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
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. 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.

  2. Joy oladimeji  February 22, 2016

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

  3. EZEB  March 2, 2016

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

  4. Arine  March 25, 2016

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

  5. 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?

  6. 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

  7. Christopher Dennar  June 9, 2016

    okro is a nice Nigeria season soup. I like it

  8. Loveth  June 20, 2016

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

  9. Victoria  July 29, 2016

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

  10. 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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  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. Peachy  May 5, 2017

    How about Okra with Egusi

    • chidi anan  May 10, 2017

      Lol, I am yet to try that one.

  16. 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


  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. Osemeilu isi  December 3, 2018

    Thank you !

  20. Teddy cole  February 27, 2019

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


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