Gizdodo/ How to cook Peppered Gizzards and recipe


Gizdodo is a simple side dish that is often served with rice; especially Jollof rice.

It is easy to deduce from the name that I will combine gizzards and ripe plantain in this recipe.

Hence Gizdodo (Gizzard Dodo) and we all know that dodo is just another name for ripe plantain.

It makes perfect sense right? I don’t know who actually coined that word but I think it is epic! 😀

Ripe plantain is called dodo in Nigeria, you can equally use it for porridge. In that case, it would be porridge plantain. But when you fry unripe plantain, it is called kpekere 😀 That aside. Let’s get the recipe for gizdodo

We require the ingredients below for this recipe. It would serve about 6 people if I paired it with jollof rice or just about 3 persons if served alone as it appears in the plate below.



Serving: 6

Preparation time: 45 minutes.

3 Giant-sized ripe plantain
Chicken or Turkey Gizzard (500g)
4 cups of sliced tomatoes
Half cup of sliced pepper (scotch bonnet)
1 cup of sliced onions
One cup of sliced green pepper
2 Seasoning cubes
150 ml vegetable oil
Salt to taste

Extra Vegetable oil for frying plantain (400ml)

The actual recipe for gizdodo takes 150ml of vegetable oil. The extra oil will be used for frying the ripe plantain.


Start by peeling off the back of the plantain and chopping to smaller bits with a kitchen knife. Slice the tomatoes, peppers, and Onions as seen here.

How to Cook Gizzards

There is really nothing special about cooking gizzard, you just want it soft and tasty so you can use the same technique employed when cooking chicken or beef.

Step 1

Wash the gizzards with hot water and precook for 20 minutes. Use a seasoning cube, half teaspoon of salt and half cup of sliced onions.

Step 2

Check to see that the gizzard is soft and chop to smaller bits.

These are some of the needed ingredients. What you find at top-right is the chopped ripe plantain. Chopped gizzards at the bottom-right, then sliced tomato, onions and green beans in the plate at the left corner.

How to make Gizdodo

Step 3

Fry the plantain with 400ml of vegetable oil until it turns golden, scoop into a sieve and allow it to sit for a while.

Step 4

Reduce the oil to 150 ml and fry the chopped gizzard.

The gizzard would be dark-brown when it is properly fried.

Step 5

Remove the gizzards when it is fried and pour in the remaining half cup of onions, stir and add the tomatoes.

Step 6

Add the sliced pepper and allow it to fry for 10-15 minutes. Remember to stir occasionally so it doesn’t get burnt.

Step 7

Once the tomato is properly fried, you are almost done with making gizdodo. Add one seasoning cube to it and salt to taste.

Step 8

Transfer the fried gizzards, plantain, and sliced green peppers.

Add a pinch of salt.

Stir all together and taste for salt.

Allow to simmer for 3 minutes then serve hot.

That is just how to make gizdodo. Sound simple right?

Gizdodo can be served as a course meal or a side dish Nigeria. Usually, it works best with jollof rice as it appears in the image below. I would like to read your comment below. Try this delicious meal and tell me how it turned out.

Gizdodo Recipe | How to Cook Gizzard

Chy AnegbuGizdodo simply combines well-cooked gizzards and fried ripe plantain to make a delicious dish. In contemporary Nigerian society, gizdodo is served with jollof rice and sometimes served as a snack or side dish.

Gizzdodo - VannieKay Cuisine

Prep time: 30 mins

Cook time: 15 mins

Frying time: 10 mins

Total time: 55 mins

Servings: 6 people

Calories: 798 kcal


  • Frying pan


  • 3 Giant-sized ripe plantain
  • 500 g Gizzards
  • 4 cups sliced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup sliced pepper scotch bonnet
  • 1 cup of sliced onions
  • 1/2 cup sliced green pepper
  • 2 Seasoning cubes
  • 150 ml of vegetable oil
  • Salt to taste


  • You want to start by chopping the plantain, tomatoes, and onions. Chop to any size you like, I like them cubed.
  • Precook the gizzards and chop them using a kitchen knife.
  • Set a frying pan on the heat, pour in 400 ml of vegetable oil, allow to heat then fry the chopped ripe plantain to golden color.
  • Reduce the oil and fry the gizzards to dark-brown color.
  • Using the same oil, add the remaining half cup of onions, sliced tomatoes, and peppers. Allow frying for 10-15 minutes. Stir occasionally so it doesn’t get burned.
  • Add a seasoning cube when the tomato is well fried.
  • Pour in the chopped green peppers, fried gizzards, and fried plantain.
  • Add a pinch of salt
  • Stir all together and taste for salt.
  • Allow to simmer on low heat for 3-5 minutes and you are done with this gizdodo recipe.
  • Serve as a snack or side dish with jollof rice.