Yam porridge is a delicious dish that is popular and eaten by all tribes in Nigeria. However, it’s common in the Yoruba-speaking part of Nigeria. If you’re a lover, this is something you should try.

Yam porridge or pottage popular called Asaro is prepared using Yam as the key ingredient which is cooked in a blend of peppers, onions, tomatoes, palm oil, crayfish, and seasoning cubes. It can also be made with protein, like meat, fish, kpomo, prawns, crabs, etc.

I use yam porridge as a substitute for my Sunday rice and stew, and everyone loves the taste of it. In this article, I will give you those magic ingredients you need to make this delicious meal. But, before we move on, there are some things you need to note.

  1. To get a delicious yam porridge, the number of peppers should be more than that of the tomatoes. This is to prevent your tomato base from getting sour.
  2. Fry, the pepper mix to get that lovely taste you desire.


  1. 1 Tuber of yam
  2. I red onion
  3. I bell pepper
  4. Pumpkin leaves
  5. 2 tomatoes plum
  6. 1 scotch bonnet
  7. 2 tablespoons of blended crayfish
  8. Palm oil
  9. 1 smoked fish
  10. Seasoning cubes
  11. Salt


  1. Peel, cut, and rinse the yam. Ensure that you rinse it properly, and place it in water to prevent it from getting any form of discoloration.
  2. Chop the vegetables. Chop the peppers, onions, tomatoes, and pumpkin leaves.
  3. Place a pot on low heat and add a quarter cup of palm oil to the pot to allow it to heat up. Add onions and sáuté for 30 seconds or until it’s translucent. Pour the chopped peppers into the pot and fry for 1 minute. After 1 minute, add the chopped tomatoes and seasoning cubes and fry for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Place the washed yam into the pot, add crayfish, salt, smoked fish, and the quantity of water you want. Stir and taste for salt. Cook for 10-12 minutes.
  5. Add the Pumpkin leaves, let it cook for 2 minutes, then stir.

Our delicious yam porridge is ready!

Did you enjoy the porridge?