Moi Moi in a Microwave

Did you know that you can cook Moi Moi in a microwave?

The Moi Moi, or Moin Moin, is a popular Nigerian delicacy that’s traditionally made of ground beans. Instead of chocolate pudding, you can always go for this bean pudding that’s not just delicious, but also good for your health.

Your whole family will surely love how creamy, sweet, and savory it is. The Moi Moi also comes with toppings that will make it tastier than ever. When I tried it for the first time, it instantly became one of my favorite microwave recipes yet.

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All it takes is ten minutes to cook Moi Moi in a microwave – it’s easy, convenient, and quick to cook. Every bite is just bursting with awesome flavors and textures to keep you full and satisfied!

How to Make Moi Moi in a Microwave

Plug in your microwave because you’ll need it to cook the Moi Moi to perfection. It won’t take a long time to cook yet it’s guaranteed to give fantastic results. I’ll tell you everything need to have and to do to cook the Moi Moi at home.

Come and cook the Moi Moi with me!


These are everything you need to cook Moi Moi:

Oloyin or honey beans

What beans should you use for the Moi Moi? Go for honey beans!

I’ve tried cooking Moi Moi with different kinds of beans, but oloyin or honey beans always gave the best results. They have a naturally sweet and rich flavor that will taste best as pudding.

Once soaked, blended, and cooked, the honey beans will have a smooth, thick, and creamy consistency. You won’t believe how tastier they will be once you season and garnish them.

Health Benefits of Honey Beans

  • Beans are rich in fiber to help with your digestion and appetite.
  • According to WebMD, regularly eating beans can lead to better heart health.
  • The potassium from beans is also good for the kidneys, muscles, and bones.
  • An article by Montem Outdoor Gear mentioned that beans could improve your skin.
  • Beans are also loaded with vitamins to boost your energy and immunity.

There are many ways to enjoy beans. Aside from using them for pudding, beans will taste amazing with pasta, noodles, soups, desserts, and even sandwiches. If you love beans as I do, then you will also love bean recipes like High-Protein Beans!


To make Moi Moi, you will need two kinds of peppers: bell peppers and sweet peppers.

The bell peppers have a sweet and fruity flavor that simply makes any dish delicious. Meanwhile, the sweet pepper has a saccharine taste that always tastes better with the bell peppers.

When it comes to African recipes, sweet peppers, and bell peppers pair perfectly together. This dynamic duo can work wonders for other African recipes such as Jollof Rice, Spaghetti, and Almond Vegetable Stew!


Every dish is better with an onion.

Instantly give the Moi Moi a richer quality by adding sweet, pungent, and mildly spicy onion. It will neutralize the sweet beans and peppers for a well-balanced flavor from the inside out.

Just like the peppers, the onion will also add an excellent aroma to the dish. Onions are definitely my go-to aromatics for almost any dish. I’m sure the beans will taste better with onions.

Scotch bonnet

Let the scotch bonnet make a difference in your Moi Moi.

Add a kick of spice to the Moi Moi recipe with a hot and spicy scotch bonnet. Aside from its spicy flavor, the scotch bonnet also has a hint of fruity flavor to make it exciting.

Once you mix it with the sweet ingredients, its flavor will blend nicely for a good combination. Use your leftover scotch bonnet for Fried Rice, Chicken Gizzard Stew, and Couscous!


It won’t be called a Moi Moi without mackerel.

Perfectly seasoned mackerel will taste amazing in this dish. In fact, it’s one of the best toppings I can suggest for the recipe. You will also find it easy to cook the mackerel because you just need to boil it in your preferred spices.

When you cook it at home, you will also get useful fish stock for other recipes. Not only is mackerel perfect for Moi Moi, but it is also delicious in Fish Rolls and Egg Omelet Toast!


The Moi Moi toppings will not be complete without some eggs.

The eggs are optional ingredients, but I highly suggest using them as toppings for an added creamy texture and rich flavor. In this recipe, you will boil the eggs to match them with the pudding.

