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, try this delicacy.
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.
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
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
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.
Kitchen glory is a popular Nigerian spice used in parboiling meat, but 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, you can buy them 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 illustrates 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.
Yam pepper soup Recipe.
- 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.
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