Yam Recipes

Yam Recipes in Nigeria

Yam recipes are just so many in Nigeria. I know a couple of them but would be writing about the 7 most popular recipes in Nigeria.

There are just a few of them that are delicious enough to spark up my appetite.

Do you have a tuber of yam in your hand but lack the necessary skill to turn it into a delicious meal? By following this recipe, you will definitely make something delicious in no time.

Over the past few years, I have experimented heavily on yam recipes and other Nigerian foods 😀

I have also dedicated this year to even further experimentation on Nigerian foods.

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

1. White Yam Recipes

Yam recipe

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

This is cooked white yam with a different kind of sauce that you wouldn’t find anywhere else in Nigerian developed cities. The sauce was made with utazi (false cubeb leaves), ground dry pepper, palm oil, salt, and another local ingredient called ugba or ukpaka which is actually the scarce ingredient.

Here is the recipe for White Yam and Palm oil Sauce

2. Yam Pepper soup Recipe

Yam pepper soup

Among all of these yam recipes, I think I like Pepper soup 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 pepper soup as well as the popular point and kill pepper soup 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.

Here is Recipe for Yam Pepper Soup

3. Yam And Egg Sauce
Yam Recipes Nigeria

Combining boiled yam and egg sauce is another delicious way to have yam in Nigeria.

This is plain boiled white yam that is served with egg sauce. Click here to find recipes for Yam and Egg Sauce Recipe

4. Yamarita

I think yamarita takes the cake.

Yamarita is just fried egg-coated yams, it is a popular Hausa food in Nigeria.

How to make Yamarita.

5. Vegetable Sauce

Let’s talk about vegetables… I love vegetables however they are prepared. This particle sauce combines my favorite vegetable and tomatoes. This sauce is usually made for yam in Nigeria.

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

Click here to learn how I made Vegetable/Tomato Sauce for yam

6. Yam Porridge Nigerian Recipes

Yam Porridge Recipe

I have another delicious yam recipe in mind, I decided to try an idea in my head and it turned out very delicious. Porridge yam is like the most popular yam recipe in Nigeria. Indigenous recipes exist across different Nigerian tribes and ethnic groups.

I have probably never even seen some of them.

But there is a recipe of porridge yam that is very popular in Nigeria and also made and served in most Nigerian hotels, restaurants, and eateries.

When you find a way combine sliced white yam, some tomato paste, onion, palm oil, and some other Nigeran food ingredients, what you get is a delicious plate of the porridge yam above.

Here is How to Make Yam Porridge

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 any one 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.

7. Pounded Yam Recipes

Pounded yam

Aside from all that I have listed above, there are several other uses of yams 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 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.

In recent times, however, more ways to make pounded yam have been discovered.

Here is a quick recipe for yamarita.

Yam Recipes

Top 7 Yam Recipes From Nigeria

Chef Chidi
This is one of the popular yam recipes from Nigeria.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Nigerian Cuisine
Servings 4 People
Calories 498 kcal


  • Frying pan


  • 1 kg Yam
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 spoon of flour
  • 300 ml Vegetable Oil
  • Teaspoon of ginger
  • Teaspoon of garlic
  • a teaspoon of ground pepper
  • 1 cube of knorr sweetener
  • Pinch of salt


  • Peel off the back of the yam, slice to any size, shapes and boil for about 15 minutes. It should be soft and well cooked. Drain and allow to cool.
  • Mix all the spices in a bowl and add the eggs, flour and a pinch of salt.
  • Soak the yams in the batter and fry.
  • Fry and flip, don’t allow to burn.
  • Then serve yamarita with roasted fish and tomato sauce.


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April 11, 2020
kabir danjuma mohd

I like to have your book how can I get its

May 19, 2018
Chef Chidi

Call 08035051468 for the cookbook.

May 20, 2018

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

March 11, 2018
Funmi Akinsipe

Nice one.

November 5, 2015

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

October 12, 2015

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

January 6, 2015

Just call 08035051468 for any of my books.

January 10, 2015


December 8, 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

November 20, 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

October 11, 2014

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

October 13, 2014

I love your website.Kudos

July 21, 2014

Habiba, thanks for your nice comment.

March 26, 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.

March 20, 2014
bukky brite

i love to be here

December 6, 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

August 3, 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.

July 11, 2013

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.

August 11, 2016

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