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Yam Pepper Soup

March 14, 2013
Chy Anegbu

Yam pepper soup is one of the easiest to make Nigerian yam recipes. If you have a tuber of yam in your kitchen but lack idea as to what to make out of it, this delicacy Well, over the past few days I have been talking about different Nigerian yam recipes and here I want to talk about one of my favorite ways to eat yam

Yam pepper soup

Try yam pepper soup, The only high side effect to this delicious recipe is that it is more expensive than alternative recipes.

The beautiful thing about Nigerian food is the fact that there are different ways to make a particular recipe, whether you have a very high budget or no budget at all, you will always end up with a very nice delicious looking meal.

This yam recipe is best prepared with catfish – fresh catfish, It is possible to use the dried catfish but I really don’t fancy the end product, obviously because I have had enough of it *winks*.

I made a delicious plate of yam plus catfish pepper soup and also included the video. There are several ways to prepare this recipe. It is possible to cook them all together in one pot or you can prepare just white yam separately in a pot and then prepare the catfish pepper soup in another pot and then serve together.

I took the second procedure.

Below are the ingredients for making yam pepper soup, some of them are basic ingredients while the rest are optional. I used this quantity of ingredients to prepare just a half tuber of yam about 1kg in weight and 1kg of fresh catfish. You are free to increase or decrease the ingredients depending on the number of persons you are looking to feed.

Ingredients For Yam Pepper Soup

This would serve about 4 persons.

Half KG of sliced yam
1 KG Of fresh catfish (point and kill)
A cup of crayfish
Utazi Leaves
Scent leaves
Onions (1 big bulb)
Uziza Leaves (optional)
Maggi Cubes (2 cubes)
Kitchen glory (beef seasoning; half sachet)
Lion pepper soup spice (half sachet)
Salt and Pepper to taste.

You can buy both lion pepper soup spice and kitchen glory from any food market in Nigeria.

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Kitchen glory is a popular Nigerian spice used in parboiling meat but for some reason, it gives me a very pleasant taste when used for pepper soup. I also used other ingredients you probably know nothing about – Lion pepper soup spice, all of which could be bought from that food store beside your house.

How to make Yam pepper soup

Like I said initially, I boiled the yam separately and also prepared the catfish pepper soup in another pot and served them together. It is one of the most preferred ways to prepare ‘ji mmiri oku’, that is the Igbo name for this delicious recipe.

The major part of making this delicious evening dessert is the preparation part, you need to wash the catfish thoroughly with hot water to remove the slimy outer layer, this is very important. I discovered that most people wash catfish with just cold water and throw them into the cooking pot, try washing with hot water to see the difference. Please don’t use boiled water, use water at 70 to 80 degree Celsius.

That is close to the boiling point.

Wash thoroughly, also wash and slice the onions, scent leaves, utazi leaves and prepare other ingredients. I used a mortar and pestle to pound the crayfish and fresh pepper together. If you watch the video below you will get a visual explanation of everything that is written here.

I made the video specifically for catfish pepper soup but it sure gives a clear illustration of what you are supposed to do. Let’s proceed…

Transfer the washed catfish into a cooking pot and start cooking with water that is enough to submerge all parts of the fish. It is advisable to cook with a small pot that brings the fish parts very close to one another, this will also enhance even distribution of ingredients.

Allow boiling before adding a cube of maggi, salt, and the ground pepper/crayfish. Make sure the ingredients are not suspended at the top. Catfish takes about ten to fifteen minutes to cook so you need to add the ingredients early enough.

Add the lion pepper soup spice and ‘kitchen glory’ if you have it or any other ingredients of your choice. Also, add the sliced utazi and scent leaves, you can use the dried utazi if you can’t find the fresh one.

Finally, add the onions and cover to cook for the next seven to ten minutes. You just made a delicious pot of catfish pepper soup, taste for salt, maggi and pepper.

Then you need to serve with the white cooked yam. I guess you can prepare white yam.

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Catfish Peppersoup

Yam pepper soup Recipe.

This is plain catfish pepper soup that was served with white boiled yams.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Nigerian Cuisine
Servings 6 People


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  • 1/2 KG of sliced yam
  • 1 KG Of fresh catfish point and kill
  • 1/2 cup of crayfish
  • Utazi Leaves
  • Scent leaves
  • 1 cup of thinly sliced Onions
  • Uziza Leaves optional
  • 2 seasoning cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon fish seasoning spice.
  • 1/2 teaspoon lion pepper soup spice
  • Salt and Pepper to taste.


