You’ve picked a date, the venue has been chosen, your guests have received their invites, now you are wondering which favourite Nigerian foods to serve at your wedding occasion and those to avoid to ensure that your guests are well fed and satisfied. As a rule, remember to work with your food vendor or caterer to choose the best dishes for your event.
However, keep in mind that the choices made will depend on factors such as your budget, wedding location, seasonal foods available, guests’ tastes, cultural backgrounds and religious beliefs of guests to be invited (Christian or Muslim weddings).
At Owanbe Parries, we have compiled a comprehensive list of favourite Nigerian food ideas from appetizers, to main menu and desserts inclusive acceptable at Nigerian weddings. Let’s let you on a little secret: You can never go wrong with these fabulous food ideas. NEVER!
Appetizers are foods designed to wet the appetite and open up the taste buds for more delicious foods to come. They can be wrapped and placed on a table before guests arrive or served before the reception begins.
Below are examples of favourite Nigerian foods perfect for appetizers at Nigerian weddings:
Nuts: Cashew Nuts, groundnuts, bitter kola, kola nuts.
Small chops: Samosa, spring roll, chocolate/peppery puff-puff, prawn dressed in batter, gizdodo, mosa, chicken kebab, Pancakes.
Flour pastries: Meat pies, chinchin, buns, scotch eggs.
Local snacks: Kokoro, masa, coconut candy, popcorn drizzled with honey.
Biscuits and cookies
Meat variety: Gizzard, pork chops, meatballs, stick meat/suya
2. Main menu
The main menu is the most important meal of the event; and its contents and quantity matters. The main dish served at a wedding is a determinant used by guests to judge how successful the wedding is. Therefore, you need to ensure you include favourite Nigerian foods in this category.
Hence, choose according to budget; however, if you decide to serve only a particular dish, ensure that it is enough to go round. Here are Nigerian wedding favourites.
Rice: Chinese, Jollof, Fried, White, Coconut, Ofada.
Solid/ Swallow: Amala, Eba, Semo, Pounded yam (Poundo yam), Fufu, Semovita, Wheat.
Beans pottage (Adalu).
Foreign dishes: Spaghetti bolognaise, Chinese noodles etc.
Accompaniments: Plantain, moi moi, Vegetable salad.
Soups: Ewedu and gbegiri (Optional), Egusi, Vegetable soup/ Efo riro (Ugwu, spinach, waterleaf, bitter leaf), Afang, Oha, Edikaikong, Ogbono or draw soup, Banga, Black soup, Ukodo.
Assortments to be used in the soup include Meat (cow or goat), bush meat, shredded beef, Chicken (grilled, roasted or fried), turkey, fish (dry, smoked, croaker, Titus), prawns, snails, crayfish, crab.
Dessert is the last meal to serve after a hearty dish. Therefore, it must be sweet, able to remove all aftertastes and take your guests on that last food journey they will forever relish. You can show a bit of creativity here by trying a variety of flavours, sizes, colours to make them more appealing and irresistibly yummy!!
Examples of favourite Nigerian foods perfect for desserts are:
Sweets and tarts
Slices of cakes
Pepper Soup (Fish, goat or offal)
Asun (Barbecued goat meat)
Suya (Barbecued cow meat) or Kilishi (Dried roasted cow meat)
Chocolates (Wrapped or from a fountain)
Drinks and Beverages: Chapman, fruit juice, flavoured drinks, smoothie
Also listed below are favourite Nigerian foods that are not usually served at Nigerian weddings, but are perfect for other social occasions like meet and greet, birthdays, naming ceremonies and luncheons.
Yam and eggs (Scrambled, fried, omelette)
Bread and stew (Egg, garden egg or fish stew)
French fries and ketchup
Must-Know Food Tips
1). Serving overly spiced, salted or peppery foods at weddings or other social gatherings is a no-no. This is because everyone’s food taste varies; hence, to create balance, serve foods that are to an average person’s taste without causing indigestion or stomach upset later.
2). Maintain proper hygiene throughout in the handling of all foods and also ask the caterers or food vendors to do same. This is very important.
3). When selecting favourite Nigerian foods for your wedding, consider other people’s beliefs and customs. Depending on the wedding’s location, serve foods that are generally acceptable. Some religions consider Pork and dog meat as offensive. Avoid it!
There you have it. A comprehensive list of favourite Nigerian foods perfect for weddings. This will help you make your big day a memorable one.
Do you have any favourite Nigerian Food in mind? Have you used any food, not on the list? Kindly leave a comment below.