Nigerian Meat Pie: How to Bake (Oven & Stove) and Fry

Nigerian meat pie is one of the popular snacks Nigerians love to eat. Yes! That’s how amazing our Nigerian meat pie is.

This meat pie is a classic masterpiece and usually among the first choice when it comes to Nigerian snacks.

Nigerian Meat Pie Recipe
Nigerian Meat Pie Recipe Picture 

The best Nigerian Meat Pie is moist, yummy with buttery shortcrust pastry that is filled with mincemeat, and vegetables (usually potatoes & carrots).

However, you can add other ingredients of choice. The pastry is slightly flaky and very rich in flavor; the filling is creamy, flavorful, and very healthy.

Making meat pie is quite easy, you can even use the same recipe for or fish pie or Chicken pie, just replace the minced meat with minced fish or minced chicken and you’re good to go.

 Where to Buy Nigerian Meat Pie

Meat pie is one of the snacks I look forward to eating when I was in school

Be it at Mr. Biggs, tantalizers, Sweet Sensations, or any of the confectioneries.

I buy on the streets at times. On the road, while on the go, the flavor profile is very similar – a crumbly exterior with meaty filling.

Meat pies are also popular in other parts of Africa and not just in Nigeria alone. These easy Nigerian snacks are also eaten in Ghana, Uganda, Gambia, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, Jamaica as well as other countries.

Our Nigerian Meat pie is also comparable to Latin American Beef Empanadas, beef patties, or pastelillos.

The price of meat pie in Nigeria is relatively affordable but it is still cheaper when homemade.

Nigerian Meat Pie Recipe: How to Make Meat Pie from Scratch

Here is an easy meat pie recipe step by step guide to making the best Nigerian meat pie ever.

Now, let’s begin…

Ingredients for the Meat Pie Filling

  • Minced meat
  • Irish potatoes
  • Carrot
  • Thyme
  • Onion
  • Salt to taste
  • Red onion (chopped)
  • One Knorr cube
  • 2 Tablespoon flour

Direction

  1. Firstly, place a large saucepan on medium heat; add in the minced meat and onion. Cook until meat is browned.
  2. Afterward add in the salt, diced carrots, and potatoes, Knorr cube, and Stir. Add about ½ a cup of water, cover until thoroughly cooked.
  3. Then, dissolve 2 tablespoons of flour with ½ cup of water very well, add the flour mix into the sauce (this will thicken the sauce and keep the pie moist).
  4. Lastly, remove from heat and put aside.

Ingredients for the Dough

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Table Spoon Baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (optional)
  • Baking Margarine
  • ¼ – ½ cup ice cold water
  • 2 eggs

Direction

  1. To start with, add the flour, baking powder and, salt in a large bowl. Mix the ingredients thoroughly.
  2. After that scoop the margarine in small quantity and add into the dry ingredients. With your fingers tips blend the ingredients until margarine is well incorporated.
  3. Thirdly and most importantly, add cold water in bits into the dough while kneading the dough until water is fully absorbed. Rest the dough in the fridge or leave it in a bowl for about 10 minutes to increase its elasticity.
  4. Lastly, add some flour to a smooth surface and use a rolling pin to shape and flatten the dough. Cut the dough into big circles using a round bowl or meat pie cutter. Remove the excess dough from around the circles.

The Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F or 180 degrees C.
  2. Then, put about 1 teaspoon and a half of filling into the middle of the circle, Be careful not to overfill the circles.  Afterward, turn over the dough filling to enclose, forming a semi-circle.
  3. After that, press down edges together to close using the back of a fork.
  4. Put in a foil paper-lined baking sheet
  5. Similarly, repeat with the remaining filling
  6. Lastly, brush the pies generously with the egg wash and bake in preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

The meat pie is ready, Enjoy! Best served and eaten while hot…

How to Make Meat Pie with Stove

Try this Nigerian stove meat pie recipe if you don’t have an oven or do not want to use an oven.

Continuing from No. 6 (under method), brush the meat pies with egg wash to ensure a golden brown look when done.

After that, set the tray in the preheated pot filled with sand or tiny stones and bake for 30 to 40 minutes.

Timing depends hugely on the type and heating capacity of your stove.

Nigerian Meat Pie Baking with Stove
Nigerian Meat Pie Baking with Stove

You can confirm that the meat pie is done when it starts browning – open the pot occasionally to turn the meat pie using a spatula until it is golden brown

How to Fry Meat Pie

This method is very easy. Instead of baking meat pie in the oven or using the stove, you can simply fry it. Yes! Fried meat pie is possible. Simply follow the steps below:

  1. Firstly, fry in hot oil on medium heat until golden brown.
  2. Then, remove from oil and place in a paper towel to drain excess oil.
  3. That’s it! Your fried meat pies are ready to be enjoyed.

Please Note:

This pie is classic comfort food, though with thick pastry, meat, and gravy that tends to be high in fat and calories and low in nutrition.

Consuming this is usually NOT great when you are following a weight loss plan.

For healthier and more beneficial meat pies, you need to substitute with whole wheat flour instead of bleached white flour.
Also, with 99% lean ground turkey/beef instead of ground beef and lastly, Canola oil instead of butter.

FAQ’S –Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How to Preserve Meat Pie

A: Freshly baked meat pie will keep for about 3 to 5 days in the fridge; refrigerate covered with aluminum foil or plastic wrap.

Q: Can you freeze meat pie?

A: Yes, to freeze: wrap meat pie tightly with aluminum foil or plastic freezer wrap, or place in Ziploc bag.

Q: How long does meat pie last in the freezer?

A: When stored properly, it will maintain the best quality for about 1 to 2 months; however it will remain safe beyond that time.

Q: How to heat a frozen pie on microwave

A: Microwave on full power for about 3 – 3.5 minutes (depending on your microwave).

Unwrap your pie, let stand for a minute, add sauce, and eat carefully because it will be very hot.

If you enjoy my Nigerian Meat pie I am sure you will like another meat pie recipe like:

Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

 

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