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Ukwa (African Breadfruit)

Ukwa (African Breadfruit)

Ukwa, also known as African breadfruit, is a nutritious and versatile food that is commonly consumed in Nigeria and other parts of West Africa. It is a popular staple food that is rich in nutrients and has a unique flavor and texture. It is naturally gluten-free, making it a great option for individuals with dietary restrictions.

Benefits of Ukwa:

  1. High in fiber: Ukwa is an excellent source of dietary fiber, which helps to regulate bowel movements and improve digestive health.
  2. Rich in nutrients: Ukwa is packed with essential vitamins and minerals such as potassium, calcium, iron, and vitamin C.
  3. Gluten-free: Ukwa is naturally gluten-free, making it a great alternative for individuals with celiac disease or gluten intolerance.
  4. Satisfying: Ukwa has a unique taste and texture that is both satisfying and filling, making it an excellent choice for a healthy and satisfying meal.

Now let’s get cooking! 


  • 2 cups of ukwa (African breadfruit)
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Stockfish or smoked fish
  • Crayfish
  • Onion
  • Ground pepper
  • Palm oil


  • Wash the ukwa in clean water and transfer it to a pot.
  • Add enough water to cover the ukwa and bring it to a boil. Boil for 15 minutes and drain the water.
  • Add fresh water to the ukwa and boil for another 15-20 minutes until it is soft.
  • Drain the water from the ukwa and rinse it in cold water.
  • In a separate pot, heat up some palm oil over medium heat. Add chopped onions and sauté until they are soft and translucent.
  • Add the boiled ukwa to the pot and stir well.
  • Add the smoked fish or stockfish, crayfish, and ground pepper to the pot and stir well.
  • Add salt to taste and stir well.
  • Cover the pot and let the mixture simmer over low heat for 10-15 minutes.
  • Serve the ukwa hot as a side dish or as a main course.