Yam Pepper soup with Dried Fish

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Hi everyone!! If you are looking for a meal your family members will love, this is certainly it. Yam pepper soup is simply your regular pepper soup with a touch of difference.

Typically, this meal originated from the South-south; as a western Nigerian, I remember while growing up, yam and fish stew were served as breakfast at namings, Christmas and New year days in my home. But that was back then, now this rich luscious meal is no longer restricted to the South-south people but giving to us all to enjoy!! Lol!! We westerners can do this as our win-win meal anytime any day.

A beautiful side to this meal is that either you are on a high or a low budget thing, you can cook this meal and still end up with a yummy delicacy. From catfish to tilapia fish pepper soup, dried fish to smoked fish, goat meat to beef assorted, cow leg to cow head…. you can add your own variation to this soup.

For the pepper soup spice, you can either get the already prepared powder at the local market or prepare it all by yourself at home. Check out this DIY at


As a good source of carbohydrates, eating your yam this way is kind of spectacular… My 6-year-old in particular love this meal. It’s a nice way of getting your kids to really eat yam, my girl does not usually eat yam but if made this way, it’s her choice meal.

So let us cook!


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My Recipe

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Yields: 2


  • dried catfish
  • A small tuber of yam cuts into chunks
  • 2 tbsp of mixed pepper soup spice
  • 1 tbsp of ginger powder
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced) / half tsp of dried garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp ground crayfish/ stockfish ( crushed)
  • 1 tbsp of dried pepper( you can add a little more if you like your soup spicy
  • Dried or fresh efirin (scent leaves)
  • salt to taste


  1. Wash the dried fish in a salty warm water, allow to soak for a while to rinse off its dirt, then break into large pieces. Set aside
  2. Peel the yam, slice into small chunks, wash and set aside.
  3. Put 1-2 litre of water in a cooking pot over medium heat, pour in the pepper soup spice, garlic, ginger and dry pepper
  4. Next, add the dried fish and crayfish leave to boil for 5 minutes
  5. Pour in the yam, a little salt cover and leave to boil for the next 15 mins or until the yam is soft enough to be eaten..by this time, the aroma around your home would have changed, I must say!!
  6. Add a bit more water, check for seasoning ( salt and chilli pepper) and adjust accordingly, pour in the efirin and leave to simmer for the next 2 minutes then put off heat.
  7. Serve with a little palm oil and sprinkle of salt as a side dish and enjoy

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3.8 (4 Votes)



8 Replies to "Yam Pepper soup with Dried Fish"

  • Olanrewaju olasunbo September 8, 2018 (3:22 am)

    Hi guys u need to try out the yam pepper soup. It’s indeed delicious. Cheers

    • Kemi Omoetan September 9, 2018 (3:52 pm)

      very delicious. thanks olasunbo

  • Olatunde Vivian October 14, 2018 (4:04 am)

    Yummy am going to try this ASAP. Thanks for the recipe

    • Kemi Omoetan October 15, 2018 (1:20 am)

      You are welcome Vivian
      yeah yam pepper soup is yum yum and a complete meal on its own. You can also try it out with fresh fish.

  • ADEBISI OGUNJIMI October 16, 2018 (10:40 am)

    I sincerely love this dish and though i cant say i make it perfectly, i pretend to make it perfectly and i still love it especially during the rainy season

    • Kemi Omoetan October 16, 2018 (6:57 pm)

      I’m glad you love it. Do try it out all over again and I bet you will attain that perfection you desire. And let us know the outcome. I’ll be waiting.thanks

  • MACARTHY April 24, 2019 (9:47 pm)

    WOW thank you very much for the lecture aunty, i tried it, and it worked like pro…..Hmmmmmmmmm YUme yummy

    • Kemi Omoetan April 27, 2019 (11:45 pm)

      So happy you got it right. you are very much welcome, Macarthy

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