Nsala soup is one of the most delicious of all Nigerian soups, this year alone I have made and eaten more of it than any other soup in Nigeria.
I enjoy lots of the foods in Nigeria but there are quite some of them that kinda tastes better and more delicious to me. IMHO.

Melon soup (ofe egusi) for instance is like the number one for me.

The reason is because… sometimes we like to eat a combination of two or more different soups in our home and egusi blends perfectly with most of the soups in Nigeria, sometimes I even blend with nsala soup (also called white soup).

The image below is a combination of both white soup and pounded yam.


It is the only soup in Nigeria that is made without palm oil… just like pepper soup and ewedu soup, the use of palm oil is not very necessary. You can use plain beef or assorted.

It is very popular in the south and eastern part of Nigeria, the efiks and igbos are the top makers and consumers of this delicious soup. So if you are dating or married to a man from the south or eastern part of Nigeria, you can try giving him a meal of pounded yam and ofe nsala (as the Igbos call it) tonight.

Below are the ingredients for making this delicious Nigerian soup, the ingredients below would serve about five persons for three consecutive times. Soups in Nigeria can be refrigerated for up to two weeks, most times it is better to make lots of soups and then refrigerate the remainder.

Ingredients For White Soup

Yam (six to eight slices…baby fist size)
Ground crayfish (1 cup)
knorr cubes (3 cubes)
Ground uziza seeds (2 Teaspoons)
Uziza Leaves
Dried or smoked fish (two medium sizes)
Snails (Optional)
Meat of choice {I prefer Goat Meat} (2KG)
Utazi leaves (optional)
Salt and Pepper to taste.
Red Ground Pepper to taste

It would take about sixty to eighty minutes to prepare a delicious pot of nsala soup; although, sometimes it goes a little above that… depending on your speed and proficiency.

In the image below, you find assorted meat, stockfish head, uziza seeds (top of the white plate), uziza leaves, smoked fish and a cup of crayfish
Nsala soup Ingredients

You might wanna start by peeling and boiling the yam, this should be pounded with a mortar and pestle. Pounded yam serve as the thickener but can also be eaten with other Nigerian soups.

Grind the crayfish, uziza seeds, wash and slice the uziza seeds. You should also go ahead and wash the snail in case you are using them. Snails are quite expensive in Nigeria so you can totally omit them.

You can wash snails with alum to remove the slimy fluid, although, you would be amazed to learn that there are people in Nigeria that cooks snails with the slimy fluids, sometimes without even removing the shell.

I am talking about a delicious Ijaw Recipe – Keke Fieye

Parboil the asssorted meat with all the necessary ingredients, I would use two cubes of knorr, a pinch of salt, half cup of sliced onions and half sachet of kitchen glory (beef seasoning). I made this soup with assorted beef, it’s usually a combination of different parts of cow meat – intestine, tripe, liver etc. I also added few slice of goat meat.
Parboil the meat for about twenty to forty minutes… until it is soft enough for consumption then you can go ahead and add the hot-water-washed dry fish. This could be added earlier if you are using a strong dry fish like mangala. Add about 3 cups of cold or boiled water.

The amount of water for nsala soup depends on the ingredients/thickener available and the number of people that you are making the soup for.

Boil the combination for another ten to twenty minutes until they are both soft for consumption then go ahead and add the ground crayfish, uziza seed and ground red pepper (pls taste before adding red pepper, the uziza seeds are also very pepperish).

Taste your soup at this time and add the remaining half of kitchen glory or a cube of knorr/salt to improve the taste if it doesn’t taste nice yet.

You can go ahead and add the pounded yam, you can add half and watch the soup for the next five minutes, if it is not thick enough you can add a little more; I just don’t like the soup to be very thick. I like a very light nsala soup, it tastes better that way.

You can now go ahead and add the sliced uziza and utazi leaves. The utazi should be used sparingly for white soup; the reason is just to add a faint bitter taste.

