Afang Soup Recipe…

Afang Soup recipe at long last… Yay!!! Afang Soup is one of the most popular traditional Nigerian soups. It is very nutritious, medicinal and native to the Efik people of Nigeria. This is one recipe I’ve wanted to post for months but I just couldn’t get my hands on fresh Periwinkles. Yes, I wanted it to be the real deal, anyway, I had to give up in the end as there was no chance of getting any, however well I tried.

So, let’s get to it….


1kg Assorted meats (Beef, Smoked Turkey, Goat meat, Shaki, Ponmo, Cow leg are ideal)

4 Bunches of Water leaves

3 Cups Okazi/ Afang leaves

2 Cooking Spoons Palm Oil

1-2 Pieces Smoked Fish

3 Pieces Stockfish

2 Cups Periwinkles with or without the Shells on

1-2 cooking spoons fresh ground Scotch Bonnet pepper

1 Cooking Spoon Crayfish Powder

2 Knorr Chicken Cubes

1 Maggi Crayfish

Salt to taste


Boil the meats on high heat, starting with tougher meats first. Offals may be boiled separately if they are bloody. Add salt and Knorr Chicken Cubes and seasoning, onions are optional, I don’t use any. I gather onions aren’t needed when preparing authentic Afang soup.
When the meats are almost soft, add the Smoked fish and continue to boil till very soft…

Afang soup recipe


While the meats are cooking, get the leaves ready.

Slice and wash the Water leaves to remove all traces of dirt. Also wash and soak the Okazi/ Afang leaves in hot water for 2 minutes. This process will help soften the Afang leaves.

Afang soup 8 Okazi and water leaf

Then transfer the Afang leaves into a blender, add a small amount of water, then blend to your preferred consistency. You may also Pound or grind the Afang leaves.

blended afang leaves

Soak the smoked Catfish in hot water, clean to remove traces of dirt then shred and set aside…

When the meats are well cooked, you should end up with 1-2 Cups of Stock. To this, add the Crayfish, blended pepper, Smoked Prawns,  Smoked Fish, Maggi Crayfish and Periwinkles if you’re using any. Turn the heat down to medium. Leave to cook for 3-5. minutes….

Afang soup recipe

Now, add the washed Water leaves, stir and combine. Then leave to cook for 2-3 minutes. The Water leaves will wilt in the soup as it’s got quite a lot of water contents, do not be tempted to add too much. Remember we’ll still be adding Afang leaves.

Afang soup

Now, add the Palm oil, stir and combine, leave to cook for 3 minutes…

Afang soup recipe

Add the blended Okazi/ Afang leaves, stir and combine, leave to cook for 5 minutes or until the leaves are tender enough for you. Taste for seasoning at this time and adjust if necessary…

Afang soup

Switch the heat off and let it simmer with the residual heat for another minute or two….

Afang soup

And it’s ready….

afang soup

Enjoy with any swallow of your choice…

afang soup

afang soup


See how easy that was? Now, let’s get cooking, remember to leave a feedback when you’ve had the chance to replicate this easy Afang soup recipe. See you in the next recipe.


31 thoughts on “Afang Soup Recipe…

  1. This is my 10th food try outs on this blog…
    Thanks to you SisiJee
    Now, my Sweet Husband is extremely happy as I have transformed our meal (He loves Food Adventure)My kids like the aroma of every dish I present before them (My 3 Musketeers)
    May God strengthen you more as you transform lives…
    Please, Help me with a comprehensive Food Timetable….
    Thank you
    Thank you
    Keep up your good work

  2. One tip I can add is that one should be careful of the amount of pepper that is added in the soup. Afang is a hot/wild leaf so does that need much pepper to be spicy. The pepper added should give a kick not be overwhelming as you would have already added pepper when seasoning the meat and then added pepper when blending the afang.

    • A dear friend of mine adds groundnut to hers as well. Never tried it but will definitely do one of these days…thanks for the tip.

  3. Thanks, i cook afang very well, but i never thought of blending the leaves. getting it soft had really been a great issue for me. but i think it would actually be great blending it. Thanks i would try that now

    • Hi Maureen, Traditionally, onions aren’t used for these two soups, however you can include it if you prefer. I would suggest blending the onions first though…

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