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Ofe Owerri preparation

Ofe Owerri preparation

Ofe Owerri is a traditional Igbo soup from Nigeria, particularly popular among the Owerri people. It is a hearty and flavorful dish made with a variety of ingredients.

To prepare Ofe Owerri, a traditional Igbo soup from Nigeria, follow these steps:




Assorted meats (such as cow tripe, goat meat, and/or assorted beef parts)

Stockfish and dried fish

Cocoyam or achi (thickener)

Palm oil


Ground crayfish

Utazi leaves

Uziza leaves (optional)

Seasoning and salt to taste



Clean and prepare the meats, stockfish, and dried fish by washing them thoroughly.

Boil the cocoyam until soft, then peel and pound them into a smooth paste. Alternatively, you can use achi as a thickener by mixing it with water to form a smooth paste.

Heat palm oil in a pot, then add sliced onions and allow them to fry until translucent.

Add the assorted meats, stockfish, and dried fish to the pot. Cook them for a few minutes until they are well browned.

Pour in enough water to cover the contents of the pot, and then add ground crayfish, seasoning, and salt to taste. Allow the mixture to cook until the meats are tender.

Add the pounded cocoyam or achi paste to the pot, stirring well to combine. This will help thicken the soup.

Add chopped utazi leaves and uziza leaves (if using) to the pot, stirring to incorporate them into the soup.

Let the soup simmer for a few more minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.

Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed.

Once the soup has thickened and all the ingredients are well-cooked, remove from heat.

Ofe Owerri is typically served with fufu (such as pounded yam, cassava fufu, or garri). Enjoy your delicious homemade Ofe Owerri!

Follow the steps and enjoy the delicious Ofe Owerri.


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