How to prepare Ofe Onugbu ”Bitter Leaf Soup”

Ofe Onugbu is a popular soup of Igbo tribe of Eastern Nigeria. although Ofe Onugbu cut across the entire Igbo land, it is more peculiar to the Igbo people of Anambra and Enugu State.  Onugbu is the Igbo word for Bitter-leaf, although the name of the soup is bitter leaf soup, the soup itself is not bitter at all because the leaf must be thoroughly washed to get rid of the bitterness before it is used.

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Recipe for Ofe Onugbu ”Bitter Leaf Soup”.

Below are things you then for your onugbu soup.

cocoyam (ede)
stock fish
dried fish
Bitter leaves
Ground crayfish
Palm oil
Dry pepper
Knorr cube
Salt to taste.

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Start by steaming the beef, chicken and stock fish with knorr cube and salt boil till tender.
while the meats are boiling, boil the cocoyam with the skin on. boil till tender, this should take roughly 20 minutes on medium heat.
When they’re soft, peel the skin off,chop them into small chunks in your electric blender, add little water and blend. If you don’t have blender, pound till smooth in a mortar then set aside.
Wash the bitter leaves with hot water to get rid of as much bitterness as you can. There should be almost no hint of bitterness left in the leaves after washing.
When the meats are all soft, add the dried fish, crayfish and ground pepper stir and combine.
Add the palm oil leave to thoroughly combine for 3- 4 minutes.
Add the blended cocoyam into the stock in small dollops. The cocoyam will dissolve and combine for 2-3 minutes.

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Then add the ogiri, stir and combine.
Taste for seasoning and adjust if necessary.
Then add the washed bitter leaves to cook for 2-3 minutes. Do not overcook your vegetable.
And it’s done. Serve with your preferred swallow.

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15 thoughts on “How to prepare Ofe Onugbu ”Bitter Leaf Soup”

  • I love to try different tastes and world cuisines! I would love to know more about the origins of this dish! it looks delicious!

  • I am genuinely interested to try this soup. The combination of meats and other ingredients makes this soup one hearty dish.

  • Elicit Folio

    This recipe looks amazing and full of flavor! I’ve been looking for a new recipe to try for dinner this week, so I will give this a try!

  • looks delicious! i would love to try it! it totally seams delicious!

  • Claire Lee

    Never tried it, but looks yummy! Sounds like a delicious meal to make!

  • Erik the Hungry Traveller

    The dish looks very intresting and im curious to try it.

  • I have never heard of this before. I wonder if I could try my hand at it!

  • This looks like an amazing soup here. And it’s a rainy day. Sounds like a perfect thing to cook up today. Looks so delicious.


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