In Nigeria, it is hard to think about what to cook for Christmas without rice in the picture.

As a result, Christmas has become a time of abundant rice and stew and meat, especially for children.

However, this Christmas, there’s no reason why things can’t be mixed up a little for variety. We bring you other recipes that can spice up your Christmas this year.

Try out these ideas this year.

  • Peppered Chicken

Chicken has a high nutritional value. It is also a good source of protein supply. In addition, it promotes healthy bones. Peppered chicken can be eaten as a snack or paired with chilled drinks.

  • 4kg chicken
  • 1 cooking spoon vegetable oil
  • 3 Scotch bonnet peppers
  • 4 tatashe peppers
  • 2 onions
  • 8 small stock cubes
  • 1 tablespoon thyme
  • Salt to taste


  • Let the chicken marinate for one hour after you have cleaned it. Put in a pot and start cooking. However, if you’re using a stainless steel pot or a nonstick pot, you don’t have to pour water. Water will come from the chicken when you start cooking.
  • After cooking, broil in the oven until brown all over.
  • Then, heat vegetable oil in a dry pot.
  • Add your pepper blend in the pot and fry until there’s no sign of water.
  • Add your broiled chicken and stir until the red peppers touch every part of the chicken.
  • Salt to taste and you’re done. 

Rivers native soup

This soup contains seafood like fish and shrimp which are rich in nutrients. It contains vitamins and minerals that as a result promote good joints and heart health. Rivers native soup can be served with semo, fufu, and garri.


  • 9 snails
  • 3 fresh fish
  • 1 cup sea snails
  • 2 cups clams
  • 1 cup shrimps
  • ½ cup periwinkles
  • Bitter leaves (washed)
  • 6 medium cocoyams
  • 1 tablespoon ground Uziza seeds
  • 1-2 yellow habanero peppers
  • 2 big stock cubes
  • 5 Uziza leaves
  • 2 cooking spoons (¼ cup) red palm oil


  • Pour the snails in a pot and add your seasoning cubes. Pour water to cover the snails and then cook for about 20 minutes.
  • Then add ground uUiza in the pot, clams, shrimps, fish, and sea snails. However, if the water goes down, you top it up and keep cooking until the fish is done.
  • Bring the fish out of the pot and set aside. Put cocoyam, bitter leaves, yellow pepper and palm oil. Then cook until the lumps in the cocoyam dissolve. Remember to stir the pot as you cook.
  • Salt to taste.
  • Add the fish back in the pot, stir and cover. Let it simmer. 


Moi-moi is a good source of energy. Also, it reduces your appetite by making you drink more water, which means it is good for weight loss. Moi-moi can be served with fried plantains, pap or eaten alone.


  • 750g Beans
  • 4 big stock cubes
  • 1 habanero pepper
  • 5 tablespoons ground crayfish
  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 2 big onions
  • 20cl vegetable oil
  • 3 tatashe peppers
  • 2 litres of cool or warm water
  • Salt to taste


  • Soak and wash beans to remove the coat. Soak the beans for three hours so that it is easier when you’re blending.
  • Cook your eggs till hard-boiled. Cut into pieces and keep aside. Then prepare the moi-moi containers.
  • Cut your onions, grind your crayfish, and also crush your cubes. Then blend the beans together with the tatashe, crayfish, pepper, and pour into a bowl. Make sure that the puree is smooth enough. If not, use the grinding machines found in Nigerian markets.
  • Add your vegetable oil.
  • Add some water and stir well for a good combination, and then salt to taste.
  • Pour some water in a big pot and set on fire.
  • Dish moi-moi into containers. Then add egg, cover and set inside the pot. Cook for 45 minutes.

Nigerian Style Couscous

Couscous is a great and healthy alternative to rice. Also, it’s an exciting addition to what to cook for Christmas. Check out this recipe by 9jafoodie


  • 1.5 cups Couscous
  • 1.5 cups chicken or beef stock *
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups freshly chopped vegetables (onion, tomatoes, red & green peppers, mushrooms and spring onions)
  • ½ teaspoon red or black pepper
  • Half teaspoon salt
  • ½ cube magi
  • ½ teaspoon pepper flakes *optional


  1. Bring chicken stock to a rolling boil, add in couscous and cover tightly. Remove from heat and set aside for 5-6mins
  2. Add olive oil to a large pan and heat slightly. Add in the chopped vegetables, pepper, salt and magi. Toss and leave to cook for 3mins
  3. Lightly fluff the cooked couscous with a fork, add into the vegetable mix. Combine
  4. Add in the pepper flakes if using. Taste and adjust for seasoning.
  5. CousCous is ready to serve.

These recipes on what to cook for Christmas are all delicious. However, this is about being creative with your options instead of serving only rice. As a result, it will not only brighten your Christmas but also give you something exciting to try out.