Igbo Foods

Igbo foods are easy and simple to make, here is my list of all known foods eaten by the people of Igbo and of course the ingredients used in making them.

This tribe is one of the three major Nigerian tribes, you will learn so much here about all the special Igbo recipes, my favorites and of course a detailed guide on making them, I would try to include videos for complex recipes.

Igbo foods

I just want to focus more on the foods eaten by different Nigerian tribes, I have seen countless numbers of email from foreign women that are married to Nigerian men, questions about what to make for dinner if you are married to a Nigerian man, “I am married to Igbo man, what do I make for breakfast?” stuff
like that.

Here are Nigerian foods for Igbo people.

I listed the most popular and generally accepted Nigerian foods at the very top of our home page and here I just want to focus on what Igbo people (men, women, and children) like to eat. In case you are dating or married to a Nigerian man or you are friends with people from Igbo, here are some of their favorite recipes

Of course, they would accept almost any deliciously made Nigerian foods but a surprise treat would indeed surprise them.

I would go along to list them and then drop a link to the individual pages where you can learn more about individual recipes.

I have written a page about all kinds of soups eaten in Nigeria but I am going to separate them right here, I want to start with different kind of Igbo soups then I will talk about other Igbo recipes at the bottom of the page.

Here is my list of Igbo foods

Oha soup

Oha Soup
The first on my list of Igbo foods is a combination of fufu and uha soup. Oh, how I love this Igbo delicacy! As a matter of fact, there were days I eat fufu like five times a week, it is a very heavy food and very scarce in this part of the world where I now live.

As I said, it is a very heavy food and the best time to enjoy this would be in the afternoon or four hours before you go to bed, although we never cared about all of those rules while in the village. Then we were young and we eat whenever we feel like eating but now the case is slightly different.

Click on the image above to learn more about oha Soup and Fufu.

Ofe Onugbu

Bitter Leaf Soup
Fufu can also go with Nigerian bitter leaf soup, this soup can be made into different recipes, the Igbo like to make this soup with cocoyam (ofe ede), it is one of the popular Igbo soups – Ofe Onugbu, we have a detailed instruction on making Igbo Bitter Leaf Soup, you will also find a video on the page.

Okro Soup

Okro Soup
Another popular Igbo food (soup) is Okra soup. This is actually one of the easiest and cheapest Nigerian soup, I remember we used to make a very small pot of okra soup with just about two hundred and fifty Naira (250), more like a one dollar soup.

I like to make this soup with fresh fish, it is very delicious. Learn more here about Making Okra Soup

Agidi and beans

Agidi is also part of it. I love it exactly how it is served below.
Agidi or Eko
Click Here For How to make Agidi (eko).

Igbo Popular Foods

Here are more popular Igbo delicacies, these two, in particular, is very special to the people of Igbo, they are African salad and nkwobi, I like them too and with the recipe on this site, you can replicate them in your own kitchen.

Nkwobi

Here is how we serve Nkwobi in Igboland
Nkwobi
Over the past few months, I have gotten lots of questions about how to make Nkwobi, a favorite dish of the people of Igbo.

Here you will find a very comprehensive guide. We made Nkwobi with cow foot but almost any kind of meat could now be used in making this Igbo delicacy.

Learn How We Made Nkwobi In

Abacha (African Salad)

African Salad
The second is an African salad (Abacha, Ugba, jakwu), we call it by different names. I never liked this Igbo dessert neither have I considered it one of the Igbo foods until my mum created a wonderful recipe, On this page, I did it the exact way as my mum, we the Igbo girls learn how to cook foods from our mothers. 😀

Here is a great tip on Making African Salad(Jakwu, Abacha), I included a video, Enjoy!

Ukwa (African Breadfruit

Ukwa (African Breadfruit)

The last food I would be talking about here would be African breadfruit (ukwa), most people keep asking the question “what is African breadfruit?” I tried to answer that question comprehensively with a simple recipe for Ukwa – African breadfruit. It is one of the popular Nigerian Igbo dishes and I made a video for it.

Other Igbo Foods

There are several other Igbo recipes, I will include them on this page as I remember them or as they are discovered.

