Yoruba foods are just as popular as foods by other Nigerian ethnic groups. Yoruba is one of the three major Nigerian ethnic groups aside Hausa and Igbo.
Most yoruba foods are usually a blend of different colorful food elements, it is always a pleasant sight to behold’, that’s the way the Yorubas like to eat, they like a combination of soups/stew/ assorted meat plus eba or pounded yam.

If you have’t tried it yet, please do. What you find below is a typical yoruba food, a combination of gbegiri, ewedu and stew; served with fufu.

Yoruba Foods

If you are an African/American but married to a Yoruba person, you will find this page interesting.

Most Nigerians eat almost the same set of foods. Take jollof rice or porridge yam for instance, they are all the same across all Nigerian states except the slim difference in the style of preparation and ingredients used; especially for the soups. So any Yoruba person can accept virtually all the regular Nigerian foods but if you are looking to surprise him with a special treat then you might wanna try some of the Yoruba recipes on this page.

This is all about the foods eaten by the Yorubas, a very popular Nigerian major ethnic group. Some of them are easy to prepare while a whole lot of them would require some traditional cooking utensils, don’t worry, I will be here with you every step of the way.

Here are the names of Yoruba Soups/foods.



Efo Riro


Iyan – Pounded yam

There are over a hundred different foods eaten by the Yorubas so we are going to take them one after the other. I want to talk about the very popular ewedu soup here and then a little bit on how to make gbegiri, I just learned about this recipe a few days back, it is a delicious Yoruba delicasy.

Yoruba Ewedu Soup

Ewedu Soup
This green soup is likely the most popular Yoruba soup from what I have seen during most Yoruba parties but I noticed that it is never served alone, wondering if I have tasted ewedu soup? Of course I have or how else do you think I learned to prepare this delicacy.

I will tell you my experience with ewedu soup on the main page and also why different Nigerian ethnic groups seem to have different recipes that are special to them.
This way –> For Yoruba Ewedu Soup.

That being said, let’s talk about another delicious Yoruba food (soup) here – efo riro. I made this soup a couple of days back and it is super delicious.
Efo Riro Soup/Stew

You can also learn how I made a delicious plate of efo riro soup here, the popular Yoruba rich vegetable soup.
This way for Efo Riro Vegetable Soup

This page is entirely about the foods eaten by the Yorubas and here you are going to learn about making gbegiri soup; a very popular Yoruba “bean soup”. You can find the image of gbegiri soup below.

Gbegiri Soup

Ingredients for making gbegiri soup.

1 cups Beans (white or brown)
Onions (2 balls)
Palm oil
Seasoning (knorr cube, salt etc)
900g fish/meat – optional


Step 1

We start by removing the seed coat; just transfer a cup of beans to a bowl, sprinkle a handful of water and start robbing and squeezing hard, as you progress the outer coat starts wearing off. This is actually the easiest beans de-coating method. Add water, wash and strain (leaving the white split cotyledons). you should be done with this in about 10 minutes.

Then pour into a pot and start cooking with just water and about half teaspoon of powdered potash, the potash act as a catalyst, most people use potash to hasten the cooking process while others avoid it for health or personal reasons.

Step 2
Cook for twenty to fifty minutes until it is very soft and ready for mashing. After that use a short strong neat broom to mash it till soft (there is often a broom kept for this purpose, the same that is used for ewedu soup). The reason for this is just to ground the already cooked beans to a seedless soft pudding.

There are different methods to making Yoruba foods, the gbegiri soup is not an exception. Some Yoruba uses a strong spoon and a plastic sifter for this purpose. They achieve the same end by pressing the soft seeds against the sieve with a spoon, it is that simple for most Yoruba foods. Alternatively, use an electric blender! 😀

Set the mashed beans apart in a clean bowl.

Step 3

How to make gbegiri

At this point most people just transfer into a pot then add the the already cooked meat/fish, onions, seasoning (1 knorr cube), pepper, salt, 100ml palm oil and allow it to steam for 10 minutes then a delicious pot of gbegiri soup is made, or you can follow.

