Ofe Owerri is one of the most expensive Nigerian soups; it is made with assorted meat (which is different parts of cow meat), snails, dried fish and stock fish.
I think you would spend between 4000-10000 Naira if you are looking to make a delicious pot of this soup, there is even a popular Igbo song that suggest that a poor man does not eat ofe owerri. 😀

Ofe owerri simply means Owerri soup (soup indigenous to the people of Owerri). I used to think that I would never make another soup that would comfortably compete with the likes of nsala and oha but this sure takes the cake.

I used just 6 snails but you can use as many as you can find (not more than 1kg), they are medicinal and delicious.

What you find below is a delicious plate of Owerri soup, I used just about a handful of uziza and two cups of fluted pumpkin (ugwu leaves), but it is better to use double of that as listed below. i.e, use 1 cups of sliced uziza plus 3-4 cups of fluted pumpkin (ugwu leaves) when you are making your own soup.

Ofe owerri (owerri soup)

The list of ingredients below was used to make a simple pot of ofe owerri that would serve a family of six twice, you can double the ingredients if you have a larger family.

Serving 6×2

  • Cow (assorted meat) 1.5kg
  • 6-15 snails
  • Dry fish 2 medium sizes
  • Stock fish head (medium size)
  • 1 cup of sliced Uziza leaves
  • 4 cups of sliced fluted pumpkin leaves
  • 3 cubes of maggi or knorr
  • Cocoyam (ede) see image
  • 1 cup of palm oil
  • 1 spoon of ogiri (optional).
  • Salt and pepper to taste
You may need to purchase few spoon of ofor or achi as alternative thickener. Sometime the pounded cocoyam wouldn’t thicken the soup as it should be, an additional spoon of ofor or achi would save the day. I do this whenever I am making soup with cocoyam.

Making Ofe Owerri

I always start by parboiling the meat, use just two cubes of knorr, sprinkle on top of the meat and allow to boil for up to 10 minutes until the water is about to dry. Add about 2 cups of water and cook the meat until it is tender, add a teaspoon of salt, cover and allow simmering for 5 minutes.

Blend crayfish, wash the stock fish/dry fish with water and set aside in a plate (remember to remove the center bone/head of the fish. Wash the snails with alum or tangerine/grape juice or dry garri; you just wanna get rid of the slimy fluid.

Snails are wonderful for ofe Owerri, You can also add snails to Oha Soup, tastes delicious!

Boil the cocoa yam until it is soft then remove the back and pound with mortar and pestle until it is seedless. (It would serve as the thickener)

Add about 4-6 cups of water to the already cooked meat;. Add the ground crayfish, washed stock fish/dried fish.

Add red oil and allow boiling for another 10 to 15 minutes. Add a cube of maggi, salt and pepper to taste, the washed snails, stir, add the pounded cocoa yam, ogiri and allow dissolving, (should take about 10 minutes), add the uziza leaves, stir and allow about 2 minutes before adding the fluted pumpkin (ugwu leaves). Allow simmering on low heat for 3-4 minutes and we are done.
That is exactly how to make a delicious pot of ofe Owerri (the popular Owerri soup) you can serve with any one of fufu, eba, semo or even pounded yam. I love it best when served with fufu (loi loi) 😀

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  1. ihuOma  November 20, 2015

    Thanks a lot,I will make it this weekend, I hope it turns out good.

  2. Ngozi  December 7, 2015

    Firstly I thank u for u time and efforts towards us ur fans.
    But is it a must that u must use ede I mean cocoyam.

  3. sarah  December 8, 2015

    Plz I can’t get either uziza or okazi where I stay. Can I use only ugu? Will it still taste nice?

    • Chy Anegbu  December 10, 2015

      you will get something slightly different.

  4. ude chizoba  January 1, 2016

    Thank u so much for sharing, I have heared about ofe owerri but I don’t know how to cook it. As u have taught me dat, I will give it a trial. God bless u for empowering us in the kitchen.

  5. ogechi eze  January 11, 2016

    Thanks for putting me through the process of making ofe owerri. The one u made is sooo tantalizing. I will surely try it one of these days

  6. oge  January 19, 2016

    Wow! I have been looking out for this recipe, thank you so much. I will try this.

  7. Helen  January 19, 2016

    Thanks a million. Please I want to know how you measure vegetables in cups. God bless you.

    • Chy Anegbu  January 21, 2016

      I always say something like – one cup of sliced onion/fluted pumpkin, etc. once you sliced them, you can use a cup to measure. just pour into the cup, don’t try to squeeze it that much. However, you must not neccesarily measure with a cup when it comes to vegetables and soups. I say it to give you an idea of what you need.

  8. shola  January 19, 2016

    Tanx for sharing,I will give it a trial one of this days

  9. Gladness  February 27, 2016

    Hmmmm looks sweet and teasty.I will prepare it for my husband and kids.Thanks chy.

  10. Dorcas Stephen Rembah  June 14, 2016

    Just made mine am from core north but l love this soup l thought l will never be able to replace afang n banga wit any soup but dis d bomb

  11. Chinwendu Lucy  June 14, 2016

    Please chi, can one use Akwu instead of red oil on this ofe owerri? Thanks

  12. Adewale Atinuke  July 7, 2016

    I made a trial at dis Ofe Owerri.It tastes so gud.Easy to make.Tanks a lot

  13. pp  November 10, 2016

    I can’t wait to cook this for my family.

  14. Joke  January 8, 2017

    Thank you Chi. Am definitely going to try this. I have been made to understand that to cook Ofe owerri is difficult, but you have proved that wrong with your down to earth method. Honestly, you are doing a good job here. But can I use locust beans(Iru) instead of Ogiri? Will the taste come out so good as same? Please I await your response. Thanks one more time.

  15. gift  January 24, 2017

    I love this,is soo good.thank you for this

  16. Sylva  February 17, 2017

    This is wonderful.. Thanks a lot I can prepare some of this food..

  17. favy  March 29, 2017

    Delicious 😋 but I want to make vegetable soup how do I start

  18. Hotfammy  June 30, 2017

    Thanks for giving the process and the ingredients to make this ofe owerri. I’m on my way to the market to buy them now and definitely preparing it today.

  19. victory  September 8, 2017

    I’m making this today!!!

  20. Ify  October 5, 2017

    oh my God! I love these
    going to try out some


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