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. 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.

  2. Jemmy  March 21, 2018

    My contact no is 08055771557.

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Vivian  August 12, 2018

    Plz whats the Igbo name for Iru?

  6. precious  September 28, 2018

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

  7. 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


  8. Blessing  October 17, 2018

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. EUNICE  May 3, 2019

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

  13. 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.

  14. Praise pat  July 11, 2019

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


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