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
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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. Adaco  June 9, 2015

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

  2. Adenike comfort  June 29, 2015

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

  3. Ij  July 10, 2015

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

  4. Phemmy  July 17, 2015

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. hummapwa  August 18, 2015

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

  9. 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.

  10. Frank Edozie  September 22, 2015

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

  11. Sarat  September 25, 2015

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

  12. 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)

  13. Virginia Okeukwu  October 29, 2015

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

  14. Cynthia  November 16, 2015

    I love that ,keep it up.

  15. Joy  November 20, 2015

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

  16. Alexander Ebuka  November 22, 2015

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

  17. 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

  18. Edna  January 6, 2016

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

  19. Vovo  January 7, 2016

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

  20. BANKE  January 8, 2016

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


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