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Spinach Stew (Efo Riro)

Efo riro (African stewed spinach) is a one-pot vegetable stew with layers of flavor.
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


  • 3 large red bell peppers
  • 2 scotch bonnet
  • 1 small onion
  • 1/4 cup Palm oil
  • 2 tablespoons crayfish blended
  • 2 tablespoon locust bean
  • 1 bouillon cube
  • Salt to taste
  • 1.5 lb spinach blanched
  • 1/2 cup stock Fish About 2 handfuls shredded
  • 1 prawn about a handful, Dried
  • 1 onion medium size diced
  • 1 lb Beef A mixture of Beef, Tripe, and cow Skin.


  • Blend the bell peppers, scotch bonnet, and onion.
  • 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 and fry until the sauce thickens up. It takes about 15 minutes, and you need to stir constantly to prevent burning.
  • Stir in the crayfish, locust bean, bouillon cube, and salt to taste. 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 well. Then leave it to cook uncovered for about 2 to 5 minutes. Adjust the seasoning if necessary.



  • Serve with your favorite food like rice and yam, or swallow foods like Amala, Fufu, or eba!


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