Okra 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

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.

Is This soup Good for Kids?

There are several reasons why I like this soup, 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 ogbono soup, this way it would be very easy for them to swallow, I have tried it, it worked for my kids. 😀

Okra 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 let’s 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 were 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 (Okro) Okra Soup

Serving 4×2 | Preparation time:

Sliced Okra (a medium-size bowl full)
Fluted Pumpkin leaves (as desired) optional – I don’t use it.
Stockfish head (medium size)
1 kg of meat (beef)
2 medium sizes frozen mackerel
3 seasoning cubes
Salt and pepper to taste.
200ml Red (palm) oil
half cup of ground crayfish


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.

Sliced Okra

Blend or grind the crayfish and peppers.

I used a combination of fresh (frozen mackerel) and beef.

I like to parboil meat with lots of spices and then use very little while making the real soup, it is likely that the whole spice would be left in the stock (meat water) after parboiling.

How to Make Okra Soup

Wash the beef and fish, season with a half teaspoon of salt, two seasoning cubes and half cup of sliced onions.
allow them to boil together for 10-15 minutes. Remove the fish and continue cooking the meat until it becomes soft.

cooked makerel

Add the stockfish to the boiling meat, cook for about 10 minutes till they are soft for consumption.

Introduce 200 ml of palm oil, crayfish, 1 seasoning cube, pepper and salt to taste.

Okro soup

The sliced okra sould be added at this point, stir. drop the cooked makerel fish on top.

Allow to simmer for 3-4 minutes and you are done with this delicious soup.

okro soup

Pot of Okro soup

You can serve with eba, fufu or pounded yam.
Ofe Okro

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Okra soup recipe

Okra Soup Recipe | Nigerian cooking with Okro

Chy Anegbu
Okra soup is unarguably one of the most delicious soup in Nigeria and one os the easiest you can make any day.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
35 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Nigerian Cuisine
Servings 8 People
Calories 475 kcal


  • Pots


  • 1 Big Bowl Big Bowl Okra fresh
  • 200 g Stockfish head
  • 1 kg of meat beef
  • 400 g Frozen mackerel
  • 3 Seasoning cubes
  • 3 Scotch bonnet peppers.
  • 200 ml Red palm oil
  • 1/2 Cup Ground Crayfish


  • Season the beef and mackerel and cook together, remove the mackerel and continue to cook the meat till it becomes soft.
  • Add the washed stockfish and add to the cooking meat, allow to cook for another 10 minutes.
  • Add ground crayfish, palm oil, 1 seasoning cube, pepper and salt to taste.
  • The sliced okra should be added at this point, stir. drop the cooked mackerel fish on top.
  • Allow to simmer for 3-4 minutes and you are done with this delicious soup.
  • Okra soup can be paired with fufu or eba.


Keyword Nigerian Foods, Ofe Okro, Okra soup recipe

Okro Soup Video

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

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  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

  21. chika  August 26, 2014

    just had okro soup n it so delicious. i love ur recipes. thank u so much….

  22. Airat  August 26, 2014

    That was nice, I love okro soup

  23. Nicholas Nicholasa  September 3, 2014

    thanks alot just saved me from an embarrasment dis evening.

  24. bata  September 5, 2014


  25. Cadace  September 15, 2014

    I have a few questions if you don’t mind. Why is palm oil always used in recipes? Why not other oils such as olive , or vegatable? Why is stock head and dried fish used in every soup recipe? It seems as though all soups are really just one base with different ingredents used to make it a different soup. Is this the case? Thanks.

    • Chy Anegbu  September 16, 2014

      Palm oil is red in color and adds the much needed redness in most Nigerian soup, and yes it is just one base, I did state somewhere that the different between most Nigerian soups are just the leaf/thickener used. Thanks for the question.

  26. Chimmy  October 6, 2014

    Correct Recipe for Okro soup,Thanks for the good work, keep it up!

  27. Nneka  October 10, 2014

    Welldone, you are doing a great job. This soup looks tantalising, I am salivating already!

  28. ukams  October 11, 2014

    goodjob chy now i confident in cooking thanks

  29. FAVOUR  October 22, 2014

    Okro soup is one of my best soup so far i love these recipes, i promise to keep it up on how to
    prepare it

    • Chy Anegbu  October 25, 2014

      Favour, welcome once again to the kitchen.

  30. Erica  October 23, 2014

    Okro soup is one soup i love so much. Though this method is quite different from the way we cook it in URHOBO land. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful recipe. I ll definitely try this method.

    • Chy Anegbu  October 25, 2014

      Erica, thanks for your comment

  31. chiamaka  November 17, 2014

    such a nice method. l like this.

  32. OLAJUMOKE  December 8, 2014

    I luv okro soup but i didnt kno that it cld be combine wit ogbono since they both draw nd av dif taste.

  33. Ifeyinwa  December 19, 2014

    Chy, you are very encouraging. Your cookbook and recipes will keep uniting the Nigerian family. Daughters will have what they need to make their future homes pleasurable. God bless you.

