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Spinach Stew (Efo Riro)

The African Stewed Spinach also popularly known as Efo riro is a one-pot stew with layers of flavor. It requires quite a number of ingredients but little work from the cook putting it all together (as long as you already have all your ingredients prepped).
Course Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine African
Keyword efor riro, homemade, spinach stew
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 5 People
Calories 378kcal
Author Lola Osinkolu


  • 1.5 lb spinach blanched
  • Peppers 3 large red bell peppers, 2 scotch bonnet and 1 very small onion
  • 1/4 Cup Palm Oil
  • 2 Tbsp crayfish blended
  • 2 Tablespoon locust bean
  • 1/2 Cup stock Fish About 2 handfuls of shredded
  • 1 Prawn about a handful, Dried
  • 1 Onion medium size- diced
  • 1 Bouillon Cube
  • 1 lb Beef A mixture of Beef, Tripe, and cow Skin.


  • Preheat the Palm oil - I like it hot but not bleached. Add the diced Onion and stir-fry till golden brown.
  • Add the blended peppers (check notes above for details) and fry until the Sauce thickens up.
  • Season with the stock cube, add Salt to taste, Crayfish and locust bean. Stir until everything is well blended. 
  • Add the Meat, Stockfish, and dried Prawns and add some water or stock to thin out the sauce, then cover it up again and allow it to come to a simmer.
  • Finally, add the Spinach and mix thoroughly. Then leave it to cook uncovered for about 2 to 5 minutes. Adjust the seasoning if necessary.
  • Serve with your favorite swallow like be, Amala, Fufu or Rice, Yam ... Enjoy!



Calories: 378kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 454mg | Potassium: 1071mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 12760IU | Vitamin C: 40mg | Calcium: 166mg | Iron: 6mg