Recipe: Ogbono Soup: A Nigerian Delight

Bassey BY

The Ogbono soup is a popular Nigerian dish often served in African restaurants. It is simple to prepare and requires no cooking experience. Children under ten need adult supervision.

Servings: 8-10. Prep. Time: 15-20 minutes. Cooking Time: 70-80 minutes. Total Cooking Time: 85-100 minutes.

What you need

  • Stove,
  • 85-100 minutes.

Required Ingredients

  • I pound of chicken breast or 6 legs (mushroom for vegans and vegetarians),
  • 1 pound of fish,
  • 1 pound of beef,
  • 1 cup of grounded crayfish,
  • 2 cups of grounded Ogbono seeds (available in African stores or online).
Ogbono and crayfishPhoto byAuthor

Optional Ingredients

  • 2 pounds of cut stockfish or cow skin,
  • ½ Cup of chopped spinach,
  • ¼ Cup of chopped onions and pepper,
  • Mushrooms for vegans and vegetarians,
  • Salt to taste,
  • 2 tablespoons of palm oil,
  • ¼ teaspoons of chopped thyme leaves,
  • Knorr powder.


Step 1.

  • Wash, dry, cut, and season all the meats and fish,
  • Cut or chop vegetables,
  • Set them aside.

Step 2.

  • Use a large-sized pot,
  • Add the seasoned meats, chopped pepper and onions,
  • Add water almost on top of the pot,
  • Cover the pot and cook for about 40 minutes,
  • Add one ½ cups of water, cut fish, and stir for a few seconds,
  • Cook for about 20 minutes (the water is almost dry).

Step 3

  • Off the stove,
  • Add about 2 cups of water,
  • Add grounded Ogbono seed, crayfish, knorr powder, and palm oil,
  • Stir for a minute,
  • Cook for about 15 minutes,
  • Add salt to taste and slow cook for about 4 minutes
  • Add chopped spinach (optional),
  • Stir for a few seconds and cook for about a minute.

Your meal is ready (see the photo below). Serve with fofo, pounded yam, or mashed potato.
Ogbono SoupPhoto byAuthor

Ogbono soup is a popular Nigerian dish that takes time to make. It requires no cooking experience. Remember, cooking skill gets better as people do it often. If you choose not to cook, hire a personal chef to prepare your meal. Check Google for your local personal chef.

Are you a vegan or vegetarian? If yes, substitute chicken with mushroom.
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