Corn Moi- moi (Steamed Corn Pudding)


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Corn Moi- moi also known as Nni Oka, Igbankwu Oka, Ekoki, Ukpo Oka
Or Sapala, is the Nigerian- style ”Tamales”(steamed corn Pudding). 
  It is a meal that is native to the eastern part of Nigeria. It is usually served during traditional engagements and taste really good.

Corn Moi- moi is also a healthy meal and quite filling due to its high fiber content, so if you’re on a weight loss program this is a meal you can add to your diet, simply substitute the palm oil for tomato stew or your favorite oil and enjoy☺.

 So, without further ado, here’s the recipe.


* 5 pieces Fresh Corn on cob OR 500 grams Corn meal(corn flour, not corn starch)

* 1 handful Crayfish

* 1 handful dry large Prawns or dry fish
(fresh prawns goes well too)

* 1 grilled fish (or soft smoked fish)(deboned) (optional)

* 5 medium Onion bulbs( Onions adds to the taste of this meal)
2 cooking spoonful Palm oil
* A Handful chopped Spinach Or Ugwu Or Scent leaves(efirin,nchuawun) (optional)
* 2-3 stock cubes/Seasoning cubes(maggi, onga or knorr)
* Chili pepper/scotch bonnet pepper(atarodo)(to taste)
Water (as needed to form a smooth paste

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Salt to taste

Containers of choice for steaming the Moimoi
( you can make use of uma leaves, banana leaves , foil bags, heat proof nylons or bowls)

<<See video recipe here>>

Before preparing the meal;
A. First, break off the prawn heads and tails, boil or soak the dry prawns in hot water to soften it a bit.

   If you’ll be using dry fish, boil in salted water until tender. Strain and set aside
If you’ll be using grilled or soft smoked fish, clean , debone and set aside for later use.

    Tip: Don’t throw away the  prawn heads and tails.You’ll need it in Step 2 below.

B. Slice the vegetables and set aside. The vegetable is optional, so you can leave it out if you want to.

C. Now, Blend the pepper, onions, prawn heads&tails and the crayfish and set aside.

To prepare Corn Moi moi using Corn meal(coarse corn flour) 

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1.  Pour the corn meal(corn flour) into a wide bowl, mix with water to get a thick batter like when making moi moi.

2. Pour the blended mix into the corn meal batter, add the palm oil ,vegetables, softened prawns,seasoning cubes and salt to taste(and any other yummy goodness you’ll like to add to it), and mix well.

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3.  Finally, Pour into your container of choice, Seal and place in a steamer or pot of boiling water for 45 minutes to 1 hour(the cooking method is the same as that for moi-moi).

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4.  The Corn Moi moi is ready when it solidifies or hardens. Transfer to a tray, leave to cool a bit, serve and enjoy!

To prepare Corn Moi moi using Fresh Corn on the cob

Follow step A and B above then;

1. Peel off the husk(the green coat of the corn) and remove all the hair-like strands.

Then use a sharp knife to slice down the corn to strip off the seeds from the cob.

2. Now, Place the corn seeds, pepper, onions , prawn heads&tails and the crayfish into a blender and blend together. Add a little water to help move the blades of the blender.

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3. Transfer the blended content into a wide bowl, add water to get a lighter but not watery consistency, then add the palm oil , vegetables, softened prawns,seasoning cubes and salt to taste(and any other yummy yummy you’ll like to add to it).

Mix thoroughly until the palm oil is well incorporated.

4.  Finally, Pour into your container of choice, Seal and place in a steamer or pot of boiling water for 45 minutes to 1 hour until it solidifies.

Serve and enjoy!

