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 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.
okro soup

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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  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



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