River state native soup is one of my favorite Nigerian soup, it happens to be my favorite native soup.
You can follow either my written instruction or the embedded video at the bottom of the page, I make videos for the majority of my recipes on this site.

I grew up in River state Nigeria, did both my primary and secondary education in a very popular part of the state. During this time, I tasted almost every indigenous food and also learned to make quite a number of them. The good thing is that they share similar recipes with the Igbos.

So if you are dating an Ikwerre guy or married to a man/woman from River State Nigeria you can go ahead and serve him/her some of our Igbo foods on this page.

Let’s get back to the topic of the day, River state native soup… here goes… Gbam!!!

River state Native soup

Frankly, I can’t give a detailed account of the origin of this soup but what I do know is that it is very popular in River state and it is served in major restaurants and eateries. Although, they avoid some of the expensive ingredients like stock fish, ngolo and shrimps.

For some reason I just like to try new recipes once they appealed to me, I like to ask questions and try them out in my own kitchen, that is perhaps the reason I have learned to make virtually all the Foods Eaten In Nigeria.

How To Make River State Native Soup

Below are the ingredients for making the popular native soup in River state Nigeria, like I always assert; the ingredients would serve about 6×2 people, you can increase or decrease the quantity of each ingredient depending on the number people would be eating your food.

You can make this soup as simple as possible, if you can’t find the ngolo and prowns where you live, you can leave them out. I can’t find the english name for Ngolo, is it clams?

  • 1KG of meat
  • 10 pieces of stock fish ear (nti okporoko)
  • 2 cups of sliced uziza leaves
  • 2 medium size dry fish
  • Cocoa yam as thickener (see image)
  • 15-20cl of palm oil
  • 2-3 cubes of maggi or knorr
  • 1-2 cups of periwinkles
  • 1-2 cups of ngolo
  • 1 cup of ground crayfish
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • two handful of fresh prowns
  • 2 spoons of ofor (alternative thickener)
What you find above is a plate containing Ngolo, Periwinkles (isam) and prowns, the exact way they are sold in Nigerian markets. You can purchase them from every major Nigerian markets, especially in the states sorrounded by water.

The cocoayam should be about 1KG, the ofor serves as alternative thickener (incase the cocoayam didn’t thicken the soup), in most cases, you wouldn’t use it (the ofor)

How to Prepare Nigerian Native soup

You might wanna start by parboiling the shrimps, wash and parboil with a small pot, add half cup of water, a cube of maggi and a pinch of salt, allow to boil for up to 5 minutes, remove the head and set aside in a clean plate.
making native soup
I like to start by parboiling the meat with all the necessary ingredients, most cooks forget that parboiling the meat and obtaining the stock (water left after parboiling) is an important part of Nigerian cooking process.

I like to parboil the meat with just 2 cubes of maggi, 1 bulb of onions, salt and maybe a sachet of onga classic (a very popular Nigerian spice for soup). My choice of meat is hard to cook, takes about 50-60 minutes before you commence with the rest of the cooking.

Step 2
Use this time to prepare the other ingredients; wash and slice the uziza leaves.

Soak the stock fish and dry fish with boiled water and wash thoroughly to remove sand and center bone. Grind the crayfish and fresh pepper also, you can grind together or grind separately.

Step 3
Add the washed dry fish/stock fish in the boiling meat on fire, after about 30-50 minutes of cooking just the meat. Once they are soft and the water is almost dried (about 1 cup left) add about 5-7 cups of water, palm oil and the ground crayfish. This step was visually demonstrated in the video below, so if you like watching better than reading you can scroll down to see the video.

Allow the soup to cook for another ten minutes before adding salt to taste, a cube of maggi. Maggi is a natural food sweetener, used in making almost all the {foods eaten in Nigeria} you can refer to our ingredients catalogue for an in-depth understanding of all the ingredients used in making Nigerian foods.

Step 4
Add the washed/cleaned ngolo, stir, add the cocoayam, allow to dissolve in 8-10 minutes, if it is still very watery you can add a spoon of ofor, cook for three minutes before adding the periwinkles, prown and sliced uziza leaves which is likely the last ingredient while making River state native soup.

Allow to simmer for another five minutes and you just made Nigerian’s most popular native soup.
The video is that of an earlier version of this soup, it should give you a clue as to how to make river state native soup, I used ofor as the thickener instead of cocoayam; I also ommited the ngolo.

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  1. Chisunshine  April 11, 2017

    U really rock! tried it yday and it was wow tho I forgot prawns n used snail for meat…Oga enjoyed d spicy seafood taste…Weldone!

  2. Perpetual  May 27, 2017

    Wow. Thank you ma. You have really made me a great cook. I will try this recipe this weekend. God bless you.

  3. melody  July 26, 2017

    What is ngolo

  4. Joy  September 12, 2017

    U such a darlin! Been hearin about native but don’t know to cook it…God bless u loads

  5. onyi sunshine  December 31, 2017

    U rock Chy,I’m a good cook as well but seriously, I appreciate the effort you put in here to help lots of people out there. More grease to your site, God bless you.

  6. Joy  February 11, 2018

    Please i would like to buy your book. I reside at Abuja.

    • Chy Anegbu  February 12, 2018

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  7. racheal ben  February 24, 2018

    in a situation where you don’t have mortar,can you grate the cocoyam and can I use fresh fish to prepare this soup?

  8. Ela  May 11, 2018

    Thanks for this. I’ll try the recipe today

  9. Sandra  June 15, 2018

    Please what is the difference between fisherman’s soup and rivers native soup?

    • Chef Chidi  June 17, 2018

      Can’t say exactly but I know they are very different.

  10. Jorbedom Alexander Ziggy  October 6, 2018

    i am a Rivers State man and i just love to cook. i’ve tried some of ur recipes and dey turn out to be just great. thank u so much and i’ll be placing an order for the book this month end too. thank you again.

  11. Igwe angel  January 3, 2019

    Hi , ma, please what’s ngolo?

  12. Kedei Iso Ofem  May 6, 2019

    Can u send me the Ngolo and periwinkle, even if it’s dry blc of my location, Damaturu Yobe state, send to Gaat Hotels Ltd

  13. ikwerre chef  December 2, 2019

    My native soup is the best and is called Miniwiri okazi,portharcourt soup and comes the 27th of this month December there is an event holding in my community by me called Ikwerre soup you all are invited thanks and happy new month


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