Okro soup is one of the most popular Nigerian soup, I like this soup because it is very easy to prepare and likely the cheapest soup in Nigeria.
I remember making a pot of (Okra) Okro soup with just two hundred and fifty Naira, (10 years ago 😀 )… more like a one dollar soup.

I used frozen fish, Okra and some other ingredients to prepare the soup, then you could buy a good frozen fish with just forty or fifty Naira, I am talking about the “good old days”.

Okra soup is one of the most common soups eaten by the people of Igbo, often it is combined with ogbono for best result, you can learn more here about making Nigerian Ogbolo(ogbono) soup.

There are several reasons why I like this soups above other Nigerian soups, the most outstanding reason being that kids love it, I learned that the best way to introduce eba or fufu to kids is to serve with Okra or ogbolo soup, this way it would be very easy for them to swallow, I have tried it and found that it works perfect.

ingredients okro
Sliced okro, cleaned roasted fish at the top right (or frozen fish), combination of ground crayfish and red peppers.

Okro is also good for adults, as a matter of fact I just made a pot of okra soup before writing this, a very small quantity that would serve for this night, it is Sunday night here in Nigeria. I like this soup because the two major ingredients are very rich in vitamins (okra and fluted pumpkin)

So lets make a delicious pot of Nigerian Okra soup, The exact way an Igbo woman would like to make it, Did I tell you that Okra is one of the most popular soup in Igbo land especially from April to July, its exact harvest season

Below is the list of ingredients that was used in the process, you can always increase or reduce depending on the number of the person you are looking to feed and of course their stomach sizes.

Ingredients For Okra (Okro) soup

Serving 4×2 | Preparation time:

Okra (a medium size bowl full)
Fluted Pumpkin leaves (as desired) optional – I don’t use it.
Stock fish head (medium size)
1 kg of meat (beef, chicken, turkey, etc)
2 medium sizes frozen mackrel (optional)
Or Roasted mackrel (optional)
2 to 3 cubes of Maggi or knorr (seasoning)
Salt and pepper to taste.
200ml Red (palm) oil
half cup of ground crayfish

Okra Soup Preparation In Nigeria

Slice the okra and set aside in a bowl, the trader in most Nigerian markets can assist you with slicing the okra, but you can also try using a kitchen knife, I like to slice Okra myself, although there is no harm in using the help of the market women.

If you want to make this soup with just frozen fish, the process is a little bit simpler than using cow meat. You will need to parboil the fish with all the necessary ingredients for five to ten minutes. Then pick out with a fork leaving the extract (water from fish after cooking) in the pot, add two cups of water also, then the hot-water-washed stock fish and dry fish.

But if you are making this soup with cow meat you would want to parboil the meat with all necessary ingredients, I like to parboil meat with lots of ingredients and then use very few ingredients while making the real soup, it is likely that the whole ingredient would be left in the meat extract (meat water) after parboiling. Parboil with only ingredients for about ten minutes then add about two cups of water and cook till the meat is tender.

For me, I used a combination of fresh (frozen mackrel) and beef.

Precook them together, remove the fish after 8 minutes and continue cooking the meat until it becomes soft.

Add the stock fish, cook for about 15 minutes till they are soft for consumption.

Add palm oil, crayfish, 1 or 2 cubes maggi (seasoning), pepper and salt to taste. You will find a tasteful soupy combination. You can add the ground ogbolo at this point if you are making a combination of Okra and Ogbolo soup, it is a good combination even though I don’t do it often.

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Add the okra five minutes after the ogbolo, stir, and cook for about 3 minutes before adding the leaves (optional), you can use fluted pumpkin or the normal pumpkin leaves.
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Allow to simmer for another 3 to minutes and you can serve with eba, fufu or semo.
You just made a very delicious Nigerian okra soup
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Okro Soup Video

This is video for okro soup, I call it okro peppersoup, slightly different from the recipe above but would give you some ideas.


  1. Grace  July 27, 2013

    Yes, okra is the cheapest and one of the easiest Nigerian soups, I also like Nigerian foods a lot. I am married to a Nigerian man, and my husband only eat home made foods so I make foods everyday. I am hoping to improve my menu with some of your delicious recipes. You are really great. I love your site

  2. Rita  August 6, 2013

    Okra soup is my best, you kinda know how to get me hungry! I love all your recipes. Keep the good work going.

  3. Cynthia Boma Ipalibo  August 17, 2013

    you know, your steps are easy, simple and delicious! keep it up!

  4. Irene. Igwe  August 28, 2013

    Good one and keep it up

  5. princess olamide  November 14, 2013

    Am new here but I like what am reading and seeing here because I have been looking for ways to know how to cook this okro soups… Thanks for the good work keep it up.

  6. Julia  November 25, 2013

    very interesting indeed, it helps alot. keep it up

  7. Essor U.M  December 21, 2013

    Yummy yummy dats my favorite soup okro and I love making it. Thanks d steps are easy to understand

  8. tessy awu  January 16, 2014

    Nice and very easy to follow, I love ofe okro very much. I shall make it tomorrow unfailingly. U re da bomb!!!

  9. irene  January 29, 2014

    Thanks for the okro soup. but u mentioned ingredients for parboiling the meat, aside onions, salt N maggi what else can we use. Thanks i enjoy your site and i have tried several of your recipes. The most recent been cocoyam N oha leaf

    • The Nigerian Kitchen  January 30, 2014

      Hello Irene, there are several other ingredients for perboiling meat; we have kitchen glory, curry, thyme, mama dish and just too many of them. You can try some of them and then decide which one you like most.

  10. princess miracle obi  February 13, 2014

    waw the okro soup is so exciting , tantalizing, and more over delicious mainly looking at it . In fact i feel lyk eating it right away. i luv ur site is so interesting.

  11. Joy  February 19, 2014

    I am enjoying this site/group such much its a wonderful place n I always look forward to getting ur news letter n new way of making Nigeria food n delicacies.thank u for having this vision n being a blessing to Nigeria men n women. Pls send the recipes faster .

    • ST UJU  March 27, 2014


      • Chy Anegbu  May 5, 2014

        Uju, thanks for your comment.

  12. Ify  April 14, 2014

    Lovely that soup was my best, my university days my roomate and myself use it for our sunday special. Thanks dear.

  13. Eunice  May 21, 2014

    Thank U. I Promise To Try All D Soup Out. U Are D Best.

  14. ogonna  May 25, 2014

    Ur are doing great work. Ride on!

  15. sadiya  June 11, 2014

    Hi, atyms my okro dosnt draw well…wat do u tink I should do

    • Chy Anegbu  June 18, 2014

      Sadiya, it could be that you are using the wrong okra specie, there is one called chuku chuku here in Nigeria, it kind of got tiny thorns. Also, avoid covering your pot immediately you add the okro, it helps.

  16. Eunice  June 18, 2014

    well and very well, u change my way of cooking and make my home sweeter. thank very much.

  17. Osita  July 7, 2014

    I am making Okra tonight; the Nija man way (Cat fish, Stock fish, Kanda etc). Can’t wait

  18. Grace  July 12, 2014

    This is great, keep it up and may God give u more wisdom

  19. Annette  July 21, 2014

    Am new here and I like your recipes. Okro is on of my favorite soups and Am open to different methods of preparing it.

  20. Esther  July 25, 2014

    okro soup it so sweet to taste give me Nigeria kitchen nothing do you


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