How To Cook Nigerian Beans With Palm Oil

Today's recipe is about how to cook Nigerian beans.

Nigerian beans is one of the most popular plant-based protein foods commonly eaten by Nigerians.

There are two main popular types of Nigerian brown beans that is commonly cooked.

Oloyin Beans

This beans comes in a light brown colour.

Oloyin beans or honey beans as it is locally called is the sweetest amongst the all the types of Nigerian beans hence the name oloyin which means 'with honey' in English.

Another reason for the popularity of oloyin beans is because it cooks faster than the other type of Nigerian beans.

For this recipe, oloyin beans will be used.


In many cases, Nigerian beans are sold with bean chaff, stones etc. This means that you MUST  handpick all the dirt before cooking.

To save you the stress, check our store clean handpicked Oloyin Beans 1.5kg

Olotu beans

Olotu beans comes in a darker shade of brown when compared to honey beans.

This type of beans is cheaper than oloyin beans because the demand for it in the Nigerian food market is lower when compared to oloyin.

The reason for the low demand is associated to its taste and cooking time because olotu beans takes more time to cook.


You can avoid the this consuming activity of handpicking dirt out of your olotu beans by shopping for already picked beans here  Olotu Brown Beans 1.5kg.

As a person with interest in Nigerian foods, you may have already noticed that Nigerian do a lot of their cooking with palm oil.

Cooking beans is not exempted from this. In this recipe I will be writing about how to cook Nigerian Beans with palm oil.

Before I proceed with this recipe, here are some of the other foods Nigerians love to eat beans with.

Either Oloyin or Olotu bean can be cooked for all the food combinations above. They can used to make Moi Moi , Akara, ofuloju.

In fact the list of Nigerian dishes goes on and on. The ingredients needed for this recipe are stated below.

Nigerian Beans Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 cups oloyin beans
  • 1/4 cup palm oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 seasoning cube or 1/2 teaspoon seasoning powder
  • 2 tablespoons ginger (freshly grinded)
  • 2 table spoons crayfish
  • 2 medium sized onions
  • 5-7 blended fresh scotch bonnet pepper or 2 table spoons Nigerian chilli pepper powder

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How to cook Nigerian beans with palm oil

  • Peel the onions skin, slice the onions and set it aside
  • Pick out the beans shaft or stone from the beans.
  • Get a bowl of water, pour the beans into the water.
  • Rinse the beans and pour into a separate bowl.
  • Place your pot on the cooker.
  • Add water , cleaned beans and cook on high heat till it starts to boil.
  • When the bean starts to boil, take the pot off the cooker.
  • Drain the water used for the boiling.
  • Place the pot back on the cooker.
  • Add 2 cups of water, pepper, sliced onions, crayfish, ginger, salt and seasoning powder.
  • Mix well and cook on high heat for 15 - 20 minutes or till beans become every soft.
  • Add Palm oil
  • Mix properly and add 1/2 cup of water.
  • Cook on high heat for 10-20 minutes or till you achieve your preferred thickness.
  • While cooking ensure you mix the beans at least every 5 minutes. This is to stop the beans from getting burnt.


Delicious Nigerian beans is ready to be enjoyed alone or with any of the above mentioned beans food combinations.

Please note that you can also cook olotu beans using this recipe. The major difference would be that you would have to cook olotu beans longer.

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