  34. ONWE IFEANYICHUKWU PHILIP HND psc  January 24, 2015

    I love this site. . . HOw can i be following your pages. . . This site makes my home proud of me

  35. Hadiza  January 31, 2015

    you just made me salivating for okro soup, I think I need to give it a try using your own method…. keep up the good work.

  36. olayink tiawo  February 2, 2015

    Ur cookbook and recipes helps me alot cos i married igbo man.God bless d day I came across ur site.u’r bless

    • Chy Anegbu  February 4, 2015

      Thanks dear, God bless you too.

  37. chioma  February 2, 2015

    thumbs up.keep it up

  38. Tola  February 3, 2015

    Okro is the most cheapest and delicious soup to prepare. I enjoyed it anytime i prepared it, i will give it atrial again for this weekend because what ‘am seen make me salivating, i love it.

  39. ola-balogun edith  April 18, 2015

    okro soup is always delicious with ugu leaf and traditional comdiments.

  40. Mercy  May 12, 2015

    Infact the soup is really delicious,God will increase your knowledge in million ways in Jesus.

  41. Adaco  June 9, 2015

    I love Okra soup because good i blood system I need more option

  42. Adenike comfort  June 29, 2015

    I jst cook okro nw nd i didnt cover it atal bt its nt drawing, y?

  43. Ij  July 10, 2015

    I love Okro soup but instead of pumpkin leaf, I use uziza leaf. Its tastier and the aroma is wonderful

  44. Phemmy  July 17, 2015

    Thanks for this information. You just saved a hungry Bachelor this afternoon.

  45. Adaco  July 28, 2015

    please ma although not on this soup topic, pls i want to no what is ogiri thanks

    • Chy Anegbu  July 29, 2015

      Ogiri is a native ingredient that is made from casto seeds, I am not sure there is an English name for it.

  46. cassie  July 29, 2015

    Your okro soup recipe appear nice and affordable too, great outcome i must say. But i discovered from the enumerated ingredients that ogbono was not mentioned only to be mentioned later before the addition of okro – please check. Also where and when do we add the grounded crayfish because you really did not mention that…just curious.
    I am a very careful learner that’s why, Chy.

    Thank you

  47. Philip Kingsley  July 31, 2015

    wao! I just observed the steps you listed and guess what, I produced a very delicious okra soup.
    I’ve never tried cooking soup in my life. Your recipes was really helpful

  48. hummapwa  August 18, 2015

    I dont like it befor but now is one of my best soup .

  49. gift  August 26, 2015

    wow dis method is gud buh wat abt dis method…..u wash d soup pot plc on fire allow it to dry add red oil u bring it down to b cool for sumtimes add d granded ogbolo stir plc on fire stir add meat water allow to boil for 5mins put all neccssary ingredent add d slice okro allow to boil for 15mins put d meat/fish together add d punkin leaf allow to boil for sumtyms den serve

    • Chy Anegbu  August 27, 2015

      When it comes to making foods, no method is actually bad as long as it turns out well.

  50. Frank Edozie  September 22, 2015

    Nne u r 2much. Nigerian kitchen is really helping me a lot. Thank u

  51. Sarat  September 25, 2015

    I just prepare this.. it came out real good too.. thank you..

  52. Oluwabunmi  October 23, 2015

    Are you saying we are going to add all the ingredients before the okra itself?

    • Chy Anegbu  October 26, 2015

      Sure, except the leaves (if you chose to add vegetables)

  53. Virginia Okeukwu  October 29, 2015

    Good job,that is my husband best ,keep it up

  54. Cynthia  November 16, 2015

    I love that ,keep it up.

  55. Joy  November 20, 2015

    Welcome, it’s a good job u re doing. You re helping a lot of us

  56. Alexander Ebuka  November 22, 2015

    More grease to your elbow” i just make a delicous okro soup with your method. Thanks alot

  57. firstlady  December 10, 2015

    Thanks for this great recipe. Pls I will like to know if there is any other simplier one that u don’t have to use stock fish and dryfish. I remember whn I was in scondary sch my landlady do make okra with fresh titus or shawa without all those recipe and we do enjoy it. Can u pls help me with that method? Thank u very much

  58. Edna  January 6, 2016

    I love okro soup with a touch of sprinkled dried bitterleaf and pumpkin leaves….. It gives a great taste….

  59. Vovo  January 7, 2016

    Thanx for the recipe. M South African in love with Nija man. M defenatly gonna cook for him.

  60. BANKE  January 8, 2016

    l love your steps, so easy.keep it up.

  61. Esiri  January 18, 2016

    Uuuuh.. Am so excited. This is the first time am cooking okra soup and it turned out incredible. I love you. Lol… Thanks.

  62. Joy oladimeji  February 22, 2016

    Thanks this is tantalizing, am going to make mine this week end. God will reward u ijn.

