Ghana has the Best Jollof Rice

Tiffany, Ms. Bernice, daughter and Sonya

Summer Study Abroad

In 2007, during the summer study abroad program each student was paired up with a host family.  My roommate Sonya and I spent 2 days living in Ms. Bernice Ward’s home.  She informed us about traditional Ghanian life and we shadowed her at work as a government officer. As a result of our wonderful experience, Ms. Bernice and I have stayed in contact and maintained a friendship.

Cooking Experience

 My tour group traveled to Cape Coast where Ms. Bernice provided us with an authentic cooking demonstration. 

Walking to the Market in Cape Coast: Tamika, Daughter and Ebony

We walked into the town and shopped at the local market. We bought onions, lettuce, tomatoes, cooking oil, fish, chicken, and rice. In the market, prices are not fixed and you have the opportunity to negotiate with the vendors.  This was a great Ghanian cultural experience as the group normally shops at grocery stores in the U.S. 

Cape Coast Market


Chilli Peppers in Cape Coast Ghana

After returning from the market, we all took an active role to help prepare dinner. Lamonte learned how to cut open and clean fish. Ebony, Loretta & Tameka cut up onions and other vegetables. Ms. Bernice showed us how to skin the chicken and make the sauce. I just sat around and watched everyone do all the hard work. LOL, 🙂 Can you guess what Ghanian dish we were preparing?

Ebony cutting onions

Taste Test

Jollof Rice

Jollof Rice was originated by the Senegalese and Gambian people who come from the Wollof tribe.  Jollof rice is a spicy rice dish that can be found widely served in Ghana and other West African countries. There are even Jollof wars where people cook rice from there perspective countries and winners are chosen by crowd testers. After tasting Jollof rice from other places around the world, Ghana is still the best.  This is my favorite dish and I look forward to consuming it on a daily basis while visiting Ghana. 

Jollof Rice, Fried Fish and Chicken

Need Dinner Ideas? Recipe for Jollof Rice


  • Basmati Rice
  • Chilli Pepper
  • Red or White Onions
  • Tomato Paste
  • Fresh Tomato
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Bouillion Cube
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Meat: Beef or Chicken Optional
  • Seafood: Shrimp, Fish (smoked or canned) Optional
  • Vegetables (Carrot, peas, corn) Optional


1. Wash meat or chicken and put it into a saucepan.
2. Add spices: blended onions, garlic n ginger. Add salt to taste. Add a little water.
3. Boil meat or chicken for about 20mins. Stir to ensure every part of it is well spiced, do not overcook.
4. Take out meat or chicken from stock.  Place in a clean bowl and leave to be air-dried. Cover stock (sauce used to cook meat).
5. Pour vegetable oil in a frying pan, when heated, fry chicken or meat.
6. Pour oil used to fry meat into da saucepan.
7. Add pepper and chopped fresh tomato,  allow to cook for several mins.
8. Add chopped onions, tomato paste, allow to cook for several mins. Add smoked fish or canned fish.
9. Wash rice and pour into the stew. Add salt to taste and cover.
10. Allow rice to simmer until water is drained. If rice is not well cooked add a little water
11. Add chopped vegetables, such as carrots, green pepper, etc. Stir to ensure it’s well mixed with rice.
12. Cover almost cooked rice with a lid and allow to simmer until rice is well cooked.
13. Serve rice with Fried chicken and Enjoy
Tour Group hanging with Ms. Bernice in Cape Coast




  1. I’m not from Ghana but tried a similar recepie just out of interest and i have to say it has become one of our favourite dishes.

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