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This African okro soup is very easy to make and beyond delicious #glutenfree #okrosoup #okrasoup #okrostew #okro #africanrecipe #sierraleonerecipe #nigerianrecipe #africanfood #howtomakeokra #howtocookokra

Okra Soup

This African Okra soup recipe is very easy to make and very delicious
Course Main
Cuisine African
Keyword okra soup, okro soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 7
Calories 280kcal


  • 450 g (1lb) of boneless beef chopped into bite sized cubes
  • 1 small onion thinly sliced
  • ¼ tsp crumbled stock cube
  • Salt
  • 100 ml (0.4 cup) water
  • 2 onions peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 large aubergines peeled and roughly chopped
  • Scotch bonnet to taste
  • 4 tbsp dried fish flakes
  • 300 ml (1.25 cup) palm oil
  • 550 g (1.2lb) small okra wash, dried, thinly sliced and stalks discarded
  • 0.25 tsp bicarbonate soda
  • 1 stock cube crumbled
  • Salt


  • Add the meat, onion, stock cube, salt and water into pot over medium heat, bring to a gentle boil, then reduce heat to low and cook for about 20 mins or until cooked through. Cover the meat and set aside. Save the cooking liquid as you will add that to the okra sauce.
  • While the meat is cooking, start on the rest of the okra sauce.
  • Add the onions aubergines and chilli along with 75mls of water into a blender and whiz until these form a paste.
  • Transfer this paste, the fish flakes and palm oil into a large pot over medium heat, bring to the boil and reduce to a simmer. Cook for 25 mins stirring occasionally. Then add in the reserved water from the meat and mix.
  • Add the sliced okra and the bicarbonate of soda but do not stir this. Cover and cook for 15 mins.
  • Then add in the stock cube and stir the okra sauce and cover and cook for another 40-50 mins or until cooked through.
  • 5-10 mins before the end add in the cooked meat and adjust the seasoning.
  • Serve the okra sauce with some rice and chillis on the side.


I use maggi stock cube for this. Gluten-free.


Calories: 280kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 265mg | Potassium: 776mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 595IU | Vitamin C: 24.4mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 2.1mg