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Eru is one meal that everyone in my house loves. From Mr N. to baby girl, no leftovers are guaranteed. Some weeks ago, my parents sent me some dried Eru and crayfish all the the way from home. I leaped for joy knowing it will be a while before I visit an African store to purchase these leaves. My parents eh. They wrote my names on the packs as though they were sending me off to Form 1 in boarding school. See the packs below.

Eru is a wild plant that is harvested from the forest in Cameroon. In Nigeria, it is called Ukazi or Afang. Natives of Cross Rivers State use it to prepare the famous Afang soup. Afang soup has a striking similarity to Eru but it is more “soupy’ and the Eru is ground or pounded prior to preparation. Another soup that really looks like Eru is the Edika Ikong, also prepared by the Calabar people of Cross Rivers State in Nigeria. It looks almost like Eru. Permit me to say that Eru is the grandmother of Afang! I have tasted the two and I know who the mama is and who pikin is. Lol!
I’m yet to see someone who doesn’t like this delicacy. It is that meal that will make a responsible man fail to follow the queue when he notices it is almost finished at a party. Lol. But seriously people just love this dish. I’ll show you below how to make the perfect Eru everytime but first let’s look at some Eru don’ts:
-Don’t add water after adding in your Eru. It is a ‘dry soup’ You sure need water to cook your meat/fish but make sure the water is dried before you put in your spinach/waterleaf. The spinach will provide the moisture you need.
-Don’t add onions to Eru. I have seen some recipes including onions and that is just out of place. Original Eru needs no onions.
-Don’t cook Eru without crayfish. My Mom always says, “crayfish is the ingredient of Eru.” No amount of dried fish can replace crayfish in Eru. 
-Don’t eat Eru with a spoon (okay, I’m kidding on this one!)
Let’s start cooking, people.

Prep time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour
Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes


6 cups of Eru/Ukazi
3 bags/bundles of spinach/waterleaf
2-3 pounds of meat/fish of choice(beef skin/canda, beef stripes, beef, goat meat, dried/smoked fish, stocked fish, snails, and/or others)
2 cups of crayfish
3 cups of palm oil plus half cup of canola (or groundnut) oil
1 crayfish seasoning cube (Maggi Crevette)
1 Habanero pepper (optional)
Salt to taste

If you are using dried Eru, start by soaking it in water.
Wash your meat and put in the pot to boil. I used beef skin and beef stripes AKA canda and towel.

While the meat boils, chop your spinach or waterleaf and set aside.

When your meat is half-boiled, season with salt. When it is cooked, add in spinach and start stirring. Spinach is quite soft and will shrink fast as seen below.

Then you drain Eru and add to pot. The small liquid from the Spinach will make the Eru soft.

Add in your fish and mix. I had some already boiled stock fish so I threw it in.

Then add the oil, seasoning cube and lastly crayfish. Tip : Mixing palm oil and canola/vegetable oil keeps the oil from becoming hard when the Eru is cold.

Stir well and voila, Eru is ready. Serve with Water Fufu (Akpu), Garri or even Pounded Yam.

The works of Mr N’s hands-

Ehen, if you try this abeg come back to gist me by dropping a comment below. Enjoy!

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  1. Oh Precious, I don’t know i would do without you
    your recipes are life saving,easy to follow and when i follow every ingredient with its respective quantity, i get just the effect i want
    Thumbs up girl

    1. Thanks so much, girl! So glad the recipes have been useful to you. Thank you for taking out the time to let me know.

  2. You are so wonderful ,each time I get a doubt about what am cooking I just come over here tomorrow is eru day for me lol.thanks so much sis

  3. Hello precious, i wish to know thé quantity either in kilogram
    Or even in ratio, i.e. like 1cup of Water leaf for 2cups of eru please i need the quantity

  4. Precious, deep from my heart, i want to thank you because as a nursing father, your recipes are of great help to me. Thanks God bless you

  5. I still think it’s not different from afang only as u rightly said afang is soupy and I guess that comes from the waterleaf and ground afang leaves . Eru and afang are twin sisters.

  6. Hi ma’am chef. I’m actually a Cameroonian living in Ghana. I’ve been finding it very difficult to eat some of thier dishes but the day I stumbled on your page I had a broad smile.I started with cakes, juice making, roast fish, hotpot and lastly meatball stew which got finished yesterday.They all taste good and now I have no worries.Thanks P

  7. Thank you very much for this recipe and all the rest! I’m trying to learn how to cook African food – especiallny Cameroonian (as an European woman who will soon marry African men) and you website is very helpful. You are very talented and inspiring woman. God bless you!

  8. Hello precious thanks for the recipe pls i have a question on doing eru there IS a sort of After taste why IS that? May it bé the water from the spinach ? And i have Also observed that salt in eru isnt too nice at m’y taste i just prefer maggi