How To Cook Okro Soup

Okro soup is one of Nigeria’s many delicious and scrumptious delicacies that has incited the cravings of many. Okra soup is most likely one of the most popular soups in Nigeria, not just for its scrumptious taste but also because it is the cheapest soup to prepare. In this blog post, I am glad to show you how you can easily cook Okro soup even from the comfort of your home.

How To Cook Okro Soup

If you don’t know which it is yet, the okra soup is another delicious delicacy on the menu that ‘draws’ and is quite obvious with the seeds and its green outer body. You can literally make a full pot of okra soup along with other foodstuffs like fish, crayfish, snails, meats, and many more. It all depends on what your preferences are.

Going further, some people are known to add another type of soup called ‘Ogbonno’ to get better results. In addition, Okro soup is commonly eaten by Igbo people, but it can be prepared by anyone who is interested in learning. If you want to know how to cook Okro soup, the detailed instructions on how you can do that from the comfort of your home are listed in this article.

Ingredients For The Okro Soup

If you want to start cooking the Okro soup, you will need to have purchased all the required ingredients before you begin. You can visit the local market or a food supermarket you know to start purchasing the items. Here are the ingredients you need to cook the Okro soup:

  • Salt to taste
  • 5 Shombo peppers or any pepper of your choice
  • Mackerel
  • Bonnet peppers
  • Seasoning cubes
  • Meat
  • Fish or chicken
  • Stockfish head
  • Okro (medium-sized bowl or a bowlful)
  • Red oil
  • Ground crayfish

You can choose to purchase other items that you find desirable for your soup. You can purchase smoked fish, snails, etc.

Steps On How To Cook The Okro Soup

Here are the step-by-step details on how you can prepare Okro soup in the comfort of your kitchen:

How To Prepare Your Ingredients

  • Begin by slicing the Okro and setting it aside in a bowl. Most people do have the assistance of the local trader, who slices the Okro for them.
  • Meanwhile, if you are using large peppers like shombo, remove the seeds, combine them with the scotch bonnet peppers, and blend or pound them.
  • Blend or grind the crayfish as well
  • Whilst you are doing that, you can proceed to parboil the meat with various spices to add taste.

Steps To Follow When Cooking Okro Soup

If your ingredients are ready to go, follow the steps highlighted below to cook your Okro soup.

Step 1

  • Next, wash the fish or the chicken and begin seasoning with half a teaspoon of salt, 2 seasoning cubes, and sliced onions
  • Mix it all in a pot and add water
  • Leave it to boil for 10–15 minutes. Once it is done, remove the fish or chicken and leave the stock in the pot
  • Next, add your stockfish to a new pot of boiling water. Cook them for about 10 minutes, until they are soft.
  • Add  more cups of water

Steps To Follow When Cooking Okro SoupStep 2

  • Then, add a quantity of about 222 ml of red oil into the pot. Add the blended or ground crayfish, pepper, and salt to taste
  • Leave to boil for an extra 8 minutes
  • Then, add the cooked meat, chicken, or fish and allow it to simmer for 3 minutes
  • Proceed to add the sliced Okro  and start stirring till there are no clumps

Step 3

  • Going further, add the cooked mackerel fish on top
  • Allow the new mixture to simmer for 3 to 4 more minutes.

Lastly, you can now bring down the pot as you are done preparing this delicious soup. In addition, you can choose to serve this dish with fufu, pounded yam, or eba. However, it all depends on your preferences or taste.

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