  63. EZEB  March 2, 2016

    am new here. i think am gonna try dis too. tnx

  64. Arine  March 25, 2016

    Just finish cooking mine…..i can tell its great.thanks

  65. Mirabel  April 21, 2016

    Thanks for the great recipe. You’re wonderful! I want to know, aside pumpkin leave can you use uziza leave for it?

  66. Tochi  April 22, 2016

    Its nice, and today am gonna make my own ogbono and okro soup, cant wait, its been long i ate the food last so i decided to use the site so i can make a very delicious one

  67. Christopher Dennar  June 9, 2016

    okro is a nice Nigeria season soup. I like it

  68. Loveth  June 20, 2016

    I love ur teaching,i am practically enhancing my cooking,thank

  69. Victoria  July 29, 2016

    Tnx Chy i love you okro soup recipe and many other recipes on this food blog. keep it up

  70. Temitope olasunkanmi  August 30, 2016

    Bravo!…the steps are simple to understand.I love that soup very much.it even taste better with pounded yam…..nice work,i love u so much.

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  73. Ebonie Chi  March 1, 2017

    Really, Okra is the simplest, easiest and cheapest soup to make. i once tried another method. i heated my oil, put my onions and fried the okra just a little before adding my already boiled meat and other ingredient and pumpkin leaves. it was really superb. i told myself i would learn over 20 different types of soups before getting married. my fiance loves Nigerian food. i am so happy to have come across this wonderful site. you are marvelous. keep up the good work. and guess what, i am going no where, i am gonna sit back and follow you all the way! kudos!

    • Chy Anegbu  March 3, 2017

      Thanks for your feedback dearie, I am happy to help.

  74. Prince Miracle  April 10, 2017

    wow i must say I suddenly becomes great cook through your site. Great Work.

    forever thumbs up to you #TeamNigeriaRecipe

  75. Peachy  May 5, 2017

    How about Okra with Egusi

    • chidi anan  May 10, 2017

      Lol, I am yet to try that one.

  76. stella  May 25, 2017

    Please reduce palm oil to enable the soup look greenish and attractive. You can use two cover of bottle water to measure your oil whenever you want to cook your okra soup. I prepared Okra soup yesterday, it was very sweet and greenish, because I did not add much oil, only one cover of bottle water I used.


    • Chy Anegbu  May 26, 2017


  77. Uzzi Keith Chilanga  March 1, 2018

    I’m so interested in trying this at home. My question is: can this recipe do without oil? I like foods with no oil, I only use water. I love my food boiled or grilled.

  78. Chidi  April 6, 2018

    Thank you for your recipe. Okro is my best soup and as a self acclaimed international chef lol, I’m always looking for ways to better my cooking skill. Thank you again. Just made Okro

  79. Osemeilu isi  December 3, 2018

    Thank you !

  80. Teddy cole  February 27, 2019

    I’m making okro soup now. Thanks for the great assistant. God bless you.

  81. Kevin DuBree  March 23, 2019

    Hello from USA. I want to try to make this soup for an Igbo Catholic Priest who is living at our Apostolate while he is studying at University of Notre Dame. Hopefully I can find similar spices and ingredients that will make the soup taste familiar to the real thing for him. God Bless.

    • Chy Anegbu  March 28, 2019

      Ok, good luck to you dear.

  82. Goodluck  May 5, 2019

    Always afraid of going to the kitchen, having the fear of cooking and serving a poison to friends and relative and even to myself… But with ur step to step lecture I compete with mum in the kitchen. Continue with ur good works dear.

  83. Jay  May 16, 2019

    Can you add a little bitter leaves. Just a little. Your steps are so easy to follow. Thank you.

  84. Linda Micheal  June 4, 2019

    Am definitely cooking Okra soup this week…. Thanks Chy for this

  85. Ruth Friday  June 5, 2019

    You are doing great , Good job

  86. drdora  September 17, 2019

    you make me hungry! Nice one tho. I only have a little issue with the ingredients. I am a seventh day Adventist with some reserved laws on food and drinks. I dont include scaless and finless seafoods in my diet and a struggling vegan, which means that cryfish is out of it. Could you please help include meatless recipes in your blogs to help people, who knows it might attracts more people.

  87. Henry  April 24, 2020

    Wow.. What a detailed easy to follow steps.. Your pattern of teaching is very unique, I googled how to make Okro soup, and I was hoping to see your write up and boom here it goes 😂, you never failed me.. Now I can prepare my Okro soup with much confidence…. Thanks dear… By the way am enjoying your ebook on how to Prepare Nigeria Delicacies 👍

    • Chy Anegbu  May 9, 2020

      Thanks for your feedback, God bless you more.

  88. Sunny  June 17, 2020

    You got me feeling hungry now

  89. Deny  September 5, 2020

    5 stars
    Okro soup is my best! I don’t like it very thick and it shouldn’t draw too much. Just plain and easy flowing soup.
    Thanks for this recipe.


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