Nigerian Stewed Beans – Ewa Riro

Nigerian Stewed Beans is a Nigerian Beans recipe made with Honey or Black Eyed Beans. Stewed Beans is quite similar to the popular Beans Pottage, the main difference being the addition of ground fresh pepper. I personally prefer Stewed Beans because I prefer my Beans really rich and lush.

Nigerian stewed beans

Let’s cook!



3 Cups Honey Beans

3 Cooking Spoons Palm Oil

2 Red Bell Pepper (Tatashe)

2 Tomatoes or 1/2 Can Plum Tomatoes

1/2 Cup Washed and Shredded Smoked Fish or Shawa

1 -2 Tablespoons Cayenne Pepper ( Ata gungun)

2-3 Tablespoons Crayfish Powder

2 Onions

3 Cloves Garlic

1 Maggi Crayfish

Salt to Taste


Pick, then boil the beans on high heat with 1 chopped Onion, the Garlic Cloves and Salt to Taste. Boil till the beans become soft…

Nigerian stewed beans

Blend the Bell Peppers, Tomatoes and half of an onion until smooth, then set aside…

While the Beans is boiling, place a saucepan on low to medium heat. Add the Palm oil. When the oil heats up, add 1/2 Chopped Onion and sauté till the Onions begin to caramelise, this should take 6-7 minutes.

Now, add half of the Crayfish powder, continue to sauté for a further 2 minutes…

Then add the Shawa or Smoked fish, Sauté for 2 minutes…

Then add the blended Pepper…

Now, add the Cayenne Pepper, the rest of the Crayfish and Maggi Crayfish..

Then, continue to fry for 10 minutes. Remember to stir every now and then to prevent burning..


After 10 minutes, transfer the Stew into the Beans…

Reduce the heat to low, stir and combine. Taste for seasoning and adjust if necessary. Now, leave to simmer for 3 minutes. Your Nigerian Stewed Beans is ready…

Enjoy with Plantain, Yam, Bread or Garri…

Nigerian stewed beans

Do let us know how you get on with this easy Nigerian Stewed Beans recipe, will be waiting to read from you. See you in my next post!


22 thoughts on “Nigerian Stewed Beans – Ewa Riro

  1. Is there any way the crayfish can be replaced with something? I have a shellfish allergy but would love to try this recipe (and many other recipes which require crayfish) as it looks so mouth watering.

  2. The day tried this your recipe Sisi infact i don’t think i need a woman to cook for me. Now i can do it on my own. Thank you no more shakara from them again.

    • LOL! Your comment cracked me up. Glad the recipe worked great for you, your feedback is greatly appreciated..

  3. I Dnt really Like beans but Wen I tried this stewed beans with d help of the recipe, I fell in love with beans. Nice one sisi Jemimah..👍✌💓

  4. From the day I saw the picture I didn’t rest until I cooked it yesterday. The beans was so delicious and had a flavour I won’t normally associate with beans lol! Recipe was easy to follow also
    Thank you Sisi😘😘

  5. After sauting the onions I added the crayfish for like 2mins then the pepper but at the end it tasted like burnt crayfish

    • Hi, Your heat was too high, Crayfish shouldn’t burn in two minutes on low to medium heat. I’ll edit, make it a minute in case other people miss the part about the heat being low to medium..

  6. Am not the one to comment on stuff online, However this recipe is easy and am willing to try it. Don’t have time for long journey recipes.

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