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Comments

  1. petti  June 25, 2013

    I am married to an igbo man and would really love to learn about all the igbo recipes, I made jollof rice a couple of days back and it was very tasty, he loved it! I just want to learn about other igbo recipes so my husband can be very happy! Thanks for teaching me

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    • Sundai  February 21, 2017

      thats nice

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    • Igbo man  November 18, 2019

      Petit i am really sorry u married an Igbo man. My advice to u is to marry a white German man not black man

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      • Bianca  December 25, 2019

        IGBO MAN – you should encourage any woman to marry a IGBO Man
        they are nice, hard working and very ambicious! … and they like GOOD FOOD…
        I as a white woman from Geramany , still enjoy my Igbo Husband after 27 years and i really enjoy to cook Nigerian and igbo foods.
        #petti – Please keep it up! Enjoy your happy Husband and good Nigerian Food

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        • Joseph  February 3, 2020

          So are you married

      • Felicia  June 14, 2020

        This is a bad comment.
        Neva!

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  2. Tracy  June 25, 2013

    Please I would like to know how to make fufu (igbo food), I just want to surprise my husband!

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  3. amaka  June 25, 2013

    Thanks for the recipes, I am an igbo woman also. I know to make all the igbo fOods, abacha, akara, ofe onugbu, ofe ogbono, ofe uha, ndudu, akidi, moi moi, the two different recipes for ukwa, akamu, ofe ejula. Lol
    Thanks

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    • Chima  May 9, 2017

      Real Igbo woman, kudos to you.

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  4. Linus  July 15, 2013

    This is so yummy! We call this abacha or jakwu in Igbo land, it is one of my favorite Igbo recipe. There is this other powerful igbo food that I am yet to learn about. We call it ndudu, also akidi. I enjoy all of this igbo foods the only problem is that I don’t know how to make some of them. But I am hoping that you would be able to teach me since you are here already. You seem very gud at what you do

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  5. Cynthia Boma Ipalibo  August 3, 2013

    thanks for the mail. it’s a really good one. Am sure with these tips on my finger my husband’s tummy will be happy always! lol

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  6. ammy  August 6, 2013

    Its really nice being here,I love dis blog God bless u for empowering our women

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    • stephen ernest  February 26, 2018

      i’m a man that love his wife so i want to surprise her with her best food which is okoro, uha, afam soup how do i start prepared them

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  7. Nnanna  August 24, 2013

    I have learnt to cook nigerian dishes from this site….thanks a lot!!

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  8. Adanma  October 21, 2013

    Am loving this site and would like to be a part of it .

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  9. bukky  October 22, 2013

    I hv a bby with an igbo man & my bby luv’s the nigerian foods so thts hw I developed an interest in cooking nigerians foods & wud like to impress my future husband by learning hw to cook different kinds of nigerian meals.

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  10. Joy  February 19, 2014

    I am really impressed,especially those igbo delicacy. I am seriously saving them for my future family. those igbo terms, I Hope they will understand me when I get to the market. I am purely Yoruba.

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  11. cherish  March 19, 2014

    plZ,where do i get ur book in imo state. i love my fiance and i dont want to loose him to any other girl, pls,help me.

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  12. miracle  April 7, 2014

    wooh wat a great idea of cooking we hv really learnt on cookin styles frm kaduna nigeria.

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  13. Babe kosi  April 25, 2014

    Hello chy, it has been wonderful since i stumbled into your site.i am a nigerian residing in Benin, I don’t know how to get this wonderful cookbook but I really need it please.

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    • Chy Anegbu  May 5, 2014

      Kosi, You can purchase it from the sales page here, we now ship to every part of the world.

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  14. Candace  July 17, 2014

    I am a bit overwhelmed. I am an American woman engaged to a Igbo man that lives in Lagos. I am going to be teaching for at least two years in Abuja. I want to learn how to create meals he will be familiar with but everything sounds so exotic. I am a very good cook in America. I can cook American, Italian, Chinese, and some Irish meals but I want his family not to be disappointed in me. We have enough strikes against us as it is. I’m older and white. He is younger and black. We don’t care but not to be able to cook even a simple Igbo meal might be a reason for them not to attend our wedding. I wish your videos told how to pronounce the different meals and the different items that go in them. Any help would be appreciated. I will be buying your cookbook at the end of the month.

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  15. Adekusibe Adelayo  August 18, 2014

    Helo Mrs chy, I need a copy of the Nigerian cook book, I reside in mowe-ogun state. Can it be delivered to me? N will I pay before or after delivery? Have a nice day.

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  16. nelly  October 27, 2014

    God bless you chy as you devote your time to bring out all these cooking tips to make our families happy with varieties. Remain blessed.
    Please can you teach us how to make soyamilk drink and soyabean powder.
    Thanks!

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  17. bukky  December 2, 2014

    Am a Yoruba woman but would luv to learn how to prepare Igbo soup.

