Top Dishes Served For Different Meal Courses | Examples Of Appetizers | Examples Of Main Courses | Examples Of Side Dishes | Examples Of Sauces | Examples Of Desserts

Various Dishes Served As Appetizers, Main Courses, Side Dishes, Sauces And Desserts



Appetizer also called starter is a small dish served before a meal. It is a small dish of an overall meal.

Examples are:

Dodo Gizzard

Plantain Battered Gizzards

Nutty Chicken Skewers

Stick Meat or Mini Beef Kebabs

Fried Plantains

Shrimp & Plantain Canapé

Coconut Lime Chicken Soup

Beef & Plantain Pepper soup

Sweet Potato Soup

Butternut Squash Soup

Creamy Mushroom & Cauliflower Soup

Plantain Salad

Cucumber Apple Salad

Tomato Salsa

Cucumber & Coconut Shrimp Cups

Jam Glazed Italian Meatballs

Scotch Egg




The main serving or the primary dish in a meal consisting of several courses. It usually follows the entrée course.

Entrée-Meat/Protein Dishes

Orange Scentleaf Chicken

Chicken suya

Poulet Yassa

Peppered Turkey

Orange Thyme Turkey

Baked Scentleaf Lemon Tilapia

Garlic Butter Tilapia

Curry Baked Salmon

Baked Cod Fillet

Stir-Fry Tomato Pork Chops

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A side dish is a food item that accompanies the entree or main course in a meal. Side dish is often referred to as side item, side order or simply a side. They include: 

Plain Boiled Rice

Plain Boiled Pasta

Boiled, Mashed, Fried, or Roasted Yam

Boiled, Fried or Roasted Irish Potatoes

Sweet Potato that is Boiled, Mashed, Fried, or Roasted

Mashed Irish Potatoes

Fried Rice

Jollof Rice

Coconut Rice

Native Jollof Rice

Lemon Butter Rice

Vegetable Rice

Pilau Rice

Mashed Coconut Sweet Potatoes

Mashed Garlic Scentleaf Potatoes

Roasted Basil Garlic Irish Potatoes

Stir Fry Peppersoup Spaghetti

Stir Fry Scentleaf Spaghetti



Pounded Yam


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A sauce is a cream, liquid or semi-solid food served on or used in preparing other foods. Sauces are not usually consumed by themselves; they add moisture,  flavor, and makes dishes visually appealing. They includes:

Chicken in coconut milk

Tomato Stew

Chicken Sauce

Egg Sauce

Red Bell Pepper Sauce

Scentleaf coconut Curry Sauce

Chicken Curry Sauce

Coconut Beef Curry Sauce

Poulet Yassa Sauce

Sweet Zobo Sauce



Dessert is a dish that concludes a meal. However, they usually consists of sweet foods, like confectionery dishes or fruit, beverages like dessert wine or liqueur, smoothies. Moreover, they may also include cheeses, coffee, nuts, and other savory items.

Orange Scentleaf Cookies

Lime Sugar Cookies


Soft Oatmeal Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies

Chocolate Cassava Pudding

Coconut Semolina Pudding

Coconut Rice Pudding

Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge

Zobo Poached Pears & Ice Cream

Cinnamon Crisps, Orange Ice–cream &

Chocolate Sauce

Pawpaw & Coconut Lime Yogurt

Pineapple, Ginger Yogurt & Nuts

Yogurt Parfait

Cinnamon Raisin Cupcakes

Cream cheese Pound Cake

Banana Bread

Carrot Cupcakes

Fruit Salad with Orange Honey


Chocolate Banana Smoothie

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