**Do Check out our Moi Moi(steamed bean pudding) recipe. You’ll love it .


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  1. Annie
    May 20, 2023 / 8:01 pm

    I tasted very nice,but my complain is that, the palm oil didn’t mixed with the batter .it was floating

    • June 9, 2023 / 10:54 am

      Thanks for your feedback Annie. You are right about the palm oil floating,
      you can heat up the palm oil first, let it cool first before adding it.
      That might make a little difference

  2. Kheto
    October 22, 2020 / 7:37 pm

    Pls how many calories and is it weight loss friendly

  3. Susan
    March 12, 2020 / 4:42 pm

    Thanks so much this is what I have been looking for because there is no fresh corn here where I am

  4. Utawal Matyek
    November 17, 2017 / 2:39 pm

    Hello, I want to know if I can use the yellow raw but blended corn to make it. should I also seive it ?

  5. Ij Tina Ezeugoh
    September 8, 2017 / 4:20 pm

    Good evening Nky, please can dried corn be used to prepare the pudding?

  6. Ij Tina Ezeugoh
    September 8, 2017 / 4:20 pm

    Good evening Nky, please can dried corn be used to prepare the pudding?

  7. Unknown
    September 8, 2017 / 4:17 pm

    Good evening Nky, please i can I use dried corn as well to prepare the pudding?

  8. Ijeoma
    August 24, 2017 / 7:55 am

    Can I use the same corn flour used in making buns and chin chin to make the corn moi moi

  9. Ijeoma
    August 24, 2017 / 7:45 am

    Can I use the same corn flour used in making buns and chinchin cchin to make corn moi moi.

  10. PhallusBabe
    July 10, 2017 / 8:43 am


  11. Yewande Shofela
    December 6, 2016 / 5:37 am

    I'm so glad I came across this your site/recipe….I'm in the US and I bought corn-flour for the 1st time thinking I have to prepare it like poundo-yam or amala , unfortunately I've wasted half of the bag 'cos it never turned out right and ended up in the trash. I only just decided to check google if I would see anything on the preparation and I landed here!We call it ekuru-agbado, and I think some yorubas refer to it as abari.I've missed this my favorite local dish so much….My mom would use garden-eggs (egg-plant) in place of the vegetables.I can't wait to try it out soon. So glad all my corn-flour is not ending down the drain. Thank you!

  12. Ujunwa Chinwe
    August 4, 2016 / 10:54 am

    Please can I use can from canned foods to steam it. I dnt know if I can get leaves now and I and I want to try it dis weekend thanks

  13. Anonymous
    July 22, 2016 / 7:51 pm

    Yooooooooooooooooo! This moi moi gave me life :DIt was soooo yummy. It really reminded me of my mom's cooking. It reminds me of a tamale with the corn instead of the usual black eyed peas.Thanks for this recipe! Bringing some to my boyfriend's tomorrow.

  14. Anonymous
    July 12, 2016 / 4:27 pm

    you just reminded about this food, I will try making one soon. thanks for this teaching…good job my dear.

  15. chinonso enimola
    April 25, 2015 / 9:28 am

    Nky can soak my corn fresh corn over nite before blending it

  16. Anonymous
    February 19, 2015 / 4:52 am

    Hi, how long do you boil or simmer it?

    • Nky Lily Lete
      February 23, 2015 / 9:09 pm

      45 minutes to 1 hour until it solidifies.

  17. chinonso enimola
    January 21, 2015 / 1:37 pm

    God will bless u nky u re a darling muaah

    • Nky Lily Lete
      January 23, 2015 / 3:28 pm

      You too sweetie 🙂

  18. Anonymous
    January 20, 2015 / 5:51 pm

    Wow I got d receipe right buh I used biscuit bones n meat + plaintain. I prepared mine yesterday after many years weh d fin d hungry Me,I was actually confused if I did d wrong fin, so I decided to ask google dn I found u. my hubby n sis dint liky bc it was his first tym. Buh d procedure u took was exactly hhw I did mine. Anyway thank God I found U. can u please give Me ur channel ID. Amyra

    • Nky Lily Lete
      January 23, 2015 / 3:27 pm

      I'm glad to be of help dearie, my channel id is NIGERIANFOODTV.

