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Ọtọng Soup - Efik Style Okra Soup

Ọtọng Soup - Efik Style Okra Soup

Ọtọng soup is a delicious and nutritious soup that is native to the Efik tribe of Nigeria. It is a popular soup that is made with a blend of vegetables and seafood, including fish, shrimp, and periwinkles. The soup is thickened with okra and flavored with a variety of herbs and spices. Here is a recipe for preparing Ọtọng soup, Efik style.


  • 2 pounds of fresh okra
  • 1 pound of fish (tilapia, catfish, or any other firm white fish)
  • 1 pound of shrimp
  • 1 cup of periwinkles
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons of palm oil
  • 2 tablespoons of ground crayfish
  • 1 tablespoon of ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of ground ehu seeds
  • Salt to taste
  • Water


  • Clean the fish and cut it into small pieces. Rinse the shrimp and periwinkles in cold water and set them aside.
  • Wash the okra and remove the stems. Chop the okra into small pieces and set it aside.
  • In a large pot, heat the palm oil over medium-high heat. Add the chopped onions and fry until they are translucent.
  • Add the chopped okra and fry for 5 minutes, stirring constantly to prevent burning.
  • Add enough water to the pot to cover the okra and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat and let it simmer for 10 minutes until the okra is tender.
  • Add the fish and shrimp to the pot and let it cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add the periwinkles, ground crayfish, ground pepper, and ground ehu seeds to the pot. Stir to combine and let it simmer for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Add salt to taste and stir.
  • Reduce the heat and let the soup simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  • Serve the soup hot with a side of fufu or pounded yam.