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.

I even have a free ebook on that topic – “The Science of Healthy Nigerian Foods.” If you are subscribed to my free weekly newsletters you should have access to it. Otherwise, Subscribe Here to get it.

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

  5. VIKKY ADESITE  April 14, 2016


  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

  21. Bukade Idowu -Koya  April 15, 2016

    Good morning and thank you for wonderful job you’re doing. I’ve enjoyed receiving your mails since I subscribed.
    I want to add a comment regarding the ingredients.
    You mentioned that the seeds in the pepper should be removed.
    In my native Ogun state (the origin of Ofada stew),the seeds are not removed before grinding the pepper. In fact,it is ground with the local grinding stone (things have changed though)
    Generally, yorubas don’t remove seeds from pepper before grinding. I don’t think it has any known side effects.
    Continue the good work you’re doing.
    God bless you.

    • Chy Anegbu  April 16, 2016

      Thanks for your input @ Bukade Idowu. You can ground both the pepper and seeds when are using just the yoruba pepper species. but then it would be very pepperish. The recipe here used the regular green pepper which helped in terminating souredness and ultimately guaranteed a delicious sauce. 😉

  22. Cy  April 15, 2016

    Pls can’t the iru be blended?

  23. NGOZI  April 16, 2016

    Thanks so much Chy for this recipe. Made Ofada sauce for Ofada rice yesterday for dinner and EVERYONE loved it. It was WOW! You are the best darlyn.

  24. Onome  April 17, 2016

    Lots of love Chy, I am off to the kitchen to prepare my own delicious Ofada sauce. You rock!

  25. Joy oladimeji  April 18, 2016

    Thks this is a nice one.

  26. Chizzy Ugbah  April 18, 2016

    Wow. Thanks for this.
    God bless you. ?

  27. BimJESU  April 28, 2016

    Keep up the good work, Ma.
    With ofada sauce, you can be flexible with the ingredients.
    In fact, in the traditional Yoruba recipe, the following are required; dry pepper(ata gbigbe), lots of onions, unriped tomatoes etc. You can blend the locust beans(iru) with the peppers if you wish. And the meat is fried.
    Majorly, the unriped peppers, onions and unriped tomatoes are blended half way. It must not form a paste, it must not be smooth. Yoruba’s don’t usually remove seeds from peppers, actually, in this recipe, which is Yoruba local dish, the seed is part of its presentation. Most Yoruba’s consume pepper. And there are different types of iru. But for Ofada sauce, Iru woro is commonly used. Iru woro is the unmarshed iru. This is because seeing iru seedlings in the sauce is also part of its presentation. Please ensure you shop for well fragranced iru(locust beans) cause this would enhance the flavour of your sauce. It is good to end up with both delicious and well flavoured pot of stew.
    Thank you!

    • Chy Anegbu  April 29, 2016

      @bimJESU, Thanks for your wonderful contribution. If most recipes don’t evolve and accomodate closely related ingredients that is easily accessible, it may not be known by many. When you use the popular green pepper, you must remove the seeds. The case is different when you use Yoruba unripe pepper, tomato, etc. In both cases you will certainly end up with ofada suace, one is moderately hot and lush, the other is extremely hot and not smooth. But with same unique Aroma and apeal.

  28. Ngozi Nwankwo  May 11, 2016

    Thanks for the recipe. I will try it today

  29. Joy Okwara  May 16, 2016

    I tried Ofada Sauce over the weekend and it was wonderful. thanks for the assistance

  30. gladys  May 23, 2016

    can I use this normal rice to eat the ofada sauce I mean the common rice like d royal stallion, mama gold etc? please

    • Chy Anegbu  May 24, 2016

      Sure. why not?

  31. BimJESU  May 28, 2016

    Alright Ma, thank you. I have learnt from your site. God bless you!

  32. Steph  May 31, 2016

    I will try this one of these days.

  33. Agi Margaret  June 16, 2016

    Thank you for sharing this recipe with me, I’ll need more!!!

  34. Agi Margaret  June 16, 2016

    Pls I’ll like to know if it’s necessary to use d beans (iru) or better still prepare it without d meat!!!

  35. oge  June 17, 2016

    Chy, u are too much. U keep making food more appetizing. Weldon

  36. Yinka  June 18, 2016

    Thanks a million time Chy,for this ofada rice sauce.

  37. Glory Godwin  June 18, 2016

    Waoo this is great. And sweet, I won’t to be like u.

  38. ugoiyke  June 18, 2016

    Thanks Chy. My family totally loved the delicacy. Keep up the good work.

  39. sarah  June 20, 2016

    Thanks chy In sure u ar to much I like this this wonderful i Will try this very soon

  40. DUROWOJU BRIDGET  June 20, 2016

    I cant express my thanks enough.God bless U ma

  41. nneka  July 7, 2016

    Wow nice one. I have been imaging hw dis sauce is prepared. Thanks so much fr adding another menu to my list. God bless you

  42. vina  July 9, 2016

    I love this. Thanks

  43. Chinenye  July 19, 2016

    Thank you so much. I never thought of trying this out. I just did and I am Wow’d!

  44. Musbahu Yahaya  October 22, 2016

    Thank You For This Emergency Help. Good Evening.