Allow for the next few minutes and you can go ahead and serve your delicious ofe nsala with pounded yam, fufu or eba.

Video For Nsala Soup (white soup)

Here is a simple video for making the popular white soup, although we are gonna come out with a better video soon but this would give you a clue as to what the soup really looks like.

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I would like to see your comment below, do you like this delicious Nigerian soup?.


  1. Nneka  February 12, 2015

    I have made this recipe for my fiance and also on my former lecturer’s birthday. I must confess, they really enjoyed it.

  2. sade  February 18, 2015

    Thanks for this recipe,will definitely try it thiss weekend.keep up the good work.God bless you for us

  3. Precious  June 16, 2015

    Hi, you didn’t mention how you added the egusi,

  4. blessing  August 10, 2015

    wow, i love this soup. can’t wait to have a taste of it

  5. ruth  August 12, 2015

    thanks for the good work.

  6. Angela  August 13, 2015

    Thanx alot,now i know where to fall back to

  7. Stephanie  November 2, 2015

    Ma,pls can i use catfish to cook this soup,if yes i’ll like to know when it can be added so that the fish does not get over soft.

    • Chy Anegbu  November 5, 2015

      just ten minutes before youu turn off the heat.

  8. Nora  December 17, 2015

    Thank you so much Chy, for these wonderful Nigerian recipes. I am a Creole African American whose fiance is Nigerian. He is going to be so surprise when I present some of these Nigerian dishes to him. You are a good cook. I love to cook myself. So thank you once again for sharing your expertise.

  9. Grace Goyit  December 18, 2015

    Googled for white soup and among all d recipes yours was d easiest, I tried it and wow even though I am a northerner it came out soon well, I have never made white soup this good. Thanks a lot

  10. funmi  December 30, 2015

    you’re too good.tanx for d knowledge

  11. Alabbsy  January 11, 2016

    Thank u sis, i enjoyed d lesson now i can cook soup Yipyyy ?

  12. light  January 29, 2016

    Waw!!This is really good…am on the run to making my own nsala soup right away but apart from pounded yam wat else can be used as a thickner in this soup bcos I can’t pound any hard food.Plz ur reply will do me a lot of good n its urgent.biko

    • Chy Anegbu  January 29, 2016

      Nsala soup is primarily made with pounded yam. thanks

  13. chinwendu monalisa  February 12, 2016

    kudos..I am a chef..I come here regularly to upgrade my ideas.. I love Nigerian foods..

  14. kike  February 12, 2016

    Thank you 4 this one too,but can I add little oil to it and also what other thickner can I use bcs my house is a student house and there’s no how I can get pounded yam.waiting for ur reply soon.God bless u ma.

    • Chy Anegbu  February 12, 2016

      You can make a little adjustment, but your final result may not be the same.

  15. Oluchi A.  February 16, 2016

    Thank you Chy, I have learn a lot from you and improve in my cooking.
    God bless you.

  16. stella  February 16, 2016

    Hi Chi, can corn starch be used as a thickner to help people over seas who can’t easily get yam but are anxious to cook nsala.Please reply.God bless

  17. Patricia  March 1, 2016

    I ate dis soup once in a restaurant bcos we’ve neva prepared it in my home, I enjoyed it, bt neva liked d sight, bt urs looks more attractive n am sure delicious. Am not married yet, but I’ll like to try urs at least before den in my family house. Tnx Chy n to Nigerian kitchen for dis great opportunity

  18. Iweka Ngozi Philomina  March 2, 2016

    This is nice but you didn’t add the 2teaspoons of oziza in the video clip. Weldon sis God bless you for the update.

  19. aishat  March 6, 2016

    I was taught using a different method but will try this over d weekend . thanks a million.

  20. Attoni Elizabeth  April 13, 2016

    You are doing great, well done and you have increase grace to do more. God bless you.


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