These are also popular ingredients in other African recipes, such as Scotch Eggs and Egg Rolls. It will surely be a delight to bite into these in the Moi Moi. You can never go wrong with eggs in your recipes.


Don’t forget to season the Moi Moi!

What herbs and spices should you use for this recipe? I suggest seasoning the dish with curry powder, mixed herbs, sea salt, stock cubes, turmeric, and all-purpose seasoning.

Of course, you are free to add other herbs and spices. Season the dish however you like it to cook a meal you will certainly enjoy.

Coconut oil

Whenever I make Moi Moi, I always add coconut oil. The pudding will have a smoother and finer consistency than you would look for in this dish. It also adds a nutty and earthy taste that will complement the beans and toppings.

Remember to prepare these ingredients when you want a serving of delicious, sweet, decadent Moi Moi in a Microwave!


Put on your apron, and let’s start cooking!

  1. Soak the beans in water for several hours or overnight.
  2. Slice the fresh mackerel into four pieces using a knife.
  3. Cook the mackerel in a pot.
  4. Then, season it with stock cubes, mixed herbs, and salt.
  5. Cook the mackerel for seven minutes or until tender.
  6. Once cooked, set the mackerel aside.
  7. Using a knife, chop the sweet peppers, bell peppers, onion, and scotch bonnet.
  8. Blend them with the drained beans in a blender.
  9. Pour in the mackerel stock and water.
  10. Puree the contents in a blender on high speed until the batter is smooth.
  11. Season the mixture with mixed herbs, turmeric, salt, curry powder, all-purpose seasoning, and stock cubes.
  12. Add oil into the batter until well mixed.
  13. Pour the batter into a microwave-safe dish.
  14. Garnish with the hard-boiled eggs and mackerel chunks.
  15. Cover the container with a lid or foil
  16. Cook the moi moi in the microwave for seven minutes or until cooked.
  17. Once done, serve the Moi Moi for the most enjoyable meal!
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Can you believe it’s that easy to cook moi moi in a microwave? If you already have the pre-made batter, it’ll take you less than ten minutes to make this meal!



Buying beans
  • I suggest buying raw packaged beans rather than canned beans because they’re healthier and fresher.
  • Ensure that there are no holes in the packaging.
Storing beans

Pepper and scotch bonnet

Buying peppers and scotch bonnet
  • Buy sweet peppers, bell peppers, and scotch bonnets with shiny, clear, and smooth skin. 
  • Check for any soft spots.
Storing peppers and scotch bonnet
  • Keep the peppers and scotch bonnet in mesh bags.
  • Store them in the fridge or freezer for weeks.

No-Blender Moi Moi Batter

If you don’t have a blender, then it is best to soak the beans overnight to allow them to soften. It is perfectly safe to eat and use beans with the skin.

Blend the soaked beans with a food processor, a mortar and pestle, a blender, or a potato masher. The consistency will not be as smooth as when you blend it, but you can filter it with a sieve.

Moi Moi Variations

How else can you make Moi Moi different?

While honey beans are highly suggested for this recipe, I can also suggest using blackeyed beans or brown beans. Instead of mackerel, you can add crayfish, salmon, or even beef liver.

Alternative Ways to Cook Moi Moi

Aside from using the microwave, you can also make Baked Moi Moi. Prepare the same batter and pour the contents into ramekins. After that, place the ramekins In a preheated oven, and bake the moi moi at 150° for 40 to 45 minutes. 

For steamed moi moi, boil water in a pot lined with foil. Then, place an iron rack in the middle and arrange the containers. Finally, cook it for about one hour and 30 minutes or until done. 

  • Microwave: Cook the moi moi in the microwave. 
  • Blender: Blend the ingredients. 
  • Microwave-safe dish: Pour the contents into a bowl. 
  • Knife: Finely chop the ingredients if you don’t have a blender.
  • Pot: Cook the mackerel in a pot.
  • Foil: Cover the moi moi with foil.

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How to Serve Moi Moi

After only ten minutes, your Moi Moi is already good to serve!

The best thing about Moi Moi in a microwave is that you can serve it straight from the microwave. It tastes amazing as a main dish but you can also enjoy it as a side dish or even a snack.

