Christmas Nigerian Food: From Snacks To Desserts

We all have our favourite Christmas recipes that usually date back to our early years, when we used to celebrate Christmas with our families. However, if you’re looking for some fresh Christmas food ideas, here are the best Nigerian Christmas foods to consider!


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1. Appetizers and snacks

In order to start your Christmas dinner the right way and to keep guests full throughout the evening, check out these popular Nigerian Christmas recipes for snacks and appetizers.

Nigerian meat pie looks fantastic, tastes delicious, and can be prepared beforehand when you have more time and then simply stored in the freezer until you need to reheat it.

Nigerian Christmas food

Chicken pie is an equally popular version of the traditional meat pie that you can also make beforehand.

Nigerian Christmas food

If you want your guests to enjoy a variety of flavours for their appetizer, serve them some Nigerian shawarma! Chicken or beef, different vegetables and sauces – there are so many varieties of shawarma to try!

Nigerian Christmas food

Chin chin is a fun crunchy snack that is a favourite of both kids and adults. You can get a chin chin cutter if you want to speed up the preparation process.

Nigerian Christmas food

Peanut burger can easily compete with chin chin in popularity, but it’s best if you serve both at your Christmas table.

Nigerian Christmas food

2. Main dishes

The centre of any Nigerian Christmas dinner is the main dish. It’s a filling, delicious creation that every one of your guests will like.

Whole roast chicken is the favourite main Christmas dish not only in Nigeria, but also for millions of people around the world.

Nigerian Christmas food

Most Nigerians eat jollof rice on a daily basis, but an easy way to make it more special is to stuff it inside of a roast chicken.

Nigerian Christmas food

If you love rice but want to try other Nigerian food recipes than jollof rice, we suggest making tropical fried rice – it’s festive, tasty, and very good-looking!

Nigerian Christmas food

In case you want a more traditional Christmas celebration, you should definitely make some fufu and a delicious hot soup to go with it – for example, Egusi soup is a great choice.

3. Side dishes

No matter how great your main Christmas dish is, you can make your dinner taste even better with some side dishes.

Nigerian salad is a popular side dish that you can never go wrong with. You can also try the upgraded Nigerian rice salad version this Christmas.

Nigerian Christmas food

One of the classic Christmas dinner ideas around the world is coleslaw, which has a very refreshing taste and goes great with anything grilled or spicy.

4. Desserts

With a Christmas dinner consisting of all these amazing appetizers, main dishes, and side dishes, most of your guests won’t have any room for desserts. However, you can still make some treats for anyone with a sweet tooth.

Nigerian doughnuts are a perfect dish to finish off a memorable Christmas meal.

Nigerian Christmas food

If you have enough time, you can make a traditional Nigerian cake and decorate it with a festive design.

Nigerian Christmas food

Nigerian puff puff is another crowd’s favourite that can be made beforehand.

Nigerian Christmas food

Make some coconut candy to delight both kids and adults!

Nigerian Christmas food

None of your guests will be able to say no to a serving of homemade ice cream with their favourite toppings.

Nigerian Christmas food

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