How to cook ogbono soup without oil

A serving of Nigerian ogbono soup cooked without oil.

Ogbono soup cooked without oil is very delicious and nutritious too. Doesn't have that palm oil feel. For fat free Nigerian soup cooking, try this. Palm oil is added to almost all Nigerian soups, but come to think of it, this oil never enhances the taste of any food. It only adds that bright colour that can be gotten by adding some good vegetables. Try cooking some meals without palm oil and see the difference. They taste way better. Method is very easy and straight forward.

1 cup ground ogbono 
1 cup ground crayfish
1kg beef
1 large sized dry cat fish
2 seasoning cubes
Salt to taste
a handful chopped ugu vegetable (Fluted pumpkin)
Water to cover the meat after steaming
4 red bells pepper (Tatatshey)
1 teaspoon pepper
2 medium sized onion

First of all, wash and cut the vegetables, wash and blend together the onion and red bell pepper, boil in a pot with one seasoning cube until dry and set aside. Grind the ogbono seeds and set aside. Steam meat with onion, the remaining seasoning cube, and salt only, let it boil with the juice in the beef first until pot begins to dry up, then add water for stock.

Cooking Steps: 

  1. Wait for meat to boil until it's almost done. Add the dry, pre-boiled onion and tatashey, stir, let it boil  briefly, add the ogbono and crayfish. Cover and let the soup boil very well before checking for salt. Ogbono needs to cook so, while you stay occasionally, allow the soup to boil for about 10 minutes or more. If soup is thicker than you want, adjust by adding some water. Now, add the washed smoked fish, stir and check for salt again.  When satisfied with the taste of salt and pepper, add vegetables last, stir and turn off the heat. Serve ogbono soup with pounded yam, eba, amala, starch, tuwo, semo, wheat  or any fufu (swallow) of choice.
Below are the cooking steps in pictures...

Boiling the onion, seasoning cube and red bell pepper till this dry

Adding the boiled tatashey to almost cooked meat

Adding ogbono and ground crayfish

Finally, add the vegetables, stir and remove from heat

Serve with hot fufu or tuwo


  1. I never knew that my favourite ogbono soup can be cooked without oil. Thank you poster.


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