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Ogbono Soup - How to make Ogbono

Ogbono soup also called Apon is another delicious Nigerian soup. It falls into the category of 'draw soup' because of it's slippery and slimy texture. It is made with wild African mango seed and super easy to cook. Let me show you how to make Ogbono soup.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine: African, Nigerian
Keyword: how to cook ogbono soup, Ogbono Soup, ogbono soup recipe
Servings: 8
Author: K's Cuisine


  • ½ cup Ground Ogbono
  • 2-3 tablespoon Palm oil
  • 1 tablespoon Cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Locust beans optional
  • ¼ cup Ground crayfish
  • Smoked fish
  • Beef boiled
  • 1 cup Assorted meat {shaki, ponmo, etc} boiled
  • 1 cup Green vegetable ugu, spinach, kale or spring greens- ) optional)
  • Beef stock {broth}


  • Pour palm oil in a pot and put on medium heat on the stove. When the oil is slighty heated, add ground ogbono. Stir with cooking spoon to dissolve ogbono in the palmoil.
  • The Ogbono and oil mixture should be thick and there shouldn’t be palmoil floating around at all. You only need small amount of palm oil to dissolve and smoothen the Ogbono
  • Mix the cayenne pepper with 3 tablespoons of water and add the meat stock to this mixture.
  • Now add the pepper/stock mixture to the melted Ogbono and add water little at a time till you get the consistency you desire.
  • Add the bouillion cubes, locust beans, ground crayfish, salt, dried smoked fish, beef and assorted meat.
    It’s better to add this early so they absorb the flavours of Ogbono and also infuse their own flavor into the Ogbono.
  • Stir and leave to cook for 15 minutes while stirring the soup intermittently.
    Do not cover the Ogbono at anytime during the cooking process.
    Make sure you cook the Ogbono well or it will have a bitter taste. If you follow this recipe and use good Ogbono seed it will not lose it’s slippery and slimy texture.
  • When the Ogbono is cooked, add the green leafy vegetable ugu, spinach, kale or spring greens).
  • Leave to cook for another 3-5 minutes then take off the heat. 


Ogbono soup might taste bitter if not well cooked. Ogbono unlike other draw soups takes longer to cook.
When ogbono is stored for too long, it tastes like soap when cooked. Ensure you don’t store ogbono for too long.