Nigerian vegetable soup- ugu stir fry

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This is one of the most easiest and affordable Nigeria soup we have around. Are you looking for some nutritious quick fix meal? Then, you do not need to look further. Try ugu stir fry. It can easily be served alongside a plate of boiled white fluffy rice or boiled plantains.
The vegetable soup can be prepared with any protein of choice, even though I had decided to use mackerel fish in my own ugu stir fry creation

Ugwu leaves(fluted pumpkin leaves) is very rich in iron, potassium and is a good source of dietary fibre. Ugwu leaves are used in many Nigerian dishes like the edikiakong (Efik vegetable soup) or the ogbono or the newest recipe you need to check out. My Nigerian egg sauce with ugu leaves. Pumpkin leaves put a little twist to whatever dish you are cooking plus the many health benefits attached to it.
You may read further on its health benefit HERE.

So let us cook…

Steps to making ugu stir fry

Getting started…

Wash the leaves and slice thinly

Remove the intestine of the fish. cut into desired sizes and wash

Place a dry saucepan on low- medium heat, add the oil, allow heating up for a while then add the onion, pepper and locust beans. Stir- fry till translucent

( add the fish and let it fry slightly for a few minutes on both sides)

Next, add the cup of stock, allow simmering with the fish for 2 minutes, then pour in the vegetable, add the seasoning cubes and salt.

Stir and steam(covered) for another 2 minutes, taste then adjust seasoning if need be

Put off the heat. You can leave it to rest in the pot for the next 3 minutes, so as to allow the stock and seasoning to steam further with the veggies

Serve over rice. enjoy!

ugu stir fry
Or serve over amala as I have decided to plate mine…

Check out our steamed spinach recipe here

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My Recipe

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Yields: 4


  • 1 small bunch of ugu
  • 1 fish
  • A ½ cup of oil
  • 1 Red onion- thinly sliced
  • 1 cup of stock/ water
  • 1 seasoning cube
  • 2 tablespoon of fresh pepper
  • Salt to taste

Additional Info

You may decide to add water leaves to this recipe, so instead of the cup of stock, the water leaves gives the water base for this ugu stir fry

Kemi is a food innovator, a food blogger and a caterer who loves good food at good(minimal) budget. Kemi has handled catering services ranging from indoor and outdoor events and is readily available for services anywhere in Nigeria. Kemi is also a trained educationist, an economist who has put her skills of cooking, teaching, writing and budgeting into one piece by creating Here, you get to learn basic Nigeria soup recipes, some continental dishes, baking, cooking tips and food redefining Do come along with me on my food discoveries...

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