  45. sandra  December 22, 2016

    well said on all the comment have read.but literally speaking as a Yoruba Lady from ondo state,origin of ilaje.smiles.the best way to prepare ofada sauce is mainly the combination of lots of peper.why people go for ofada sauce is cause of the perper and the assorted beef put in it nothing more.ofada sauce is meant to be pepprish according to the originator.ofada sauce can be prepared in any way be it ripe unripe peper tomato or no tomato.but it all balls down to three things.perpper and assorted beef alongside with the locust bean.traditional known as iru.@chy great work

    • Chy Anegbu  December 23, 2016

      @ Sandra, Thanks for opening our eyes! Merry Christmas

  46. deola  December 30, 2016

    Thanks a bunch chy. Just got all my ingredient ready for the new year feast.will definitely get back on the outcome

  47. Angel  January 9, 2017

    Nice one chi
    Pls is this ofada sauce recipe included in your RICE COOKBOOK???

    • Chy Anegbu  January 10, 2017


  48. Therese  January 17, 2017

    Please I really want to prepare this dish.but I am confused about something. Pepper. We have about 3 types of pepper, the hanabero,scotch bonnet and the long chili pepper. Normally, green pepper makes up to 60 percent. Now which pepper do I really use. Is it unripe ata rodo or the green pepper for garnishing meals and salad. Also,I know about removing tatashe seeds but do I remove shombo seeds as well. Please help clear my confusion. Reply through my email. tessybabepassion @yahoo.ca. Thanks.

  49. rouna  April 4, 2017

    thanks. i just ran into your page. wow u are the best. men this will be my second home lolz.
    i sure will do all these when i get married

  50. dera  April 8, 2017

    nice work you are doing sister. I enjoyed all the comments,thanks. I have learnt new ways of making Ofada sauce. God bless.

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  52. Uzo  August 22, 2017

    Hi, Thank you for this wonderful recipe!

    I love the presentation! Please what did you use to bring out the shape of the mound of rice? It looks so beautiful.

    • Chy Anegbu  August 23, 2017

      Put rice in a plate, use spoon to apply a little pressure from top. Turn out on another flat plate.

  53. EyinjuOluwa  October 5, 2017

    Hello, I am American based, can I use any kind rice apart from long grain rice?

  54. Chi  October 11, 2017

    Pls did you boil the blended pepper mix before frying in the oil?

    • Chy Anegbu  October 17, 2017

      nope! just blend and fry.

  55. Philippa  November 16, 2017

    Please can we do without the locust beans? It is hard for me to get it and I want to know if the food will still come out well

  56. Olu  November 16, 2017

    Thank you very much God bless

  57. Kemi  November 16, 2017

    Thanks chi for the ofada rice recipe. I will like to try it but I live in Jos and I don’t think I can get the rice any where here. Pls how can I get it and how much does it cost

  58. Jessy  November 19, 2017

    Wow…appetizing, going to give it a try BT can it be prepared without the iru. Pls what’s the Igbo name for iru

  59. Bolanle  November 19, 2017

    Thanks chy. How can i get the book in lagos?

    • Chy Anegbu  November 21, 2017

      Pls call 08035051468.

  60. Adesola  November 30, 2017

    Thanks for the recipe chy. ORDER FOR YOUR 100% STONE FREE OFADA RICE. To make your Order call/whatsapp this number 07063938208

  61. Jemmu  March 21, 2018

    My specialty.Love it so much.If u stay in portharcourt and you need ofada rice and iru(locusts beans),You can contact me.

  62. Jemmy  March 21, 2018

    My contact no is 08055771557.

  63. Emewulu mercy  June 25, 2018

    Hmmm I hv been hearing of ofada rice tanks for ur recipe u r a gud cook I will try it but my question is can I serve it wt plate instead of leaf

  64. Lizumez  August 12, 2018

    Hi, so when I wanted to try this at home, I couldn’t get the locust bean seeds. All I could find was the locally processed dawadawa… You know the ones that look pressed and flattened… Do you think it’ll give the same flavour when used to cook ofada stew

  65. Vivian  August 12, 2018

    Plz whats the Igbo name for Iru?

  66. precious  September 28, 2018

    please how do grind the peppers, is ti with hand grinder or machine.

  67. Ifeoma  October 8, 2018

    Should I add little tomatoes, am treating ulcer and won’t need plenty pepper but have ofada rice at home bought one paint bucket,
    Thanks for recipe.

    • Chy Anegbu  October 12, 2018


  68. Blessing  October 17, 2018

    Tanks for this ma’m, this wkend is going to be blast

  69. Oby  January 29, 2019

    Pls chy am new to this website but I love it b/c I love good food.so my question is base on the ofada rice pl how do I mould it to that shape it looks great.

  70. Chummy  February 16, 2019

    Thanks so much for your time, I’ve been hearing about ofada rice but hv not teast it but I will try and prepare it by myself

  71. Ada  April 18, 2019

    Pls how do you remove the seeds in the pepper such that it wouldn’t hot my hands, cos it sounds scary. And does the removing of seeds include in the small red peppers too? Thanks tho

    • Chy Anegbu  April 19, 2019

      I don’t think it would hurt your hands, does it? you can try using a kitchen glove.
      Thanks for your comment.

  72. EUNICE  May 3, 2019

    Wow tank chy I really appreciate your talent
    I think am going to try it.

  73. Chioma  June 14, 2019

    Pls chy do I really need to add dawadawa to it. I don’t like d teast at times only when am pregnant.

    • Chy Anegbu  June 15, 2019

      Nope, it’s not compulsory.

  74. Praise pat  July 11, 2019

    Chai! Thanks so much I now know how to prepare ofada sauce, God bless u

  75. Seun  December 13, 2019

    I specifically do not like iru(locust beans),without adding it,will I get the taste of the sauce,also, can crayfish be added to thus ofada sauce?

    • Chy Anegbu  December 16, 2019

      Yeah, you can add crayfish. Iru is an integral part of it.

  76. Yole  March 22, 2020

    Thanks for sharing.


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