Afang Soup is a popular delicacy associated with the Efik/Ibibio people in Souther Nigeria. Asides from the distinct taste of Afang soup, it is healthy and has very high nutritional value as the Afang leaf is rich in vitamins and minerals. Afang Soup tops the menu on every restaurant in Calabar and you should definitely try it out anytime you are in our city.

Just in case you want to try it at home for that special somebody, I’ll be sharing with you, the Afang soup recipe. Let’s begin!



2lbs of water leaves(squeeze to remove any excess water)
2 cups of grounded Afang leaves
1½ lb assorted meats
Snails (optional)
Smoked Fish (optional)
1 cup whole dried prawns
1 cup of periwinkles
1 hand full of head on shrimp
3 fresh habanero peppers
½ cup of grounded crayfish
Dry fish(soak in warm water and wash out impurities)
1tbsp dry pepper powder
½-1 cup palm oil
bouillon cubes
salt to taste


1) In medium –sized sauce pan, boil meat, season with salt, pepper, and Maggie, and onions until tender (approximately 20-40 minutes depending on the choice of meat). You can shorten this process in half by using a pressure cooker. Reserve the stock. Boil the cow skin and tripe together or you may do so separately until tender. Drain the water from the cow skin, and tripe.

2)In a wider pot combine all the meat and smoked fish with about 1- 2 cups of the stock
If using smoked fish, pick out the bones and cut it chunks, add to the pot of meat. Cook for about 3-5 minutes

3) Put the Afang leaves in a blender or food processor. If you don’t have a blender, you can grind the leaves with a local grinder or in the market.

4) Repeat the same process with the chopped fresh water leaf.

5) Stir in the oil, boullion cubes and crayfish. Cover and let it simmer for a couple of minutes -3-5.

6) Add the Afang leaves to the pot, stir, then include the water leaf.

7) Mix everything together and let it simmer for 5 to 10 minutes. Adjust for seasoning, salt, pepper, and Maggie.

8) If you please, serve warm with eba, fufu, amala or any side of your choice. 

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Aidee Amba – I’m a creative writer and a highly ambitious individual who is into a little bit of everything. I am creative and smart, So I incorporate it into all I do. For me, focus is major key. Follow me on Twitter @ambapeter_amber

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