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cameroon okra soup

Okro eh okro 
Okro went to the pot oo
To make some nice soup
The soup was so sweet
Okro said, ehen ehen!

If you did not sing this song during your childhood then I truly pity you. Just replace “okro” with “Anna” and “pot” with “market” and… to get the original version.

Here is all you need for this super simple soup:

About 15 medium sized okras, 2 Maggi cubes, a quarter cup of crayfish, 1 large cleaned tilapia fish, half a medium-sized onion and a handful of spinach.
Chop the okra into circles.
Then chop finely. This chopping process is therapeutic for me but if you find it worrisome, just grate the okras or cut roughly and pulse in a blender.
Cut tilapia fish and place in a pot with about four cups of water. Chop onions and add on top. Season with salt.
Bring that to boil on medium heat. Then put in chopped okra, crayfish and Maggi. If you are in love with pepper, add it in.

Chop spinach and set aside. Let it boil! Let it boo-oo-ooil. But not too much so you don’t loose the green colour and the nutrients. Add in the chopped spinach.
Then QUICKLY turn off your heat. There you have it! Delicious, healthy, super simple okra soup.
Related recipe: Okra and Egusi Soup.
Okra is rich in several vitamins and minerals and it helps prevent magnesium deficiency and calcium deficiency. What would you enjoy this soup with?

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  1. Never a day goes by without me checking your recipe before cooking.
    Your recipe has really helped in improving my cooking skills. Thanks so much Precious

  2. Hello Precious. I really love your recipes. Thanks for sharing. I was wondering, what can you eat this okra soup with? Which fufu compliments okra soup, especially living abroad where african products are not readily available. Thanks alot

    1. Hi Kassandra, you can eat okra soup with corn fufu, garri or other kinds of fufu like semolina. Some people eat it with rice too but that’s up to you.

  3. Thank you oh,most Cameroon families like mine love okro soup. Very easy to cook but the most difficult part is to maintain the green colour…Thanks for the tips,hopefully my next okro soup will be this green. Thanks

    1. You are welcome, dear. The key is to add the okra last to the pot and don’t let it overcook so it remains green.