Step 3B
After following step 2 to a T, set your cooking pot on the burner, use about 10 to 15cl of palm oil, allow to heat then add sliced onions, mashed beans, pepper, other seasoning of choice (a cube of knorr or maggi), iru (locust bean), salt to taste, allow to cook for five minutes and you just made a delicious pot of gbegiri soup, one of my favorite Yoruba soup.

You can serve gbegiri with amala, fufu or eba.

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There are so many Other yoruba foods that we are yet to talk about. We are also making videos.

Ofada Sauce/Stew is my favorite

Someone asked me recently,
Do you think Moi moi is a Yoruba food, See My Answer.

Are You a Big Man? Cook Onugbu soup 😀

Ewa Agoyin Yoruba food is super delicious and super yummy.


  1. Ezekiel Temidayo  February 20, 2016

    I love this 4 me am from Edo State but i was born and brought up at Osun State, i cann’t cook Edo Soup but but but Yoruba Soup am Perfect on that

  2. Ahmed  March 30, 2016

    U are the best thanks for this recipe

  3. tommi  April 2, 2016

    Whoa this a lesson site.

  4. Oyinkansola  April 8, 2016

    Thanks for sharing sis…. but at what point wld I add pepper to it. As it is in the ingredients. thanks

  5. Amarachi Obi  April 14, 2016

    Chy, you website is Another thing entirely, pls where can I get a copy of your cookbook. I think I really want to get serious with cooking. I am a fairly good cook and recently got married. I just want to do better.

  6. justice ibe  April 14, 2016

    O my goodness!!!! This food is so adorable, fantastic, and delicious good looking food ooooooooo. Can’t wait to make this in my kitchen.

  7. Blessing Benjamin.  April 14, 2016

    Chy, you are one in million, since I bought your cookbook my cooking have really improved. My husband is wondering how i recently fell in love with cooking, every day I just want to make one delicious food from your cookbook. Thanks Chy for bringing back my honor. Blessing.

  8. Grace  April 18, 2016

    i love it

  9. BimJESU  April 22, 2016

    This is a very good site. Yoruba’s has a whole lot of delicacies. One of such is ekuru and eko which is served with its own sauce, how about shanpala, adalu, luru soup, orunla etc. These are native Yoruba dishes. Yorubas also has snacks like kokoro, this kokoro can be made in different ways and with different ingredients. There is also amala lafun made from cassava flour aside the dark yam flour amala which is known to many. Each tribe has salient meals. Yoruba is one of such.

  10. morayo  May 29, 2016

    Keep up the good work

  11. Olayinka  June 18, 2016

    Nice site. Thanks for all the dishes. You are making a better person out of me.

  12. Emeka  July 5, 2016

    Can gbegiri be served along with ewedu soup?

    • Chy Anegbu  July 6, 2016

      sure, you can see it here.

  13. Sandra Adler  July 10, 2016

    recipe for amala, please

  14. habibat Akande  July 27, 2016

    Am really learning here, thanks for the yoruba food recipes.

  15. Juwon  August 27, 2016

    What is the name of isapa in English-language

  16. primrose  September 10, 2016

    Hi I’m a lady from South africa who is dating a yoruba guy. I’ve learn a lot in this page. Thank you very much. Where can I get a recipe book I would love to have one. Thanks again

  17. Sam  September 17, 2016

    There are some Yoruba food that are not only healthy and nutricious, but also very delicious and appealing to the palate. Unfortunately, however, these food are all but nearly extinct, with few to no interest in them . It will be great if you can provide the recipes for some of these food. Specifically, I am referring to food like “egbo “, a breakfast food made from corn; Jogi, a moi moi like food, but I think usually made from egusi; Ojulofun, Ekuru, etc. If you have not heard of any of these, you can please, make inquiries.


    • Chy Anegbu  September 21, 2016

      Uncle Sam, Thank you. I will surely make inquiries.

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  19. Boscehdey  December 29, 2016

    Hi. I would like to know what to prepare for a new mom. Yoruba woman. I’m out of ideas plus I only have limited resources. I however have chicken, a tuber of yam and some grains of rice. Pls help. Happy holidays

  20. jumoke  March 10, 2017

    Hi can u give me a proper balance diet with strikly Yoruba local meals


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