Liberian Jollof Rice

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Liberian Jollof Rice is a flavorful and beloved West African dish that holds its own unique twist on the popular Jollof Rice found in the region. Characterized by its rich and slightly smoky taste, Liberian Jollof Rice is a delightful blend of rice, tomatoes, onions, peppers, and spices that come together to create a truly delicious and satisfying meal.

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Liberian Jollof rice

Liberian Jollof Rice

Avatar photoLaila Yetunde
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine West-African


  • 2 cups long-grain parboiled
  • 2 cups tomato sauce-
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 bell pepper finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger minced
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika-
  • 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste- Optional
  • cooked meat or seafood (chicken, shrimp, or fish)


  • In a large pot, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onions, bell pepper, garlic, and ginger. Sauté until the onions are translucent and the vegetables are softened..
    1 large onion, finely chopped, 1 bell pepper finely chopped, 3 cloves garlic, minced, 1 teaspoon ginger minced, 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • Add the tomato sauce to the pot and stir well. Cook for about 5-7 minutes to allow the flavors to meld
    2 cups tomato sauce-
  • Stir in the smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, thyme, curry powder, salt, and pepper. Adjust the seasonings according to your taste preferences.
    1 teaspoon smoked paprika-, 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (adjust to taste), 1 teaspoon thyme, 1 teaspoon curry powder, Salt and pepper to taste- Optional
  • Add the parboiled rice to the pot and stir until it is well coated with the tomato and spice mixture 
    2 cups long-grain parboiled
  • Pour in the chicken or vegetable broth and bring the mixture to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let the rice simmer for about 25-30 minutes, or until the rice is cooked and the liquid is absorbed. If using cooked meat or seafood, you can add it to the pot at this stage
    4 cups chicken or vegetable broth, cooked meat or seafood (chicken, shrimp, or fish)
  • Once the rice is cooked, fluff it gently with a fork and let it sit covered for a few minutes to steam.
  • Serve the Liberian Jollof Rice hot, garnished with additional chopped vegetables if desired. It's delicious on its own or paired with fried plantains, coleslaw, or a fresh salad.


Enjoy the unique and delicious flavors of Liberian Jollof Rice as you savor each bite of this delightful West African dish!
Keyword Liberian Jollof Rice
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