Last Updated on April 12, 2020

Best street food to relish on in Nigeria

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Nigeria has a lot to offer when it comes to street foods. With several trendy restaurants with luxury foods to impress everyone that visits Nigeria. They cling to street foods like it’s their lifeline. They believe you don’t need a silver or gold spoon for tasty foods. If you want to learn about Nigerian culture, its people and its sense of taste, you need to savor the street foods. Nigerian street foods are tasty and give an unforgettable culinary experience. The street foods are always low-priced, handy and delicious.

Here, are the best delicious street foods in Nigeria:


A delight of Northern origins, kilishi is jerky that is a variation on the famous suya shish kebab. Instead of being spiced, roasted and skewered, the meat (from beef, lamb or goat) is marinated so it easily separates from the bone, before being cut into razor-thin slices and sun-dried.

Akara (Beans Cake)

Akara is a deep-fried beans ball made with grounded beans mixed with pepper, onions and other spices.

It is popular street food in Nigeria.


The fried bean cakes are liberally peppered and seasoned and make for a meal to warm the cockles during the rainy season.

You can find women all over the street with their big vats of oil, which give off delicious aromas while beckoning you with their sizzling goodness.

Puff puff

Puff Puff is a local Nigerian food, it’s always spongy, fluffy and delicious. It’s made with flour mixed with sugar and other ingredients. As the queen of finger food, Puff Puffs have secured a place in the hearts of Lagosians and Nigerians. The doughy, sweet fried treats are a staple at weddings, anniversaries or any occasion that warrants a buffet, and have secured a place of honour among their peers.

Abacha and Ugba

Abacha and Ugba: known as African Salad. It can be eaten as a meal or snack. This is a mix of garden eggs and green vegetables, all dressed with palm oil. Many people eat it as a meal because it fills up your stomach just like any other meal. This meal is popular in the Eastern part of Nigeria, among the Igbos, and they love it.

Boli and Epa (Roasted plantain & Groundnut)

Boli is roasted ripe plantain and is very tasty when taken with groundnut. It is truly a delectable popular snack for Nigerians and that is why they miss it most when they travel abroad. Boli (roasted plantain) is a popular and delicious Nigerian street food. You will always find sellers at every street corner. People always say that the combination of Boli and Epa.


Suya is a spicy meat skewer which is a popular food item in West Africa. Traditionally it is prepared by the Hausa people. Suya is best prepared with skewered beef, ram, or chicken. Conventionally sold and eaten in the evening. The spices comprise ginger, peanuts, pepper, dried onions, and various stock flavors.

Roasted corn and coconut

A seasonal street food hit, roasted corn is a roadside staple that goes well with avocados and pears. If the charcoal-seasoned variety isn’t your style, opt for the boiled version. Roasted corn goes along with coconut.

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