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How to Make Nigerian Buns: Easy Guide

How to make buns is a question that many people have asked, and there are countless recipes out there. 

Buns are a popular snack in Nigeria, usually eaten as a breakfast or midday snack. They are made with a combination of flour, sugar, eggs, and milk and have a slightly sweet taste and fluffy texture. 

Buns are easy to make and can be customized to suit individual tastes, with variations that include adding spices or fruit to the batter. 

The snack is typically fried until golden brown and served warm, accompanied by a chilled drink or tea. Buns are a favourite in Nigeria and can be found in many local markets, street food stalls, and homes.

However, if you’re looking for a tasty and unique treat, buns may be just what you need. These fried snacks are made from a simple batter of flour, sugar, and spices and can be customized to suit your taste. 

Whether you’re looking for a quick snack or a party appetizer, learning how to make buns is a great skill to have. In this article, we’ll guide you through the step-by-step process of making buns at home, so let’s get started!

How to make buns
Fried buns


Ingredients to make Buns

Here are the ingredients needed to make buns:

2 cups of all-purpose flour

1/3 cup of granulated sugar

2 teaspoons of baking powder

1/4 teaspoon of salt

2 eggs

1/2 cup of milk

1/4 cup of melted butter or oil

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Vegetable oil for frying


1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg

Preparing the buns batter

To prepare buns, follow these simple steps:

In a mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. You can also add optional spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, or cloves at this stage for additional flavour.

In a separate bowl, beat the eggs lightly with a whisk or fork, then add in the milk, melted butter or oil, and vanilla extract. Mix well until everything is fully combined.

Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Mix everything together with a wooden spoon or spatula until you have a smooth and slightly sticky dough.

Cover the mixing bowl with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let the dough rest for about 10-15 minutes. This will allow the dough to relax and become more elastic.

Frying the Buns

Shaping and frying the buns are crucial steps in the cooking process. Follow these steps to ensure that your buns are perfectly shaped and fried to a crispy golden brown:

  • Once the dough has rested, use a spoon or cookie scoop to form small balls of dough, about 1-2 inches in diameter. You can make the balls slightly larger or smaller, depending on your personal preference.
  • Roll the dough balls between your palms to form smooth, round shapes. You can also shape the dough into different shapes, like ovals or elongated balls.
  • Make sure that your oil is heated to the correct temperature before adding the buns. The ideal temperature for frying buns is 350-375°F (175-190°C). You can use a kitchen thermometer to ensure that the oil is at the correct temperature.
  • Add the shaped dough balls to the hot oil, making sure not to overcrowd the pan. The buns will expand slightly as they fry, so make sure to leave enough space between them.
  • Fry the buns on each side for 2-3 minutes, or until they turn a crispy golden brown. Use tongs or a slotted spoon to flip the buns over and remove them from the oil.
  • Transfer the fried buns onto a wire rack or paper towel to drain any excess oil. This will help to keep the buns crispy and prevent them from becoming greasy.
  • Repeat the process with the remaining dough until all the buns are fried.

Your buns are now ready to be served and enjoyed!

Nigerian Buns

Tips To achieve Buns Perfect Texture

To achieve a perfect texture and flavour when making buns, here are some tips to follow:

Use fresh ingredients

Use fresh flour, baking powder, and other ingredients to ensure the best possible taste and texture.

Don’t overwork the dough

Overworking the dough can make it tough and dense. Mix the ingredients just enough to combine them.

Rest the dough

Allowing the dough to rest for at least 10 minutes helps it to relax and become easier to work with. It also allows the ingredients to meld together, resulting in a better flavor.

Fry at the right temperature

To achieve a golden brown exterior and a fluffy interior, fry the buns at the right temperature of 350°F.

Use the right oil

Try using vegetable oil or canola oil for frying as they have a high smoke point and neutral taste that won’t overpower the buns’ flavour.

Use a cookie scoop or ice cream scoop for portioning

Using a scoop ensures that all the buns are the same size, resulting in even cooking.

Add spices or flavourings to taste

You can add nutmeg, cinnamon, or vanilla extract to the dough to give the buns an extra kick of flavour.

Serve warm

Buns are best enjoyed warm. Serve them as soon as they’re done frying, or reheat them briefly in the oven or microwave.

By following these tips, you can achieve a perfect texture and flavour when making buns.


Serving Suggestions

Buns is a versatile snacks that can be served in many ways. Here are some serving suggestions:


They are delicious on their own and can be served plain. They are best enjoyed warm and fresh out of the fryer.

With tea or coffee

Buns are a popular breakfast or tea-time snack in Nigeria. They pair well with a cup of tea or coffee.

With pepper sauce

In Nigeria, they are often served with a spicy pepper sauce for dipping. You can make your own pepper sauce or use store-bought hot sauce.

With sweet toppings

You can serve the snack with sweet toppings such as honey, jam, or Nutella for a sweeter snack.

With savoury toppings

You can also serve it with savoury toppings such as cheese, ham, or bacon for a more filling snack.

As a side dish

Buns can be served as a side dish with soups or stews. They can be used to scoop up the soup or stew or eaten on their own as a side.

As a party snack

Buns make a great party snack. You can serve them with a variety of dips and toppings to suit your guests’ tastes.

You can discover new and creative ways to enjoy buns by trying out these serving suggestions.

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How to store Buns

Storing buns properly can help to maintain their freshness and prevent them from getting stale. Here are some tips for storing buns:

Allow the buns to cool completely before storing them

If the buns are still warm, they can create moisture in the storage container, which can cause them to become soggy.


Store the buns in an airtight container

This can help to keep air and moisture out, which can cause it to become stale or mouldy.

Keep them at room temperature

Storing Nigerian buns in the refrigerator can cause them to become dry and lose their flavour.

Use a container that is the right size for the buns

If the container is too small, the buns can become squished or misshapen, while a container that is too large can allow too much air to circulate and cause the buns to dry out.

Store the buns in a dry place

Ensure to store the buns away from direct sunlight Excessive heat or humidity can cause the buns to spoil quickly.

Consider freezing the buns to store them for a longer period

Place the buns in an airtight container or freezer bag and freeze them for up to 3 months. To thaw, remove them from the freezer and allow them to come to room temperature for a few hours before reheating.

By following these tips, you can store Nigerian buns properly and ensure that they stay fresh and delicious for longer.



In conclusion, buns are a delicious snack that can be enjoyed at any time of the day. Anyone can make these crispy and fluffy treats at home with the right ingredients and techniques. 

Remember to measure your ingredients accurately and avoid over-mixing the batter to achieve the perfect texture. 

Additionally, feel free to experiment with the recipe to add your own personal touch. Finally, don’t forget to serve your buns with a hot beverage or any sauce of your choice. 

We hope this guide has been helpful in showing you how to make buns and that you enjoy making and sharing them with your loved ones. Happy frying!