Recipe: How To Make OghwoOfigbo (Owo Soup)

Recipe OghwoOfigbo owo soup
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Our recipe for today is OghwoOfigbo which is commonly known as Owo soup. It is delicacy that you can prepare with the family this weekend. Popular among the Urhobo people of Delta State in Nigeria; this Sunday stew look-alike is way different. The combination of palm oil, potash and tomato leaves a hint that it has a unique taste. You can substitute the tomatoes with starch or mashed yam like the Urhobos. Enjoy so much flexibility in one pot! Learn how to make it here.


  • Goat meat, 400g
  • Catfish, 2 Pcs
  • Shrimps, 1 Cup
  • Palm oil, 100ml
  • Potash, 1 Tsp
  • Salt, 1 Tsp
  • Crushed tomatoes, 1 Cup
  • Ground yellow pepper, 1Tsp
  • Onion, 1 Pc
  • Seasoning cubes, 1 Pc
  • Ground crayfish, 1 Tsp


  • Start by washing the dried fish. Devein the shrimps and set them aside. Cut the meat into pieces and wash, then set aside.
  • Chop the onions and set aside. If you would be opting for fresh tomatoes and pepper for this recipe, blend the tomatoes (5 big pieces) and pepper (to taste).
  • In a large pot, add the meat, onions, seasoning cube and salt to taste. Cook the meat in little water for about 2-3 minutes, then add a little water and allow to cook until tender.
  • Add the dried fish, shrimps, crayfish, tomato and pepper to the pot of meat and stir. Add about 1 cup of water to the pot, stir and add salt to taste if necessary. Cover the pot and allow to cook for about 10 minutes. Stir at intervals to prevent the soup from burning.
  • Dissolve half of the potash powder in 3 tablespoons of water. Strain the mixture and add the liquid into the pot of soup and mix thoroughly. Turn off the heat and allow the soup to cool for 8 minutes.
  • Finally, add the palm oil and stir continuously until well combined.
  • Serve with yam, plantain or any swallow of your choice.

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