Moi Moi tastes fantastic with other dishes like bread, rice, pap, custard, oatmeal, and vegetables. No matter what time of the day it is, you can always relish it.

You may also choose to slice and serve it with:

Meanwhile, these drinks and juices will give you an even better experience:

Storage Tips

  • At room temperature: Eat the Moi Moi within two hours to get the best flavors.

make ahead

In the fridge: Place it in a glass bowl and seal it with aluminum foil or cling film. Refrigerate it to eat on the next day.

To freeze: Put the slices in freezer bags and freeze for up to several days. Reheat it in the microwave once ready to eat. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is moi moi in English?

In English, Moi Moi is also called steamed bean cake or bean pudding. Sometimes, it is even called Moin Moin. It truly lives up to its name because it is mainly made of beans for a sweet flavor and thick and smooth texture.

Which tribe owns moi moi?

History tells us that the moi moi originated from several tribes, such as Yoruba, Edo, and Hausa. Over the years, the tribes improved the dish until it was widely known all over Africa.

Is Nigerian Moi Moi healthy?

Yes, it is! Given that the Moi Moi is made of beans, eggs, mackerel, bell peppers, sweet peppers, and other ingredients, you can expect that it’s going to be healthy in many ways.

It’s going to help with your heart health, digestion, brain function, immunity, and overall health!

What makes moi moi fluffy?

To truly make the moi moi fluffy, you need to blend the batter well. Check if it has a smooth and fine texture. You can also add baking soda, baking powder, or oil for an extra fluff.

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Microwave Moi Moi – Beans Pudding (VIDEO)

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Learn this quick, easy, and convenient way to cook Moi Moi!
Prep Time 13 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Course Main Course
Cuisine African, West African
Calories 289kcal


  • cup honey beans (soaked but unpeeled)
  • 2 sweet peppers (medium-sized)
  • 1 red bell pepper (medium-sized)
  • 2 scotch bonnets (optional)
  • 1 onion (medium-sized)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 cup fish liquid stock
  • ½ tbsp all purpose seasoning
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 chicken stock cubes
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs
  • A pinch turmeric
  • 2 eggs (optional)
  • butter / oil (for greasing)
  • 2 hard boiled eggs (optional)
  • 1 mackerel (boiled)


  • Prepare the beans.
    Soak the beans in water for several hours or overnight. Beans that are easy to peel and break are ready to use.
  • Boil the mackerel.
    Slice the fresh mackerel into 3 to 4 pieces. Place it in a pot and season with stock cubes, mixed herbs, and salt. Add a bit of water and boil the mackerel for 7 minutes or until cooked. Then, store the liquid stock and let the mackerel cool at room temperature.
  • Make the batter.
    Chop the sweet and bell peppers, onion, and scotch bonnet. Blend them together with the soaked beans. Incorporate the mackerel stockand water. Set the blender on high speed and wait until the batter is smooth.
    Season the mixture with mixer herbs, turmeric, salt, curry powder, all-purpose seasoning, and stock cubes. If preferred, add in the egg for better texture. Blend it again to bind the ingredients together.
    Then, add heated oil into the batter until well incorporated.
  • Combine the ingredients.
    Pour the batter into a microwave-safe bowl. Add the hard-boiled eggs and mackerel chunks. Cover the container with the lid to seal in the flavors.
  • Pop it in the microwave.
    Cook the moi moi in the microwave for 7 minutes or until thoroughly cooked. Check for doneness by piercing it with a toothpick. If it comes out clean and dry, take the dish out of the microwave.



  • Make sure to use microwave-safe containers when you cook the dish.
  • Always check for doneness before removing it from heat.
  • The process of soaking helps the beans to soften. Thus they are easy to peel and break.
  • If preferred, then add in the egg for a better texture. Blend it again to bind the ingredients together.


Serving: 1 (of 6)Calories: 289kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 24gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 152mgSodium: 1230mgPotassium: 668mgFiber: 4gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 2118IUVitamin C: 84mgCalcium: 68mgIron: 3mg
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