|Owo Ofibo served with boiled yam and plantain|
Owo is a traditional soup/sauce, native to the south – southern region of Nigerian(Benin-Bini, Urhobo, Delta, Itsekhiri, Ijaw, Isoko). It is a popular soup with a few variations, from different tribes.
To get this recipe, I contacted a few of our readers, who were very helpful.
According to Itsoken(from the Isoko tribe) Owo soup is prepared by adding some kind of carb/starch, which could be either sifted garri, edible starch or yam; and no tomato is added.
While Ofure(from Bini), will not add any kind of starch to hers’, but affirmed that blended tomato is a must when preparing owo in her home.
In honor of our south-southern people, today I bring to you the Benin(bini) version of Owo soup; and in upcoming posts, I’ll will be including other variations(without tomatoes?)(trust you’ll stay tuned).
So if you’ve been longing for Owo Ofibo or want to go outside you comfort zone, here’s a detailed recipe and of course, a video to guide you through. Trust you’ll enjoy!
++I’ll include other variations in upcoming posts +++
– 400 grams (about 10 pieces)Goat meat/ Bush meat or assorted meat
– Dried or smoked fish(as desired)
– 1 handful dried prawns
– 100 ml Palm oil
– Half teaspoon Potash(akaun)
– 1 cup tomato puree or 5 fresh tomatoes
– Fresh or dried pepper(to taste)
– 1 teaspoon ground Crayfish
– A small Onion bulb(chopped)(optional))
– 1 Seasoning cube
– Salt to taste
Note: fresh fish and shrimps can also be added, depending on your preference.
– Goat meat adds gives a distinct welcoming taste to this soup.
Before you cook the soup, start by prepping all the ingredients
a. Clean the dried fish and prawns with hot water and set aside.
b. Blend the tomatoes(optional) and pepper tip: most natives don’t add tomatoes at all, so omit it if you want to
c. Pound the potash to powder and also set aside for later use.
1. Wash the meat thoroughly in clean water, place in a pot, add chopped onions(optional), seasoning cube and salt to taste. Leave to boil in its juice for like 2 to 3 minutes, then add a little water and let the meat cook until done.
2. Add the cleaned fish and prawns into the pot of boiled meat; add the ground tomatoes and pepper.
Also add the ground crayfish and a little salt if necessary
Add about a cup of water, mix thoroughly and leave to boil for 10 minutes, stirring continously to prevent burning.
3. Dissolve the potash powder in 3 tablespoon of hot water, strain the mixture and carefully add the liquid into the pot. Mix thoroughly, put of the heat and let the soup cool for 8 minutes.
4. Finally, add the palm oil gradually and stir continoulsy until well combined.
Tip: you will notice that the soup is thicker and a little lighter in color when the palm oil is added.
Now you can serve this delicious Owo soup with boiled or roasted plantains, yams , Starch(usi), Eguoo(plantain usi) or any swallow of choice.
– Owo soup is usually cooked to be eaten on the same day.
– Urhobos and Isokos dont add tomatoes, but add starch, garri, or mashed yam
– Owo soup is also known as oghwo Ofigbo or ogwofibo.
Do let me know if you try out our recipes, I love to hear from you.