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How to Make Ogbono Soup: A Step-by-Step Guide

Ogbono soup

Ogbono soup is a popular West African soup made with ogbono seeds, which are ground into a powder and used to thicken the soup. It is a flavorful and hearty soup that can be enjoyed with a variety of sides, such as fufu, eba, or pounded yam.

Ogbono fruit and seed
Ogbono fruit and seed

This article will provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to make ogbono soup. It will also cover some tips and tricks for making the perfect pot of ogbono soup.


  • 1 cup ogbono seeds
  • 1 pound beef, cut into chunks
  • 1 pound goat meat, cut into chunks
  • 1 pound dry fish
  • 1 pound smoked fish
  • 1 cup crayfish powder
  • 1/2 cup palm oil
  • 1/2 cup blended pepper mix (scotch bonnet peppers, onions, and tomatoes)
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped uziza leaves
  • 1/4 cup chopped ugu leaves
  • Salt to taste


  1. Grind the ogbono seeds. You can do this using a blender, food processor, or mortar and pestle.
  2. Cook the beef and goat meat. Heat the palm oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the beef and goat meat and cook until browned on all sides. Season with salt to taste.
  3. Add the dry fish and smoked fish. Cover the pot and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 10 minutes, or until the fish is cooked through.
  4. Add the blended pepper mix and crayfish powder. Stir to combine and cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the ground ogbono seeds. Whisk until the ogbono seeds are dissolved and the soup is thick and smooth.
  6. Add the chopped onions, uziza leaves, and ugu leaves. Stir to combine and cook for 2 minutes, or until the leaves are wilted.
  7. Season with salt to taste.
  8. Serve hot and enjoy!

Tips and Tricks:

  • For a richer flavor, you can add a beef or goat bouillon cube to the soup.
  • If you don’t have palm oil, you can use vegetable oil instead.
  • If you want a spicier soup, add more scotch bonnet peppers to the blended pepper mix.
  • If you don’t have uziza leaves, you can use spinach or collard greens instead.
  • If you don’t have ugu leaves, you can use kale or Swiss chard instead.


Ogbono soup is a delicious and nutritious soup that is easy to make. With this step-by-step guide, you can make the perfect pot of ogbono soup every time. Enjoy!