Locust Beans Stew Recipe – Obe Ata Iru

Locust Beans Stew also known as Obe Ata Iru is one of my favorite Yoruba Style Fred Stew recipes. It’s very versatile and can be eaten with pretty much anything, well, excluding “Swallow”. I particularly love it with Boiled Yam. Now, some people add tomatoes to their Locust Beans stew, I don’t. I’m just not a fan of tomatoes in Palm Oil based stews. Feel free to add Tomatoes if you must.

locust beans stew

Let’s cook!


4 Big Bell Peppers (Tatashe)

2-3 Scotch Bonnet Peppers (Ata Rodo)

1.5 Onions

1 Cup Palm Oil

Assorted Meats (Boiled and Fried)

1 Cooking Spoon Locust Beans (Iru)

Smoked Fish (Shredded)

Stock fish (Shredded)

1 Cooking Spoon Crayfish Powder

Boiled Eggs

2 Knorr Chicken Cubes

Salt to taste



Blend the Bell Peppers, Scotch Bonner and 1 Onion coarsely, then set aside.

Pour the Palm oil into a saucepan, then place on medium heat. When the Oil heats up, add 1/2 chopped onions. Fry for 2 minutes..

After 2 minutes, add the Locust Beans. Fry for a further 2 minutes..

locust beans stew

locust beans stew

Then add the Blended Pepper..

Also add the Crayfish, Stock Cubes and Salt to taste..

Fry for 20 minutes, making sure you stir from time to time to prevent burning..

After 20 minutes, the Oil would have settled well on the top of the Stew..

locust bean stew

Now, add the Shredded Fish, stir..

Then add the fried meats, combine thoroughly…

locust beans stew

Also add the Boiled eggs..

locust beans stew

Turn the heat down to LOW, then leave to fry for an hour.

Yes, you can fry for up to an hour. As long as you’ve got enough Palm oil and the heat is on low, you’ll be fine, just remember to stir occasionally…

Your Locust Beans Stew is ready..



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38 thoughts on “Locust Beans Stew Recipe – Obe Ata Iru

  1. I stopped by!
    Well done Sisi Jemimah. As for the powdered Iru, girl beats me but better believe it I bought me a pack today! It does exist…plan on using it for my Iru sauce. I’m commenting from South Africa so don’t know how common or uncommon it is back home. Nigerians be repping since 1800. I was so excited I ditched the regular locust beans for the powder form.

    • Oh wow! Hope it worked out for you (if You’ve attempted the recipe already). I’ll be on a look out for it definitely. Thanks for stopping by… 🙂

  2. Sisi J, I just made the ata iru for the first time today, I actually followed your steps and it came out so nice, like really nice!

    Cooking spree loading… strong savings require big cut on fast food and restaurant, now my best option is to cook, I will probably be here everyday

    Thank you sooooo much

    • I’m ever so sorry for the late response. I’m glad the recipe worked out great for you, thanks for taking the time to leave a feedback, it’s appreciated.

  3. Amazing recipe! My family loved it so much, I had to use half of the recommended Iru cos I don’t particularly like the smell but it still turned out delicious. Thank you Sisi.

  4. This definitely looks like something I will be trying this weekend. I just really can’t stand the smell of the locust beans but maybe it’ll take getting used to.

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