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Cameroonian Okra & Egusi Soup Recipe by Precious Nkeih on BN Cuisine



This is Okra and Egusi soup made the Cameroonian way. It is literally finger-licking good!

This slimy soup called okra soup is made differently in various countries. I also make it in various ways in my kitchen. Sometimes plain, sometimes with Ogbono (a slimy friend to Okra) and sometimes with Egusi.

We all love this version made with Egusi. It is easy to put together and it tastes so good! Okra doesn’t have a particular overwhelming taste so it is hard to describe. But it is mild and the addition of melon seeds (Egusi) brings some nuttiness and earthiness to the soup.

I made it with some homemade smoked fish. If you haven’t checked out my tutorial on how to make your own smoked fish at home, you absolutely should. It will change your life.


  • 1/2 pound okra (about 1/4 kg) finely chopped or roughly blended
  • 1 cup egusi (melon seeds) ground
  • 1 pound fish, meat or both (I used smoked fish and beef)
  • 1 large crayfish seasoning cube (Maggi Crevette/Shrimps) or 3 small seasoning cubes (regular Maggi)
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup crayfish
  • Salt
  • 1 hot pepper (habanero) optional


  1. If using meat, start by boiling the meat with water at the same level of the meat until tender. Halfway through the cooking, season with salt and 1/4 of the chopped onions.
  2. Mix egusi with water to form a paste. Add to boiled meat and let it cook for 10 minutes. Add in smoked fish and let them cook for another 5-10 minutes. Be sure to check the consistency of the soup as you go, adding more water as needed.
  3. Now add in Maggi, salt to taste and crayfish. Mix well and let them simmer for two minutes.
  4. Add in chopped or roughly blended okra (please watch the video to see how I prepare the okra). Mix well with the rest of the soup. Add in water as needed. If you want it lighter, add in more water. Let it cook for 2-5 minutes. Be careful not to overcook the okra. It should still look green and vibrant. Taste to make sure seasoning is perfect.
  5. Serve with cooked garri or any fufu of choice.


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  1. tosyno

    May 14, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    This soup look like soak garri mix with fish and pepper.
    Thank u I don’t want

    • Stella naijas get too much mouth

      May 14, 2017 at 4:15 pm

      Nigerian women particularly South south women are the best cooks especially growing up with a mum who cooked at wedding and birthday parties, well that’s what I thought.
      But I will say Cameroonian women give some serious competition.
      My naija people open your eyes from your small cubicle and learn the world around you. You will be surprise what you will find and love. Don’t be too patriotic and miss your blessings sha lol

      My husband is half Cameroonian(the English speaking part) so I had to learn how to cook their dishes. Now I believe only few naija women cook well but almost every Cameroonian women I’ve met cook excellent. I love their dishes from Eru, Idole(sorry of I spelt it wrong) corn fufu, their roasted fish, pork etc
      And I love how they cook varieties not just rice and Eba/fufu Nigerians tend to stick to.
      That okra/egusi mix is delicious. Try it and you will never be the same. Even my mum(the best cook) testified to their great cooking skills. Now she cooks Cameroonian dishes.
      Cameroonians know how to party and have good fun. Good and humble people. Shout out to all of my cameroonians.

    • ITK

      May 14, 2017 at 4:47 pm

      Yuk, yuk, yuk. I don’t want too.

    • Just My 2 Cents

      May 16, 2017 at 1:12 am

      Smh, this is why everyone (including our neighboring countries) hates us. Why are we so rude and insensitive to other cultures??? Whyy.

  2. Wow! Bellanaija thanks, Precious Nkeih thanks for the Okra & Egusi recipe. Nice meal, It my favorite, with this recipe it brings big memory there is no place like HOME.
    For you Tosyno. Pls don’t blast, Cameroonians dishes is (are) the best in Africa. Travel to places you will congratulate Cameroon’s dishes.

