Moi Moi


Moi Moi

Serves 5
Prep time 1 hour
Cook time 1 hour
Total time 2 hours
Meal type Main Dish, Side Dish
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Hot
Region Nigerian


  • 320g beans
  • 80g shombo/cayenne pepper (blended)
  • 180g onion bulb/large (blended)
  • 3 Large dried bonga fish (skinned and deboned)
  • 150g dried red prawns
  • 100ml vegetable oil
  • 3 Large egg (hard boiled)
  • seasoning
  • salt
  • 23 pieces plantain leaves


you do not need to soak your beans for too long in water before scrubing off skin. 4-5minutes of soaking is okay because the longer you soak the harder it gets you to scrub the beans. And also the beans ferments when left in water for too long.

After blending as well be sure not to leave the beans standing for too long before mixing and cooking.


Step 1
submerge the beans in room temperature water and leave for 5minutes.
then squeeze in-between your palms to wash and remove the outer skin of the beans
do this continuously until all traces of the skin has being removed and drain out skin with a sieve.
Step 2
add the fresh peppers and onion to the washed beans
Step 3
the blended paste should be very smooth and thick and should look like this
Step 4
boil the dried red prawn and dried bonga fish in very little water with little seasoning and salt until very little stock is left and the bonga is tender enough
Step 5
sieve out the little stock and set aside
Step 6
place a small pot on the fire and add the vegetable oil and allow to heat up then add few onion bulb pieces. Allow the onion bulb fry for 30-40 seconds.
Step 7
pour the hot vegetable oil into the beans mix while stirring to mix well (you can remove the fried onion before or after adding to the beans)
Step 8
add the bonga fish and prawn sauce you sieved out and stir well
Step 9
taste for seasoning and add if needed and mix properly. you can add little warm water if the beans mixture is still very thick.( the mixture should not be too runny or too thick).
Step 10
prepare your plantain leaves and wrap the beans mix and place in a pot lined with plantain leaves. you can check out my tutorial on wrapping moi moi in plantain leaves
Step 11
add boiling water to pot
Step 12
cover with plantain leaves
Step 13
cover pot lid and leave to boil for 45-50minutes (ensure the steam is trapped in as its the steam that sets the moi moi)
Step 14
after 5minutes turn off heat and drain left over water if any.