Okra soup contains sliced okra fruit, meat, crayfish, seasoning cubes, salt, pepper, etc.
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.
You can use 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, I combine okro and ogbono for better results, you can learn more here about making Nigerian Ogbolo(ogbono) soup.
Is Okro soup Good for Kids?
There are several reasons 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 it 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, I just made a pot of okra soup before writing this, a tiny 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 Okro 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, 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)
Stockfish head (medium size)
1 kg of meat (chicken)
5 shombo peppers
2 scotch bonnet peppers
2 seasoning cubes
Salt to taste.
200ml Red (palm) oil
half cup of ground crayfish
Here are some ingredients that I use for making this soup.
Slice the okra and set it 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.
Remove center seeds from the shombo, combine with scotch bonnet and blend or pound using a mortar and pestle. Also, blend or grind the crayfish.
I used just 1kg (2.2lb) of chicken and 500g of fish for this okra soup.
I like to parboil meat with lots of spices and then use very little while making the real soup.
How to Make Okro Soup
Wash the fish/chicken and season with a half teaspoon of salt, two seasoning cubes, a cup of water, and half a cup of sliced onions.
Allow it to boil together for 10-15 minutes. Remove them while leaving the stock in the pot.
Add the stockfish to the boiling pot, one more cup of water, and cook for about 10 minutes till they are soft for consumption.
Add two cups of water.
Introduce 200ml of palm oil, add the crayfish, pepper/shombo, and salt to taste.
Let it boil for 8 minutes. Add the cooked chicken/fish and allow simmering for three more minutes.
Add the sliced okra and stir. Drop the cooked mackerel fish on top.
Allow simmering for 3-4 minutes, and you are done with this delicious soup.
You can serve ofe okro with eba, fufu or pounded yam.
Okra Soup Recipe | Nigerian cooking with Okro
- 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.
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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its very nice i just made some now and i am already in the skies looking for more
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.
You got me feeling hungry now
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 👍
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.
You are doing great , Good job
Am definitely cooking Okra soup this week…. Thanks Chidi for this
Can you add a little bitter leaves. Just a little. Your steps are so easy to follow. Thank you.
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.
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.
I’m making okro soup now. Thanks for the great assistant. God bless you.
Thank you !
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
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.
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.
How about Okra with Egusi
wow i must say I suddenly becomes great cook through your site. Great Work.
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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!
I LOVE THIS SOUP AND IT IS MY FAVORITE. THANKS
I REALLY LOVE UR TEACHING VERY SIMPLE TO UNDERSTAND AND TO PRACTICE. KEEP IT UP AND GOD BLESS.
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.
Tnx Chidi i love you okro soup recipe and many other recipes on this food blog. keep it up
I love ur teaching,i am practically enhancing my cooking,thank
okro is a nice Nigeria season soup. I like it
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
Thanks for the great recipe. You’re wonderful! I want to know, aside pumpkin leave can you use uziza leave for it?
Just finish cooking mine…..i can tell its great.thanks
am new here. i think am gonna try dis too. tnx
Thanks this is tantalizing, am going to make mine this week end. God will reward u ijn.
Uuuuh.. Am so excited. This is the first time am cooking okra soup and it turned out incredible. I love you. Lol… Thanks.
l love your steps, so easy.keep it up.
Thanx for the recipe. M South African in love with Nija man. M defenatly gonna cook for him.
I love okro soup with a touch of sprinkled dried bitterleaf and pumpkin leaves….. It gives a great taste….
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
More grease to your elbow” i just make a delicous okro soup with your method. Thanks alot
Welcome, it’s a good job u re doing. You re helping a lot of us
I love that ,keep it up.
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Are you saying we are going to add all the ingredients before the okra itself?
I just prepare this.. it came out real good too.. thank you..
Nne u r 2much. Nigerian kitchen is really helping me a lot. Thank u
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
I dont like it befor but now is one of my best soup .
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
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, Chidi.
please ma although not on this soup topic, pls i want to no what is ogiri thanks
Thanks for this information. You just saved a hungry Bachelor this afternoon.
I love Okro soup but instead of pumpkin leaf, I use uziza leaf. Its tastier and the aroma is wonderful
I jst cook okro nw nd i didnt cover it atal bt its nt drawing, y?
I love Okra soup because good i blood system I need more option
Infact the soup is really delicious,God will increase your knowledge in million ways in Jesus.
okro soup is always delicious with ugu leaf and traditional comdiments.
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.
thumbs up.keep it up
Ur cookbook and recipes helps me alot cos i married igbo man.God bless d day I came across ur site.u’r bless
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.
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Chidi, 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.
I luv okro soup but i didnt kno that it cld be combine wit ogbono since they both draw nd av dif taste.
such a nice method. l like this.
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.
Okro soup is one of my best soup so far i love these recipes, i promise to keep it up on how to
goodjob chy now i confident in cooking thanks
Welldone, you are doing a great job. This soup looks tantalising, I am salivating already!
Correct Recipe for Okro soup,Thanks for the good work, keep it up!
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.
thanks alot just saved me from an embarrasment dis evening.
That was nice, I love okro soup
just had okro soup n it so delicious. i love ur recipes. thank u so much….
okro soup it so sweet to taste give me Nigeria kitchen nothing do you
Am new here and I like your recipes. Okro is on of my favorite soups and Am open to different methods of preparing it.
This is great, keep it up and may God give u more wisdom
I am making Okra tonight; the Nija man way (Cat fish, Stock fish, Kanda etc). Can’t wait
well and very well, u change my way of cooking and make my home sweeter. thank very much.
Hi, atyms my okro dosnt draw well…wat do u tink I should do
Ur are doing great work. Ride on!
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Lovely that soup was my best, my university days my roomate and myself use it for our sunday special. Thanks dear.
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 .
CHY YOUR RECIPE ARE D BOMB AM SO ENJOYING YOUR STEP TO STEP PROCEDURE KEEP THE GOOD WORK GOING .GOD IS UR STRENGTH .
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.
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
Nice and very easy to follow, I love ofe okro very much. I shall make it tomorrow unfailingly. U re da bomb!!!
Yummy yummy dats my favorite soup okro and I love making it. Thanks d steps are easy to understand
very interesting indeed, it helps alot. keep it up
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.
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you know, your steps are easy, simple and delicious! keep it up!
Okra soup is my best, you kinda know how to get me hungry! I love all your recipes. Keep the good work going.
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
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