Last Updated 30/10/2020

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How to make Nigerian Doughnut (Deep-fried Method)

Here's how to make Nigerian Doughnut using the deep fried method.

Nigerian Doughnut Recipe (Deep-fried)

Recipe by Fitnigerian

This recipe is the more popular way of making doughnut in Nigeria

4.9 Star Rating

Nigerian Doughnut Recipe




15 people

Prep Time
1H 25Min

Total Time
1H 45Min

  • 16oz or 454g or 3⅔ cups of all purpose flour/ bread flour
  • 2oz or 57g or ¼ cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 5g or 1½ teaspoon of regular / quick-rise yeast
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 5oz or 150ml or ⅝ cup of any milk of choice (e.g butter milk, soya milk etc.), at room temperature
  • 2oz or 57g or 4 tablespoons of melted butter
  • 90ml or 6 tablespoons of water
  • ½ teaspoon of finely grated nutmeg
  • Any Oil of choice, enough for deep frying
  • Jam, chocolate spread, whipped cream for filling [optional] 
  • Sugar for coating [optional]
  1. 1
    In a large bowl, combine your dry ingredients; that is all purpose flour, salt and grated nutmeg. In another bowl, add your yeast and mix with 6 tablespoons of water. Set aside for about 5 minutes to allow it to proof/react (bubble to the top). Alternatively, you can add your sugar to your yeast mixture to help in the proofing OR just add your sugar to the bowl containing your dry ingredients.

  2. 2
    Make a well at the center of your dry ingredients then add your egg, melted butter, milk and yeast mixture. Mix thoroughly with either your hands or a mixer for about 10mins. Place in a well greased bowl, cover and allow to double in size (rise).

  3. 3
    After it has risen, punch down to allow trapped air to escape, then place on your work surface and knead lightly. Divide your dough in half, keep the other half covered but roll out the other half. Cut out your doughnut circles with a doughnut cutter, do this till your dough has been exhausted.

  4. 4
    Place your cut-out dough on a parchment paper and place on a cookie sheet/tray Then, put the tray in the oven. Turn on the oven and set a timer to turn it off after a minute (just to create a warm atmosphere for the doughnuts to rise). You can also get steam into the oven by boiling water and pouring into a jug and placing the jug beside the tray in the oven.

  5. 5
    Allow to stay in the oven for about 10-20mins or till it rises/ doubles in size.

  6. 6
    Heat up oil till it’s 350F or it’s hot enough for deep frying. Get your cut-out dough out of the oven and fry till it’s golden brown. Remove from oil and drain with a paper towel.

  7. 7
    Coat with sugar after it has cooled or fill with either jam, chocolate spread or whipped cream.

  • To make the vegan version of this recipe, that is substituting milk, eggs and butter then follow the exact measurements and use ground flaxseed in place of eggs, coconut milk in place of regular or buttermilk and melted coconut oil in place of butter. The procedure is the same.

  • To know when the oil is hot enough for deep frying, throw in a little of your leftover dough into the oil, if it starts frying right away while floating on the surface then it’s hot enough. If the dough sinks, then it’s not hot enough and if it turns brown right away then it’s too can adjust accordingly.

  • The beautiful thing about doughnuts is that it can be coated and garnished with a couple of things like Honey glazed, Sugar-coated, Chocolate glazed, Chocolate icing, Jam filled, Caramel filled, Whipped cream filling, Sprinkles garnishing etc.
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How to make Baked Doughnuts

The ingredients are slightly different from the deep fried version, with the replacement of yeast with baking powder. To soften the protein in the flour so that the end result comes out soft, you can decide to add either cornstarch or baking soda.

Baked Doughnuts Recipe

Recipe by Fitnigerian

This recipe is an alternative way of making Doughnuts using an oven instead of deep frying.

4.7 Star Rating

Baked Doughnuts Recipe




12 people

Prep Time
15 Min

Total Time
35 Min

  • 3 cups of all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup of butter, melted
  • 1¾ cup of any milk of choice
  • ¾ cup of white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of grated nutmeg
  • ¾ teaspoon of salt
  1. 1
    Preheat the oven to 350-400F and lightly grease your donut pan with melted butter.
  2. 2
    Combine your dry ingredients; that is flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon in a bowl and combine your wet ingredients; that is milk, eggs and butter in another separate bowl.
  3. 3
    Stir in the dry ingredients into the bowl containing your wet ingredients. Mix thoroughly to get a well kneaded dough. Your dough should be soft, stretchy and non-sticky.
  4. 4
    With the aid of a spoon or piping bag, transfer the batter into your donut pan. Make sure to give space or allowance for your doughnut to rise.
  5. 5
    Place the donut pan into the preheated oven and bake for about 12-15minutes. Make sure to flip both sides till golden brown.
  6. 6
    You can coat in any sweetener of choice.
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What does eggs do in doughnuts?

Eggs helps to give that light, puffy doughnut we’ve come to love.

How long will a doughnut (with no filling or coating) last?

Doughnut would last for about a day or two at room temperature and about a week in a refrigerator, if properly stored.

Can I leave my doughnut dough in the refrigerator overnight?

You can leave doughnuts dough in the refrigerator overnight, however, give it room in the bag or container used in storing it to rise.


Nigerian Doughnut Recipe (2 Yummy Methods) - FitNigerian
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Type: Snack

Cuisine: Nigerian

Recipe Yield: 15 servings

Preparation Time: PT1H25M

Cooking Time: PT20M

Total Time: PT1H45M

Recipe Ingredients:

  • Flour
  • Yeast
  • Sugar
  • Egg
  • Milk
  • Oil
  • Nutmeg

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  1. I tried the fried method and it came out PERFECTLY! Maybe better than yours even . Many thanks for sharing the recipe. My son's love for me has increased, thanks to you!

  2. I tried the fried method and it came out PERFECTLY! Maybe better than yours even . Many thanks for sharing the recipe. My son's love for me has increased, thanks to you!

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