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Yam slices with red stew
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5 from 2 votes

How To Cook African Yam

These are the instructions for boiling African yam, which is the first step for many recipes including pounded yam, yam porridge etc.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Breakfast, Main Course
Cuisine: Ghanaian, Nigerian, West African
Keyword: African yam, White yam
Author: Abi Olayiwola


  • Saucepan
  • Knife
  • Chopping board


  • ½ tuber Yam medium
  • Salt a pinch


  • Cut off one of the ends of the yam and cut into slices.
  • Peel the slices and place in a bowl of water to prevent browning.
  • Wash the yam slices under running water to remove all sand and dirt.
  • Place in a saucepan filled with water making sure the water covers the yam.
  • Add a pinch of salt.
  • Place over medium heat and allow to cook. New yam will be ready in about 15mins, while more mature yam could take between 20 – 25 mins.
  • Remove from heat.