Step-by-Step Guide: How to Prepare Delicious Ogbono Soup

Hey foodies, i’m back again with another
delicious delicacy. This time we’re going
local and i’m sharing an updated version
on how to make a yummy pot of Ogbono
soup, a native delicacy enjoyed by
nigerians and made with lots of assorted
protein spices and vegetables.

Ogbono soup is a popular Nigerian dish made with ground ogbono seeds (African bush mango seeds) and served with various proteins and vegetables.

Here’s a basic recipe to prepare Ogbono soup;


  • 1/2 cup ground ogbono seeds
  • Meat (beef, goat meat, or chicken)
  • Assorted fish (stockfish, smoked fish, or dried fish)
  • Palm oil
  • Vegetables (spinach, okra, or ugu leaves)
  • Onions
  • Ground crayfish
  • Seasoning cubes (for taste)
  • Salt (for taste)
  • Pepper
  • Water
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  1. Start by preparing your choice of meat. Cut it into bite-sized pieces and cook until it’s tender. You can use a pressure cooker or a regular pot. Season with onions, seasoning cubes, and a little salt.
  2. In a separate pot, add palm oil and heat it until it becomes clear. Be careful not to overheat and burn the palm oil.
  3. Add finely chopped onions to the palm oil and sauté until they become translucent.
  4. Grind the Ogbono seeds to a powdered form and add the ground ogbono mix to the heated palm oil and stir continuously over low heat to prevent burning. The ogbono will thicken and produce a nutty aroma.
  5. Gradually add water or meat stock (boiled meat water) to the ogbono mixture while stirring until it reaches your desired soup consistency.
  6. Add the cooked meat and fish to the ogbono mixture. You can also add seasoning cubes, salt, ground crayfish, onions and pepper at this stage for flavor.
  7. Let the soup simmer for about 10-15 minutes, give it a good stir to prevent sticking.
  8. Taste and adjust the seasoning with more salt or seasoning cubes if needed.
  9. Add your choice of vegetables (spinach, okra, or ugu leaves) and cook for a few more minutes until the vegetables are tender but still vibrant in color.
  10. Your Ogbono soup is now ready to be served with a side of Fufu, Pounded yam, Amala, Semo, Pupuru or rice.
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Enjoy your homemade Ogbono soup! You can customize it with your favorite ingredients and adjust the thickness and spiciness according to your preferences.

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