Categories: Ebira Food

How to cook Akoko Soup – Ebira pepper soup


Akoko soup is pronounced as Epe akoko in the Ebira tribe. Akoko in the Ebira tribe means pepper while epe means soup, hence, it literally means “Ebira pepper soup.”. Ebira pepper soup is a traditional delicacy with a special recipe from the Ebira tribe of Nigeria. With a mouth-watering flavor and bursting spices, this soup is a very cherished dish of the Ebira food heritage. Prepared with a combination of aromatic ingredients and infused with the perfect blend of spices, the Ebira akoko soup offers a satisfying and lasting dining experience. My mom once prepared this soup for myself and my siblings, after a plate I had to request for more because it was very sweet. Recently, I asked her about how she prepared the soup and I will be sharing the details of the steps to follow to prepare the soup in this post. In this article, I will be providing you with a step-by-step guide to recreate this flavorful delight in your own kitchen. So, get ready to learn.

Ingredients to prepare Akoko soup

To prepare Akoko soup, you will need the following ingredients:

  • Goat meat or any other kind of assorted meat (such as beef, cow tripe, or cow skin) meat is called Uye in Ebira.
  • Dry catfish or stockfish
  • Assorted meat parts (shaki, ponmo, or offal) (this is optional)
  • Fresh habanero pepper or scotch bonnet
  • Crayfish (grounded)
  • leaves of West African pepper (avi anate)
  • Negro pepper
  • nutmeg
  • Maggi seasoning cubes
  • Salt (anoh)
  • Onions
  • Water (eyin)

Note that their translation in Ebira tribe are provided in italics and in the bracket

How to Cook Akoko soup

Step 1

Start by cleaning and washing the goat meat or assorted meat that thoroughly. Chop or cut the meat into your desired size, suitably smaller sizes If you will be  stockfish, soak in warm water. Soaking in hot water will help to soften it and remove dirt particles. After all these is done, set aside and proceed to the next step.

Step 2:

Put the washed meat in a clean pot that is sizable enough to contain the meat. Add chopped onions, seasoning cubes, and salt to the meat in the pot. Pour enough water to cover the meat, cover the pot, turn on the fire, reduce the heat and allow it to simmer or cook until the meat becomes very soft. Allow to cook very well because it is better if very soft and chewable.

Step 3:

While waiting for the meat to cook to desired tenderness, prepare the spices you will be using to cook the akoko soup. Grind the avi anate (West African pepper leaves) and  nutmeg separately. After doing these, set them aside to use later.

Step 4

Once the meat has cooked and is now soft to your satisfaction. add the grounded avi anate and nutmeg to the meat inside pot. Stir well to mix all the flavors together.

Step 5

Next thing to do is to add the blended fresh pepper to the pot with the meat. Make sure you only use the quantity of pepper your taste bud can hold. Also, add the grounded crayfish to give additional distinct flavor to the soup. Stir the mixture gently.

Step 6

Allow the soup to cook for an additional 10-15 minutes, allowing all the flavors to mix and cook together. Taste the soup and adjust the seasoning with additional salt or seasoning cubes if necessary.

Step 7

Once the soup has reached your desired consistency and flavor, it is ready to be served. Akoko soup pairs exceptionally well with iya (pounded yam).


Akoko soup is a special delicacy that is traditional to the Ebira people. If the soup is well prepared by someone that knows how to cook it, and you have a taste of it, you will definitely ask for more of it.

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