Plantain and snails

Plantain and snails

African snails and plantain

I came up with this recipe sometime last year and whenever I feel like splurging a little, I buy some snails and make myself this yummy treat! In Canada, snails go for $10 for 5 pieces 😐 And most times, you get two big pieces and three tiny ones! It is frustrating but at least you can fulfill the craving once in a while. This is definitely not an everyday meal around my house! I love snails! I love more what snails do to tomatoes and pepper! There is some kind of flavor party that occurs when you cook snail in a tomato sauce. Not only does it taste amazing, it is also a totally different taste from chicken or beef stew. I decided to make a plantain and snail pot with a tomato based sauce. It was heavenly! *drools* Here is a quick recipe. Hope you enjoy!

Peppered Snails

Serves 2
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 45 minutes
Total time 55 minutes
Meal type Side Dish
Misc Serve Hot
Region African


  • 1 onion (finely chopped)
  • 3 scotch bonnet pepper (finely chopped)
  • 1 tomato (cubed)
  • 5 snails (washed and cleaned with salt or alum)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cube maggi
  • 2 ripe plantains (fried)


Step 1
Boil the snail in salted water with half of the onion and some curry and 1 maggi cube for 30 minutes or until the snail is tender to the bite. Check if tender at 10 minute intervals
Step 2 In a pan, add the olive oil, chopped onions, tomatoes, scotch bonnet peppers and saute on medium heat for 5 minutes.
Step 3 Add the snails and toss in the pepper sauce. allow to simmer on medium heat for 10 minutes.
Step 4 Add the diced fried plantains and allow to cook for 5 minutes. stir till completely mixed. and serve.


note: scotch bonnet peppers are very hot! if you cannot stand the heat, reduce the amount of peppers in the recipe.


These could be served in small ramekins as an appetizer. Yummy!

snails and plantain

Till next time.



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  1. Aarinolaoluwa Says: August 28, 2013 at 3:43 am

    hmmm… ‘Snadodo’ loool!! Looks yummy…

  2. This looks so delicious. FOOD PORN i tell you.
    I can already hear the sizzling of the snails as I toss them in the hot olive oil On Saturday when I try to prepare this.
    Wish me luck!

  3. OMG!!!!!so on point……..snadodo☺ hehehhe.
    Stumbled upon ur blog recently, and i totally luv it. U had me @d bole plantain pix, had to run out to get some immediately…lol.

  4. Hiya. Stumbled on your blog today via Jadore and Bella Naija and i have to say i am in love already!!!

    I have only ever heard of and tried ‘Gizdodo” once, two months ago. I love snails, my husband loves gizzard so i wanna try and make this for him. Would the recipe be same, just substituting snail for gizzard? or any other thing to add? Thanks

  5. where in Canada do you get snails? i live in ottawa

    • I buy snails in Toronto. They sell them at most of the African stores here. In Ottawa check the the African store near south keys.

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