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Yam pottage/Yam Porridge (Asaro) Recipe

Yam pottage/Yam Porridge (Asaro) Recipe – Asaro which is also known as Yam pottage or Yam porridge is a very delicious Yam recipe though it’s eaten by most tribes in Nigeria however, it is more common in the Yoruba speaking parts of Nigeria. It’s also easy to make. If you love yam, it’s a must-try recipe!

Close up view of The Nigerian Yam pottage/Yam Porridge (Asaro) served on plates with vegetables leaves sprinkled on the op

The Nigerian Yam pottage/Yam Porridge (Asaro) Recipe

Yam recipes such as fried yam, pounded yam, yam and egg stew have become classics in their own right. This yam porridge recipe tastes just my mom’s. The only difference is that it uses parsley which is not typical in my mom’s recipe. However, you can choose to add any herb or any leafy green of your choices like spinach, kale, or ugwu.

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, palm oil, and seasoning. While the dish is more common to the yoruba speaking region of Nigeria, it is still a meal enjoyed by majority alike each with their own regional variation.

If you like plantains, you may want to try my yam Porridge with plantains.

You can watch the video on how to make the Nigerian Yam pottage/Yam Porridge (Asaro) Recipe below:

There are a few things to note when making the Nigerian Yam Pottage (Yam porridge):

  1. It’s best to use the freshest Palm Oil you can possibly get because stale palm oil will ruin the taste of the Pottage.
  2. It’s best to use as little seasoning as possible because the yam itself is sweet so excessive seasoning will overshadow the sweet taste of the Pottage. 
  3. Add a little more water if necessary but don’t overdo it.

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


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.
4.85 from 19 votes
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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 Pepper Sauce a blend of peppers, tomatoes, and Onions
  • 1/2 Cup Palm Oil of fresh
  • 2 Tablespoons Crayfish
  • Water
  • Crab Meat Stockfish or dried fish
  • Parsley or any Leafy vegetables (spinach, kale, ugwu)

Pepper Sauce

  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • 1 Habanero Pepper
  • 1 Onion Small


  • 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 medium to high heat
  • Add the pepper sauce palm oil, onions, crayfish, salt, and stock cubes, and allow it to cook for an additional 10 minutes on low heat.
  • Add the crabmeat (You can use whatever addition you prefer at this point like, Smoked Fish, Prawns, or smoked Turkey.
  • Mash the Yams with a Potato masher or a wooden spoon. I love to mash some yams and keep some chunks. Gives more texture!
  • Stir in the parsley (spinach, kale, or ugwu)
  • Allow it to simmer for an additional 3 to 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

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Recipe Rating


Tuesday 22nd of February 2022

Nice 😍😍

Tuesday 22nd of February 2022

Thank you 😊


Saturday 6th of November 2021

The recipe was helpful. Thanks

Lola Osinkolu

Monday 8th of November 2021

I'm glad it was helpful :)


Tuesday 2nd of November 2021

Yummyyyy 🥰. Very easy to follow & well detailed! Thank you sisss Lolllaaaa ❤️❤️


Friday 1st of October 2021

I love it