Gizdodo | An Update



I already have this recipe on this blog but I felt the need to write about it again because 1,  I have better pictures now, and 2, I realized I can actually make a meal out of gizdodo. For years I mostly ate this as a side to rice dishes (which is delish by the way) but in the eternal weight loss journey one is still trying to find ways to cut corners and calories! So instead of completely giving up on plantains (which I have come to accept I cannot do) I decided to find a way to eat it that still works for me. On days when I have time, I actually grill the plantains in my oven instead of frying them. On this day, I had no time so I fried them and it was worth every oily minute!

For the newbies, what is gizdodo? Well in Nigeria we are actually a society that believes in eating the head to tail of an animal. We eat everything from the head, to the stomach, to the tongue and the innards! It is not a surprise to go to a Nigerian household and find “weird” animal parts in soups and stews. Gizdodo to my knowledge became popular after being served by caterers at events as appetizers or what we call “small chops”. It was a guarded secret for a while before people started to realize that it was just stewed gizzards mixed with fried plantains. The sweetness from the plantains mixed wit the crunchiness from the gizzards, it truly a match made in heaven! Here is my go to recipe for gizdodo and I hope it does not disappoint you. I know it has awesome reviews as it is one of the recipes I get emailed about the most!


Serves 2
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 40 minutes
Meal type Lunch
Region Nigerian
Nigerian gizzards and dodo/ fried plantain. gizdodo


  • 1 Large tomato
  • 1 1/2 onion
  • 2 scotch bonnet peppers
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 pack gizzard (about 200grams)
  • 2 ripe plantains (diced and fried)
  • 2 seasoning cubes (knorr/maggi)
  • pinch pepper.
  • salt to taste.


Step 1
In a blender/food processor blend tomatoes, 1 onion, scotch bonnet and bell pepper. In a clean pan, add 3 tables spoons of oil, add blended mixture and allow to fry. Add 1 knorr cube, salt to taste, black pepper and curry powder.
Step 2 In a clean pot, add washed gizzards and cook with diced onions. Add salt, curry, and 1 knorr cube. (Add dry pepper if you like very spicy food). Boil for 15-20mins or until gizzard is soft. Adding extra water if necessary.
Step 3 In a pan, add oil and fry your plantains until a golden brown. Remove and allow cool on a cooling rack. Fry the cooked gizzards for 5mins or until a little brown.
Step 4 In a pot on low heat, mix fried stew with fried gizzard and fried plantains.
Step 5 Serve on a bed of arugula for a yummy salad texture.

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Till next time loves! I still have a give away to host and a rundown of my adventures in Hawaii! Stay tuned!




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  1. Lohi this isn’t fair o. Wish you had posted this a few weeks ago cos I just used your older gizdodo recipe and served it as an appetizer when my friends came over lol. Will have to try this out soon.

  2. Wow I have had gizzard and dodo which I love both of them but never had it combined into one! I will see if my mom knows how to make this which she should but If not we will make together! Thanks for sharing

  3. Hi Lohi please can i substitute arugula for lettuce?

  4. i’m sorry i meant substitue lettuce for arugula

  5. hey there!

    I’m a longtime lurker 🙂 Love this, I will definitely try it out. You don’t have to feel bad about plantain, it is actually a good carb. Just try to eat it baked or boiled instead of frying it…that works for me 🙂

  6. pls email me more. but on yhis, i ll try and see how it goes
    seems easy to prepare

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