Recipe: How to bake Nigerian Meat pie on a stove (without an oven)

Nigerian meat pie baked without oven
Nigerian meat pie baked without oven.

No oven meat pie
Meat pie baked on stove top.

How to bake Nigerian meat pie on a stove
Baking Good Nigerian meat pie with no oven.

There are two Nigerian meat pie recipes on this post, both baked on a stove in different baking pans on different days. The first here
was baked with a non stick heavy baking pan. The second post below baked with an aluminium baking pan... the ones sold in our Nigerian open markets. Scroll down to see the second meat pie recipe:
This recipe produced about 8 meat pies, just enough to fit in the round  cake baking pan. 
2 and 1/2 cups all purpose flour
125g butter or (1/2 sachet Nigerian baking margarine)
1 teaspoon baking powder
A pinch of salt
1 raw egg for dough
1 raw egg for brushing (egg wash)
About 150 ml water to start with, if dough gets too soft, sprinkle in some flour. Too hard? add a little water while mixing, lol.

Ingredients for the meat pie filling:

2 Medium sized carrots
2 Medium sized Irish potatoes
1 Medium sized red onion
2 Teaspoons dried thyme
1 Seasoning cube
Salt to taste
350grams minced meat
1/4 Cup soya oil (vegetable oil).

Wash, peel and dice the irish potatoes and carrots, dice the onion too and set aside.

1. In a clean pot, add the minced meat and diced onion with some salt. Crush the meat down, cover, lower the heat and leave to boil until meat changes from red to brown
2. Add the carrots, oil, thyme, seasoning cube and irish potatoes, stir, check for salt and cover to boil for about 3 minutes. Check and if there's no juice from the meat, you can add about 1/3 cup of water or less.
3. Dilute a tablespoon of baking flour in water to form a light paste. Add gradually to pot while stirring and stop when you see it beginning to thicken. Cover and leave to boil briefly. Check for taste and thickness and turn off the heat.

Scroll down to see steps in making the meat pie dough.


1.First sieve the flour into a bowl, add the baking powder and salt, mix and add the margarine.
2. With your fingers, mix until the dough looks like the picture above.
3. Next add the raw egg and mix well before adding water.

4. Mix until it forms a dough like the ball above and your fingers come out clean.
5. Wrap up and leave in the fridge for about 2o to 30 minutes to make the dough more pliable.
6. Bring out, roll and cut with a meat pie cutter or round cup as seen below.

Brush the edges of the cut round dough with egg white to help seal your meat pie during baking.

Scoop filling into the middle, fold, press with a fork and place on a lightly greased pan. When done, brush meat pies lightly with egg white before baking.

Place clean stones on the bottom of the pot you want to use (I used a heavy base pot).
Pre heat for about 10 minutes or more depending on the hot strength of your cooker.
Line pot with foil, place the baking pan on the foil (Stones are under the foil) and bake for 15 minutes or till it begins to brown before you flip and bake the top too. You need a spatula to be checking so it doesn't burn while you wait. 

 See the bottom of the pot after baking,  no change at all. No burning.

Back and front of meat pie baked without an oven.

Nigerian meat pie baked on a stove looks this way because of flipping to let the other side too cook through.

Nigerian meat pie is usually baked in an oven, but can also easily be baked on a stove top using a baking pan and cooking pot. This meat pie turned out as good as the ones I baked in an oven. What the meat pie needs to bake is just the heat whether in an oven or stove top. The process of making the batter and scooping in the meat and vegetable is the same (as shown on the step by step meat pie making pictures below)    The only thing I did differently here is heat a cooking pot with sand in it for about 40 minutes, cover with foil to prevent sand entering your food. Grease a baking pan, sprinkle flour in it, arranged the meat pies neatly and place in the heated pot. You can also cover the baking pan inside with foil (I didn't).  When the meat pie is cooked in about 40 minutes, I flip and leave for about 5 more minutes (This depends om how hot your stove/cooker is). For my cooker, I remove from heat after flipping and waiting 5 minutes. My delicious meat pie is ready.

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  • Use 5 cups plain flour ( 1kg is about 8 cups)
  •  2 sachets baking margarine (500g) I don't have butter today.
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder, If you using self raising flour, then do not add baking powder
  • 1/2 a teaspoon salt
  • About 300 ml water to start with, if dough gets too soft, you can sprinkle more flour, if after exhausting this water, dough is still too hard, add some more water in small quantities while mixing.
For the filling, I had some preserved in the freezer after making this meat pie and chicken pie here. Had to bring them out, mix and use. You can make the filling by following THIS MEAT PIE RECIPE HERE. Or use recipe from my first attempt at making Nigerian meat pie here

This is how to bake Nigerian meat pie on a stove, without an oven.

Pre-heating the sand while mixing the dough.

Baking pan

Dough is rolled and cut with a round object

Filling is scooped into the cut dough

Placed in the baking pan

The sand is covered with foil so it doesn't get into my meat pie and doesn't burn easily either

Baking pan placed in the pot (On top the foil) 

Check every 5 minutes to prevent burning

The pot and sand after baking the meat pie 

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Happy Baking!


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