Dodo Hash: The perfect addition to your holiday spread


Published: December 12, 2018


Fried plantain, or ‘dodo’ as it is affectionately called in Nigeria, is an example of a side dish that is potentially more loved than any main dish can ever be. With its flavour combination of sweet and savoury, and its moreish texture, there is nothing quite like the plantain. As we saw on social media, even the Obamas had a plantain side dish at their Thanksgiving table this year! Not quite dodo in the White House, but very close.

Much loved across Africa and South America, plantains (or plantanos) are versatile and can be enjoyed boiled, grilled, steamed, baked or fried. I’ve created this recipe with what I feel all good holiday recipes need – comfort, simplicity, bang for the buck, and flexibility. Everyone loves plantain, so you’re winning from the start.


The ingredient list isn’t too taxing or expensive to assemble, and you can make clever swaps without being anxious about how it will turn out. For example, a suya or yaaji spice blend goes wonderfully with this, but so does a mixed Italian or Cajun blend. You can literally fine tune this to your audience.

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Another aspect of the flexibility of this dish is it can be enjoyed at any time. Serve it in pride of place beside your beautiful turkey on Christmas Day, or whip it up quickly as a brunch dish to go with eggs the next morning. If you have lots of leftover turkey, you can swap the sausages in the recipe out for chunks of turkey. A few slivers of bacon won’t go amiss either. The choice is yours and the possibilities are endless.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, the humble but mighty Dodo Hash.

Dodo Hash


  • 5 large plantains, cut into batons
  • 6 good quality sausages (approximately 400g), cooked and sliced
  • 3 bell peppers (choose one colour or a mix of colours)
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • A pinch of spice (optional; but Cajun, Suya, Italian, BBQ, Berber or simple cinnamon go wonderfully)


  1. First, create the plantain batons. Peel the plantains by scoring the skin and peeling the skin back. Hold the peeled plantain lengthways and cut it into four. Then cut each of those quarters into a further for lengthways to create the batons.
  2. Rub the plantain batons down with a pinch of salt, black pepper, and 1 tbsp olive oil. Sear in a hot griddle until char lines appear and the plantain is cooked through. Set aside.
  3. While the plantains are searing, cut the onion and bell peppers into strips, the same way you would for a stir fry.
  4. In a wok or non-stick pan, heat up the last 1 tbsp of olive oil. When hot, add the onion and bell peppers to the pan and stir fry, turning constantly until soft. Season with your chosen spice blend.
  5. Now add in the seared plantain batons and the cooked sausage slices. Stir-fry for a few more minutes, until all the components are well combined and heated completely through.
  6. Transfer the Dodo Hash onto a nice serving dish or platter, and place among your holiday spread.

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About Minjiba Cookey

Minjiba is a Nigerian food blogger, TV cook, food writer, photographer, and content creator. She loves to take ingredients from her African heritage and transform them into globally appealing fusion dishes. Her ethos is fun, easy, healthy, smart comfort food. Her cooking show, ‘Minjiba Entertains’ is currently showing on The Africa Channel, a US cable TV network available in the US and the Caribbean. It is also available globally on the brand new VOD platform, Demand Africa. She posts weekly recipes to her website and daily food inspo on her instagram page @minjibacookey.

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