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How To Make Ofe Akwu 

Here's how to make Ofe Akwu stew/Banga stew:

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Recipe by Fitnigerian

This recipe is the gold standard way of making Ofe Akwu/Banga stew from the Igbos of Eastern Nigeria.

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Ofe Akwu Recipe




12 people

Prep Time
20 Min

Total Time
1 Hour

  • 800g of palm fruits or 1 can of palm fruit concentrate/cream
  • 1 medium sized smoked fish, cleaned and deboned
  • ¼ cup of ground crayfish
  • 1 cup of scent leaves, washed and sliced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 500g of smoked turkey or beef
  • Seasoning cube(s) to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 small wrap of Ogiri or iru, optional
  • 3 cups of beef stock
  1. 1
    If extracting from palm fruits, bring your palm fruits to a boil till it’s soft then pound till the chaff is out of the nuts. Add warm water to the pounded palm fruit and with the use of a sieve, strain out the extract from the chaff into a bowl and set aside.
  2. 2
    In a pot on low-medium heat, add your smoked turkey or beef, meat stock, diced onions, seasoning cube(s) and salt and allow to simmer for about 5-10mins.
  3. 3
    After which, add your extracted palm (cream, juice, oil) or canned palm fruit concentrate and allow to boil for a few minutes.
  4. 4
    Add your smoked fish, ground crayfish, ogiri (optional) and pepper then stir to combine. Taste for seasoning and adjust if necessary. Let it cook for a while for it to thicken to whichever consistency you prefer.
  5. 5
    Add your sliced/ shredded scent leaves, allow to simmer for about 2 minutes then take off heat. Serve with rice and/or beans.
  • Scent leaves is called Nchoanwu in Igbo
  • In place of scent leaves, you can manage to use Basil or parsley leaves.
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Type: Stew

Cuisine: Nigerian

Recipe Yield: 12 servings

Preparation Time: PT20M

Cooking Time: PT40M

Total Time: PT1H

Recipe Ingredients:

  • Palm Fruits
  • Scent Leaves
  • Ogiri
  • Crayfish
  • Smoked Fish
  • Onion
  • Pepper
  • Seasoning cube
  • Salt

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