10. Suya - spice - sauce
  1. Place a large wok or frying pan on high heat. Add in left over oil and heat until almost smoking.
  2. Add in ponmo, shaki and snails. Stir fry until meat begins to brown.
  3. Stirfry process
  4. Add in chopped peppers and onions. Continue to stir fry for another 2 minutes
  5. stirfry process
  6. Add in fried plantains and blended suya sauce. Stir to combine. Taste and adjust for seasoning. Simmer for 2 minutes
  7. Stirfry - Nigerian - process
  8. Stir-fry is ready to serve. Enjoy as a meal or with a side of steamed rice

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By |June 5th, 2015|22 Comments


  1. Adenike October 14, 2015 at 7:22 am - Reply

    Nice one, am salivating already I will try it this weekend. Thks

  2. Mrs peter July 8, 2015 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    Mehn, ur blog is so Loaded! Won’t trade it for another..Thank u

  3. Mummy's Yum June 26, 2015 at 4:58 am - Reply

    Lovely. I will sure try this and as I normally bake my plantain in the oven…it is sure a Fitfam food. Thank you for this meat combo

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie June 29, 2015 at 9:42 pm - Reply

      You are most welcome. do let us know how it turns out.

  4. Queen Bibi June 24, 2015 at 9:57 am - Reply

    Looks Yummy! Can’t wait to try this. Thanks 4 d post. Bt where can I get suya spice in Abuja, Nigeria?

  5. Candy June 8, 2015 at 8:33 am - Reply

    Mehn!!!! You are good!!! I can’t wait to try this. I have dried snails (my mum sent to me) I hope it turns out good like yours. Thanks.

  6. hilda June 6, 2015 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    Ok thank you!

  7. Blessing June 6, 2015 at 2:19 am - Reply

    Hi, Please step 8 says combine pepper/onion trimmings, isn’t that the same as the pepper strips to be stir fried in step 4 of stir fry or that refers to the ends of both pepper and onions initially cut off? Can’t wait to try this. Thanks for the post

  8. hilda June 5, 2015 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    My mouth is watering already but what if I don’t add the snails? Because i don’t eat them.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie June 5, 2015 at 2:11 pm - Reply

      You can replace the snail with another protein, Gizzard will be a great choice.

  9. Olubunmi Lawal June 5, 2015 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    Nice concept. Will try it out. Thanks.
    I prefer you call “Maggi” seasoning cubes or bouillon cubes unless of course Nestlé Maggi is paying you as a brand ambassador.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie June 5, 2015 at 2:10 pm - Reply

      Thanks. A significant number of Nigerians refer to all seasoning cubes as maggi, hence the preference.

  10. dolapo June 5, 2015 at 9:11 am - Reply

    At what point is d blended pepper added in?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie June 5, 2015 at 9:14 am - Reply

      Same time as fried plantain. Step 6 of stirfry

  11. Habeebah June 5, 2015 at 9:06 am - Reply

    I really cannot wait to try this. The thought alone excited me. Really! But I fail to understand the 8th step of prepping the ingredients. I don’t understand what to do with the blended mix. Is it used for the stir-fry, or is that just oil?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie June 5, 2015 at 9:13 am - Reply

      I have clarified the postt. You set it aside and add it in with plantain (step 6 of stirfry)

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