Ila Asepo - Okra Soup

Ila Asepo is a popular favourite amongst Africans, known by many different names from country to cultures, but the Yoruba's from Nigeria call it Ila Asepo.

It's one of the quickest and easiest Nigerian soups to prepare and if you meal prep your meats and fish in advance, it cooks in no time at all.

You can shop all the ingredients right here on 

Now, let’s cook.



First, get your core  ingredients ready. Efo Riro is a fast cooking dish, so you’ll need to be proactive.

  1. Start by seasoning the meats. Add sliced onions and boil on medium heat. Remember to boil the tougher meats first, then add the softer ones. Just before it’s fully cooked, add the Stock-fish, boil till tender and set aside.
  2. Once done, separate the meat from the stock and put to the side 
  3. Cut up okro with a knife, or grate/ blend it if you like it smoother 
  4. In a clean pot, add palm oil, Iru, dried prawns, catfish (deboned), smoked mackerel to chicken/beef stock and allow to boil for 20 minutes (till the palm oil is cooked)
  5. Add chopped Okro to the boiling pot of mixed meats and then stir well.
  6. Allow it to boil and DO NOT cover or your okra will lose it slipperiness  
  7. Taste for salt. Usually the salt/maggi in the meat stock should be enough for the soup so you should not need to add more (hence the stock has to be rich!) 
  8. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 5 minutes and voila! Your soup is ready.

 You can serve with eba, pounded yam, amala, semovita etc. 

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