What people really eat in Ghana.


The reason for my post today is to let people know what people really eat in Ghana as i have some ignorant “so called friends” who assume Ghanaian’s eat all sorts of crazy food! Another reason for this post is because i will be flying out to Ghana next month! 😀 So i am ready to try more lovely Ghanaian dishes.

Other than the Ghanaian food i have tried in UK like okra stew, what else do Ghanaian’s really eat? I have made a list below of what i know my Ghanaian friends love to eat. There may be many more but i am sure ill find out when i arrive in Ghana on May 🙂


  • Kenkey
  • Jollof rice
  • Banku
  • Fufu
  • Tuo Zaafi (Mainly in Northern Ghana)
  • Gari
  • Fonfom (mainly in Southern Ghana)
  • Koobi, chinam, crayfish and smoked fish 
  • Boiled Yam
  • Plantain
  • groundnut (peanut) soup,
  • nyadowa (garden egg stew)

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That is some of the things i know most Ghanaian’s enjoy. There is a lot of stews and soups in Ghana and a lot of spices like thyme, garlic, ginger and bay leaf. Also a lot of vegetables like tomatoes, Wild mushrooms and eggplant. The main Meats and fish eaten in Ghana are Goat, sheep, Pork, chicken, Beef,  crab, periwinkles, shrimp, octopus, duck and many more.

Coconut oil, Palm Oil, Shea Butter, Palm kernel oil, and peanut oil are some of the local oils used for cooking and frying. As for breakfast, Most people tend to eat rice n stew around lunch time, NOT everyone though! Some of my friends in Ghana enjoy some porridge in the morning.

Plantain is also common in Ghana along with many other things like Fresh fruit (mainly Banana’s, Pineapples, Mangoes but there is many more). Palm Wine is one of the more common beverages in Ghana but i am sure there is manyyyyyy more 🙂

So as you can see, Ghanaian’s dont eat crazy outrageous foods as most people “assume” when they hear the word “Ghana” or “Africa”. Like every country, Ghana has its own special soups and different foods but other than that, it is pretty much like every where else, It is only a different STYLE of cooking! 🙂 I have to say, i am hoping i find some Nigerian Egusi soup out there tho 😦 lol i cant go all that time without some yummy pounded yam and egusi soup hehe

Thanks for reading, My next post on Ghana will be on May when i am finally there (When i get the chance to write as i will be out exploring) 🙂


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