Where to Find the Best African Recipes Online

Whether you’re missing the flavors of your home and culture, or looking to expand your culinary palate, we know how difficult it can sometimes be to find the high-quality, authentic ingredients you need. Let’s be honest, the “international aisle” at your local supermarket just doesn’t cut it—especially when you know what you’re after.

In this blog, we’re going to take you on a flavor-centered tour of Africa and African food dishes.

Once you’ve had a look, set your menu, and made your shopping list, then, that’s where OjaExpress comes in. Whether you’re missing a key spice for a main dish or looking for a particular sweet, our site connects you with ethnic grocers in your area. You can shop locally, and even have ingredients delivered. Pretty slick, eh?

Enough small talk—let’s get to the recipes!

Easy, Traditional African Recipes

The African food recipes collected by Insanely Good Recipes will have you cooking in no time—once you stop drooling, of course! From Macanese One-Pan Chicken Curry to Shakshuka and Dukkahh, the entries on their 20 African Recipes to Try at Home only take 30 minutes to whip up!

Not finding the recipe you’re looking for? Having trouble deciding? Do you just want to see more gorgeous pictures of food? You might consider checking out these lists, as well.

  • This list of 21 African Dishes You Need to Try includes Kenyan Chicken Curry, West African Tsire Koftas, Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken, Berbere Harira Soup, Chicken and Chickpea Tagine, and more.
  • These 32 Traditional African Food Recipes offer a wide range of unique offerings. Matbucha? Egyptian Ful Medames? Kitfo? Lentil Sambusas? Surely something is sounding good by now!

You want to see more pictures, don’t you? We’re OK with that. Let’s keep exploring—and take the scenic route, shall we?

Touring the Continent

Africa is big, the second-largest continent. To really appreciate more of the nuances of African food culture, let’s check out some of the more unique offerings from Northern, Eastern, Central, Western, and Southern Africa. 

Recipes From Northern Africa

North Africa consists of Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia, Western Sahara. This region’s cuisine prominently features traditional foods, with a wide-ranging palate that includes olives and olive oil, preserved butter (smen) and lemons, floral essences, harissa sauce, dates, figs, and more.

This list from taste.com.au includes 19 Delicious Reasons To Try North African Cuisine. Whether you ultimately decide to take their suggestion to cozy up with some North African Beef, Barley and Bean Stew or give in to the tantalizing temptation of Harissa Chicken Wings with Preserved Lemon Marmalade, you just can’t go wrong. And, whatever you cook up, perhaps you’ll finish the meal off with a North African Milk Pudding, which rounds out their list.

Recipes From Eastern Africa

East Africa encompasses more countries than any other region, encompassing 19 countries: Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Réunion, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Somaliland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. This Introduction to East African Food presented by Great British Chefs takes a country-by-country tour of the region:

Ethiopia, for example, is among the most popular avenues of East African Cuisine. Signature Ethiopian dishes frequently make use of a traditional blend of East African spices known as berbere spice (which includes chiles, garlic, fenugreek, and a bit of allspice and cinnamon) in dishes like Misir Wot, also known as Ethiopian lentil stew, Ful Medames, and Awaze-Spiced Chicken Thighs.

Kenyan cuisine commonly uses flavors like cumin, turmeric, coconut, coriander, and more—especially for specific Swahili food recipes like traditional Mutura Sausage.

Recipes From Central Africa

The countries of Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo Republic – Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, São Tomé & Principe constitute Central Africa. The 11 Most Popular and Authentic Central African Recipes list compiled by 196 Flavors includes both main dishes (like Nyembwe Chicken, Egusi Soup, and more) to build a meal around, and desserts (Arroz Doche, Bananes Au Four Croustillantes) to end the meal on a sweet note.

Recipes From Western Africa

West Africa, consisting of 16 countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte D’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo) is home to a cuisine centered around staples like yams, corn, and rice, as well as vegetables and squashes, okra, garlic, and tomatoes. 

For traditional West African food recipes, this list of 14 Mouthwatering West African Dishes You Need to Try collected by The Culture Trip is a great jumping-off point for culinary adventure. Their rundown of West African recipes include Nigerian Egusisoup and Moin Moin, as well as Waakye, Cachupa, Yassa, Kedjenou, Superkanja, and more.

Recipes From Southern Africa

A large region containing Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, South African food includes a number of meat-centered dishes. Beef, mutton, goat, and chicken are among the most common. 

Taste’s 9 Recipes for a South African Feast includes Mavrou, Beer-Braised Lamb Shanks with Mieliepap, and Lamb Bredie, along with desserts like Mandarin Melktert and Rooibos Tea-Poached Pears.

Finally, we would be remiss if we left South Africa without addressing the South African comfort food staple (and national food of South Africa), Bobotie. Want to make your own? Here are a few recipe variations from BBC Good Food, Taste of the Place, and African Bites

So…What Time’s Dinner?

Yep. We threw a lot at you, so we’ll give you a little space and time to let you get everything ready. 

Whether you need spices, pantry staples, snacks and sweets, or beverages, OjaExpress has what you need for the authentic African recipes you decide on. 

And what’s even better is that you can shop for ingredients at stores near you in the Chicago area, for either pickup or delivery. It’s easy! Just head to the website, select the cultural community (African & Caribbean, in this case) and then either search specific foods/ingredients, or search for stores near you (based on ZIP code) and browse their inventories.

We’re excited to see what you whip up! Please, reach out to us if you have any questions…or want us to bring a side dish! Happy cooking.

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