Edikaikong soup
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Edikaikong Soup | Vegetable Soup from Nigeria

Edikaikong is the most popular vegetable soup from Nigeria. This recipe is easy and could serve up to 12 people when paired with a Nigerian swallow - (fufu, eba or semo)
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 10 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Nigerian Cuisine
Keyword: Calabar soup, Edikaikong soup, Efik foods, Vegetable soup
Servings: 12 People
Calories: 420kcal
Author: Chy Anegbu
Cost: 5000 Naira



  • Waterleaf 12 cups
  • Fluted pumpkin ugwu leaf (8 cups)
  • 2 cups palm oil
  • 1 Stockfish head medium size
  • 200 g Dried fish or roasted fish
  • 1 cup of ground or pounded crayfish
  • 2 kg assorted meat
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 Seasoning cubes
  • 1 cup of Periwinkles optional
  • 2 spoons of ofor or achi
  • Half cup of onions


  • Using a sharp knife and chopping board, slice the water leaves and fluted pumpkin to tiny bits, wash and set aside in different bowls.
  • Season your meat with 2 seasoning cubes, onions and a teaspoon of salt.
  • Allow to the meat to boil for 10 minutes, then add water and let it cook till it becomes soft and the water is almost dried.
  • Add 2 cups of Palm oil (500ml) to the cooked meat in the pot while still on heat.
  • Salt to taste - be sure the soup is boiling in oil, no water then add the water leaves.
  • Stir for 3-5 minutes. you can add them little by little. Add the ugu (fluted pumpkin) leaves.
  • The pounded crayfish/pepper, periwinkles, 1 seasoning cube should follow.
  • Stir and taste for salt, you can add another seasoning cube. Allow simmering for 3-5 minutes and you have Nigeria's most popular vegetable soup - Edikaikong soup.