Ogbono Soup (Eastern Nigeria)


  • Ogbono (ground -500gms)
  • Meat – boiled (1 kg)
  • Smoked fish (1 medium size)
  • Bitter /Ugu leaves (medium bunch)
  • Palm Oil (3 cooking spoons)
  • Crayfish (2 tablespoons)
  • Dried pepper 91 tablespoon)
  • Maggi Cubes x 2
  • Water (8-10 cups)
  • Salt (discretional)



Heat the palm oil in a pot for few minutes. Stir in the grounded ogbono till it is thoroughly dissolved. Add water and allow to boil. Add the boiled meat, washed smoked fish, crayfish, pepper and Maggi /knor cubes. Stir. Reduce the heat and steam for a while. Add washed and shredded ugu/ bitter leaves. Simmer for about 10 minutes. Stir and add salt to taste. Serve with pounded yam/eba/fufu. ( Dont cover pot when cooking ogbono to maintain viscosity and thickening of the soup).