How To Cook Nigerian Okra Soup – Nigerian Okro Soup Recipe (Full Details)

How To Cook Nigerian Okra Soup – Nigerian Okro Soup Recipe Full Details
How To Cook Nigerian Okra Soup – Nigerian Okro Soup Recipe Full Details



How To Cook Nigerian Okra Soup – Nigerian Okro Soup Recipe (Full Details)

Nigerian Okra soup is simply a stewed okra soup recipe. It is a very popular delicacy among the  Yoruba ethnic group of western Nigeria. It is also known as  Ila Alasepo by the Yorubas.

This Nigerian Okra soup recipe can be replicated with or without Palm oil. I prefer it with palm oil as I’m not that much of a health freak, anything goes really….?

I never cook Nigerian Okra soup with Edible Potash (Kaun), in fact, I don’t use it at all cos I’m not comfortable using it, so to ensure I get a considerable amount of elasticity in my okra soup while maintaining its crunchiness and freshness, I blend some of the okra and chop up the rest.

Feel free to stick to your preferred consistency, whether crunchy or puréed.

Some Okra soup recipes call for vegetable leaves, I never use any but feel free to add them at the end of the cooking process.

Preferred vegetable leaves are Pumpkin leaves {Ugu), Spinach, Uziza Or Basil leaves.


  1. 25-30 Pieces of Fresh Okra
  2. 1 Cooking Spoon of Palm Oil
  3. 800 grams Assorted Meats (Shaki, Ponmo, Cowfoot, Beef, Goat meat, and offals are ideal)
  4. 2-3 Pieces of Stock Fish
  5. 2 Medium Smoked Fish
  6. Fresh prawns
  7. Smoked Prawns
  8. 1 Cooking Spoon Crayfish
  9. 2-3 Chopped Scotch Bonnet (Atarodo)
  10. 1 Bell Pepper Chopped (Tatashe)
  11. 4 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  12. 1/2 Cooking Spoon Locust Beans (Iru)
  13. 1/2 Cooking Spoon Cayenne Pepper (Ata gungun)
  14. 1 Medium Onion
  15. Knorr Chicken Cubes
  16. Salt to taste


Firstly, blend 1/3 of the Okra and chop the rest. If you want it chunky with no elasticity, you can chop the, all or blend all if you don’t fancy any chunkiness.

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I prefer mine both ways. Clean the smoked fish and soak in hot water to remove all traces of dirt, shred and set aside.

Boil the meats on medium to high heat with the chopped onion, Knorr Cubes,  garlic, and salt to taste. Start with tougher meats like Shaki, Cow foot, Ponmo, add softer meats as you go. If you’re using stock fish, add with the softer meats…

You’ll need to season your meats really well as this will serve as the base of your Ila Alasepo.

If your stock isn’t well seasoned, then your soup may end up tasting bland. Ensure you end up with very rich and tasty stock.

You’ll need at least 5 cups of stock left in the pot after boiling the meats so, ensure you add enough water.

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When the meats are soft, transfer the meats into a bowl, leaving just the stock in the pot. Add the palm oil and leave to boil on medium heat for 6-8 minutes…

If you’re choosing not to use palm oil please skip this step.

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Now add the ground pepper, then the locust beans…

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Add the ground crayfish, then the chopped peppers….

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Leave to cook for 3 minutes. Now add the blended okra. Stir vigorously to combine…..

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Now add the shredded smoked fish, smoked prawns, cooked meats and smoked fish back into the pot. Stir and combine, then add the chopped okra…

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Add the fresh prawns if you’re using any, leave to cook for 5 minutes…

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And it’s ready.

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Serve with any swallow of your choice, I love mine with white or yellow Garri (Eba)

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