Porridge Yam

Yam porridge is one of the easiest and most popular Nigerian foods.

Several people have made porridge yams using different recipes – some are simple while the rest are not. One of the advantages of this particular recipe is that anyone can follow it to get exactly what you are seeing below

Yam recipe

This is the everyday porridge yam you make in your home with fresh tomatoes, pepper, salt, etc.

Fresh tomatoes in pottage! 😀

The average Nigerian doesn’t use fresh tomatoes but if you want to get something that looks really yummy and inviting, the type you only see at 5-star restaurants and eateries, then you need tomato paste.

Several yam recipes exists in Nigeria across the many tribes and ethnic groups that live in Nigeria. Over the last few years, I have tried several of them and loving it so far.

Recently, I made yamarita, a popular Hausa recipe. I am sure you are going to love it. Yamirita is just fried egg-coated yams.

Today, however, we will be focusing on yam porridge.

Yam is one of the major staple foods in Nigeria.

The Ingredients for 6 persons Includes.

A tuber of yam (peel and slice to serve-able sizes).
Half cup of ground crayfish
2 seasoning cubes.
100 ml of palm oil.
300ml Ground fresh tomatoes
Ground fresh Peppers
1 cup of Sliced Onions

Preparation

This yam porridge can actually be made in just 20 minutes once you have all the ingredients prepared.

Peel off the bark of the yam, slice to serve-able sizes, wash and set aside. Also slice or grind the tomatoes, fresh pepper and a cup of crayfish. I use lots of onions while making most foods, just for its health benefits.

Sliced Yams Below
Sliced Yams

How to Make Porridge Yam

Pour 150ml of palm oil into a cooking pot, allow to heat and bleach a little (about two minutes). Add half of the sliced onions. Pour in the ground tomatoes/peppers.
Frying Onions

Fry the ground tomatoes/pepper and onions for five to ten minutes, add water and transfer the sliced yams. Add water so that the yam pieces are almost submerged in water (but not completely submerged). Allow boiling then add crayfish, a seasoning cube, salt and allow to cook for the next ten minutes.

Add the remaining sliced onions.
Cooking yam porridge

Cover and allow to cook for another 5 minutes.

You can pierce with a cooking fork to know if the yam is soft enough for consumption. You can add vegetable, it is very nice for porridge yam even though I omitted it while making the delicious recipe above.

Cook for another three to five minutes and you just made my favorite yam porridge.

Stir all together, keep stirring till it thickens.

Here is a plate of Nigerian porridge yam, this is the most popular recipe in our home. We love vegetables!

So while you don’t see vegetables added in the yam porridge you buy from eateries and restaurants, you can add them when you make it in your own kitchen.

If you added vegetables (3 cups of sliced ugu leaves {fluted pumpkin}), this is what you get.

Nigerian yam porridge

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Yam Porridge Recipe

Yam Porridge Recipe | Igbo Recipe

Chy Anegbu
Yam porridge can be made in less than 30 minutes, it is one of the easiest and most natural food in Nigeria. There are hardly any artificial colors or spices.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Nigerian Cuisine
Servings 5 People
Calories 476 kcal

Equipment

  • Pots
  • Spoons

Ingredients
  

  • 2.5 KG yam.
  • 1/2 cup ground crayfish
  • 2 seasoning cubes.
  • 100 ml of palm oil.
  • 300 ml ground fresh tomatoes
  • Ground fresh Peppers
  • 1 cup of Sliced Onions

Instructions
 

  • Peel off the bark of the yam, slice to serve-able sizes, wash and set aside.
  • Grind the tomatoes, fresh pepper and half cup of crayfish.
  • Slice the onions
  • Pour 150ml of palm oil into a cooking pot, allow to heat and bleach a little (about two minutes). Add half of the sliced onions. Pour in the ground tomatoes/peppers.
  • Fry the ground tomatoes/pepper and onions for ten minutes, add water and transfer the sliced yams. Allow boiling then add crayfish, a seasoning cube, salt and allow to cook for the next ten minutes.
  • Add the remaining sliced onions.
  • Cover and allow to cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Check if the yams are soft - use a cooking fork.
  • Once the yams are soft, stir together. Stir till it thickens.
Keyword Igbo Foods, Yam porridge, Yam recipes

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33 Comments

  1. I like porridge yam so much, they are easy to make and can be made in less than 20 minutes, I kinda like foods that takes less time to prepare. They fit properly into my busy schedule. I love Nigerian foods and would love to learn about the rest. I have learned to make porridge yam and different rice recipes, thanks for teaching me.

  2. Yes, porridge yam that is prepared with old yams are my best, they taste somewhat sugary and very appealing to the tongue. Thanks for the recipe.

  3. I really don’t like, I think this really looks delicious .i will try it for my husband he like yam a lot .

  4. I alwayz boil d yam 1st before putting all the ingredient and d palmoil last,is diz way of cooking porriage not right

  5. Have really tried most of ur recipe and it looks delicious and wonderful good work, we appreciate, This particular yam recipe turned out delicious, I am going to definitely try a whole lot more of them.

  6. Amarachi Ukwandu says:

    I love yam porridge, I am just learning to make all these delicious foods through your site, I really thanks God for inspiring you to write such a wonderful site for us, God bless you real good and please keep doing what you know best to do. I also love the emails you send to me.

  7. Amarachi Ukwandu says:

    Thankks for teaching me how to make Yam porridge, you are doing a wonderful job, I would also like to learn about other delicious yam recipes. thanks

  8. Adebiyi Adebimpe Adedayo says:

    I really appreciate this training. .I want to ask if it advisable to add sweet potato or sugar to add to the taste. Thanks

  9. I am a Eastern European lady married to a wonderful Igbo husband. I love preparing Yam Porridge for my family.

  10. Thanks. Just learnt another method of cooking yam porridge. Sometimes I experience difficulty in buying the right yam for it.

  11. in facts am planning to prepare porridge tomorrow morning before going to work and I will surely try this method instead of mine which is cooking yam first and adding palm oil last.

  12. Thanks madam for this site. U av really helped me in no small measure. Always worried about what to cook for my family until I found refuge in ur site. God bless u.

  13. Wow love this just ate this porridge yam and mashed chicken with ugwu leaves wow. It’s very nice. Chy thumbs up for you biko

  14. I can honestly say a week ago .. I don’t know how to cook at all !! But ur site is like God sent … all I can just say is , av tried like 4 different dish from this site and am so happy I came across this site — thank you & keep it up .. add more menus

  15. 5 stars
    You are really the best chef for Nigerian foods. I see a lot of people make porridge yam. This your method is the best. Looking forward to some awesome recipes ahead.

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