  • I boiled the yam separately using a different pot, then made the pepper soup separately but served both together.
  • Boil water to 70-degree Celsius (nearly to boiling point) pour over the cup fish and wash to remove the slimy outer skin.
  • Transfer the washed fish into a pot, add a 2 cup of water, you want the fish almost submerged in water.
  • Add 1 seasoning cube, salt, and the ground pepper/crayfish. make sure the ingredients are not suspended on top.
  • Add the lion pepper soup spice and half teaspoon of a fish seasoning spice.
  • Allow to boil for five minutes
  • Add the sliced utazi and scent leaves, you can use the dried utazi if you can’t find the fresh one.
  • Finally, add the onions and cover to cook for the next seven to ten minutes. You just made a delicious pot of catfish pepper soup, taste for salt, maggi and pepper.
  • Serve pepper soup and white boiled yam.



I boiled the yam separately using a different pot, then made the pepper soup separately but served both together.
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Mrs Osula Umeh

Thanks for sending me this wonderful recipe, my husband loves it and I have not tried making it until today. It turned out perfectly and I am really excited. I just ordered one of your ebooks, hopefully, I will learn about several other recipes. Mrs Osula

September 22, 2013

Thanks for the yam recipe, you are my favorite cook in the world. You rock!

September 22, 2013

Thanks so much for this recipe , infact am making it this wkend.

September 26, 2013
mrs Obi

Am making it tonight but without Utazi leave n hope it turns out fine. Thanx dear. How much is d ebook pls?

October 3, 2013
mrs Obi

Uuuuuuhhhh! It was splendid with my Yellow Pepper

October 3, 2013
The Nigerian Kitchen

Hello Mrs Obi, thanks for your comment. You can order the cook eguide from the sales page, follow the link on the book cover at the bottom or right of this page. Thanks, I will be looking out for you name #winks#

October 7, 2013

this öne is great i tried it and every body loved it thanks for the recipe

October 26, 2013

Thanks for the recipe it turns out great

October 26, 2013
Eso baby

I have tried mine,and it worked perfectly.thanks

December 18, 2013
uwuma lucky okpor

Please where can I buy the ultimate nigeria cook book.

May 16, 2014
Chy Anegbu

You can order directly from my sales page, thanks.

June 4, 2014
Mrs. Chy

Am about to prepare mine now. Hope it turns out nice. Thanks
for the recipe

November 8, 2014
Chy Anegbu

Ok, pls don’t forget to send me some.

November 10, 2014

hmmmm! I love this Recipe, can’t say no oooo. I will appreciate it if you can pls post the images of the kitchen glory & Lion pepper soup spices.
God bless you

March 23, 2015

Thanks for the recipe. Will try it out one of these days. Is there an alternative for uzazi? Might just do without it since you said it’s optional. Also are lion pepper and kitchen glory spices readily available in the market? Keep up the good work.

August 11, 2015

Mere reading it brought me happiness cos that’s wht am looking for. Pls chy, I need smthng “special” to prepare for my guy this weekend. I wanna buy 10plots in his heart lol. Anythng special simple or hard. Thnks

August 17, 2015

Thanks Mama for the recipe, catfish pepper soup is an irresistible meal. In Calabar we dont include crayfish cos catfish is delicious naturally.

September 13, 2015
Chy Anegbu

Ok, yes, crayfish is always optional. Thanks for commenting.

September 19, 2015

Hmmm…..will try this out,sure it will taste nice.thanks for the recipe

December 22, 2015

i am making this tomorrow. Thanks

February 8, 2016
Peter David

Chy Chy… See ehn? Before, i thought i cannot cook o, but honestly since i started doing exactly as you instruct on every meal, my sister, level don change ooo. Chy? You are a ONE in a Million.

February 23, 2016
Chy Anegbu

Awwww! thanks for the comment, you are one in two million! lol.

February 24, 2016

You’re simply the best, how can I get your cookbook and how much is it .
Thanks reply ASAP

January 18, 2018
Chy Anegbu

Call 08035051468 for the cookbooks, thanks for the compliment.

January 19, 2018

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