Ofada sauce is stew for ofada rice. I must confess that the demand for this recipe in the last few months is over the roof.
So many people wanted to learn how to make ofada sauce/stew. The yorubas call it ayamase.

This recipe plus the video at the bottom of this page shows you exactly how to make ofada rice sauce. I suppose you know how to boil rice. 😉 That would be discussed briefly at the bottom of this post.

For long I wondered why people were so crazy about ofada rice and stew. Perhaps it was just the iru (locust beans) that makes the difference or the fact that it is made with just peppers and the probability of ending up with soured taste (as in the case of tomato stew) is close to zero.

One lady in particularly sent me this message “pls teach me how to make ofada sauce/stew before this restaurant finish my money o” 😀 funny right.
Ofada sauce is made with a combination of green peppers and red peppers, then assorted meat, dried fish, a combination of palm oil and red oil (as in this case). Below is the complete list of ingredients that I used while making the food you are seeing above.

Observe the plate carefully.
I used 3 different kinds of peppers. Green pepper should be – like 60 percent, tatashe or shobo (pls remove the seeds), should be about 30 percent. Then one cup of sliced onions. Grind all together.

Two spoons of ground crayfish
Green Peppers
Red peppers
Tatashe or shobo
2 cups of sliced onions
Assorted meat – 500g
palm oil (half cup)
Vegetable oil (one and half cup)
2 cubes of maggi

Grind the green peppers/red peppers/one cup of sliced onions together.

Don’t forget to remove the seeds in the green pepper and tatashe or shobo before grinding. The seeds can completely alter the taste of your ofada sauce.

Ofada sauce or ofada rice sauce is usually made with bleached palm oil. But I have learned that bleached palm oil is not healthy at all. So use a combination of half cup of palm oil and 1.5 cup of vegetable oil. (See the video below)

For me, it is not just about delicious foods, they must be healthy too. Over the years I have spent countless number of hours talking about healthy Nigerian foods and showing people how to make their foods healthy.

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Parboil your assorted meat with 2 cubes of knoor, half cup of sliced onions and a pinch of salt. Add water and allow to cook until it is tender.

Below are some of the prepared ingredients. Pre-cooked meat in one plate, ground peppers/onions in another plate, then sliced onions in another plate. Then iru (locust beans) sits in the plate at top-left corner.
making ofada rice

Set a clean pot on heat; add the oil (half cup of palm oil and one and half cup of vegetable oil). Allow bleaching/ heating for just 2 minutes. Add the remaining sliced onion, the more the merrier. Stir and allow to fry for a minute.

Add the ground pepper combination and allow to fry for the next 10-15 minutes. Remeber to stir occassionally to avoid burning. this is exactly what you get at this point.
making ofada sauce

Add the pre-cooked assorted meat; add two spoons of ground crayfish, a cube of maggi (optional) and salt to taste. Also add the locust bean (iru). Stir and allow to simmer for 5 minutes. This is just how to make ofada sauce or stew (Ayamase).
ofada stew

Preparing the ofada rice is the easiest part. Pick out stones and sands from the rice and cook the same way you already know to cook white rice.
Ofada rice is also called abakiliki rice; some are beautiful and robust, while others are not. The best is the one you see in this post. I particularly dislike the kind with dark ends.

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Here is the video for making ofada rice sauce. Several people have made delicious Ofada sauce by following this video.


  1. ofonneka  April 14, 2016

    Omg! Chy, you have saved me. Thanks for the ofada rice recipe. I have tried severally to achieve this with just tomatoes and onions. I don’t know green pepper should be in it. Is there anywhere to buy iru in cross river state? Pls reply.

    • Chinenye  August 12, 2018

      U can buy iru from watt market. There is one ogoja woman that sells it. Direction : going to watt market from Etagbor, stop at that police check point after ist Bank, go to ur left hand side that tarred road, ask of the woman selling locust beans or u call it dawadawa, u will be directed. I think she is the only person selling it

  2. miracle  April 14, 2016

    Thanks for the recipe. I am edo and I love ofada sauce too.

    • Metche  October 15, 2017

      Edo.. Nice I suppose you should know about black soup.. I tried asking her to teach me the black soup recipe but not seen it yet 😭

  3. Attoni Elizabeth  April 14, 2016

    Good morning, thank you for that recipe, now I know how to make ofada rice stew.

