Ofe Owerri Soup


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Ofe Owerri Soup

Ofe Owerri, is a delicious traditional soup from Owerri, Imo state(Eastern Nigeria).

This soup is popular for its rich taste and nutritional value.It is basically made with assorted fish and mixed green vegetables.

When it comes down to the type of vegetable to use, it is actually a matter of preference. Two different types of vegetables are commonly used for Ofe Owerri, which can be mixture of any of these; Ukazi(okazi)&Ugu, Ora(oha)&Ukazi(okazi) OR Ugu&Oha. In the absence of Ugu, Oha and Okazi, Spinach leaves can be used.

*Here’s a video recipe on How to cook Ofe Owerri 

Ingredients for Ofe Owerri
– 2 large smoked fish (preferebly Asa Fish)
– 3 medium pieces Stock Fish
– 300 gr Assorted Beef
– 1 cup smoked prawns(use ground Crayfish  as substitute)
– 4 cocoyam corms OR 2 cookingspoonful pounded Cocoyam paste(click to learn how to make cocoyam paste in a blender)
– 2 handful Okazi leaves( if you use dried okazi, grind in blender before use)
– 2 handful Ugwu leaves OR  Spinach Or Oha/Ora leaves
– 2 cooking spoonful Palm oil
– 2 Stock cubes
– Salt to Taste
– Pepper  to Taste

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Before cooking Ofe Owerri
** Wash and shred the vegetables and leave to strain in a colander/sieve. Set aside

** Boil the cocoyam corms until soft and pound/blend to form a paste(Here’a how to make cocoyam paste in a blender).Set aside

** Rinse the Dried prawns and set  aside

** Soak the smoked fish in hot water to soften it a bit, then wash thoroughly with hot water and carefully clean out the inside without breaking the fish to pieces. Then Set aside.

**Wash the beef and the stock fish and place in a pot

Now to prepare the soup
*Season the meat and stock fish with stock cube,salt and any of your favorite meat seasoning. Add a little water and leave to cook until tender. You can add more water if need be.

*Add the cleaned dried prawns, pepper, stock cube and palm oil.
Mix thoroughly and add the cocoyam paste, bit by bit. Cover and leave to cook until the cocoyam paste dissolve completely. Stir continously so that the soup doesn’t burn at the bottom.

* Add the smoked fish and boil for 3 minutes (adding the fish at this stage keeps it from breaking to pieces in the soup).

* Then add the Vegetables. If you are using dried okazi leaves, add this first, simmer for 5 minutes before adding the Ugu/Spinach/Oha leaves.

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*Simmer for 3 minutes and add salt to taste, and your delicious Ofe Owerri is ready.

Ofe Owerri is usually served with Akpu(fufu), pounded yam or Eba, but you can also enjoy this rich soup with any other Nigerian bolus meals .

Other Related Recipes

* Bitter leaf Soup (Ofe Onugbu) 
* Nigerian Beef Stew
* Banga Soup : Urhobo Isoko Banga Soup Recipe
* Nigerian Chicken Stew
* How to Cook Okazi Soup (Ukazi Soup)
* Obe Ata Dindin : Nigerian Fried Pepper Stew
* How to Cook Edikang Ikong Soup 
* Nigerian Tomato Stew(Vegan Stew)
* How to Cook Afang Soup
* Nigerian Pepper Soup
* Nigerian Ogbono Soup :How to Cook Ogbono  Soup
* Nigerian Fish Stew (Obe Eja Tutu) 
* How to Cook Nigerian Egusi Soup(Ofe Egusi/Obe Efo Elegusi)
* Nigerian Okra Soup


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  1. Ennie Dr
    July 26, 2016 / 7:46 am

    Thank you so much for this lovely and easy to follow recipe. The best thing about a recipe is how simple yet complete it is. I was able to follow through. Omo mehn…you wan try my Ofe Owerr:-) Would have loved to show you a picture. God bless you abundantly sis.

  2. sweet_angel
    December 17, 2015 / 8:59 pm

    Hi,I really admire your versatility in meals! Great job.Please is there a substitute for coco yam? I'm not in the country and I have been thinking of something different to cook for Christmas. I think this soup might be it!!

    • Nky Lily Lete
      December 29, 2015 / 3:30 pm

      Pounded yams or potatoes can also serve.

  3. happiness
    November 24, 2015 / 2:22 pm

    Thanks a lot darling. I just thought my students a topic on Igbo soups today but I couldn't explain that of ofe owerri which is why I googled it as I promised them. I am very grateful.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      December 30, 2015 / 11:01 am

      You're welcome Happiness 🙂

  4. ukamaka chidubem Onyejemuo
    October 27, 2015 / 3:31 pm

    Can Ogiri or okpei be used?

  5. Anonymous
    September 14, 2015 / 4:12 pm

    Been looking for this receipe since. Will definitely cook it soon. Thanks for sharing. God bless

  6. jhills
    July 1, 2015 / 12:19 pm

    Is that the normal Ede used to thicken ofe oha and ofe onugbu or the other red ede u eat with redoil

    • Nky Lily Lete
      July 9, 2015 / 4:04 pm

      Its the normal Ede used to thicken ofe oha and ofe onugbu .

  7. Anonymous
    March 26, 2015 / 7:52 am

    can i use achi or ofo in place of cocoyam

  8. PriscoBest
    October 1, 2014 / 11:11 am

    Thanks will try it out.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      October 1, 2014 / 3:31 pm

      Ok, I'll be expecting your feedback.

  9. Anonymous
    August 20, 2014 / 7:42 am

    can i use yam paste instead of cocoyam paste

    • Nky Lily Lete
      August 22, 2014 / 9:23 am

      I haven't tried with yam paste and can't say how it would turn out. Apart from the thickness,Cocoyam(ede ofe) also give ofe owerri a unique taste.

  10. Anonymous
    June 2, 2014 / 5:17 am

    But I use achi n it taste nice n makes d soup thick. I tink achi is ok too.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      June 9, 2014 / 7:47 am

      Achi is not popularly used with ofe owerri, just like in bitter leaf soup, but I'm glad it turned out good for you 🙂

    • Anonymous
      March 1, 2017 / 2:08 pm

      You can use achi too

  11. Anonymous
    May 26, 2014 / 10:22 pm

    Can you use achi instead of cocoyam

    • Nky Lily Lete
      May 31, 2014 / 4:22 pm

      no you can't use achi dear 🙂

  12. Future Bright
    December 20, 2013 / 5:39 pm

    Thanks so much for your recipes. They have been very helpful.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      December 22, 2013 / 10:54 am

      Thanks Bright, so glad to be of help… well appreciated dear 🙂