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Delicious Soups And Stews That Goes With Fufu

Fufu, a staple in many African and Caribbean cuisines, is a versatile and beloved dish made from cassava. Its mild flavor and unique texture make it an ideal canvas for pairing with a variety of delicious and hearty soups.

A selection of delicious soups and stews that beautifully complement fufu

Let’s Talk Fufu

Fufu, a West African staple, is a smooth and velvety dough made from cassava, although, in recent times, a general name has been coined for all ”swallow food” made from starchy roots like yam or plantains.

The beauty of fufu lies in its versatility—it takes on the flavors and textures of the soups and stews it’s paired with, allowing for endless delicious possibilities.

These soups and stews often feature a variety of meats, vegetables, and mouthwatering, aromatic spices. Pairing the right soup or stew with fufu is essential to create that harmony of flavors and textures that will

If you haven’t tried fufu yet, I have a recipe I made here. Be sure to check it out, and if you want to know more about what fufu really is, check here.

I’ll guide you through some of my favorite soups to serve with Fufu. These soul-warming soups combine meats, vegetables, and spices, creating an authentic experience with Fufu.

Your Guide To Soup Recipes Perfect with Fufu

Okro Soup with spinach

Okra soup is commonly served in West Africa, particularly in Nigeria. We make okra from onions, habanero pepper, red bell pepper, locust bean, and various seasonings. Some recipes also call for chicken, beef, turkey, fish, and vegetables like spinach. Adding ground crayfish or palm oil makes it thick.

Turkey Stew – African style

Turkey stew is one of my most beloved comfort foods of all time. This stew is made with Peppers, Tomatoes, and Onions. Other add-ins like Ginger, Garlic, tomato paste with some spices makes the classic intensely flavored and inexpensive to make.

Nigerian Pepper Sauce – Ata din din

The Nigerian Pepper sauce is a restaurant classic that is one of the most famous stews in local Nigerian restaurants. It uses indigenous ingredients like crayfish, locust beans, and palm oil. This stew is easy to put together. It smells heavenly and tastes even better.

Okro pepper soup

Okro pepper soup (Ila) is a simple, spicy, delicious African soup. The primary ingredient is ladyfinger, commonly called Igbagba Ofofo or Gbagbafo by the natives. Enjoy the delicious, comforting, and spicy soup with Fufu or rice.

Egusi Ijebu Recipe

The special Egusi Ijebu originates from the Ijebu ode, which is in the southwestern part of Nigeria in Ogun state, Nigeria. Unlike the regular Egusi soup, this version has no spinach or leafy greens.

Lumpy Egusi Stew

This is another version of Egusi Stew from ground melon seeds (egusi), vegetables, and a rich blend of spices. It has a unique “lumpy” texture that makes it different from other version.

Doro Wat – Ethiopian Chicken stew

Doro wat is an incredibly fragrant, spicy, flavorful, rich, slow-cooked Ethiopian chicken stew mostly eaten for special occasions and family gatherings. It is one of the national dishes of Ethiopia, usually served over injera – spongy Ethiopian bread but also great for Fufu.

Efo Riro

Efo riro is a Yoruba word. The word means “stirred leafy vegetable” . However, we don’t stir it on its own; we stir it in a rich pepper sauce with loads of Meat, Crayfish, Dry Fish, and other Meat or Fish of Choice. So, it is a one-pot stew with layers of flavor.


Ewedu soup is a delicacy in Nigeria. Apart from being delicious and nutritious, it is straightforward to make. Serve the soup with bean Gbegiri (beans soup) and beef stew or fish stew. It is a mouth-watering accompaniment to many solid meals like pounded yam and Fufu.

Banga soup

Banga soup is a delicious soup featuring palm nut fruit, spices, and meat and fish. It is a popular soup in the  Niger Delta part of Nigeria, particularly in the Urhobo ethnic group.

Ghanians call palm nut soup – abenkwan; in Cameroon – it’s Mbanga and Banga in Nigeria. Banga soup has variant names such as ofe akwu, oghwo amiedi, or ibiedi, depending on the tribe, the ingredients, and the preparation mode. 

Beef Stew

Beef stew is a classic, rich, aromatic tomato Nigerian stew. It is delicious, nutritious, and easy to make. It is combines beef, tripe, and beef liver in pot. The whole stew comes together in one pot. Typically, you can use beef stew with Ewedu to gulp in your Fufu.

Chicken stew

The Nigerian Chicken stew is a comforting and savory dish made by simmering chicken pieces. This thick and hearty stew is made with bell pepper, tomatoes, onions, aromatics, and seasonings. It is a hearty home-style stew recipe.

Fish stew

This hearty Salmon stew is full-flavored. Cook your fish chunks gently with onions, garlic, tomatoes, and various seasonings. It’s a popular seafood dish enjoyed for its rich taste, often served with Fufu. 

Ogbono soup

Ogbono soup, a traditional Nigerian dish, is a thick and hearty soup featuring ground ogbono seed (African bush mango seeds). The soup features various spices and vegetables, including leafy greens, okra, and sometimes other ingredients like spinach or pumpkin leaves. Ogbono soup has a distinctive slimy texture and is often served with Fufu or pounded yam.

Peanut/Groundnut soup

This soup is a staple in most African cuisine. It is warm, nourishing, full of flavors, and loaded with protein from the Peanuts. Prepare this with meat like chicken, beef, fish, and vegetables any season of the year.


Gbegiri is a traditional soup from the Yoruba tribe in Nigeria. It is made from black-eyed peas or honey beans (brown beans), ground crayfish, palm oil, stock, irú (locust beans), salt, and cayenne pepper. It is tasty, flavorful, and unique.

Delicious Soups And Stews That Goes With Fufu

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