How To Prepare Ogbono Soup Using Fresh Fish

We have many soups that can be made to be eaten with the different types of swallow we have. One of them is Ogbono soup.

It is a draw soup made with Ogbono Seeds. The soup is really tasty and enjoyable with Tuwon Shinkafa, Amala, Tuwon Semovita, Pounded Yam etc.

Dorcas cooking with you and today, we will be talking about how to make Ogbono soup.

Ogbono seeds get transported to various part of Nigeria so it can be found easily in the local market.

Onion is not used in making Ogbono soup because it will stop  or reduce the sliminess of the soup. Ogbono seeds are of two types. They both look-alike but one is not slimy at all. I don’t really know how to differentiate the two. So what I usually do when I go to the market is buy from Igbo people who sell food stuff at the market. I believe they know the best Ogbono seeds. When I buy the Ogbono seeds, it is grounded mixed with crayfish.

Let’s begin cooking.


  • 1/2 tin of grounded Ogbono
  • 1 teaspoon of locust beans (dawadawa)
  • Cow Skin (kpomo)
  • Fresh Fish
  • 1 bunch of Fluted Pumpkin
  • Palm Oil
  • Fresh Pepper
  • 4 Seasoning Cubes
  • Salt

Below is a video you can also watch on how to make Ogbono soup.


Wash the pieces of fish, add to a pot, add a cup of water and 1 seasoning cube. Set on heat and allow to cook for 5 minutes.

Cut the cow skin to required size and add to the pot on heat.

Wash, grate your Pepper and set aside.

Chop, wash the pumpkin leaves and set aside or wash the bitter leaf very well to reduce the bitter taste.

Pound the locust beans and set aside.

After 5 minutes, pack the now cooked fish and put in a bowl.

Add 2 cooking spoon of palm oil to the pot on heat.

Add 1 cup of water to the fish stock on heat.

Add the grounded locust beans and pepper, seasoning cubes, salt and allow to boil.

Using your soup stirrer, stir very fast as you add in the Ogbono. Stir until it’s well mixed.

Stirred Ogbono Soup
Stirred Ogbono Soup

Add the chopped pumpkin leaves or washed bitter leaf and stir.

Chopped Fluted Pumpkin Leaves
Chopped Fluted Pumpkin Leaves

Add the cooked fish and turn with your spoon.

Allow to cook for 3-4 minutes and your soup is ready to be served.

Ogbono Soup
Ogbono Soup with Ugu Leaves

I used my Ogbono soup to eat Amala

Amala and Ogbono soup
Amala and Ogbono soup

Enjoy your meal.

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