Jollof rice is a beloved Nigerian main dish featuring seasoned long-grain rice with tomatoes, peppers, and spices. Smoked turkey or chicken are often mixed in for added flavor.
This version combines jasmine rice with a quick homemade jollof sauce. The rice absorbs the rich red sauce as it simmers, developing incredibly deep flavors. With just 30 minutes of easy prep, you can have this satisfying one-pot meal on the table!
Here are some Equipment needed for this recipe:
Start the Jollof Sauce
- Heat 2 Tbsp oil in a pot over medium heat. Add turkey and cook 2-3 minutes until browned. Transfer to a plate.
- To the pot, add onion and bell pepper. Sauté 5 minutes until soft.
- Add garlic, thyme, and red pepper. Cook 1 minute until fragrant.
Simmer the Jollof Rice
- Add diced tomatoes, rice, chicken broth, tomato paste and salt. Bring to a boil.
- Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 20 minutes until rice is tender.
- Stir in reserved turkey and let heat through, about 2 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let sit 5 minutes before fluffing with a fork. Garnish with parsley before serving.
- Use dried shrimp, smoked fish, or cooked beans instead of turkey.
- Swap out bell peppers for hot chiles for extra heat.
- Stir in shredded greens like spinach at the end.
- Top with fried plantains, avocado, or over-easy eggs.
- Drizzle with hot pepper sauce for those who like it spicy.