Edo Black Soup -How to Make Omoebe Soup Recipe

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Edo Black Soup -Nigerian Black Soup | Nigerian Soups Recipe

Omoebe popularly called Edo Black Soup is a very nutritious and tasty delicacy commonly eaten by indigenes of Edo state in Nigerian. Moreover, the name black soup came as a result of its color, sincerely, the color might even discourage you from attempting to eat the food, but when you taste the soup Oh My God! You will turn Oliver Twist because you will definitely want some more. 

The real native Omoebe black soup is a stone grounded vegetables cooked in palm nut stock base with meat, fish, and other soup ingredients. It’s highly medicinal with lots of nutritional health benefits; Omoebe is a healthy delicacy when properly cooked. 

Homemade black soup is very easy to make, the moment all ingredients are in place, especially when using bitter leave. Most importantly, the bitter leave should be washed extensively to remove the bitter taste that comes with it.

Similarly, there are different types of soup that will always bring you back to Edo State such as Groundnut soup, Bini Owo soup, Omi Ukpoka soup, and Edo black soup. Since Ondo state happens to share the same boundaries with Edo they have their own Ondo black soup with slight differences on the ingredients.

Black Soup and Pregnancy

This soup like a said earlier is highly nutritious with a whole lot of health benefits. Soups are healthy diet in pregnancy, high in antioxidants, bitter leaf, and scent leaf in black soup helps promote easy digestion, prevents constipation and complications like bleeding and pains. It helps strengthen the uterus muscle; scent leaf is high in vitamins and nutrients that boost the immune system. It has anti-inflammatory properties, phosphorus, and calcium.

How to Make Nigerian Edo Black Soup – Omoebe Soup


  • 1kg of Beef (Assorted meat)
  • 1 cup washed bitter leaves (blended)
  • 1/2 bunch scent leaves – Efinrin (blended)
  • 1 handful uziza leaves (Optional)
  • 1 medium-size stockfish head
  • Kpomo – Cowskin (optional)
  • 1 piece of either Fresh Fish, smoked fish or dry fish
  • 2 tbp crayfish (or cup of ground crayfish)
  • 2 cups of Palm-nut Extract or 2 cooking spoons palm oil
  • 4-5 pieces of scotch Bonnet Pepper (Ata-Rodo)
  • Seasoning cubs
  • Salt to taste

Cooking Tips

  • First and foremost, is to rewash the bitter leaves (if you bought already washed bitter leaves from the market).
  • Simply place the bitter leaves into a clean pot add water and parboil for another 8-10 minutes. Remove from heat drain water and squeeze severally to reduce the bitter taste.
  • Stone ground or use a blender and blend to smooth then keep aside.
  • Pick the scent leaves off it stalks, wash and blend the same way as the bitter leaves.
  • However, if it’s a fresh bunch of bitter leave, pick off the stalk and wash until the bitterness is no more.  Mix all the leaves together and blend to smooth (ground leaves).

Instructions on How to Make Edo Black Soup

  1. Wash the meat, spice and boil, before it gets tender, wash and add the kpomo, stockfish, dry fish, and then cook to tender as the liquid stock reduces too.
  2. Secondly, add the palm nut extract or palm oil, smoked fish, crayfish, blended pepper or use

    ground pepper, seasoning cubes, and salt to taste; cover and cook for 10 minutes.

  3. Thirdly, stir and add the grounded bitter leaves and scent leaves (Efinrin). Stir and allow to simmer for like 3 minutes. At this point your delicious Esan Edo Black soup is ready.

Serve hot and enjoy with choice swallow like Fufu, Garri, Pounded Yam, and Semolina!

Frequently Asked Question { FAQ } About Edo Black Soup 

What is black soup made of? Edo Black Soup

A Nigerian soup comprised primarily of two or three ground leaves— bitter leaf, scent leaf, and uziza leaf—is called edo black soup, also known as omoebe. Beef, onion, crayfish, pepper, and palm oil are additional ingredients.

How do you make black Bini soup?

  • The leaves should be ground first – Mix Uziza and scent leaves and ground together, thereafter, the bitter leaves should be ground separately.
  • Secondly, season the beef and cook for 30-45 mins or to tender
  • Add the banga sauce if you have else use palm oil, washed stockfish, dried fish and crayfish and add to the cooked meat.
  • Allow cooking for about 10-15 minutes, the soup should thicken.
  • finally pour in the ground leaves, stir and taste salt.

What is the benefit of black soup?

Fertility is boosted by black soup. The soup has a lot of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant characteristics that are good for both men and women. Due to their strong antioxidant content, uziza and scent leaf are able to protect against oxidation that can harm fertility.

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