Buns Recipe: How to Make Nigerian Buns

Buns recipe shows how to make Nigerian Buns with a touch of spice. Nigerian Buns are deep-fried dough balls, soft on the inside with crunchy outer crusts.

African Buns is the twin brother to the African puff puff. It is more of a thick batter without yeast.

Like puff puff, buns is one of the popular snacks in Nigeria.

The difference is that buns have fluffy inside with crunchy outside and less oily, unlike puff puff that is oily, soft and spongy all round.

Whether fried/baked, they are pretty easy to make. It does not require a rest time like puff puff which makes it faster to prepare.

This is a snack you can easily whip up while guests are in the living room.

Buns are typical Nigerian street food and popular roadside snacks that are being fried in a large fry pan all over Nigeria.

Some of them are so hard that they are referred to as Rock Buns.

This is the kind of snack you definitely won’t want around you if you are on a weight loss journey.

Buns are best enjoyed when hot (straight from the fire) or warm.

Nigerian Buns Recipe

Nigerian Buns are very easy to prepare. The best part is, you can throw all the ingredients together and your Buns is ready in less than 30 minutes.

But firstly, you need to master the art, if you don’t get it right the first time, please don’t give up. Practice makes perfect.


  • Flour
  • Egg (optional)
  • Milk or Water
  • Nutmeg (optional)
  • Baking powder
  • Warm water
  • Vegetable oil
  • Butter or Margarine (optional)
  • Sugar
  • Salt

Things You Will Need

  • Mixing bowl
  • Frying Pan
  • Wooden spatula (for mixing)


  1. Firstly, add flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg in a small bowl and mix.
  2. Then, whisk the egg (optional) and pour it into the melted butter and mix until it looks lumpy.
  3. Thirdly, put the sugar and milk in a cup of water and mix, making sure the sugar granules dissolve completely.
  4. Then, pour it into the flour and mix continuously, mix till you get a stretchy sticky dough.
  5. After that, put the frying pan on the cooker and heat the oil on medium heat.
  6. With your hand scoop up the batter and squeeze batter with your hands or ice cream scoop and drop gently into the oil.  Then, fry till golden brown.
  7. Lastly, put the fried buns onto a paper towel to remove excess oil.


  • If you want the texture of the buns sold on the streets,  remove the eggs and use water in place of milk.
  • Similarly, you can leave out the margarine if you want to.
  • Finally, make your batter thicker to mold it to be round and perfect.
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