Nigerian Bitterleaf soup in a sauce pot

Delicious Bitterleaf Soup ( Ofe Onuegbu)

This is a delicious Nigerian delicacy made with a special vegetable bitterleaf.
Course Soup
Cuisine Nigerian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 10


Assorted meats

  • 500 g Meat Precooked
  • 800 g Cow/beef foot Precooked
  • 500 g Stock fish Precooked
  • 1-2 Dry fish

Other ingredients

  • 250 g Bitter leaf vegetable Check recipe notes
  • 3 Uziza leaves (Finely chopped)
  • 1-1/2 Tbsp Mkpuru ofo powder
  • 2 Tbsp Cameroon pepper ( reduce quantity if you don't like heat
  • 2 Tbsp Ogiri ( or 2 wraps)
  • 200 g Palm nut paste (Or 1-1/2 cup palm oil)
  • 1/4 Cup Coarsely ground crayfish


  • Put about 8 cups of water in a pot. Add salt and bring to s slow boil. then add the ground crayfish and ground Cameroon pepper.
  • Add the precooked meats,  Turn down the heat to low. ( Don't cook meats for too long remember they are already precooked)
  • Add in the palm paste or palm oil and stir.
  • Mix Ogiri with a little water and add to the pot. Then take a cooking spoon of hot liquid from the pot to dissolve the mkpuru ofo powder. Pour the dissolved mixture into the soup and stir. Taste for seasoning and adjust accordingly.
  • As the soup thickens, add onugbu leaves followed by the uziza leaves.
  • Stir in properly, Allow simmer for about a minute.  Turn off heat. Do not cover pot immediately
  • Enjoy with any African swallow food of choice


To process the bitter leaf:
Wash the bitterleaf thoroughly with lots of water to remove sand and other particles. 
Boil in  large pot for 30 mins. with about 3 times the size of the leaves. Leave the pot open while cooking otherwise it would bubble over.
Turn off heat, pour the bitter leaf into a sieve and run it over with cold water. Rinse a few times.
Transfer back to pot SS a lot of water and some 1/2 a tsp of potash or baking soda. Bring to boil again and allow to boil for another 30mins. Turn off hear and pear process above.
Store or use immediately.
To save time, i process the bitter leaf veggies in bulk and ahead of time. So not easy that the recipe above reflects that. If your prepare the vegetables the same day you are cooking the soup, then the prep and cook time would be longer.