  19. Eseosa
    August 1, 2014 / 2:05 am

    Haba! You have this one too. You be correct babe oh!!!I add blended (very) ripe plantains to give it a sweet taste sometimes or I actually add sugar!Lol!I loooooove this recipe. Its my usual june to September (corn season) dish. I used to make it so much that sometimes my parents sometimes placed a cap on the number of times I could do it in a year.lolBut it is awesome! I just had it for dinner and I am about to get another helping now.Well done. I really appreciate your good work. Please preserve our culture for our taste buds and those of our children.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      August 8, 2014 / 2:01 pm

      Yes dear, I have it ooo :)Thanks for your lovely comment, I like your idea of adding plantains, that's how I make plantain moi moi, but with more plantain, less corn flour(in the absence of plantain flour).

    • Anonymous
      December 13, 2014 / 2:08 pm

      Gud job nd God bless

    • Nky Lily Lete
      December 15, 2014 / 10:38 am

      thanks 🙂

  20. Anonymous
    June 28, 2014 / 8:45 am

    wow, i like cooking n baking alot, xpecially trying out new tins. I'll sure try dis out n come bck to testify. I promise.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      June 30, 2014 / 9:55 am

      That's really nice dearie, I'll be expecting your feedback 🙂

  21. Anonymous
    June 28, 2014 / 8:42 am

    pls lily, wen using d fresh corn, can it be per boiled a little first b4 blending it with d other ingredient u mentioned?

    • Nky Lily Lete
      June 30, 2014 / 9:51 am

      I haven't tried it yet, but most of the corn flour at the market were actually made from parboiled corn.

  22. Anonymous
    May 29, 2014 / 5:06 pm

    Please can i use foil paper and the placed in oven temp 180 for 45mins instead of cooking like moi moi.Thanks

    • Nky Lily Lete
      May 31, 2014 / 5:37 pm

      Yes you can, but I prefer steaming because it makes it really moist, while the oven sucks up the moisture.

  23. Ofure Micheal
    May 10, 2014 / 10:29 pm

    I hated this meal as a kid but now that I made it myself I enjoyed it, maybe my mum wasn't making it well (forgive me mummy). Thanks for the recipe Nky)

    • Nky Lily Lete
      May 12, 2014 / 8:35 am

      Lol..Thanks dear, I think your taste bud has changed a bit,now that you're grown 🙂

    • Ugo
      January 21, 2020 / 7:54 am

      Good day Nky . I love ur blog and recipes so much. Please can I use dried corn to prepare this recipe?

  24. Anonymous
    May 9, 2014 / 1:38 pm

    I made it today, I used smoked fish and fresh prawns ,it was very yummy, now I have another use for my steamer.Thanks for bringing back good old memories

    • Nky Lily Lete
      May 12, 2014 / 8:33 am

      You're welcome 🙂

  25. Ugo Ukam
    May 8, 2014 / 1:06 pm

    It's been long i tried this.Thanks for sharing the recipe, i might try this very soon:)The Beautiful Eagle's Blog

    • Nky Lily Lete
      May 9, 2014 / 1:06 pm

      You're welcome Ugo, and you have a lovely blog dear 🙂

    • Ugo Ukam
      May 9, 2014 / 1:41 pm

      Thanks Ma'amThe Beautiful Eagle's Blog

  26. Anonymous
    May 8, 2014 / 11:30 am

    I ate this moi moi a lot in the university and enjoyed it a lot, thanks for the recipe.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      May 9, 2014 / 1:07 pm

      You're welcome dearie 🙂

  27. Anonymous
    May 8, 2014 / 10:55 am

    WOW WOW WOW.. picture perfect. I must try this one.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      May 9, 2014 / 1:08 pm

      Let me know how it turns out dearie 🙂

  28. Alero Jacobs
    May 8, 2014 / 10:54 am

    You just reminded me of my grandmother, this used to be her favorite meal. You are a blessing to this generation. God bless you .

    • Nky Lily Lete
      May 9, 2014 / 1:10 pm

      My grandma loved this meal too, God bless dearie 🙂

    • Tohirat
      October 6, 2021 / 8:17 am

      Can i use dried corn for it or must it be fresh corn