Basic Red Stew for Jollof Rice
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Basic Red Stew for Jollof Rice

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: African


  • Stove
  • Sauce Pan


  • 5 Large Pieces of Yellow Onions
  • 6 Pieces of Habanero Peppers Or more based on preference
  • 5½ cups (40oz) Pure Vegetable Oil
  • 4 inches Fresh Ginger
  • (8) 6oz Cans of Tomato Paste (170g each)
  • 2 Maggi Spice: Shrimp and Chicken
  • 3 Bay Leaves
  • 1 Green Pepper Chopped into 4s
  • Curry Powder
  • Nutmeg
  • Rosemary
  • Salt
  • Baking Soda


  • Clean the onions and ginger, chop and blend with the habanero peppers (You should get about 6 cups once blended)
  • On a high heat, place your large sauce pan and add 5 ½ cups (40oz) of pure vegetable oil (You can always decant the oil later - more oil allows it to fry well)
  • Once the oil is hot, turn the heat to medium-high and sprinkle just a dash (about 1/2 teaspoon) of curry powder in the hot oil
  • Add the blended onions, peppers, and ginger and allow it to cook thoroughly for about 50 minutes on low-medium heat
  • Add (8) 6oz. cans of Tomato Paste (refer to the picture) plus a pinch of Baking Soda (about 1/4 Tsp) to the simmering mixture
  • Add 1 Maggi Shrimp and 1 Maggi Chicken to the stew and allow it to cook for 12 minutes
  • Add 3 Pieces of Bay Leaves and the chopped Green Peppers to the stew and allow it to cook for an additional 45 minutes on low-medium heat
  • Add 2 teaspoons of curry powder, 1 teaspoon of nutmeg, 1-2 teaspoon of dried rosemary (or use 2-3 short sprigs if fresh) and 2 teaspoons of table salt (Add more if needed). Additionally, you can sprinkle (sprinkle o, not a lot) just a bit of Adobo seasoning
  • After 15 more minutes, you can turn it off and proceed with making the Jollof Rice!
  • This stew makes more than you probably need. When you are making the Jollof, please please remember to reseason your rice! DM me on IG @samuellaskitchen if you face any issues!


  • Nea Alycia

    Thank you for this recipe!! Do you cook the rice in this red stew?

    • You’re very welcome! Yes, I do. However, the recipe yields lots of stew so I usually just use a portion of it.

  • Maamebia

    Please do you add chicken stock to your jollof rice?And please what does the baking the baking soda really do? Thank you

    • Yes, I use chicken stock but I tend to use Goat stock more for Jollof Rice. The baking soda helps with the acidity of the tomato paste.

  • Dee

    Hello Samuel a can too much onion make your stew taste too sweet

    • Hello Dee, you have to be careful with the onion to tomato/tomato paste ratio. Using too much onion will definitely affect the taste of the stew and vice versa.

  • Isabella Agyapong

    I love that you have the recipes and procedures on this website!!! I have definitely already subscribed! I’ve really been trying to perfect my meals and I had one question about the stew for Jollof. How do you prepare the goat meat to pair with the stew? Mine usually is not tender and I want to learn how to do it like you do!

    Hope to hear from ya soon 🙂

    • Hi Isabella! Thank you so much for subscribing and for your support! I don’t have a full recipe for the Fried Goat yet but generally, I cook it until very tender. Depending on the quantity, I cook it on low-medium heat for 2+ hours. Hope this helps!

      • Isabella Agyapong

        Thank you so much! Happy Holiday’s!

  • Heather Koranteng

    Thanks for this ?

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