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Ugu soup, Ofe ugu

Easy Ugu soup, ofe ugu

Soups/ light soups | March 21, 2017 | By

Ugu soup is one soup I cannot say I know the origin of, I actually thought my Mother created it, this was until I ate it at a local restaurant. It is not a very common soup which is surprising given that it really really tastes good. It is like a relationship where opposites attract or somebody tried to pull a joke because the soup has all the trappings of a typical sturdy Igbo soup but then light-hearted ugu vegetable is added. 

Like most Nigerian vegetable soups, the ugu vegetable still has to retain its freshness in the soup. It is not a soup that lasts for too long in the freezer, besides the vegetable quickly losing its crispness, it will also become overwhelmed by the soup broth. The best way I can describe this is, the taste becomes mainly that of the broth and the ugu loses its prominence. So whenever I cook Ugu soup, I make just enough for a day or two.

Easy Ugu soup, ofe ugu

You can make the thick broth and store in the freezer when you want to eat, bring to a boil and add freshly cut Ugu vegetable. With this method, you can change the soup to an entirely different soup by adding another vegetable or even a herb eg. Ora or uziza

To prepare Ugu soup

Stock fish
Dry fish
6 cups stock and water
6 Scotch bonnet
3/4 cup palm oil*
2 1/4 cups Ede paste
1 tablespoon ogili isi
1/4 cup ground crayfish
3 Seasoning cubes
450g ugu leaves 

*1 standard cooking spoon  of oil = 1/4 cup

Pick Ugu leaves, wash and shred. Set aside.

shredded Ugu vegetable for ofe ugu, ugu soup

Wash and season meat and stock fish with salt and seasoning cubes. Cook until tender.

Place dry fish in boiling hot water for 2 minutes, drain and rinse well in cold water, remove bones.

Add dry fish, pepper and palm oil to boiling meat. Cook for 5 minutes.

Add cocoyam paste in large lumps.

ede in stock for Ugu soup, ofe ugu

Cook until soup thickens and has a uniform orange colour.

Add ogili isi, crayfish and seasoning cubes.

Stir and taste, add salt. 

Ugu soup, ofe ugu broth in a pot

Add shredded ugu to the soup.

Ugu soup, ofe ugu in a pot

Stir, reduce heat and cook for 3-5 minutes, depending on the type of ugu.

Bite a piece of the cooked leaf to know if it is ready.

Take off the heat.

Easy Ugu soup, ofe ugu

Serve with swallow of your choice.


  • Some types of ugu are more tender than others.
  • If the soup has thickened enough and there is still undissolved cocoyam, scoop it out.


You should also try my other Nigerian vegetable soup, ofe owerriedikang ikong soup, Afang soup, Efo riro.

Easy Ugu soup, ofe ugu

I will like to know how much you enjoyed your Ugu soup. Do you have a contribution or suggestion? Leave a comment below.

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