Yam recipes are just so many in Nigeria.
I know over twenty of them but would be writing about the 5 most popular Nigerian yam recipes on this page.
There are just a few of them that are delicious enough to spark up my appetite. Number one would be porridge yam. 😀

Do you have a tuber of yam in your hand but lack the necessary skill to turn it into a delicious meal? I want to help you out with that.

Over the past few years I have experimented heavily on yam recipes and other Nigerian foods to discover even recipes that were initially unknown to humanity, 😀 I have also dedicated this year to even further experimentation on Nigerian foods.

My list would include porridge yam, pepper soup yam, tomato sauce and white yam as well as some age-old native recipe I that I only get to eat when I am in my village.

There are food I can’t find in my part of Nigeria, although the list is very small but some of them are just too hard to forgo.

What you find below is one of such yam meals, this is cooked white yam with a different kind of sauce that you wouldn’t find anywhere else in the urban areas. The sauce was made with utazi (false cubeb leaves), ground dry pepper, palm oil, salt, and another local ingredients called ugba or ukpaka which happens to be hard to find in developed areas.

What you find below is the image of cooked white yam with my favorite palm oil sauce

Yam recipe

I have another delicious yam recipe in mind, I decided to try an idea in my head and it turned out very delicious. It was sort of a coincidence though, I had chicken wings in my refrigerator, the robust kind of chicken that is popularly called ‘Orobo’ in Nigeria. I made porridge yam with mashed chicken Wings.

This was actually easy to make, this is the usual porridge yam with a simple tweek, Porridge yam is one of my favorite of yam recipes, visit the main page for my Porridge yam With Mashed Chicken and another kind of porridge made with vegetables/tomatoes.


This page is exclusively about all the different yam recipes.

The country Nigeria is made up of over three hundred different ethnic groups and languages, in total there are over twenty different yam recipes in Nigeria but I am focusing mainly on the popular recipes, the ones that are acceptable by almost every citizen of Nigeria.

If you are dating or married to a Nigerian person you can surprise him/her with anyone of the recipes listed on this page, except the very few recipes that are indigenous to certain ethnic groups in Nigeria.

In my Lagos home we have four different ways of preparing yam. It is either porridge yam, tomato sauce yam, Pepper Soup Yam (Ji Mmiri Oku) or fried yam which is often combined with other foods to make a perfect breakfast or dinner in most cases. Among all of this yam recipes I think I like Peppersoup yam better than The rest of them, the only problem is that it is the most expensive of all the recipes because of the use of catfish.

Catfish is one of the most popular fish eaten in Nigeria it is used for preparing yam peppersoup as well as the popular point and kill peppersoup that you find in major Nigerian restaurants and food joints.

The yam pepper soup is very easy to make, the process is similar to that of Point And Kill (Cat Fish) Peppersoup, with slight differences.

Another popular yam recipe would be this.
Yam Recipes Nigeria
This is plain boiled white yam that is served with egg sauce. Click here to find recipes for Yam and Egg Sauce Recipe

I think yamarita takes the cake.
How to make Yamarita.

Aside all that I have listed above, there are several other uses of yam in Nigeria, the chief being ‘pounded yam’. The name ‘pounded yam’ is a popular acronym in the Nigerian food-osphere. Pounded yam is usually served alongside other Nigerian soups

Pounded yam is just yam that is cooked and pounded with mortar and pestle and then served with any of the Popular Nigerian soups

Finally, lets talk a little bit about vegetable/tomato sauce that is usually made for yam. Another delicious yam recipe is vegetable/tomato sauce.

Vegetable sauce
These are just some of the popular yam recipes in Nigeria. More recipes after the cut.

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  1. Anny  July 11, 2013

    Please how do I make tomato sauce with eggs, I ate this at a friends house today it was very delicious and I would love to be able to make it. I have learn some of your yam recipes like porridge yam and peppersoup yam but I would love to make the one I just told you above.

    • Zee  August 11, 2016

      Dice fresh tomatoes, pepper and onions and set it aside. Break your eggs and lightly season it, beat and set aside. Pour oil of your choice in a pot or sauce pan and let it heat up a little. Add your chopredicted everything, let it fry a little, salt and season to your taste and add your beaten eggs and fry till your eggs firm up and is cooked.

  2. Liya  August 3, 2013

    Hi Peace,
    My boyfriend is Nigerian, he is from Onitsha and I would really like to surprise him with some delicious traditional Nigerian food. I already know how to make Jellof rice, Yam porridge and Indomie for breakfast. I was thinking maybe you can give me the recipe and instructions on cooking for Oha soup, I would really love to know how to cook Nkwobi as well. Thanks a lot in advance and

  3. bukky brite  December 6, 2013

    i love to be here

  4. Habiba  March 20, 2014

    Hi.Thanks alot for d weekly newsletter you’ve been sending to me.However,even before i subscribed,i’d been visitin your site & have learnt alot of dishes that i never knew jack about.I am from the northern part of Nigeria but via your site,i’ve become a guru in preparin afang soup,oha,edika ikong,banga soup,white soup,& lots more.
    Just about 2wks ago,i was so tired & was wondering what short-cut meal i could prepare for my family & like an answered prayer,i got ur mail on three diff noodle recipes.i made d 2nd & thot i could refrigerate some cos it was too much but alas,we ate it all up.
    Thanks alot chi.pls keep up d good work.

  5. CHIDI ANEGBU  March 26, 2014

    Habiba, thanks for your nice comment.

  6. faith  July 21, 2014

    I love your website.Kudos

  7. Amaka  October 11, 2014

    Please help! I want to make a snail sauce with yam but I don’t know how to go about it. I stumbled on ur site as I was using Google to search. Please can you reply me with a recipe I can follow. Would like to surprise my man when he comes home. Would appreciate an immediate response in case I need to go shopping

    • CHIDI ANEGBU  October 13, 2014

      Amaka, Thanks for your comment, I did email you a detailed reply.

  8. isioma  November 20, 2014

    I tried nkwobi,edikaikong,ofe owerri,spicy sweet potato fries,plantain mosa and club sandwich and many more,they were perfect.thanks for spicing up my cooking.i cook well but now i can give my hubby varieties of meals

  9. OLAJUMOKE  December 8, 2014


  10. mary  January 6, 2015

    I love ur page.hav learnt sooo muc,but ow can I get dat book”Rice et all”

    • CHIDI ANEGBU  January 10, 2015

      Just call 08035051468 for any of my books.

  11. Ogechi  October 12, 2015

    Chi how are u? i got ur book, i cooked the rivers soup very nice thanks keepup the good work

  12. Funmi Akinsipe  November 5, 2015

    Nice one.

  13. cindy  March 11, 2018

    there is a popular one called upo in my dialet.. yam and okro sauce. gthe okro and some other spices…

  14. kabir danjuma mohd  May 19, 2018

    I like to have your book how can I get its

    • Chef Chidi  May 20, 2018

      Call 08035051468 for the cookbook.


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