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.

Okro soup

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
Okro 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. chika  August 26, 2014

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

  2. Airat  August 26, 2014

    That was nice, I love okro soup

  3. Nicholas Nicholasa  September 3, 2014

    thanks alot just saved me from an embarrasment dis evening.

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  5. 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.

  6. Chimmy  October 6, 2014

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

  7. Nneka  October 10, 2014

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

  8. ukams  October 11, 2014

    goodjob chy now i confident in cooking thanks

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. chiamaka  November 17, 2014

    such a nice method. l like this.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. chioma  February 2, 2015

    thumbs up.keep it up

  18. 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.

  19. ola-balogun edith  April 18, 2015

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

  20. Mercy  May 12, 2015

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


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