Warning: This gizdodo recipe is loaded with pictures

On the 10th day of Nigerian Christmas, my true love sent to me: Gizdodo of life!

I have a mini confession… Gizdodo isn’t my favorite thing in the world. I mean, I like it but I can live without it. *gasp*. But Tatashey, you absolutely love plantain, how can you not love gizdodo? That’s the thing, because I love plantain so much, combining it with anything else is sacrilege. So one of the first times I planned to make gizdodo, I copped out and did this instead:


Gizdodo was too mainstream


But this time, I will not let my my personal convictions get in the way because gizdodo is not to be messed with during any Nigerian Christmas. Enjoy the recipe below! I hope you’ve been enjoying this series so far, let me know your favorite recipes from Day 1 – 10. Two more days left!!

Gizdodo Recipe
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
For the Giz
  1. Gizzard (1 pound - cleaned)
  2. Onions (1/2 small sliced)
  3. Habanero pepper (2 chopped)
  4. Blended pepeprs & tomatoes (2 cooking spoons or substitute with tomato sauce)
  5. Seasoning (bouillon cube OR a combination of thyme, garlic, all spice, and fresh ginger root)
  6. 1/2 cup oil
For the Dodo
  1. Plantain (10 - diced)
  2. Oil for frying
  3. Salt to taste
  1. Heat the 1/2 cup oil in a large pan on medium heat, season the gizzard and add to pan
  2. Let gizzard cook half way for 8-10 minutes, stir with a cooking spoon then add the onions, peppers and tomato sauce. Reduce heat
  3. Season plantains with salt, heat the oil and fry them until golden brown. Set aside on a kitchen towel to absorb excess oil
  4. After stir gizzard occasionally to prevent burning and cook till tomato sauce is thick. (total time: approx 10 minutes). Gizzard should be tender but still a little crunchy.
  5. Stir in the plantain with the gizzard and leave for another 5 minutes
  6. Serve immediately


  1. Abioka
    April 14, 2015 / 4:25 PM

    Your recipe is awesome!! Tasted SO good 🙂

  2. Fowoke
    April 16, 2016 / 6:33 PM

    I haven’t tasted gizzard that I can classify as delicious so I would normally pass on gizdodo but I love plantain (and I love beans. How that happened I don’t know cos as a child I hated beans) so I manage it. But I just had a brilliant idea I like kidney how about you use that instead of gizzard? Let me know how that turns out so I can try it. Thanks

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