Simple Ogbono Soup Recipe

Ogbono Soup Recipe is a dish that requires at least 20 minutes to cook. I remembered the first time I tried it, I cooked it for less than 10mins and it was a disaster.. So this is my how to.

My Method for cooking this Ogbono Soup Recipe

Step 1. Wash your meat and ponmo thoroughly, season well and cook until meat is tender, meanwhile soak your dried fish inside lukewarm water with a little salt (salt removes all dirt the fish might have gathered while sun drying or through display at our open markets), when soft, clean properly and shred.

Step 2. If using ugwu, pick and cut into thin slices. I prefer rinsing my ugwu thoroughly before cutting because this process preserves the nutrients contained in the leaves…

Step 3. Put your ogbono powder in a bowl, add 1-2 tablespoon of palm oil, mix well. This process help to remove any mould in the ogbono. Form into a paste with a light consistency.

Step 4. Place your pot on fire on low heat. Pour remaining oil, pour in your ogbono, stir, add little warm water, stir then add your pepper, stir, add ogiri, stir, add little warm water… at this point you will notice your ogbono start to get sticky and sort of swell in the pot. This process takes like 2-3 mins.

Step 5. Next, Pour in your stock, stir well to remove any moulds from the frying. Add your meat, ponmo, fish stock, crayfish and seasoning and a cup of warm water. Cover your pot and allow to cook for 15 mins, opening at interval to stir and to check the thickness level. If it becomes too thick, add more water, stir well and cover. At this point you will feel hungry I must confess!! Because the aroma of the soup would have filled your kitchen.

Step 6. Lastly add your ugwu, leave to simmer for a minute and take the pot off the cooker.

I take my pot off the cooker because my cooker heats up for the next few minutes after putting it off and this can make my veggies too soft and off color and I like it crunchy and green.

Enjoy your delicious Ogbono soup recipe with any swallow you prefer. Mine preference though is EBA, Fufu or Semovita.

Lastly, I hope you will try out my Ogbono soup recipe and relish it like I usually do everytime I make it.Till I come your way again,  remember to always cook with excitement and a large dose of love.

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My Ogbono Soup Recipe

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Yields: 4-5


  • Ground ogbono. 1\4 of a cup
  • Meat\beef\goat meat depending on your preference of meat
  • Dry fish\smoked fish 2 medium sizes or a large pieces
  • I flat round Ogiri
  • 1 onion to season the meat
  • 2 seasoning cubes
  • Handful of ugwu\ bitter leaf\ uziza leaf
  • 1 tablespoon of grounded crayfish
  • Ponmo (cow skin)
  • Stock fish
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 large cooking spoon of palm oil
  • Boiled Water

My Method of cooking this Ogbono soup recipe

  1. Finely slice the ugwu and onion
  2. Soak dried fish in hot water for 5 mins
  3. Clean the ponmo

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1 Reply to "Simple Ogbono Soup Recipe"

  • bunmex April 8, 2018 (2:27 am)

    Yum yum your explanation is so nice and easy….thkssss

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