Nigerian soups are simply delicious and easy to prepare. You will learn how to make some of the most popular soup here.

Nigerian soups

If you are a Nigerian or have visited Nigerian at one time or another you probably know what soups are used for. Soups in Nigeria serve as a common denominator for eating several other Nigerian foods. The popular Nigerian Eba (garri), fufu and Pounded Yam doesn’t go without a delicious plate of soup.

On this page I would be listing several kinds of soups eaten in Nigeria, I hope to write an easy to follow soup recipes for making all known Nigerian soups and also include a video demonstration to cases that would not be properly illustrated with written words.

We have already made videos for most of the soups listed here. Just follow the link to the individual recipe pages to find the videos

Popular Nigerian Soups

I would be starting with the Nigerian popular soups and then delve into local soups that are eaten by the Specific Nigerian ethnic groups. Take the Igbo people for instance, There are lots of different foods that are reserved for just the Igbo people, Likewise the rest of Nigerian ethnic groups.

In Nigeria, egusi soup is likely the most popular Nigerian soup, simply because it is accepted by almost every Nigerian. Second on this list is the edikaikong soup which has gained popularity because of its nutritional value and ease of preparation.

The Nigerian edikaikong soup is very rich in vitamins because it is made with different types of vegetables.

The third on my list of Nigerian soups would be ogbono soup. This is popularly called draw soup because of its stretchy ability. Nigerian Obgono or Ogbolo soup which is third on my list of Nigerian popular soups is also easy to make and could be refrigerated for up to two weeks without losing its delicious quality or nutritional value.

Bitter Leaf Soup – Ofe Onugbu

The last on my list of Nigerian popular soups is bitter leaf soup. Nigerian bitter leaf soup is very popular and could be made in several ways by different ethnic groups. Ofe onugbu (as the Igbo man would call it) is one of Nigeria’s most delicious soup.

Below are the first list of Nigerian Popular soups, you can click to visit the main pages

Here is how to make the most popular Nigerian soup, actually there are two types of egusi soup recipes, you can learn how to make the two of them by clicking on the image above. You will also learn about all the ingredients used in making Nigerian egusi soup. Click For Egusi Soup Recipes

This soup is very easy to prepare, you will also learn a lot about making Nigerian edikaikong soup by watching the video that was embedded. You can click on the image above to learn more about making this delicious Nigerian soup. You will also learn why I prefer this soup above several others and why I advise against refrigerating over a week. Click For Edikaikong Soup

If you are looking to make Nigerian bitter leaf soup this page would guide you. I also included a cleanly made video. Learn why these soups fell into the list of Nigerian popular soups and all the ingredients used in the preparation process. Click the image above to visit the main page that deals more with making bitter leaf soups. Here For Bitter Leaf soup (ofe onugbu)

Here is my second list of Nigerian soups, both popular Nigerian soups and those eaten by Nigerian different ethnic groups. There are more than 400 different ethnic groups living in Nigeria, they all many soups with similar ingredients but with slightly different approaches.

Nigerian Ogbono soup… also called draw soup is included in this list of Nigerian popular soups because it is easy to prepare. Also, ninety percent of Nigerians enjoy this delicious Nigerian soup. Click the image above to visit the main page or Click Here For Ogbono Soup Recipe

This is one of my favorite soups. River state native soup is native to the Ikwerres but loved and enjoyed by everybody in River state. This recipe shows you exactly how to make it.
River State native Soup

There are just so many Yoruba foods, this article list some of them and also links to their individual recipe. You will also learn how to make gbegiri soup.
Yoruba Foods &; Gbegiri Soup

Nigerian Eba and Soups

I remember telling you that soups in Nigeria are not served alone, they are served alongside other foods like eba, semo, fufu, and wheat. We have a general term for all of the – swallows.

Garri (eba) is unarguably the most popular swallow in Nigeria. Eba is always paired with a delicious plate soup.

Find Garri Recipe and step by step instruction here – What is eba?

There are other Nigerian swallows like pounded yam and tuwo shinkafa, choices begin to differ as you move from one ethnic group to another. The Yorubas eat lots of pounded yam while an average Hausa person would readily accept tuwo shinkafa.

