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Cocoyam soup prepared with cocoyam, fish and kale in a bowl

Nigerian Style Cocoyam Soup

Abi Olayiwola
Delicious cocoyam soup inspired by Nigerian soups is easy to make, nutritious and very tasty.
4.56 from 9 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine African, Nigerian, West African
Servings 4
Calories 435 kcal


  • 6 medium Cocoyam
  • 1 big Onion
  • 1 big Red bell pepper stalk removed
  • 2 Beef tomatoes
  • 1 Scotch bonnet stalk removed
  • 3 tablespoons Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon Ginger powder
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ teaspoon Thyme or a handful of fresh sprigs
  • 4 fillets Any white Fish or 2 medium size cut into chunks
  • 100 g Kale or 5 leaves, stalk removed and chopped.


  • If using fish chunks, add a little salt to fish, making sure all the pieces are covered, then keep aside.
  • Remove the skin of the cocoyam with a knife. You can use a potato peeler if you have one.
    Peeled cocoyam in a glass bowl
  • Wash and cut into small pieces. Keep to one side.
  • Cut the pepper, onions and tomatoes into smaller pieces and add into a blender. Add the scotch bonnet with a cup of water and blend.
  • Pour the oil into a sauce pan and allow to heat up. Pour in the blended mixture and allow to sizzle for around 5 mins.
  • Add some water into the pan, so the content is quite thin.
  • Add some salt with the onion, garlic and ginger powders.
  • Pour in the cocoyam pieces and allow to simmer under medium heat for 20 mins.
  • Taste and add more salt if required. If the soup has become thick, add some water too.
  • Add the fish, kale and thyme. Reduce the heat to very low and cover the pan.
  • Allow to the cocoyam to cook through, and remove from heat. This should take no longer than another 10 mins.


Calories: 435kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 39gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 85mgSodium: 120mgPotassium: 1731mgFiber: 7gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 4025IUVitamin C: 63mgCalcium: 121mgIron: 2mg
Keyword cocoyam
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