Porridge Yam

March 14, 2013
Chef Chidi
Yam Porridge Recipe

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 advantage of this recipe is that anyone can follow it to get exactly what you are seeing below.

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.

About Yam Recipes

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 focus on yam porridge.

Yam is one of the major staple foods in Nigeria.

Ingredients for Porridge yam

2Kg/ 2000g peeled white yam
Half cup of ground crayfish
1 seasoning cubes.
150 ml of palm oil.
300ml Ground fresh tomatoes
Small ground fresh Peppers
1 cup of Sliced Onions


I can actually make this yam porridge 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.

Yam Porridge Recipe

Yam Porridge Recipe | Igbo Recipe

Chef Chidi
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 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Nigerian Cuisine
Servings 5 People
Calories 476 kcal


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  • 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


  • 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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Stephen Ogbodo

5 stars
I’m an Igbo student in the UK. I needed to prepare a Nigerian recipe for my international friends for our New Year get-together, and your yam porridge delighted them. Thanks!

January 2, 2021

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.

July 13, 2020

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

October 1, 2017
Awwal arije

I love it more than u

August 16, 2016

thanks…love porridge yam so much.

July 29, 2016

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

June 20, 2016

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.

May 11, 2016

Thank u a million times for this yam porridge recipe. I love it like kissing Lo de

April 22, 2016
Aweosa Uhunmwangho

I tried it!,t worked perfectly well!

February 26, 2016

yea, i love dis each tmn i login 2 dis site
wonderful one 4rm u der; i so much love 2 eat porridge yam…. tanx

February 10, 2016

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.

November 9, 2015

Wow! Dis is nice, I’d try it right away

November 2, 2015

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

October 26, 2015

Thanks for the tips. I love porridge yam

September 16, 2015
princess rita

Hello madam chy, thx for d yam porridge recipes. God bless yu for dis wonderful job yu are doing.

August 31, 2015

thanks a million! I tried ur fried recipe & preparation method and it was really nice. keep the gr8 work.

August 5, 2015

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

July 18, 2015
lolly Pop

Hi Chi,you did not mention when the onion came in.

May 18, 2015
susanna simon

l love yam porriage so much thank u for this wonderful recipe God bless u indeed

March 24, 2015

Pls ma, i wl like you to treat different rice recipe. i luv gud food.

November 16, 2014
Chidi Anegbu

Jumoke, thanks for your comment.

November 20, 2014
Adebiyi Adebimpe Adedayo

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

October 3, 2014
Chidi Anegbu

You can add sweet potato but I would highly advice against adding sugar, thanks for your comment.

October 4, 2014

Awesome! I will definitely try out d chicken ya

m porridge soon. Thanks a lot n God bless u.

October 1, 2014

Thanks very much.i really enjoy every bit of ur recipes.

September 10, 2014
Amarachi Ukwandu

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

July 6, 2014
Amarachi Ukwandu

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.

July 6, 2014

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.

July 4, 2014

Looks yummy

June 28, 2014

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

June 9, 2014
Babe kosi

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

May 24, 2014

I love it!

April 21, 2014
Mr Joyce

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.

October 8, 2013

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.

June 20, 2013

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