Learn How To Make Afang Soup

The original Delta Banga Soup and starch

Learn How To Make My Delicious Ofe Owerri

These are just some of the popular Nigerian soups and how to make them. Most of them are just too easy. With others, you would need a little more practice. You will learn as you go. Welcome.

I made Egusi Soup With Catfish Today!

Delicious Edo Esan Black Soup

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This video shows you some of the popular soups in Nigeria.


  1. Ani  June 24, 2013

    These soups are looking very delicious, thank you for teaching me how to make some of this Nigerian soups, I am from the UK but got married to a Nigerian who loves to eat foods from his country. Your articles and ebooks have been very helpful, I really want to learn so much about Nigerian foods keep up the good work

    • Adenike Haastrup  March 30, 2020

      Hi ma, pls I will be needing update from you ma. This is to help me know how to cook. Thank you

  2. Obioma  June 24, 2013

    My husband likes ogbono soup very well, he is from yoruba while I am an igbo woman. I know how to make lots of other Nigerian soups but there is something special about the yoruba version of ogbono soup that I didn’t quite figure out until I tried your own recipe. It turned out perfect and my husband cleared his plate and even requested for more. You are a pretty gud cook, I will be looking forward to other delicious recipes. Secondly, I just downloaded your product (the 50 delicious Nigerian recipes), it is truly the best product for making Nigerian foods, please keep up the good work, you rock!

  3. Blessom  June 24, 2013

    I love Nigerian foods so much, my husband and kids are also getting adicted to some of the foods. I know very little about Nigerian foods, I grew up here in the USA, met and married my husband here (we are both Nigerians, I am from delta while he is from Cross Rivers), I developed interest in making Nigerian foods when I found your site, prior to this time we have been eating Nigerian foods but we buy from restaurants. Your site thought me to make egusi soup, fried rice and jollof rice, I would also like to make other Nigerian soups the problem is finding the ingredients here in USA. Thanks for helping a novice. Please how do I get ingredients for other soups?

  4. The Nigerian Kitchen  June 24, 2013

    Hello blossom, thanks for commenting. You can directly for the purchase of Nigerian soup ingredients here. Thanks, have a wonderful time.

  5. Ada  August 1, 2013

    Hi Chy, I am excited being a part of your blog now, the problem i have with cooking is:
    1)i can cook well but can’t sometimes determine the amount of salt or
    ingredients to use especially when it deals with rice. at the beginning
    the food may be delicious but towards the end the food may be
    tasteless am i doing something wrong. I prefer cooking soup to rice due
    to this reason.
    2)i lack creativity when it comes to the kitchen and am scared of
    trying out new dishes especially cooking them for people to eat. how
    can i overcome this?
    3)due to the above reasons i usually shy from cooking for a large family size.
    Am very much eager to learn especially a wide variety of meals.
    Pls i need help. thanks a lot

  6. The Nigerian Kitchen  August 1, 2013

    Hello Ada, welcome to the kitchen. All we do here is about Nigerian foods, soup etc. Feel free to click through the pages

  7. oluwafunsho  October 18, 2013

    I Love the Nigerian foods from u.

  8. Mr Pete  November 8, 2013

    Hello Chy.
    Haven gone through ur articles.. Infact am short of words. I hear of all the testimonies from people al around and funny enough I haven’t seen any MAN giving his.. Is it that men don’t like cooking..? Well i do Love cooking and when i came across this site.. It was like a dream come true. I have tried most of It and Yes its indeed a dream come True. Now Because of you am Proud all the more to be a NIGERIAN.
    Thanks alot Dear.

  9. The Nigerian Kitchen  November 9, 2013

    Hello Mr Pete, thanks for chirping in. There are also lots of men in the kitchen, most don’t usually like to scream out the fact that they cook for their wife 😉

  10. Precious  March 3, 2014

    Miss Precious Watching your video’s making soup made me LOVE Nigeria soup. I really love the Nigeria soup mostly the OKORO soup, thanks.

  11. Rocky  March 3, 2014

    Hi, am Precious sister ; I really thing your soup is MAGICAL,I LOVE IT.

