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Close up view of the The Nigerian Yam pottage/Yam Porridge (Asaro) but at 45 degree angle

Yam pottage/Yam Porridge (Asaro) Recipe

The Nigerian Yam pottage/Yam Porridge (Asaro) Recipe - Asaro which is also known as Yam pottage or Yam porridge is a very delicious Yam recipe.
Asaro is made from Puna Yam which is boiled till it's tender and it's cooked in a blend of Peppers, Tomatoes, and Onions (recipe here) and Palm Oil.
Course Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner, Main, Main Course
Cuisine African
Keyword asaro, homemade, yam porridge, yam pottage
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 2 People
Calories 636kcal
Author Lola Osinkolu


  • 1/2 Yam medium sized Puna
  • 1 Onion medium sized (diced)
  • 1.5 Starter Sauce a blend of peppers, tomatoes, and Onions
  • 1/2 Cup Palm Oil of fresh
  • 2 Tablespoons Crayfish
  • Water
  • Crab Meat
  • Parsley or any Leafy vegetables


  • Peel and cut the Yam into medium sized chunks and rinse a couple of times
  • Put the Yams inside a Pot, add Water just to the level of the Yams and let it cook for 15 minutes on a medium to high heat
  • Add the starter Sauce (you can check the recipe for the sauce in my video- Link above), Palm Oil, Onions, Cray Fish, Salt and Stock Cubes and allow it to cook for an additional 15 Minutes on a low Heat.
  • Add the Crab meat (You can use whatever addition you prefer at this point like Smoked Fish, Prawns, Smoked Turkey etc )
  • Mash the Yams with a Potato masher or a wooden spoon (You can mash everything into a creamy paste, and you can mash most of the Yams and still leave some chunks behind).
  • Allow it to simmer for an additional 5 minutes and enjoy while still hot!



Calories: 636kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 54g | Saturated Fat: 27g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 26mg | Potassium: 972mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 145IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg