Jollof Rice

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Flavorful Jollof Rice is a favorite West African dish that is full of flavor, brown rice cooked with tomatoes, red bell pepper, onion, garlic, ginger. No West African formal celebration is the same without this tasty jollof rice dish.

Jollof Rice

I enjoyed jollof rice when I lived in England, 25 years ago I first learned to make it from my Nigerian friends, for years I didn’t make this popular Nigerian dish until I moved to Ohio about 5 years ago. I started going to a Ghanian church and every week they would serve delicious vegetarian jollof rice. My love for jollof rice was reignited and I grew very close to the members of the church until I had to leave.

Jollof Rice Recipe

Again, I didn’t make Jollof for quite a while since moving to Florida until recently a friend who is a Ghanian native asked my hubby if he could share his meal with him. I decided to make my Jollof rice recipe and serve it with my Jamaican Curry Potato Recipe. He told my hubby how much he enjoyed it, I had to share the recipe with you.

How To Make Jollof Rice

To make jollof rice, wash the brown rice and set aside, I prefer long-grain brown rice because it is healthier than white rice. In a blender, puree tomato, red bell pepper, onion, garlic, ginger. and Scotch Bonnet pepper until smooth.

Heat oil in a large pot on medium-high heat, add pureed ingredients and cook for 3 minutes, add curry powder, 2 vegetable bouillon, tomato paste, thyme and cook for about 2 minutes. Stir in the rice and water.

Bring to boil, cover pot and reduce heat to low and cook until rice is tender and fluffy. Since it is brown rice, it can take anywhere from 50 minutes to 1 hour.

Jollof Rice StepsMost traditional recipes call for Maggi bouillon cube but there are vegan bouillon cubes that you can substitute or you can substitute the water for vegetable broth and add salt to taste.

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Per serving

Energy: 209 kcal / 874 kJ
Fat: 10 g
Protein: 3 g
Carbs: 26 g

Cooking Time

Preparation: 10 min
Cooking: 1 h
Ready in: 1 h 10 min
For: 6 Servings



  1. Wash Rice and set aside. Puree tomato, bell pepper, onion, garlic, ginger, Scotch Bonnet pepper in a blender until smooth.
  2. Heat oil in large pot over medium-high heat. Add pureed sauce and cook stirring for about 3 minutes. Add curry powder, thyme, tomato paste, vegetable bouillon and stir, cook for another 2 minutes. Add rice and stir to coat.
  3. Add water or vegetable broth and salt to taste. Bring to a full boil. cover and reduce to low and allow to the rice to cook until tender and fluffy, about 50 minutes. Note that brown rice will need about 45 to 50 minutes to be properly cooked.


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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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  1. Micheless Lawrence
    December 23, 2019

    Hi. I absolutely love all your recipes. Thank you for your ministry.
    I love Jollof rice. I’m just wondering though, if I blend the scotch bonnet with the other ingredients, won’t it be to spicy? (I guess it’s fine for those who like spicy LOL.)

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      December 23, 2019

      Thank you Micheless, yes it will be spicy, You can make sure to deseed the pepper, use only about 1/4 of it for flavor, leave it out entirely or substitute with 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper. I hope you enjoy!

  2. Shelly
    April 17, 2019

    Can you please come up with an instant pot recipe for the Jallop rice?

  3. Mike
    April 3, 2019

    Looks wonderful. I am doing a lowfat and oil free diet. Wondering what to sub for the oil or to just leave it out?

  4. Heather
    August 13, 2018

    Absolutely love how good this looks!! We have rice a few times a week and this is the perfect side dish to add to any meal .. Great flavor and beautiful recipe

  5. Kelsey
    August 12, 2018

    Rice is always a big hit at my house! I have to make this and I know it will be a gib hit!

  6. Jessica (Swanky Recipes)
    August 12, 2018

    The hubs and I have been watching a bunch of travel shows on Netflix and we love to try new dishes. This looks like a super simple recipe to travel the world in the comfort of my own home!

  7. Julie
    August 12, 2018

    This looks so good! Rice is often so bland and boring, but I love all the veggies and spices that go into this.

  8. Sam | Ahead of Thyme
    August 12, 2018

    Yum! This rice looks amazing! I have never tried a dish like this so pinning to try later!

  9. lauren
    August 12, 2018

    So perfect, my husband grew super spicy peppers this year and I’ve been running out of ideas on how to use them. I’ll definitely try subbing them in for the scotch bonnets – they might actually be scotch bonnets…either way, this rice looks so delicious and I love the brown rice option.

  10. Shanna Jones
    August 12, 2018

    Looks fantastic and full of flavor! I would imagine this rice dish could pair with just about anything. Adding this to my list!

  11. Kiki Johnson
    August 11, 2018

    This looks like the perfect side dish for jerk fish or chicken! Love all those spices and the rice looks perfectly cooked !

    • Michelle Blackwood
      August 12, 2018

      Kiki thank you, you wouldn’t believe how great it tastes with my tofu steaks with avocado chimichurri, I hope you try it!

  12. Katie Crenshaw | A Fork's Tale
    August 11, 2018

    They pepper combinations in this rice dish look FANTASTIC! I love a spicy dish. This is definitely a perfect side dish to add to my weekly dinners. I know I will love it.

  13. Ashley @ Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen
    August 11, 2018

    This rice looks SO flavorful! I love the rich color that it gets. I don’t think I’ve ever tried jollof rice, but now I’m super intrigued to give it a shot in my own kitchen!

  14. Anna
    August 10, 2018

    Love that vibrant colour of this rice! It will go so well with a whole range of different dishes! Plus, I’m a huge fan of Scotch Bonnet peppers, so defo will give this a try!

  15. Nicole
    August 9, 2018

    How spicy is this rice? I saw the bonnet peppers and I know they are pretty hot. I love how you make Jamaican or island food and make it so relatable.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      August 9, 2018

      For an authentic jollof rice taste the Scotch bonnet is essential, you can deseed the pepper and only use a quarter of a pepper, substitute with cayenne pepper or leave it out altogether.

  16. Allen
    August 4, 2018

    Keep the tasty rice dishes coming. I love rice!