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    • Chy Anegbu  December 3, 2014

      Ok, you will @ Bukky

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      • Jacov  January 14, 2019

        oh will he now

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      • jude  April 26, 2019

        how much will take you to send me crayfish, oil,ugu,dry fish, just complete ingredient for ofe owerri soup in chicago

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        • Kate  October 1, 2019

          U can buy crawfish frozen at Walmart. Use pumpkin seeds for the ugu, Dry fish can be found at the Mexican or any Asian grocery. Or you can go to African Food and Liquor in Chicago and see which of the ingredients they have.

      • Iyk  May 19, 2019

        Chy Anegbu please note that there is nothing like “fufu” in Igbo food recipes. You should call it “Akpo” or “Garri”. I don’t even know which State are you from, but from every indication you must be a Lagos brought up. So try to correct your post with the right words: “Akpo” or “Garri” and not “fufu”

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        • Chy Anegbu  May 21, 2019

          It’s actually called “Akpu” and not “Akpo” lol. But the name “fufu” is popularly and easily know all over the world.

  18. Sexy nony  January 16, 2015

    So this is d secret of women. Chei! And I hv been in d dark all this while. Thank u so much for dis help. Please I hv OKPAIGBA in my house but d problem is that I dnt know how to make it. Can u help m out.

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  19. abosede  March 5, 2015

    dis is waoh! I av a personal interest in igbo as a group especially d foods…

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  20. chey  March 7, 2015

    Was the food like for the igbo before colonialism and after colonialism?

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    • Onye Igbo  August 25, 2016

      Igbo cuisine has been Igbo cuisine for a long long long time… colonialism could not stop it, unlike East Africa (TANZANIA), where I noticed they eat their UGALI (corn fufu) with CABBAGE fried in vegetable oil!!?????????

      Likewise, I went to a Zimbabwean food shop in the England, and asked them for palm oil, and they did not know what I was talking about — I asked them for ingredients for any of their native soup, and they gave me tomatoes… I asked them for any native spices they used for their soup, and they did not give me anything that was organically African!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      I could not believe what I was seeing, and I left their shop and went to the corner and WEPT for some African countries that lost a lot of their food culture to colonialism; and when the colonial masters left, adopted cuisine closely related to Indian cuisine!

      I can say without contradiction that all our foods in Igboland survived… I know this because my grandmother told us so when we were growing up – she said that all she was preparing for us were the same foods her grandmother made for her. [Her grandmother was born in the early 1800’s; and the colonial invaders – Lord Laggard and co. – arrived in the late 1800’s].
      I have also read books that trace our native food culture all the way back centuries.

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      • Kate  October 1, 2019

        Amen sister. I spent 9 years working expat in Kenya, and every “traditional ” food is a colonial import. Maize, tomatoes, even vitungu. Okra is native there but I never saw is used in the eastern part of the country. We had some serious questions about what the diet was like before all of the dietary changes arrived. The only conclusion we came to was amaranth leaves, kale and meat. Even the spices including chiles are all of Indian origin. At least in Eastern and central. Western has a different spice palette, but didn’t spend enough time in western to investigate thoroughly. Eastern and northern Tanzania is pretty much a carbon copy ?

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  21. nelly  May 10, 2015

    nice

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  22. nelly  May 10, 2015

    wow these recipies are splendid more power to ur elbow

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  23. ijeoma  July 14, 2015

    lovely

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  24. Dikeledi  August 27, 2015

    Evening am dating a Igbo guy I just want to surprise him with his cultural meal or jollof rice how to I prepare it
    And which ingredients should and can I find them here in South Africa because am staying in the Free state.
    I would gladly appreciate your assistance.

    Thank you

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  25. whitney  September 14, 2015

    i am in love with this site, i am learning so many recipes so when i get married, my husband will always be running home to my food. #smiles

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  26. Akinbowale  October 3, 2015

    Whoa..am in love with igbo food..and am longing to eat diz abacha

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  27. Joy oladimeji  November 18, 2015

    This is a good one, God bless u ijn amen.

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  28. Blessing  April 26, 2016

    Awesome

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  29. Nkay  April 30, 2016

    Thanks a lot Chy. Thumbs up to you…

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  30. sandra  June 7, 2016

    Pls i will like to be part of this blog, though i know how to cook Igbo food because i grew up in Igbo Land with my Parents but i want to learn and know more.

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    • Chy Anegbu  June 7, 2016

      OK, welcome once again.

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  31. sarah favour osiobe  June 10, 2016

    pls i want to know how to bake or produce puff puff. thank you

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  32. Debby  July 21, 2016

    MANY appreciations for sharing receips my husband is Igbo and surely learning to cook all Igbo meals will be a bonus!!

