Afang soup is fast climbing the top of the list of popular Nigerian soup. If you are interested in exploring Nigerian foods, this delicious soup would definitely spur your interest in Nigerian foods.
This delicious soup is native to the Efiks, the major occupant of (Cross River & Akwa Ibom State). It really doesn’t matter your language, background or ethnic group, you can go ahead and try different foods from different Nigerian cultures and ethnicity.

How to Cook Afang Soup

Over the last few months I have been focused on Efik delicacies, afang sits right on top of the list and today we are going to learn how to make this soup and other delicious Efik/Calabar foods.

I think After Igbo, Hausa and Yoruba; Efik is another popular group in Nigeria; they have delicious foods that have left the rest of us salivating. Apart from this soup, they also have Edikang-Ikong, atama, nsala and a few other delicious soups.
Afang Soup
This is made with afang leaves (ukazi) and water leaves, this two different leaves combines seamlessly to make a delicious looking afang soup. The Ukazi leaf is usually sliced and then ground with either a kitchen blender or hand-grinding machine while the water leaf is just sliced with a kitchen knife.

I just like this soup because it is made with just vegetables; and I love vegetables! – They are nutritious, medicinal and contain fiber that helps the body cells to function properly. Don’t let your focus be on just Foods alone, also make sure they are also healthy for consumption.

So let’s make a delicious pot of afang soup, the list of ingredients below would make enough soup that would serve about ten persons.

Most people complain that vegetable soups are not easy to prepare, usually because it takes time to pick and slice the different leaves. But once you pass that phase, the rest is chocolate! and no, I don’t eat chocolates. 😀

  • Sliced fresh water leaves (1kg)
  • 1/2 cup of ground crayfish
  • Ground fresh Ukazi leaves (200g)
  • 3 cubes of knorr (sweetener)
  • 1 stock fish head (medium size)
  • 2 medium sized dried or roasted fish
  • 1.5 cups of palm oil
  • 1 cup of Periwinkles (optional)
  • Snails (optional)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste (red fresh pepper)
  • Pkomo (Optional)
  • 1-2KG of any meat of choice.

How do I Cook Afang Soup

Assorted meat is the most suitable for afang soup but if you can’t find it in your location you can use any meat you can find. I used a combination of assorted meat and pkomo.
Afang Ingredients
Wash the snails with lime juice or grape juice and be sure it is rid of its slimy fluid. The periwinkle (isam) are usually cleaned by the sellers, you just need to wash.

The ground ukazi leaves act as thickener for this soup, I use fresh leaves for all my soup but if you can’t find fresh stuff in your location, go ahead and substitute with the dried alternative. You can tell from the image above that the leaves are fresh.

Just go ahead and start parboiling the meat with all the necessary ingredients. (2 cubes of knoor, half cup of sliced onions, salt and other spice of choice)

Some people wash the water leaves before slicing them while other choose to slice them before washing; I prefer the later. Slice and wash the water leaves and set aside in a plastic sieve to make sure that water is properly drained away.
Making afang
Most people don’t like trace of water in their afang soup, that can be easily arrange, just try to squeeze the waterleaves tightly before you add them to the soup.

Soak the dried fish with warm water, remove the center bones and wash thoroughly with just water; also wash the stock fish head with warm water. Add them to the cooking meat and cook till they are soft and the pot is almost dry. Add the palm oil, crayfish and stir all together. Add the remaining cube of knoor, ground pepper, snails and salt to taste, allow cooking for 3-5 minutes.

Add the water-leaves; allow to simmer for 5 minutes before adding the ground ukazi. Stir all together, cover the pot and allow another 5 minutes and you are done with a delicious afang soup.

That is how to prepare afang soup, it can be served with fufu, eba, pounded yam, wheat. Any nice soft drink would be a welcome addition.

There are other delicious efik soups that you may wanna give a whirl, compare Edikang-Ikong & Afang soup

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  1. Damsel  September 10, 2017


  2. Blessing  October 20, 2017

    I just cooked the afang today it came out bad not tasting like the one I do eat in restaurant.. Wat am I missing I followed the instructions but my afang leave came out strong to eat .. I didn’t even know it should be grinded was DAT the reason why it didn’t come out well or was it becos I didn’t put archi or periwinkle pls reply I want to try it second time

    • Chy Anegbu  October 23, 2017

      You did not grind the afang leaves? It should be ground. And no, it is not the periwinkles, also, we don’t use ofor while making afang soup. Just let the guys in the market grind it, they know how it is done.

  3. Oyiza  November 2, 2017

    Wao… Now I can try it . thanks

  4. Zainab  February 17, 2018

    Wao! In fact just this afternoon I found a long lost recipe of Afang soup a friend wrote down for me prior to my wedding 10 years ago. This just complement and will make my Afang thick!!! Thanks so much

  5. Henrietta  June 18, 2018

    You are wonderful. I’ve learnt a lot from you. Keep up with the good work.

  6. patrick  August 24, 2018

    I love this site
    I will cook afang soup tomorrow

  7. best michael  November 14, 2018

    i can’t believe i try this delicacy and it is wonderful…i almost roll my tongue on the plate
    thanks to you chy

  8. Kasy  February 16, 2019

    I think am already in love with this site. Thanks so much for the clear explanation of how to make afang soup. Am about preparing it.

  9. Ngozi joceil Ojekwe  March 23, 2019

    Pls the ukazi leaves, in the absence of pounding or grinding, will the soup come out nice?

    • Chy Anegbu  March 28, 2019

      No, the soup wouldn’t turn out well if you don’t pound or grind the ukazi.

  10. Afolasade  May 10, 2019

    Nice one Chy. Is okazi different from Ukazi or they are the same. So as not to mix it up when buying.

  11. Edith  September 5, 2019

    I really appreciate your good work. I always love to be served with afang soup but never prepared it by myself but will soon do that . thanks a lot

  12. Agnes  September 15, 2019

    If I am to use the dried utazi, do I blend or pound it

    • Chy Anegbu  September 16, 2019

      Ukazi and not utazi! You can grind.


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