Nigerian Recipe

Efo Riro Recipe with Video Guide

efo riro recipe

Efo Riro soup is a beloved Nigerian vegetable soup known for its robust flavor and filling components. This traditional dish is a celebration of West African cuisine and is stuffed with a range of lush greens, different meats, and a blend of aromatic spices.

Efo Riro is a well-liked and filling dish that will leave you yearning for more of its scrumptious flavors, whether it is eaten with rice, pounded yam, or another staple food.

In this article, I will be teaching you how to make this delicious meal. Stay with me.

How to Make Efo Riro Recipe


2 cooking pots – Available on Amazon and Jumia
Bowl – Available on Amazon and Jumia
Chopping board – Available on Amazon and Jumia
Knife – Available on Amazon and Jumia
Colander – Available on Amazon and Jumia
Blender or food processor – Available on Vevor, Amazon and Jumia


Palm oil
3 medium-sized onions
Locust beans
Stock fish
2 tablespoons crayfish
Habanero pepper
Scotch bonnet pepper
Beef or goat meat
Cow foot
Cow ribs
Salt to taste
Spices (optional)

Procedure for Making Efo Riro

STEP 1: Remove the leaves of the spinach, cut them in medium sizes using the chopping board, wash, and drain them.

STEP 2: Pour the cut leaves into a bowl and add hot water. Cover the bowl and leave for 5 minutes.

STEP 3: Use a colander to drain the leaves and sprinkle a little salt on them. This helps reduce the moisture in the leaves. Set them aside.

STEP 4: Wash 1 onion and cut it into desired sizes using a chopping board. Set it aside.

STEP 5: Prepare the locust beans by washing them.

STEP 6: Cut the scotch bonnet pepper, habanero pepper, 2 onions, and crayfish into small pieces and pour them into a blender. Blend until you achieve a medium, coarse texture. Alternatively, you can use a food processor.

STEP 7: Place 1 pot over medium heat, add the kpomo, sharki, stock fish, cow ribs, cow foot, goat or cow meat to the pot. Apply the seasonings, chopped onions, salt to taste, and any spices of your choice. Stir, cover, and allow to simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.

STEP 8: Open the pot, stir again, taste to ensure the salt and seasonings are okay. Add if needed. Add enough water, cover the pot, and allow it to cook until some of the meats are almost cooked.

STEP 9: Open the pot, check for the meat that is soft and put it on a plate. Also, remove the stock fish from the pot, debone it, and put it back in.

STEP 10: Get the second pot over medium heat, add the palm oil, blended vegetables from STEP 6, and stir very well. Fry for 5–10 minutes until the water in the pot is finished.

STEP 11: Now pour the meat into the second pot along with the contents of the first pot. Add the locust beans and mix very well. Allow to simmer until there is only a little water left in the pot.

STEP 12: Pour the cut spinach leaves and stir very well. Cover the pot lid and cook for 3 minutes to avoid overcooking the spinach leaves.

STEP 13: Your Efo Riro is ready!


  • Use locust beans, smoked fish or dried fish, and palm oil if you wish to prepare in the Yoruba way.
  • After the primary components, whatever you are going to add only enhances it.
  • Also, to make the vegetable, you will need pepper that has been coarsely grinded.

How to Serve Efo Riro

Efo Riro can be served with Eba, Plantain, Fufu, or Pounded Yam, or any swallow of your choice, like Tuwon Shinkafa and the likes. Alternatively, you could serve it with white boiled rice. Don’t forget to enjoy it with chilled water or any beverage of your choice.

Occasions to Serve Efo Riro

Efo Riro can be eaten as any of the 3 basic meals of the day – lunch, breakfast, and dinner. Moreover, it can be enjoyed during occasions like weddings, parties, cultural events, festivals, and family gatherings.

How to Store Efo Riro

This recipe can be stored in an airtight container in a refrigerator. However, ensure it cools off before putting it into the freezer.

Health Benefits of Efo Riro

Efo Riro soup’s health advantages are best appreciated when made with top-notch, fresh ingredients, just like with any other cuisine. For the best possible health benefits, it’s also crucial to think about portion sizes and the overall balance of your diet. Among the health benefits, Efo Riro is rich in dietary fiber, protein, essential amino acids, vitamins, and minerals.


There are so many ways of preparing Efo Riro, but this is how I prepare mine. There are many ingredients you can include in the soup aside from the ones mentioned above.

That’s a wrap for Efo Riro recipe! We hope you found this article helpful. If you did, please leave a comment below.

You could also check out how to make Ogbono Soup or Ofe Akwu.

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Suwaiba Dalhatu

Suwaiba Dalhatu is an enthusiastic writer. She grew up in Zaria. A specialist on recipes - local recipes to be precise. Cooking is like a profession to her. She loves to read and write in her leisure time, and also loves to make new friends.

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