How To Make Nigerian Fish Roll Recipe: Best Recipe Ever

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As a teenager, I hated Nigerian fish roll with passion. I couldn’t be caught touching fish roll with a long pole. My favourite snacks then were puff-puff, meat pie and chin-chin. 

The major reason I didn’t like the it was because it was too hard to bite and chew. Why should I develop toothache /on top/ snacks? I love my snacks flaky, crispy, crunchy, and soft.

However, my beef for fish roll eventually came to an end when I visited my aunt in Abuja. She’s a die hard fan of fish roll and she makes it so well. She took me through the process of making freshly baked homemade fish roll.  Guys, it tasted heavenly!

That was how I added it to the list of my favourite snacks.

I left Abuja feeling like a star with my new found recipe and new found love for fish roll.

But, as a recipe developer, I kept experimenting until I found a richer and more delicious recipe which I’ll be sharing with you.

Enough of my story. Let me answer some frequently asked questions about Nigerian fish roll:

Can I bake my Nigerian Fish Roll

Yes, you can. It can be baked just like our almighty Nigerian Meat Pie. I understand that some people try as much as possible to reduce their calories in take thereby opting for baking instead of frying. To be honest,

If you really want your it flaky and crispy, the frying method is the best. You can also bake it, if that is what you’ll prefer.

Can I add sugar and pepper

They are both great as much as Nigerian fish roll is concerned. However, make sure they are not added in excess.
I love Cayenne pepper so much, so I use it most times for my recipe.

Which one is better? Milk or Water.

You can use only water or only milk to mix the dough, but I prefer to use milk because I love the outcome. You can use whole milk all through or evaporated milk plus a little bit of water.

It is delicious when you follow the right recipe. It’s soft to bite and chew.
I present to you the best Nigerian fish roll recipe.

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Nigerian Fish Roll

The Best Nigerian Fish Roll Recipe

Nigerian fish roll is delicious when you follow the right recipe. It's soft to bite and chew.I present to you the best Nigerian fish roll recipe
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: Nigerian, African
Keyword: Nigerian Fish Roll
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 174kcal
Author: Tinuolasblog



  • 500 Grams Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon Nutmeg (optional)
  • 2 tablespoon Sugar
  • 200 Grams Margarine or butter or 50/50
  • 2 eggs
  • 100 ml evaporated milk or fresh or water
  • Vegetable oil for frying


  • 2-3 Tablespoon Vegetable oil
  • 1 small Onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Oregano
  • 1/2 Teaspoon each Curry & Thyme
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 medium-size Fried Mackerel
  • 1 Can Sardine in Tomato sauce



  • Remove the bones in the mackerel, shred it into small pieces and set aside.
  • .Add the vegetable oil in the sauce pan on a medium heat. 
  •  Add the diced onions, add curry, thyme, garlic, cayenne pepper, and oregano and stir everything together and allow to simmer for about 1 minute.
  • Add the set aside fried mackerel and stir.
  • Add the sardine in tomatoes sauce to the above mixture.
  • Fry everything for about 5 minutes and remove from the heat to cool down.


  • Mix all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl (flour, margarine/ butter, nutmeg, salt and sugar). You should either use a stand mixer, spatula or whisk if you don’t want to use your hands but nevertheless hand does the job better.
  • Add the milk to the dry ingredients, then add  the water bit by bit until the dough is properly  formed. The reason I suggest bit by bit is because the consistency of our margarine or butter may differ, so add according to the texture of your dough and stop when the right consistency has been achieved.
  • Remove the dough from the bowl and drop it on a floured surface and knead until smooth but don’t over knead the dough. 
  • Drop it back in the bowl and cover with a neat kitchen towel or clingy film or foil and allow to rest for about 30-40 minutes at room temperature.
  • Take it out and drop it on the rolling mat or a floured clean surface, divide it and start rolling out with a rolling pin.
  • Add about 1 teaspoon of the filling and roll.
  • Repeat the process until you roll out all the dough.
  • Fry until it is golden brown.
  • Enjoy and serve! Enjoy with any drink of your choice – water, juice, soda, tea  or coffee.



Calories: 174kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 244mg | Potassium: 73mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 3.5IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 3.5mg | Iron: 8.9mg
Nigerian fish roll

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  6. 5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe, l just made it and the fish rolls came out amazing! Most important for me, they didn’t puff up when l fried them like they always do with other recipes l have tried.

  7. Mrs Tinuola i love your recipe
    I wish to learn more than this
    Keep it up ma
    I would love to follow ur recipes but I don’t know how to

  8. I like your post. It is very explanatory. I also watched your video. But I will like you to remove the word guys from your speech. It does not go well with everyone. Thanks and weldone.

  9. Wow! Best recipe ever. Thank you so much for this recipe. My fish roll was chewable and simply delicious. My mum and siblings came asking for more.
    But can I make it without milk? I mean what’s the importance of milk?
    I’m supposed to make a delivery of 350 piecies on the 14th of this month, should I use milk?
    Bit I still want my fish roll soft and chewable o.
    Thanks as I anticipate your response

    • Thanks for the feedback, I’m glad you all love the recipe. Yes you can use water or you can also make it 50/50

  10. 5 stars
    Hi Tinuola, i decided making fish roll and went online for recipe and i must say seeing how inviting your fish rolls look set it apart from the others i saw online. I am happy I made the decision to use your recipe. Although i added more water since i used evaporated milk, it came out beautifully well. Wish i could share the result with you. My husband does not like fish roll BUT he loooves this one. Muchas Graćias Sis

    • Thanks for this feedback,I’m happy that you and your family love the recipe. Muchas Graćias too Sis

  11. 5 stars
    I am happy to see you here Sis, you are doing very well, I needed fish roll recipe when I saw your pics and I knew I have found the right recipe… keep up the good works…God be with you always


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