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Ofe owerri recipe - How to make Ofe owerri

Ofe owerri is a tasty Nigerian soup which is native to Igbos from Imo State, Eastern Nigeria especially those from owerri which is the state capital. In english, ofe owerri means Owerri soup. And just as any Nigerian soup, you can use any type of fish, beef or assorted meat you choose to use and still get wonderful results. Before cooking of owerri you have to decide on the vegetable combination you want to use depending on the availability. The normal combination is made up of two vegetables. It's either you use Ugu and Uziza, Ukazi and Uziza or Oha and Uziza. These vegetables have various health benefits. Personally, i love any combo with Uziza leaves. This tends to add flavor to the soup due to its aromatic compounds but it's to be used sparingly (Click here to view the full list of Nigerian vegetables). Also, the thickener used for this soup is cocoyam. When i say cocoyam, i don't mean the average cocoyam thickener known as "Ede ofe" that draws when added to soups but the type known as the "Red cocoyam", eaten just the way boiled yam is eaten. Continue to see how it's prepared.

• A handful Okazi/Ukazi
• 7 Uziza leaves
• 600g Red beef : goat meat is usually perfect for this soup
• 1 medium sized Stock fish "okporoko" - I used the head
• 1 medium Smoked fish or dry fish
• 2 tbsp. Dry pepper or 2 fresh pepper - I used yellow pepper
• 2 cooking spoons Palm oil
• 3 small sized Red Cocoyam
• 1 cooking spoon Cray fish
• 1 cup Periwinkles "Isam" - Optional
• 3 Seasoning cubes
• Salt to taste
• Water

Step 1: Wash the Ukazi and Uziza leaves with clean water, Slice thinly and set aside

Step 2: For this soup, i used the cocoyam that is usually eaten raw with oil known as the red cocoyam and not 
Ede ofe, the type used to thicken oha soup. Wash and place the cocoyam with the skin still intact in a small pot. Add clean water and boil for about 10 minutes. Once the yam is cooked, the skin can easily be removed with bare hands though this is best done while the cocoyam is still hot. place the peeled cocoyam in a mortar and pound with a pestle. Once the cocoyam looks smooth, set aside.

Step 3: Wash the beef with clean water and place in the pot. Soak the stock fish "Okporoko" in hot water for about 10 minutes. This helps soften it as well as get rid of whatever might be living within. Rinse thoroughly with clean water and place in the pot. Rinse the dry fish and place in the pot.
Add the seasoning, pepper, salt to taste and just enough water to cover the content of the pot. Cover the pot and cook for about 30 minutes. If you're using fresh pepper, you can add it "whole" as shown in the picture and remove once the meat is cooked.

Step 4: Add the cocoyam and stir, leave to cook and thicken for about 10 minutes. Add the palm oil and crayfish and leave to cook further

Step 5: Gently add the periwinkles, sliced Uziza and Okazi leaves and leave to cook for 10 minutes

Turn off the burner and serve with your favorite "swallow". This soup is traditionally served with Akpu.
Ofe owerri served with Akpu
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  1. your ofe owerri 's consistency is too light. more coco yam to thicken please and dried pepper is fantastic.

    1. Hi Anon, not everyone like thick ofe owerri. Thanks for the tip though

  2. Looks really yummy. I prefer d flavor 4rm dried pepper though but i like mine light.

  3. "onye n'ejighi ego on'are ofe Owerre?"

  4. Looks delishhh and please dobby what camera do you use?

    1. Hi wunmi, i use a canon 700D camera.

  5. And d song goes, 'he who doesn't have money, shouldn't eat owerri soup' thanks dobby I can indeed eat owerri soup without breaking d bank.

  6. Dobby thanks for sharing. Very helpful.

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    1. It won't give the same taste but you can give it a try.

  8. I noticed you didn't use 'ogiri'. Why?

  9. I noticed you didn't use any 'ogiri'. Why?

    1. Hi rene,
      Ogiri is an optional ingredient in the preparation as not everyone adds it.

  10. Dobby God bless you! You have really helped my life with ur easy to follow recipes. Been following ur website for abt a year now & soups I never thought I would make, I can now cook with ease! *kisses*

    1. You're welcome Phunmie. Glad you enjoy the blog :).

  11. I tried the soup n my family enjoyed it. Thanks dobby...n I didn't spend much

    1. Glad it turned out great Anon. Thanks for the feedback.


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