KFB Foodie Talk: How to make Owo Soup “Owofibo”

our newbies, the KFB foodie talk column – handled by Dobby of Dobbysignature – is basically for ladies and
‘guys’ that are interested in learning how to cook better ;). 
Today, Dobby discusses how to make owo soup.

ago, i got a mail from a blog reader asking about yellow soup because
google didn’t seem to understand her! that cracked me up
big time :D. Here’s her question below;

there’s this stew/ soup that’s called yellow soup. It’s usually made
with fresh fish and no tomato. Do have any idea on how to prepare it
because google seems never to understand me when I say yellow soup. Its a
south south delicacy.”

With that, i had to employ the help of the beautiful matse
for the standard recipe which turned out really great. Although i made
mine really thick at first, i had to loosen it up with a little water
later on.
Owo Soup also known as Oghwo/Owho/Owhofibo/Owhoephri is a
creamy yellow Niger-delta delicacy, peculiar to the Urhobos, Itsekiris
and Isokohs of Delta state, Nigeria. It is mostly cooked during festive
seasons…especially when giving out a daughter’s hand in marriage.
Although modern homes hardly cook it these days, it’s a soup most guests
look forward to during such festivities. it can be served with starch, boiled yam or unripe plantain.

Real reason why Buhari redeployed Festus Keyamo

How to make owo soup
• Prep Time:
 30 minutes
• Region:       South-south (‘Benin’ Edo state)
• Misc :          Serve hot with starch, boiled yam or unripe plantain

• 7 pieces Beef
• 4 pieces Ponmo
• 1 small Smoked Fish
• 1 cup periwinkles (optional)
• 1 small Urheri (naive salt)
• 1 teaspoon of crayfish (using too much crayfish will make your soup brown)
• 2 cooking spoons Palmoil
• 3 handful of yellow garri (sieved)
• 2 handful of starch
• Salt to taste
• Seasoning cubes

Step 1: In a medium sized pot, cook your beef and pomo with salt and seasoning cubes for about 15 minutes .
Step 2: In a clean pot, add 1.5 litres of water, Sieve the garri into the pot and stir over flame until it is thick. Bring to boil.
Step 3: Add
the cooked meat with stock into the pot with garri, add the dried
pepper, crayfish and then cook for like 5 minutes. Please note that
adding too much crayfish darkens the soup.
Step 4: Add the periwinkles and smoked fish. Allow to boil.
Step 5:
In a mortar, pound some native salt into powdered form. Using only a
teaspoon’s worth, pour it into a clean bowl, adding 2 handful of starch,
2 cooking spoons of palm oil and a cup of water. Mix all together until
it flows freely. 
Step 6: Pour
the mixture into the cooking pot and blend in with a wooden spatula
until you get your desired consistency. If it’s too thick, you can add
warm water to loosen it up a little. The oil should blend in nicely and
not float around the soup.
Allow to simmer for a few minutes more before turning off the burner. Leave to cool for a few minutes before serving with Starch (Usi), boiled yam or unripe plantain.


Tireni Adebayo

Tireni Adebayo is the Editor of Kemi Filani News. She has BSC in Mass Communication from the Redeemer's University and M.A in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos (2014 - 2015) where she majored in Public Relations and Advertising and Digital Media.  When she is not writing, she is either listening to music or reading her favorite books. Tel: +2348000000901 Address: Herbert Macaulay, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria Email: [email protected]


  1. Ur owo soup is a big no no. Dis is not how to prepare owo soup talking from experience my mum is Benin. Haba big blunder, dis is not it. Grinded pepper u make from grinding dry shombo (long pepper), u first boil ur dry fish nd pomo wit seasoning without onions, den u pour in d Grinded pepper cook and add potash (kawun) cook till fully done. Remove from fire leave to cool completely then u add d palm oil. D stew must cool completely otherwise instead of the palm oil to mix thoroughly it will bleach itself. Nd don't worry the palm oil doesn't taste raw due to the potash present in d stew. Used to eat starch, boiled unriped plantain, nd boiled yam. NB. I ate dis from childhood, nd now am an event planner. So Pls verify ur recipes b4 posting. Tanks.

  2. Becky it's wrong to call someone's menu a blunder just because it's different from yours. I am from Urhobo and owls is our traditional food, but I don't even understand ur menu because we don't cook and remove from fire. How is adding oil to a boiling water/soup bleaching it? but then, whatever rocks your boat baby. My 2 pence

  3. Hello @Becky the Owo soup described above is "SOUP", The one you are describing is "STEW". I am a Bini girl also and the one u just described is Bini Owo. The One described in this post is Delta Owo.
    So, they are both correct. Thanks Dobby for the receipe.

  4. @becky this shows you don't know how to cook at all! owho soup is never a BINI soup, what you just described is called iribo-otor in urhobo so abeg go learn well before you run your mouth anyhow

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