Owo Soup – How to Make Urhobo Owo Soup Recipe

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Owo Soup – How to Make Urhobo Owho Soup Recipe

Owo soup is that sweet yellowish delicacy mostly eaten by the Urhobos, Isokoh, and Itsekiri people of Delta State in Nigeria. This traditional dish is a complete meal for every occasion and events that takes place in Urhobo land.

The Owo soup recipe origin has not been clearly defined; because there has always been a loggerhead between the Urhobo people of Delta State and the Bini people in Edo State. However, there is a slight difference on how to make Benin Owo soup from that of Urhobo/Itsekiri Owo soup.

The recipe for Itsekiri Owo soup is quite moderate and you can always adjust to taste. Similarly, Owo soup cannot be mentioned without starch as a perfect accompaniment or hot Garri; so, how about starch and owoh soup for lunch or dinner.  

Moreover, the yellow color is gotten from the mixture of your native palm oil and potash; certainly, the oil folds in beautifully into the soup making it look very attractive. It’s one of Nigerian soup you will not see oil floating around the surface.

How to Make Urhobo Owo Soup Recipe


  • Beef
  • Dry fish
  • Potash (Akanwu)
  • 2-3 handful of Garri or Starch for thickener
  • 3 cooking spoons Palm oil
  • Seasoning cubes
  • 1 tablespoon ground crayfish
  • ½ tablespoon Pepper
  • Salt to taste

Instructions on How to make Owo Soup 

  1. Pound your potash and dissolve in water, then set aside.
  2. Secondly, soak your Garri in water preferably yellow Garri; allow rising while it’s been kept aside.
  3. Thirdly, wash the meat, place in a clean pot, add your seasoning cubes and salt, cook to tender.
  4. In a small container, pour in your palm oil, and then gradually pour the potash water into the palm oil while stirring constantly until the palm oil becomes yellow and thickens.
  5. Add crayfish and pepper then into the pot and allow boiling before adding the palm oil mixture.
  6. The next step is to add your already washed and debone fish, cook for another 10 minutes or more without covering your pot.
  7. Finally, gradually add your soaked Garri and stir properly when doing so, else it will form lumps. The reason why you give it a continuous stir is to prevent it from having seed/lumps. Stir continuously until the soup is thick, cook for another few minutes then remove from fire; well at this point, your original Delta Urhobo Owo soup is ready.

How to Make Owo Soup Benin style – Owo soup recipe

  • First and foremost, wash your meat and place it in a pot add your chopped onion, salt, and seasoning cube; cook until tender.
  • Secondly, pour in the tomatoes, pepper and crayfish and allow boil for 10 minutes. Thereafter add your smoked fish and prawns into the pot then cook for another 5-10 minutes. Constantly stir to prevent burning.
  • Moreover, dissolve your potash powder in hot water. Gently strain a small amount of the liquid inside the pot. Allow to cook for a some minutes.
  • Lastly, add the palm oil stir and cook.

Serve with your choice swallow of yam or plantain.

Frequently Asked Questions on How to Make Urhobo Owho Soup

What is the English name for owo soup?

The soup is referred to by the Ijaws as keke fiai and the Urhobos as owo evwri, both of which translate to “palm oil soup” in English but they mean same thing.

What is Owo soup made of?

Fish, Banga oil, meat and fish, crayfish, palm oil, and potash are the main ingredients in owho soup, which is prepared by mixing garri with potash-thickened palm oil. Other ingredients, like bush meat, are occasionally used to make it.

How do you cook Owho Esha? Urhobo Owo soup

Preparing Owo Isha

  • Simply soak beans for 25-30 minutes in warm water.
  • Next, rinse your beans, transfer to a pot add enough water and palm oil cook to soften
  • Thereafter, add some crayfish, already boiled meat and fish, and cook for another 10 minutes.
  • Finally, melt potash and your native salt in water and gradually add to the soup in bit by bit cook on low heat.

How to Make Owho Soup with Yam

In place of using garri to thicken soup, you can use yam flour or pounded yam. However, owho soup can be served with yam or starch.

which Nigerian tribe has the best soup – Benin Owo soup

The richest and most well-known soup from the Igbos in southeast Nigeria is called Ofe Owerri. The soup is served with a choice of swallow like Fufu, pounded yam, eba, semovita, and cornmeal.

What are the types of Urhobo soup? What kinds of Urhobo soup

Palm fruits are among the other delicious Urhobo foods. #Irhiberhare (cooked pepper soup). #Oghworisha, #Okpariku, or #Oghwevwri isha are examples of dishes (brown bean soup). #Irhiboto, #Amiedi,(pepper soup made without fire or boiling).

What is starch for soup?

The most common and dependable method for thickening a soup with stock as its foundation is a cornstarch mixture.

Combine equal parts arrowroot or cornstarch with water or stock, then whisk into your soup pot. For a soup to be thick enough to be pleasing without feeling goopy or heavy, two tablespoons is a decent ratio.

What is Urhobo traditional food?

There are two types of food that are deemed to be Urhobo in nature for the Urhobo people. They are Oghwevwri (palm oil soup) with Usi “Starch” and Ukodo (a yam and unripe plantain food made with Meat or Fish and spiced with lemon grass and potash). The cassava plant is used to make the starch.

How do you boil Ayoyo?

Place the Ayoyo leaves in a saucepan with water, salt, and African locust beans, stir, and cook. Remove the mixture from the heat, add it to a food processor, and process for 10 seconds.  Serve your Ayoyo soup.

What is yam called in Urhobo?

Oneh is the name for yam in Urhobo ( delta).

What is plantain called in Urhobo?

The Urhobo people of Nigeria make a meal called Ukodo out of yam and unripe plantains.




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