A taste of Nigeria: Okra Soup

Like I mentioned on twitter and Instagram, I prepared Okra soup last night. This is a Nigerian delicacy in which okra is thickened into soup. This is one of my favorite soup to make and eat.

Here are pictures and my recipe…


  1. Okra
  2. Palm Oil
  3. Choice of meat — I used goat meat 
  4. Onions
  5. Crayfish
  6. Habanero Peppers
  7. Spinach
  8. Salt to taste
  9. Seasoning: Knorr cube

Chopped Okra

Chopped onions

Chopped Spinach

Glance of some of the items that I used including “ground hot pepper”, salt and knorr cube seasoning. On the top left is the blended crayfish and habanero peppers.

Cooking process

  1. Cut the okras into tiny pieces
  2. Chop the onions 
  3. Cut the spinach into tiny pieces. If you are using frozen spinach, defrost and cut it into tiny pieces
  4. Blend the habanero pepper and crayfish
  5. Cook the goat meat until it is well done. Add the blended habanero peppers and crayfish and boil for an additional 20mins
  6. In a separate pot, pour the red palm oil and let it heat up. Add the diced onions and okra and fry until the “draw effect” of the okra kicks in. This process will last less than 5 minutes. 
  7. Add the chopped spinach and stir well before adding the cooked meat and broth.
  8. Cover the pot and let it simmer for 10-15minutes and it is ready to serve.

**Updates: To cook the goat meat, just add water, pepper and salt for taste. You can always add more water until you feel the meat is tender or well done.

This the Okra soup with the visible meat 🙂

Here is the Okra soup served alone or with pounded yam

Have you tried this before or any dish outside your culture?

Enjoy the rest of your day!



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  1. jewel
    August 19, 2012 / 4:53 pm

    Stella! It's been a minute since I had pounded yam or Okra.. this looks delish!! Have a blessed Sunday..

  2. Anonymous
    August 19, 2012 / 4:54 pm

    Totally a different way of preparing okra soup I must say. Im Yoruba and I've seen my grandmom prepare it with bitterleaves and not spinach. But it's worth trying out . . .without the palm oil though.

  3. Eat.Style.Play
    August 19, 2012 / 5:00 pm

    I thought I was the only one who loves okra and actually ate it with no gripes! I love this, it looks pretty healthy too!

  4. M I N G
    August 19, 2012 / 5:45 pm

    looks delicious! I love okra!

  5. Chinnyob
    August 19, 2012 / 5:52 pm

    Okra soup is one of my favorite soups. I've cooked it many times, but your recipe is quite different from mine. I'm sure gonna try your recipe the next time I cook it. Now you've got me craving for it.http://chinnyob.blogspot.ie/

  6. Gabrielle
    August 19, 2012 / 9:18 pm

    Hi!*waving*Newbie here :)Oooo! Great recipe!Looks delicious. I would love to make this!How do you cook the goat meat though?You wrote "cook the goat meat till its done" but you didn't specify how.Also, how do you make the pounded yam?Hope I didn't ask too many questions! 😀

  7. Anonymous
    August 19, 2012 / 9:45 pm

    Lovely delicious.i think u should start uploading video on Your youtube channel on OOTD and dishes . It would be nice think about.

  8. Anonymous
    August 19, 2012 / 9:48 pm

    Looks delicious to me.u should start making more videos on ur youtube channel on fashion and food.

  9. J'Adore Fashion
    August 19, 2012 / 10:01 pm

    Thanks everyone!@Anonymous: Thanks you for the idea. I will try and do more fashion and cooking videos. It is just hard sometimes with a demanding full time job; but I promise do some asap ;)xoxoStella

  10. Christiana
    August 19, 2012 / 11:39 pm

    Looks yummy ans mouth watering. Now i'm craving for some Okra soup. I make mine completely different so will definitely have to try your recipe.

  11. Adeola Naomi
    August 20, 2012 / 12:18 am

    AMAZING!Nostalgia, I haven't had a Nigerian food since I can't even remember, I need to go home and have my Grannies cook me Pounded yam and Okra soup.My favourite soup as a kid.Thanks for sharing

  12. Ciaa
    August 20, 2012 / 1:50 am

    Wow yes I have tried it and yes I want some of yours too

  13. ellaluvscookies
    August 20, 2012 / 6:17 am

    sounds delicious thanks for sharing I'll have to try it soon. xo Ella

  14. ellaluvscookies
    August 20, 2012 / 6:18 am

    sounds delicious thanks for sharing I'll have to try it soon. xo Ella

  15. DaFashionFreak
    August 20, 2012 / 7:34 am

    Looks delicious! So many ways to make okra soup.I've never tried with spinach though, but I will sure try your recipe. And I love goat meat… Have you tried goat meat pepper soup?*hugs*-Maudleenwww.dafashionfreak.blogspot.com

  16. Couture Carrie
    August 20, 2012 / 11:26 am

    Yummy post, darling!Thanks for the recipe!xoxox,CC

  17. Kiah Torres
    August 20, 2012 / 6:05 pm

    I've never ate okra or goat! lol Looks good tho. haha Kiah

  18. J'Adore Fashion
    August 21, 2012 / 2:12 pm

    @ Gabrielle: Cooking the goat meat is pretty simple. You just add water, salt and pepper for taste. You can continue to add water until it is tender and well done. Sometimes, it takes awhile to cook. For the pounded yam, you buy the "pounded yam" flour from an International store or African store. Start with boiling 1-2 cups of water depending on the quatity that you want to make. When the water is boiled, lower the heat and slowly add the powdered "pounded yam" while you stir it. Continue that process until it is thick and blends completely. Hope that helps. Let me know if you have any question and if you try it 😉

  19. Beauty
    August 21, 2012 / 2:33 pm

    Yum!! Yum!!!

  20. Joy
    August 22, 2012 / 7:56 am

    That looks DELICIOUS. Got me craving Okra now with Ground Rice 😛

  21. Gabrielle
    August 23, 2012 / 7:10 pm

    Thanks so much! ! I will definitely try this soon! 🙂

  22. Chilel
    August 29, 2012 / 8:37 am

    We have Okra soup in Senegal too and I love it. just brought some palm oil from hoe. will be making this dish pretty soon. luv your blog!

  23. Anonymous
    November 29, 2012 / 4:10 am

    Tried this with chicken instead & added garlic & Ginger (cause I can't cook without it lol). Loved it!!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  24. Anonymous
    April 30, 2013 / 3:48 pm

    I'm a south african lady but married to a Nigerian,jus suprised my hub with d delicious soup,he loved evry bit of it,thnx to u.ds is a delicious soup.

  25. Babra Kamusinga
    May 22, 2013 / 4:29 pm

    cooked using the recipe it's delicious yummy.

  26. Babra Kamusinga
    May 22, 2013 / 4:31 pm

    Over the okra 'recipe was b delicious

  27. Anonymous
    July 16, 2014 / 1:16 pm

    Hi am maisy from kenya want to try ua reciep but am wondering about the crayfish is it a spice or a real crawfish n can i do without it?

  28. Jadore-Fashion
    July 16, 2014 / 3:18 pm

    @Anonymous: Hi Maisy: The crayfish is for spice/favor. It is blended and add to give it a taste. I believe Crawfish is the same at crawfish. You can use it, but blended crawfish.I have never tried the soup without it because it gives the soup its favor.

  29. Anonymous
    July 16, 2014 / 4:43 pm

    Yammy but what makes it look colourful od there is no tomatoes

  30. Jadore-Fashion
    July 16, 2014 / 6:15 pm

    The little palm oil used to fry the okra. Try it out 🙂

Stella Adewunmi