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Okro Soup with spinach

Okro soup is a very popular and delicious stew that is loved by the majority of the people, in West Africa, especially if cooked well.

okro soup

Okro Soup

 Just like ogbono soup and Ewedu soup, Okro soup has a viscous texture which makes it an acquired taste. Talking about Ogbono soup – this is a thick delicious, and hearty soup made from the Wild mango seeds, and it has a ton of nutritional benefits.

The jute leaves soup (Jewish mallow) is leafy green which also has a similar mucilaginous texture like okro when cooked. It is not only common in Africa but it’s also known to be a national Egyptian dish. Some people find Okro soup, Ogbono soup or jute leaves soup viscous or slimy and I totally relate. It’s a matter of preference and how we all were socialized.

This recipe uses onions. Yes, you read well. Onions in okra soup have always been an issue that is really debated. It is believed that onions make the soup less viscous. this can be true if a lot of onion is added, however, if a little is added as I did in this recipe, your okro soup will be nice, thick and viscous. If you are not comfortable using it, you can skip it.

Okra soup is often classically made with beef (beef parts) and fish. However, shrimps, Lamb Meat, goat meat, or any other meat or fish of choice can be used.

This variation in its mode of preparation has a lot to do with ethnicity and locality. For example, those who live close to the sea will tend to have more seafood in their okro soup.

How to make okro soup

  • Start by creating a base stock for the okro soup by boiling the roast turkey or any other meat of choice with salt, seasoning cube and onions. Cook till tender.
  • While the meat is boiling, mince half of the onions in a food processor or a chopper and slice the other half. Set aside
  • Mince the red bell pepper and habanero pepper in the chopper and set aside
  • Once the meat is tender, add the minced pepper, crayfish, and locust bean and leave to cook for about 10 minutes.
  • Shred and add the washed dry fish and leave to soften for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the palm oil and the shrimps and the minced and sliced okro. Leave to cook for about 3 to 5 minutes depending on how crunchy you want the okro to be.
  • Stir in the spinach and mix until wilted.
  • Take away from heat immediately and serve. 

This stew can be served with your choice of swallow like Eba, Fufu, Amala and the likes but for me, I just like to eat as is – yes I mean I just use a spoon to dig and eat the stew just the way it is.

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TIPS:

  • I like to mince half of the okro in a food chopper. This helps the okra develop that viscous consistency. If you want the okro soup to be more viscous, simply chop more than half of the okro.
  • The protein used is first boiled the idea behind this is to create a base and stock for the soup.
  • It’s advisable to boil meat till it’s tender also season moderately.
  • It is essential to not overcook any vegetable in this case the Okro is cooked on medium heat to retain the nutrients and not burn it off with heat.
     

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okro soup

Okro soup

Okro soup is a very popular and delicious stew that is loved by the majority of the people, in West Africa, especially if cooked well.
4.85 from 19 votes
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Course: Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine: African
Keyword: homemade
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 286kcal
Author: Lola Osinkolu

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lb Okra half minced and half sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • Smoked Turkey wings
  • 1 Small onion minced
  • 1 habanero pepper
  • 3 Tbsp crayfish
  • 1/2 lb Spinach
  • 1 lb shrimps
  • 1 Dry Fish large
  • 4 Tbsp Locust bean
  • 1/2 to 3/4 Palm oil
  • 1 Tsp Seasoning powder
  • 4 to 5 cups water

Instructions

  • Boil the Smoked Turkey wings with salt, seasoning powder and minced Onions. Cook till tender.
  • While the meat is boiling, mince half of the onions in a food processor or a chopper and slice the other half. Set aside
  • Mince the red bell pepper and habanero pepper in the chopper and set aside
  • When the meat becomes tender, add the minced pepper, crayfish, and locust bean and leave to cook for about 10 minutes.
  • Shred and add the washed dry fish and leave to soften for about five minutes.
  • Add the palm oil, shrimps and the minced and sliced okro. Leave to cook for about 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the spinach and mix until wilted.
  • Remove from heat immediately and serve.

Notes

  • I like to mince half of the okro in a food chopper. This helps the okra develop that viscous consistency. If you want the okro soup to be more viscous, simply chop more than half of the okro.
  • The protein used is first boiled the idea behind this is to create a base and stock for the soup.
  • It’s advisable to boil meat till it’s tender also season moderately.
    It is essential to not overcook any vegetable in this case the Okro is cooked on medium heat to retain the nutrients and not burn it off with heat.

Nutrition

Calories: 286kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 288mg | Sodium: 794mg | Potassium: 1234mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 5070IU | Vitamin C: 70mg | Calcium: 274mg | Iron: 4mg

 

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Recipe Rating




Benny

Monday 28th of September 2020

Lovely recipe. Made it and it came out great, best okro soup I ever made.

Lola Osinkolu

Saturday 10th of October 2020

Glad to know you enjoyed it. Thanks for the feedback!!!

Benny

Monday 28th of September 2020

Lovely recipe, I tried it and it came out great, best into soup I've made. Thank you.

Lola Osinkolu

Sunday 4th of October 2020

Thank you Benny for the awesome feedback!! ❤️

Dora

Monday 17th of August 2020

You are really doing a great job. Thank you

Ebuka Okafor

Tuesday 14th of July 2020

please call me on 08033058247 or WhatsApp me , i want to make some order. you can send me the phone i will contact for the order. thanks

Lola Osinkolu

Wednesday 15th of July 2020

Sorry, I don't do orders.

Thursday 9th of July 2020

Thank you for posting this recipe my first husband was from Gambia West Africa and he used to make this all the time and I still make it even though we're divorced my son's both love it and I do too I made it for Thanksgiving and I'm going to make it now for the summer because I'm trying to lose weight LOL thanks for sharing it

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