22 Traditional Kenyan Dishes We Love

Kenyan foods are delicious and unique to different communities.

Kenyan vegetarian meal Irio puree of sweet potato

A staple that you’ll find in almost all households is Ugali or corn flour meals. Meats, vegetables, and grains are additional constituents prepared as accompaniments in most dishes.

Each community prides itself on its prowess at preparing particular meals. It’s Githeri and Irio for the Kikuyu, Matoke for the Kisii, Fish for the Luo, and mouthwatering seafood and Pilau from the coastal community.

Curious about what Kenyans love eating? Below are the top 22 favorite Kenyan foods you should try.

Which Recipe Is Your Favorite?

Try these delicious Kenyan recipes and tell us your favorite! If we missed any iconic Kenyan dishes, let us know in the comments.

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22 Traditional Kenyan Dishes

Kenyan vegetarian meal Irio puree of sweet potato

Have you ever tried Kenyan cuisine? Learn about traditional Kenyan food and try them on your visit or make them yourself with these recipes.

Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


    1. Choose your favorite recipe.
    2. Gather the necessary ingredients.
    3. Prep and cook your recipe.
    4. Enjoy!

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Written by Rocco Smith

Rocco is a recent graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor’s in Editing, Writing, and Media. With seven years’ experience in the restaurant industry as a cook, server, bartender, and more, he is deeply passionate about intertwining his fondness for food with his love of language.