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how to make boli

 Boli | How to Make Bole Popular Nigerian Street Food

Boli or Bole is a popular Nigerian street food made by roasting plantains, and it is popularly known among the Yoruba people of Nigeria.

Boli or Bole is also a popular street food in Port Harcourt, a south-south region in Nigeria, and it is usually pronounced as Bole in the south-south region of Nigeria due to a difference in intonation, while it is pronounced as Boli among the Yoruba people, a south-west region in Nigeria.

Boli or Bole can be enjoyed with roasted peanuts or pepper sauce in the southwest region, while it is mostly enjoyed with grilled fish in the south-south region of Nigeria.

boli or bole

Boli or Bole is a portion of street food and you will most likely find it on the street. It can be consumed as a snack or as a main meal, which can be enjoyed together with grilled fish and pepper sauce.

But right in your house, you can make and enjoy the popular street food with a few of the ingredients listed below.

For this recipe, you only need the following;

  • 2 ripe plantain
  • 1 whole mackerel or Titus fish
  • Salt to taste
  • Oven or an open grill

SERVING: 1 person

COOKING TIME: 30 minutes

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Preparation method For bole and grilled fish

how to make boli
  • Peel off the skin of your plantain
  • Make a slit on both sides of the plantain
  • Rub a little salt evenly on the plantains
  • Place the plantains on the grill rack and set aside while you work on your fish
  • Cut a whole fish into 2 equal parts
  • Wash and remove all the dirt thoroughly
  • Make a slit on both sides of the fish, so that the seasoning can penetrate inside the fish
  • In a separate bowl, mix some salt, seasoning cube and some chilli flakes
  • Rub the mixture evenly on both sides of the fish
  • Place the fish on the grill rack together with the plantain
  • Pre-heat your oven or grill at 170° for about 5 minutes
  • Transfer the plantain and the fish into the preheated oven
  • Allow to grill for about 20 minutes, while turning at intervals until all sides are perfectly roasted
  • After 20 minutes, your Bole and grilled fish is ready

How To Make Pepper Sauce/ Port Harcourt Bole Sauce

This typical pepper sauce is a multipurpose pepper sauce, it can be used for any other thing aside from boli, and it can be used to eat yam, potatoes, rice and any other thing you can think of.


  • 3 to 4 scotch bonnet peppers
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 1 large onion
  • Oil of choice (vegetable oil or palm oil)
  • Seasoning and salt to taste


  • Rinse the pepper, tomatoes and onions properly
  • Coarsely blend or chop the scotch bonnet and tomatoes
  • Chop the onions
  • Heat a little oil until hot, add the chopped onions and fry till golden brown
  • Then add the coarsely blended pepper and tomatoes mix
  • Add seasoning and salt as desired
  • Stir continuously for about 2 minutes or until it is well fried
  • Your pepper sauce is ready

Please note that Boli or Bole can either be enjoyed with roasted peanuts, pepper sauce or grilled fish and pepper sauce. Which means you have 3 options to choose from.

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Can I Use Unripe Plantain For Boli?

You can either use unripe plantain, slightly ripe or ripe plantain for boli, it depends on preference.

Can I Make Boli With A Microwave?

If your microwave has a grilling function, you can make boli with it. Otherwise, an oven with a grilling function or an open grill is advisable.

How Do You Make Boli With A Foil Paper?

You can make boli with foil paper by simply linen your grill rack with a foil paper or baking sheet, brush it with a little oil and place your plantain and set it to grill.