River state Native soup
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Rivers State Soup Recipe | Niger Delta Foods and Soup

This River state native soup is one of the most popular soup served in restaurants around Niger Delta, Nigeria. I love it and I guessing that you are going to enjoy it too.
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Rivers Cuisines
Keyword: Niger Delta Cooking, Rivers Foods, Rivers State Native Soup
Servings: 12 People
Calories: 789kcal
Author: Chy Anegbu
Cost: 6000 Naira



  • 1 KG of meat Cow foot
  • 10 pieces Stockfish ear nti okporoko
  • 2 cups Sliced uziza leaves
  • 2 Medium-size dry fish
  • Cocoa yam as a thickener see image
  • 300ml Palm oil
  • 3 cubes of Maggi or knorr
  • 2 cups Periwinkles
  • 1 cups Ngolo
  • 1/2 cup Ground crayfish
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 handfuls of fresh prawns
  • 2 spoons of ofor alternative thickener
  • Pepper to taste


  • Season the prawns with a pinch of salt, a seasoning cube and precook for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the heads and set aside on a plate.
  • Season the meat with a teaspoon of salt, half teaspoon of beef seasoning spice, a seasoning cube and allow to boil for 10 minutes. add water and allow cooking for 45 minutes until it becomes soft. (about 15 minutes with Pressure cooker)
  • Grind the crayfish, fresh pepper and slice the uzizia leaves.
  • Pour boiled water over the dried fish and stockfish, wash and set aside.
  • Once the meat is well cooked, in a cooking pot, add the dried fish, stockfish, add 8 cups of water, ground crayfish, palm oil and allow to boil for 10 minutes. Add a seasoning cube and salt to taste.
  • Add the washed/cleaned ngolo, stir, add the cocoyam, allow to dissolve in 8-10 minutes, if it is still very watery you can add a spoon of ofor and allow to simmer on low heat for another 5 minutes. Stir occasionally so it doesn't get burned.
  • Add the periwinkles, pre-cooked prawn and sliced uziza leaves.
  • Allow simmering for 3-5 minutes and you are done.
  • Serve River State native soup with Fufu, Semo, Pounded yam or Eba