Oven Baked Jollof Rice

Oven Baked Jollof Rice

This dish is a staple in western Africa.
It is basically rice in herby tomato sauce.
People from Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, and Senegal love their jollof rice.

Oven Baked Jollof Rice

Prep Time25 minutes
Total Time1 hour 25 minutes
Cuisine: african


  • 3 cups Long Grain Parboiled Rice
  • 5 Sweet Long peppers (red)
  • 2 Medium sized onions
  • 1 Chopped Onion
  • 2 to Matoes (optional)
  • 1 Habanero Pepper
  • 3 tbsp Tomato Paste
  • ½ tbsp Ginger Paste or 1 tsp powder
  • ½ tbsp Garlic Paste or 1 tsp powder
  • ½ tsp Curry Powder
  • 4 Bay Leaves dry preferred
  • 3 Sprigs of Thyme or 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 4 Seasoning Cubes
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/3 cup Oil
  • 1 tbsp Butter (optional)


  • Steam tomatoes, onions, peppers, then combine in a blender and puree.
    steamed red long sweet pepper and onions
  • Pour oil in a saucepan, place over medium-high heat, add chopped onions till it browns.
  • Add tomato paste and keep frying.
  • Add all herbs (garlic, ginger, thyme, and bay leaves.
  • Stir in onion-pepper blend, add seasoning cubes, and salt. Allow it to simmer covered till sauce is reduced (about 2/3 of its original volume).
  • Preheat oven to 380 0F
  • Boil 4 cups water
  • Rinse rice to remove excess starch and pour in an oven safe bowl.
  • Add reduced sauce blend, 4 cups of water, and mix.
  • Bake covered for 50mins.
  • Remove from oven and allow it rest for 10mins.
    baked jollof rice
  • Uncover, discard thyme sprigs and bay leaves. Fluff or mix and serve warm with a side of salad or sautéed vegetables.


If baked rice feels a little dry, add a tablespoon of butter and mix

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