  3. Temi

    May 14, 2017 at 2:58 pm


    • Memoir

      May 14, 2017 at 3:43 pm

      Temi….You sound like a bigot…If you were born and raised in Afghanistan, you probably would think Nigerian food is dog shit. If you can’t be open to other ppl’s culture/ way of life, at least be respectful. Nobody is forcing you to try it. In NY , there is a popular Nigerian restuarant in Brooklyn called Combination and its bcos they are known to offer mixed soup…Okro is veggies and can be taken with anything….Another man’s meat is another man’s poison. Your Nigerian way of doing stuff is not standard for the rest of the world..

    • kemi

      May 18, 2017 at 12:42 pm

      No wonder 9ja guys are hustling the Cameroonian chicks…. 9ja babes are just toooooo rigid.?… i was angry when my bros brought home a Cameroonian but now i can’t wait to visit their house every sunday afternoon for some special delicacy his wife will cook?

  4. Le coco

    May 14, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    both of you are rude.. if you dont want to eat pls jump and pass.. what is your problem.. smh Temi u don come again with your oshisco behaviour.. shift

  5. Chichi

    May 14, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    This is definitely interesting. As a TIV girl who enjoys native soups you can barely find outside Benue state I am open to dishes from all over Nigeria as we are used to more popular soups that are popularised based on some tribes being bigger but that’s ok. We all cook egusi but always add an assortment of ingredients to it anyway so this is no different. I think many Nigerians who are comfortable with just what they know shouldn’t be bashing what they don’t. I personally am open, if you don’t like just waka pass no need to write negativity.

  6. Eli

    May 14, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    I am Deltan and my mum has cooked this soup since we were kids. It tastes really good. Didn’t know it was a Cameroonian dish o.

    • Yellow sun

      May 14, 2017 at 11:28 pm

      No its not…we isoko call it white egusi pepper soup..and we don’t cook it this way…it is cooked with pepper soup spices…with no added oil…
      Best with white meats or goat meat

  7. No Headaches Please

    May 14, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    No thanks.

    You can’t describe food as ‘slimy’ and expect that I will pay attention, much less eat.

    It’s like telling me iru smells like faeces- which it does- and then asking me to try it out.

    And it may taste great but to MY eyes, it’s visually unappealing.

    • Weezy

      May 14, 2017 at 10:00 pm

      As in! The description is a turn off and the picture is revolting.

  8. Zeeebby

    May 14, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    I tasted this soup almost 20 years ago and i am glad I found a recipe…..Thanks dear

  9. Seriously

    May 14, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    BN is getting so annoying. Censoring and not posting normal comments. What’s up with that?

  10. Nyc

    May 15, 2017 at 2:10 am

    How can the site of this soup look good to you???…the egusi looks uncooked sef like garri…yuk,this will be poisoning!

  11. Sunshine

    May 15, 2017 at 11:10 am

    @Memoir I wish I could love your comment 100 times. Some people must be feeling very stupid after reading that.

  12. zzzzzzzzzzzzz

    May 15, 2017 at 11:37 am

    I had something similar in a friends house long ago and it tasted nice, the only difference is that palm oil was added. It takes exactly like the combination (Egusi soup and Okra Soup)

  13. Damilola

    May 15, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Cameroonian dishes tastes good. I visited Cameroon with my parent 5 yrs ago, and the people are nice. You guys should try their food. Widen your horizon. Nigerians stay thinking they are the best, pride goes before destruction.

    • Thank you. All the Nigerians whom actually blast the dish, it because they have not travel, pride for nothing. Nigeria is glamorous only on TV and thanks to Igbo,you guys should travel. I have been to Nigeria is a whole mess, a country which can afford water and electricity for a common man.

    • Just My 2 Cents

      May 16, 2017 at 1:15 am

      Thank you. We are sooo arrogant, and got nothing to show for it. Some of the comments I’m seeing here are just plain rude. Even oyinbo ppl will not say this. SMH

    • ITK

      May 17, 2017 at 11:42 am

      Even oyinbo people will not say this! Whaaaaat??? U are a slave.

  14. Eni

    May 16, 2017 at 9:13 am

    Personally, I’d recommend adding a little palm oil to the soup to give it some colour. The way it looks is not inviting.

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