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Okro Soup (West African Okra Soup)

Okro soup (African okra soup) is made with okra vegetables cooked in a delicious mixture of palm oil, shrimps, meat, fish and African spices, and simmered to perfection! 
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: African
Keyword: okra soup, okro soup
Servings: 12
Calories: 236kcal


For goat meat

For Okra Soup

  • 25 okra pieces 4 cups chopped
  • 1.5 cups shrimp
  • 1 smoked catfish
  • 1/2 cup palm oil
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 tbsp Iru locust bean, optional
  • 2 mini bell peppers
  • 1 tbsp bouillon powder
  • 1 tsp ground crayfish
  • 1 tsp ground pepper can substitute with cayenne pepper
  • Meat stock can substitute with water
  • 1 tsp salt



  • Wash the goat meat and place in a large pot.
  • Chop half an onion and add salt, black pepper, bouillon powder.
  • Boil for about 30 minutes, stirring intermittently. The meat should be quite tender but not too soft when done.
  • If applicable, soak the smoked catfish and locust bean, separately in hot water for about 5 minutes.
  • Break apart the smoked catfish and remove the bones.
  • Wash and drain the locust bean.
  • Trim the ends off the okra, wash, and pat dry.
  • Chop okra using a food processor and set aside.


  • Pour palm oil in a large pan on medium heat.
  • Add onions and stir fry for 2 minutes till it turns just a bit brown.
  • Add okra to palm oil and stir for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the meat stock from boiling the meat. You can add water if you don’t have any but might need to increase the spices added.
  • Add the meat, shrimp, bell pepper, smoked catfish and locust bean and bring to a boil. You can add or subtract anything thing on this list, just make it your own!
  • Add the spices: black pepper, ground pepper, ground crayfish, bouillon powder, salt or any spices you have.
  • Let it boil for about 5 minutes if you’re ok with a coarser texture, or a few minutes longer if you want a finer texture.
  • Add more salt or spices if you desire a stronger flavor.
  • Serve and enjoy!


12 servings with 2 net carbs per serving.


Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 763mg | Potassium: 404mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 185IU | Vitamin C: 7.8mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 0.6mg