  4. covenant  April 14, 2016

    Thanks chy.is it that tomatoes would not be added to the peppers?

    • Chy Anegbu  April 15, 2016

      No tomatoes in this recipe. it is best this way. Chy

    • AKINRINDE Morolake  October 6, 2017

      No tomatoes will be added I also learnt new thing which is,I should remove the seed of the pepper which I don’t use to do

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  6. Funmi Femi -Adegbite  April 14, 2016

    Its nice.Ofada rice origin came from ijebu.And the peppers used there is unripe tomatoes,unripe rodo(bell pepper) and you can add unripe tatase too withe plenty onion.and add what we call iru(dadawa).All blended half way with your blenda at home.you can also mix your oil.70% ground nut oil to 30% palm oil.I assure you to get an awesome result.Not forgetting your diced assorted meats.

    • Chy Anegbu  April 15, 2016

      Funmi, Thanks for your comment. Chy.

  7. suzzy  April 14, 2016

    Wow these looks very inviting tanx chy.

  8. nike osofisan  April 14, 2016

    if u r in calabar…u can get iru from marian or watt market. just ask d yoruba women. thanks chy

    • Chy Anegbu  April 15, 2016

      Nike, thanks for you input. Chy.

  9. amaka  April 14, 2016

    And here I am thinking tomatoes is needed to prepare this sauce. I also didnt know green pepper can be grinded.thanks for this.

  10. Nkechi Odenyi  April 14, 2016

    The ofafa sauce looks very healthy and my mouth is already watery,it’s a must have.thanks so much.?

  11. Vicky  April 14, 2016

    Thanks for this great recipe, but if I may ask: what type if ‘cup’ do you use to measure the oil?

    • Chy Anegbu  April 15, 2016

      I have a standard measuring cups. One cup is almost the same size as peak milk cup (250ml or 25cl). I explained this in detail in my cookbook. Chy.

  12. Vicky  April 14, 2016

    Thanks for this great recipe, but if I may ask: what type of ‘cup’ do you use to measure the oil?

  13. Samira  April 14, 2016

    Tnxx chy, I am hausa bt am goin to try it this weekend, we really appreciate ur effort…

    • Yinka  November 12, 2019

      how can I get your cookbook?

  14. Mina  April 15, 2016

    Chy, infact u are a gifted hand with so many Nigerian recipes. I appreciate your newsletters. Pls where can one buy locust beans in port harcourt? Can it be gotten at rumuokoro market? I need to try out this mouth watering dish. Stay blest!

    • Chy Anegbu  April 15, 2016

      I am not very sure about rumuokoro, just ask those yoruba women that sell yoruba stuff in most market. they are in mile 3 and mile 1 markets.

    • Chizo  May 31, 2019

      Just ask the people selling soup condiments for dawadawa

  15. Faith  April 15, 2016

    Wow! This ofada sauce looks yummy. I have been hearing about it but haven’t tasted it. Thanks for the recipe. Would try it soon

  16. Josephine  April 15, 2016

    Thanks for your detailed step to step on making this Ofada stew. I’m really going to try it out, my fear is that it will not be peppery as we (my kids & I) hardly take pepper. Thank you all the same.

  17. Ade Ajiboye  April 15, 2016

    Ofada rice didn’t originate from Ijebu.It originated from Ofada town in Ogun State Nigeria near Mowe-Ibafo.That is why the rice is named after the town.Meanwhile you can you any type of rice with the ayamase sauce.Basmati goes down well with it but on the whole to get the best taste the local Ofada rice is still the best.One thing I want to add is that you can fry your assorted meat…not too dry though.Welldone Chy.

  18. maria  April 15, 2016

    Well done, Chy! To think I had been wasting money buying moin moin all these years! Tried the Ofada and moin moin recipes. Hubby asked where I got it from. Lol!
    Thank you very much………been married 17years and never tried these.

  19. amaka  April 15, 2016

    Thanks a lot Chy. I enjoy every piece of ur article on food preparation. U Whao!!! Me always

  20. Dara  April 15, 2016

    Thanks for this recipe but I think it will be pepperish without tomato


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