Wow! The weekend is here. It’s the last weekend in the month of July, we are happy to have made it this far.

Since its weekend have you been thinking of what soup to prepare for the family, tired of repeating a regular routine of soup, or thinking of how to surprise your family with a new delicacy?

Well, we’ve got you covered; this article entails the recipe of an African dish. Owo soup is a sweet yellowish traditional soup of the Southern region of Nigeria. It is a delicacy enjoyed by the people of Benin, Delta, Itsekiri, Ijaw, Isoko. It is usually a mix of blended tomatoes and pepper.

The soup is enjoyed by millions daily. It is simple, it is quick, it tastes delicious. They are nice and they look fantastic.

The Owo soup recipe origin has not been clearly defined; because there has always been a loggerhead between the Urhobo people of Delta State and the Benin people in Edo State. However, there is a slight difference in how to make Benin Owo soup from that of Urhobo/Itsekiri Owo soup.

The recipe for Itsekiri Owo soup is quite moderate and you can always adjust to taste. It is easy to prepare and can be eaten with Yam, Plantain, Sweet potatoes, Boiled bananas, or any soup of your choice. The best part is, most of the ingredients are in your kitchen.

Moreover, the yellow color is gotten from the mixture of your native palm oil and potash. Certainly, the oil folds in beautifully into the soup making it look very attractive. It’s one of the Nigerian soups you will not see oil floating around the surface.


  • Tomatoes
  • Habanero pepper (Rodo)
  • Crayfish
  • Salt
  • Palm oil
  • Goat meat or Assorted meat
  • Dried grounded pepper
  • Potash (Akanwu)
  • Onions (Chopped)
  • Smoked fish
  • Seasoning cubes




  • Preparing to cook the owo soup start with the washing of cooking utensils.
  • Ensure the kitchen is clean and wear an apron.
  • Wash the meat and crayfish separately and put them on separate plates.
  • Wash the tomatoes and pepper then blend.
  • Put the washed meat into a pot, add chopped onions and seasoning cubes then boil for 15 minutes.
  • After the meat has boiled for 15 minutes pour the blended tomatoes and pepper, crayfish, and smoked fish. Boil for 5-10 minutes.
  • Dissolve the potash (Akanwu) with hot water and 2 seasoning cubes and leave it to boil for 3 minutes.
  • After it has boiled for 3 minutes, take it off the heat and allow it to cool down a bit.
  • Pour the palm oil into the pot, stir while pouring the palm oil. In the process of stirring the color will gradually change to yellowish color.
  • Put the pot back on the heat for about 1-2 minutes to warm up.

Potash is added to thicken the soup and voila…Your Owo soup is ready.

You could serve your Owo soup with any swallow of your choice or with boiled yam or plantain. Whichever you like, Owo Soup will not disappoint!

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