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  33. shirley  November 4, 2016

    nice

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  34. Ugochukwu  December 18, 2016

    Chy nice work, but I don’t think this is all the Igbo foods and desserts. Like ofe nsala, isi ewu, okpa, ofe egusi, ukwa, etc and some I can’t remember now

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  35. Onyinyechi  March 17, 2017

    Good day,
    where do i get your book in South Africa? please help me.
    I would gladly appreciate your assistance.

    Thank you,
    Stay blessed

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    • Chy Anegbu  March 19, 2017

      Just purchase with either your card or paypal through our sales page and we would deliver in about 14 working days to any address you provide in the world. If you are in Nigeria, it usually takes only about 6 working days.

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  36. Chima  May 9, 2017

    You’ve done a great job, Chy. Thanks for this good work.

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  37. OLUCHI  August 25, 2017

    Its really nice being here,I love dis blog God bless u for empowering our women

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  38. Terri  February 13, 2018

    Where can I purchase yam flour online. I live in the U.S.?

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  39. Blessing atte  May 13, 2018

    Nice one ma I really love being here especially the okro soup part of it its my favorite

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  40. Sarah  May 29, 2018

    I wanted to marry Nigeria man and I won learn how to cook Nigerian’s food pls

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  41. Zelda  July 10, 2018

    Thanks for teaching us how to prepare igbo. I am not igbo neither is my husband but I love varieties when it comes to food plus I like surprising my husband. I tried the ofada stew today but it came out watery I don’t know why pls throw more light on it so I can get it right next time. Thanks

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    • Chy Anegbu  July 11, 2018

      Thanks for your comment, please see the video attached to the ofada rice recipe. It is possible you added too much water to the meat and didn’t fry well enough.

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  42. Henrietta Ifunanya  July 22, 2018

    I’ve so learnt alot here! Part of the reasons he proposed (sweet food food food) . Keep touching lives with this Chy!!! God bless.

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  43. Lyndian  August 19, 2018

    Pls I want to known how to make igbo akara. I mean like the way it’s done in the village. I think it’s pounded in a mortal and palm oil is used in the frying. I’m not too sure. Anytime I go to my mom’s village in Imo state I love love eating it cause it’s so delicious compared to the regular akara. Pls I will love to know what the ingredients are and the step by step on the cooking process. Thxs ?

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  44. Jedidah John  September 28, 2018

    Wow! Sister Amaka….. I like it.
    I am a Kenyan girl but I would like to know more about it. Since I was young I dreamed of getting married in Nigeria igbo land and maybe God is going to answer my prayers and perfect it

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  45. Genevieve  March 30, 2019

    Chy, I must say that you are very talented woman. Thank you for saving so many homes, I bought your Cook book about three years ago and I have never regretted it. Very colourful, very explanatory and the instructions are simplified to suit every one. I want to know if there is another version of your Cook books because I need to be in line with the trend. Keep it up Ma’am!

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    • Chy Anegbu  April 6, 2019

      Yeah, we currently have the sixth edition.

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  46. OKWUDILI  June 8, 2019

    PLEASE CAN YOU HELP ME GET INFORMATION ON AN IGBO MEAL CALLED IYI ITS NOT CASSAVA BUT ITS PREPARED LIKE ABACHA

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    • Chy Anegbu  June 9, 2019

      If I could get a photo, I may be able to help.

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  47. joseph  June 21, 2019

    this is good food for us

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  48. Joseph  April 24, 2020

    Please teach me how to make Abacha i run a restaurant

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  49. UGOCHUKWU  May 12, 2020

    What is the English Name of a local beans called UZI-AKI in Central Igbo. In my town we call it Uzam in our own dialect. This beans can be fried and cooked as well.

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  50. Precious  June 4, 2020

    Wow
    I was looking for a standard Igbo food time table and then I saw this ,am really impressed .Kudos to the you for empowering people with good knowledge…… Igbo food is good and as a single man or woman don’t let any Igbo person pass you….make sure you marry one.

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  51. favour ekeh  June 16, 2020

    please i am asking about a snack called ‘akara ji’akpu’. i am writing a project on it and i have searcherd the internet but it seems like no one has done a project on it yet. can anyone give me a brief information about it as i cannot travel now ?

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    • Chy Anegbu  June 17, 2020

      Thanks for your comment. I learned it is a combination of akara (beans cake) and wet cassava flakes. It’s a snack in Igboland.

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  52. Olusola  July 30, 2020

    5 stars
    I am married Igbo man l love to learn about all the Igbo racipes

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