Yoruba foods are just as popular as foods by other Nigerian ethnic groups. Yoruba is one of the three major Nigerian ethnic groups aside Hausa and Igbo.

Most yoruba foods are usually a blend of different colorful food elements, it is always a pleasant sight to behold’, that’s the way the Yorubas like to eat, they like a combination of soups/stew/ assorted meat plus eba or pounded yam.

If you have’t tried it yet, please do. What you find below is a typical yoruba food, a combination of gbegiri, ewedu and stew; served with fufu.

Yoruba Foods

If you are an African/American but married to a Yoruba person, you will find this page interesting.

Most Nigerians eat almost the same set of foods. Take jollof rice or porridge yam for instance, they are all the same across all Nigerian states except the slim difference in the style of preparation and ingredients used; especially for the soups. So any Yoruba person can accept virtually all the regular Nigerian foods but if you are looking to surprise him with a special treat then you might wanna try some of the Yoruba recipes on this page.

This is all about the foods eaten by the Yorubas, a very popular Nigerian major ethnic group. Some of them are easy to prepare while a whole lot of them would require some traditional cooking utensils, don’t worry, I will be here with you every step of the way.

Here are the names of Yoruba Soups/foods.



Efo Riro


Iyan – Pounded yam

There are over a hundred different foods eaten by the Yorubas so we are going to take them one after the other. I want to talk about the very popular ewedu soup here and then a little bit on how to make gbegiri, I just learned about this recipe a few days back, it is a delicious Yoruba delicasy.

Yoruba Ewedu Soup

Ewedu Soup
This green soup is likely the most popular Yoruba soup from what I have seen during most Yoruba parties but I noticed that it is never served alone, wondering if I have tasted ewedu soup? Of course I have or how else do you think I learned to prepare this delicacy.

I will tell you my experience with ewedu soup on the main page and also why different Nigerian ethnic groups seem to have different recipes that are special to them.
This way –> For Yoruba Ewedu Soup.

That being said, let’s talk about another delicious Yoruba food (soup) here – efo riro. I made this soup a couple of days back and it is super delicious.
Efo Riro Soup/Stew

You can also learn how I made a delicious plate of efo riro soup here, the popular Yoruba rich vegetable soup.
This way for Efo Riro Vegetable Soup

This page is entirely about the foods eaten by the Yorubas and here you are going to learn about making gbegiri soup; a very popular Yoruba “bean soup”.

Ingredients for making gbegiri soup.

1 cups Beans (white or brown)
Onions (2 balls)
Palm oil
Seasoning (knorr cube, salt etc)
900g fish/meat – optional


Step 1

We start by removing the seed coat; just transfer a cup of beans to a bowl, sprinkle a handful of water and start robbing and squeezing hard, as you progress the outer coat starts wearing off. This is actually the easiest beans de-coating method. Add water, wash and strain (leaving the white split cotyledons). you should be done with this in about 10 minutes.

Then pour into a pot and start cooking with just water and about half teaspoon of powdered potash, the potash act as a catalyst, most people use potash to hasten the cooking process while others avoid it for health or personal reasons.

Step 2
Cook for twenty to fifty minutes until it is very soft and ready for mashing. After that use a short strong neat broom to mash it till soft (there is often a broom kept for this purpose, the same that is used for ewedu soup). The reason for this is just to ground the already cooked beans to a seedless soft pudding.

There are different methods to making Yoruba foods, the gbegiri soup is not an exception. Some Yoruba uses a strong spoon and a plastic sifter for this purpose. They achieve the same end by pressing the soft seeds against the sieve with a spoon, it is that simple for most Yoruba foods. Alternatively, use an electric blender! 😀

Set the mashed beans apart in a clean bowl.

Step 3
At this point most people just transfer into a pot then add the the already cooked meat/fish, onions, seasoning (1 knorr cube), pepper, salt, 100ml palm oil and allow it to steam for 10 minutes then a delicious pot of gbegiri soup is made, or you can follow.

Step 3B
After following step 2 to a T, set your cooking pot on the burner, use about 10 to 15cl of palm oil, allow to heat then add sliced onions, mashed beans, pepper, other seasoning of choice (a cube of knorr or maggi), iru (locust bean), salt to taste, allow to cook for five minutes and you just made a delicious pot of gbegiri soup, one of my favorite Yoruba soup.

You can serve gbegiri with amala, fufu or eba.

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There are so many Other yoruba foods that we are yet to talk about. We are also making videos.

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  1. philomena  July 27, 2013

    Hello, I am very new to making Nigerian foods. I am getting married to a Nigerian person in few months time and I just want to know how to make some of the best yoruba foods. Actually I would like to start with the easy recipes and then graduate to the complex ones on the long run. He is from Yoruba while I am British, I am a kitchen kind of person and I have learned a lot about British recipes, I just hope that Nigerian recipes would be easy too

  2. Mike  July 27, 2013

    Hello Philomena, I would suggest that you start with the simple Nigerian recipes, take jollof rice for instance, every Nigerian eats jollof rice. You might wanna start with that and then maybe, if you get it right you can graduate to other local yoruba recipes

  3. Kemi  August 1, 2013

    I’m interested in making Nigerian foods because I have realized that we don’t have so many recipes in Nigeria Especially,we the yorubas. So I need to learn more to be able to cook varieties of food for my family and my future family

  4. Thea Francis  August 29, 2014

    Hi I married and am now divorced to a Igbo guy and have friends still who Are Yoruba and I am. Cook by trade. I’m interested in opening up my own small restaurant…..selling Nigerian food stock and take away. for low reasonable prices $11 ….would you be keen to buy from me and support my business??

  5. Chy Anegbu  September 3, 2014

    OK, thanks for your comment.

  6. james joe  November 4, 2014

    iam a chef and i love nigerian food

  7. halalkhichen  July 26, 2015

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  8. Helen  July 27, 2015

    Wow, this site is great and lovely, I am dating a yoruba guy and wondering if I would ever be able to make the kind of foods that he love to eat, thanks for the recipes, I can now make yoruba foods with confidence. I also tried your Efo riro and my boyfriend ate twice, lol. Thanks

  9. Amina  July 27, 2015

    I am from hausa Nigeria but looking to learn how to make foods by other Nigerian ethic groups, thanks for the Yoruba recipes, I love your emails too. Thanks

  10. faith  August 27, 2015

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  11. Olori  September 17, 2015

    I always appreciate your cooking.

  12. Cynthia Lawrence  September 19, 2015

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  13. ada  September 20, 2015

    Hi, i already know a lot to cook but not all my man is ibo but yesterday i eat amala i loved it so i want to cook it myself
    I love to cook and learn more and i believe this is the right site for it
    thanks for charing

  14. Yemisi  October 3, 2015

    Kudos to you. Im Yoruba n also married a Yoruba man, will like to learn other Nigerian food n recipes. Yoruba doesn’t have much recipes. Thanks in anticipation

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