Find out here how to cook okro soup with ogbono

Find out here how to cook okro soup with ogbono


The Okra soup is a very popular and delicious soup that is loved by the majority of the people in West Africa, just like Ewedu soup(Yoruba dish). You can eat them separately but combining them gives it another unique taste.

Okro soup has a thick texture while Ogbono soup is thick and sticky. It's a very delicious and hearty soup made from the wild mango seeds, and it has a ton of nutritional benefits. Okra soup made 'plain' with Ogbono, has this slimy signature ethnic taste that is so pleasing to the taste buds. And this bowl of soup is very low in calories depending on the meat you use. These seeds which come from a species of mangoes are used in Nigeria to make a variety of soups that are eaten with different kinds of fufu {swallow}.

When you prepare this meal the taste you get is attributed to the protein you use. You can use any protein of your choice depending on the taste you want. If you’re using meat make sure you boil the toughest meat first then add the soft meat last. Now we are gonna tell you how to cook okro soup with ogbono, get ready and take note.

¿How to cook to cook this delicious meal?

First note these, if you’re using stockfish soak in hot water and salt overnight then rinse it before adding it to the meat and allow it to boil with the meat this helps with the softness of the stockfish and also adds more flavor compared to just adding the stockfish to the soup while cooking.

¿Which are the ingredients you will need?

The ingredientes you need to prepare this meal are:

  • ½ cup Okra (or more); chopped or blended
  • 1 Cup Ogbono powder (you can blend the seeds yourself)
  • The protein of choice (you can use shrimp, chicken, or grilled fish)
  • A handful of shredded dried fish
  • 1 Tablespoon Ground crayfish
  • 1 Teaspoon Groundfish
  • 1/4-1/2 cup Palm oil
  • 5 chili pepper (adjust to your preference)
  • 1 Teaspoon dried pepper
  • A handful of vegetables (your choice; scent leaves, Ugwu, kale, spinach, and so on are good)
  • Seasoning powder/cube and salt to taste.

¿Which are the steps to prepare this delicious meal?

  1. If you want to know how to cook okro soup with ogbono, you need to know that the first step is to grind the ogbono seed in a dry mill, then set aside fresh vegetables chopped and rinsed. If you’re using a frozen vegetable, squeeze out the water, and chop your okra or blend in a blender (if you like your okra chunky, Chop with a knife). If you like it smooth, blend to your preference, and if you like it not too chunky or smooth you blend half of the okra then blend the remaining half. Soak the dried fish in a bowl of hot water and salt (if you’re using it).
  2. If you want to use fish, you don’t need to boil beef or stockfish. If you’re using meat, boil the meat with onion and seasoning of your choice, but boil the toughest first before you add the softer ones later. If you’re using stockfish, soak with hot water and salt overnight. Rinse, then add to the meat when it’s almost done then boil together. Reserve some broth too from the meat you're boiling. When the meat or your protein is done, set them aside then continue from the next step.
  3. The next step on how to cook okro soup with ogbono consist on heating the oil on a large pan, then proceed to add the blended ogbono. Stir together and cook for about 1-2 minutes. Then add the broth from the meat, then you can add water (about one cup), dry pepper, then stir. Continue to cook the mixture for about 10 minutes or more if you need to add more liquid please do so and add more. The more you cook it the better and also if you like iru (locust beans) rinse and add about a tablespoon to the mixture.
  4. Add the groundfish and crayfish, grilled fish (or meat/stockfish if that’s what you’re using or any protein you're using). If you're using shrimp don't add it yet because you don't want to overcook it. Season with seasoning powder/cube and salt. Combine and cook for about 5 minutes.
  5. Add okra, shrimp, and combine. Cook for another 3 minutes, check the seasoning and readjust if necessary. If you want more of okra or you want it more visible add more okra you desire.
  6. The vegetable comes last so you don’t overcook it, so now add a handful of your choice of vegetables (green, ugu, uziza leaf etc) and stir. Cook for about 2 more minutes. Check the seasonings again and readjust if necessary.

We have several recipes on how to cook okro soup with ogbono but trust me, you can never go wrong with this particular recipe.