  12. VernonSn  September 15, 2014

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  13. Arrishia N  December 23, 2014

    My boyfriend is an Nigerian and he loves soups and stews from his culture. I am really really interested in learning how to make different types of recipes. My favorite is the toma

  14. Susan  February 15, 2015

    I love the meals

  15. temple  February 28, 2015

    thanks, i really love this site,so interesting.but is there no other way one can buy you materials apart from ordering online?

  16. Favour  March 21, 2015

    It’s a wonderful one. I never new Nigeria has wonderful soup until I saw this. It’s Wow!

  17. Blessing  April 25, 2015

    Have anyone tried the black soup yet, it is native to Edo (Benin) but super delicious. I think it is one of the most delicious Nigerian soups, most people however dislike it because of the dark looking color, forget the color sweet heart.

  18. Sommy  May 28, 2015

    Chy thanks alot; pls can u teach me how to make cocktail drink?

  19. ANDREW  June 25, 2015


  20. chy  July 21, 2015

    Chy pls I nid to know how to prepare vegetable soup not eforiro just d normal vegetable soup….you are doing a nice job

  21. AMAKA  October 7, 2015


  22. habiba  January 25, 2016

    Hey chy! Its so amazing. You are doing a great job. Keep it up.

  23. Tracy  March 11, 2016

    Thank you ,i have been looking for okra soup thank God i found it in your site .
    I love it ,i want to learn more stew recipes and soups I’m in SA

  24. Gbenga Adeoye  July 8, 2016

    Good day ma, I’m a man and I’m delighted to establish a restaurant, cafeteria or canteen. And I’ll like to specialize on Jollof rice, salad, spaghetti, Egg, Ponmo, Turkey, chicken, beef meat. And my fear is that how can I prepare all these and have the same taste every day? Please I need your advice

  25. Iniobong Benson  August 11, 2016

    I am very proud to be a nigerian.l luv our food very much.I thank God for his wonderful works.

  26. Enny  August 24, 2016

    Thank you so much for the good work. I think II can confidently try my hands on some of the soups now. I love to eat affang, even as a meal, but never tried making it. Please , there is a particular green (Igbo or calamari) soup ( vegetable soup) I have seen,. What is the name?And how is it prepared.

  27. mrs deborah oluchi edo  September 15, 2016

    wow i love what i see on this site your recipes great and would love to know more about all nigeria food

  28. Shallom  March 24, 2017

    hi chy. I love what you’re doing here keep it up

  29. Mrs Emoghwa  June 17, 2017

    Hi I’m a western woman from Hull England trying to teach my self how to cook Nigerian soups my husband is Delta nothing more pleases me more than when he likes my food he loves his food especially bitter leaf soup and vegetable soup and loves fish , hard chicken , tripe ,smoked turkey !

    • CHIDI ANEGBU  June 17, 2017

      OK, We have lots of recipes, just don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletters, in time you will get used to Nigerian foods.

  30. vivien  June 30, 2017

    Wow! This site have been so helpful. I cooked one of the soups and my inlaws over feed themselves.

  31. Belema  January 8, 2018

    The rivers soup above is not indigenous to ikwerre people, they’re not riverine so it can never be theirs. It’s indigenous to the riverine people of river’s state. Okrika/kalabari

  32. BJ  May 23, 2018

    Please how do I cook Igbo (egg plant) vegetables.

  33. Ogechi  January 31, 2019

    I will like to learn more on Nigeria soup

  34. DJ  April 21, 2020

    Hi, I am from the deep south of the USA and absolutely love soups. I have never had any Nigeriain dishes. Recently, I started enjoying the CBS series Bob hearts Abishola and am curious about the Nigerian soups that are being served in the scenes where they are eating different soups. I can never understand the name of any of the soups when they called out. Do you have a suggestion of a simply soup that I can try to make. I am not a vegetarian but am lossing my taste for heavy meat dishes. I do enjoy soups with bone broth. I enjoy root veggies, tomatoes, okra, etc. The only spices that I dislike is curries. Any suggestions for a soup to start with, is greatly appreciated,

    • Chy Anegbu  April 30, 2020

      Have you tried ogbono soup? I think you should focus on soups you could easily source for the ingredients.


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