Breakfast Yam Cups

African Yam recipe _ Yam cup

African Yam cup

I am not a morning person which translates to not being a breakfast person. I have breakfast maybe 15 mornings a year.  The mornings I do try to have breakfast during the week, I am almost always late to work.

This past weekend I challenged myself to eat breakfast for an entire week, to make my task easier I ventured to create a make-ahead breakfast that was easily microwaveable. Outcome of my experiment were these delicious yam and egg cups.  Make this ahead, store in the fridge and simply warm them up for a minute or two in the microwave. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did


  • Fresh African yam – 550g (About 6 regular round pieces)
  • Fresh Eggs- 5
  • Chopped vegetable of choice – 2 cups (I used Onion and peppers)
  • Salt – to taste
  • Maggi – 1 cube
  • Cornedbeef- 1 cup
  • ¼ cup – melted butter
  • ¼ cup – milk
  • Other seasonings of choice

Utensils – Baking dish or muffin pan


  • Place the cut and washed yams in a pot of salted water. Cook until tender (time required will vary based on new Vs old yam). Drain off excess water.

Yam cup 1*While the yam is cooking *

– Season the chopped vegetables with salt, pepper and any other spices you prefer. Set in the fridge

– Whisk the eggs, maggi cube, salt, seasoning and spices. Add in the corned beef. Set in the fridge

– Set your oven to 350 F

  • Yam cup 2Mash up the cooked yam. Seasoning with salt and pepper. Add in butter, milk, egg mix and vegetables mix. combine
  • Yam cup 3Generously grease your baking dish or muffin pan.  Pour the yam batter into the bakeware.
  • yam cup 4Bake for 25-30 minutes (yam is done when toothpick insert comes out clean). Remove from oven and set aside to cool.

Serve with fresh juice or enjoy as breakfast on the go.

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By |December 10th, 2013|70 Comments


  1. Chi December 14, 2015 at 8:08 am - Reply

    i made it with potatoes and it was delicious… thanx.

  2. Chi December 13, 2015 at 9:02 am - Reply

    Can i use potatoes? want to try this today

  3. ella nonso August 3, 2015 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    Oh wow, I’m just so happy to have found your blog. I love yam like crazy, but v been looking for so many things to do with it…This looks so delicious, can’t wait to try it…and the many yam & other recipes.

  4. Nkem May 30, 2015 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    Very nice! Can I use baking paper cups rather than greasing my muffin pan?

  5. Confiance May 19, 2015 at 7:51 am - Reply

    Please, how do i mash?

  6. Emmanuelle April 17, 2015 at 10:35 pm - Reply

    You always inspire me. Please I don’t have a muffin pan or an oven, is there anything that can substitute that

  7. Olanrewaju Eko April 10, 2015 at 12:27 pm - Reply

    Hi, I love this. Can I use my toaster oven. Keep the good work going

  8. Chioma March 21, 2015 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    I love this page because i have improved greatly in the kitchen, but i order to learn this recipe must i use an oven

  9. beckyab December 6, 2014 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    you ar doing a wonderful job

  10. morountodun olatunji November 24, 2014 at 6:14 am - Reply

    @9jafoodie 4 dos dat dnt have oven to bake can we do it as d same method 4 moi moi in tin. Thanks ma’am

  11. Hadiza Dako November 24, 2014 at 4:40 am - Reply

    Tried similar thing before now but was not so wonderful, with this, it may be our regular breakfast. You know Gbari with yam now, and is right in season. Remember we can eat pounded yam morning, afternoon and night.

  12. Rita October 2, 2014 at 4:24 am - Reply

    Tried it today and it was very nice,i used sardine fish in place of corned beef, 9jafoodie, u make sense.

  13. Iriagbonse Akpata August 30, 2014 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    This Recipie is inviting. Would it be okay if I steamed it instead, like moi-moi?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie August 30, 2014 at 3:17 pm - Reply

      Brilliant idea! that will definitely work.

  14. maryam August 4, 2014 at 6:21 am - Reply

    This is amazing! A must try

  15. abisola oguntuase August 2, 2014 at 5:24 am - Reply

    Hi, i finally decided to try out this recipe today, its in d oven now, wish i could post pictures ,cant wait for it to come out of the hubby said madam catering

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie August 2, 2014 at 8:46 am - Reply

      I am excited for the end result. feel free to email us your pictures or tag us on instagram (@9jafoodie)

  16. wunmi July 25, 2014 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    Wao I love it bcos is colorful & am sure is gonna taste 9ce. God bless d day I like dis page

  17. Margaret July 21, 2014 at 3:03 am - Reply

    The food looks nice

  18. Nasa July 15, 2014 at 6:31 am - Reply

    Can i use the Microwave if i am not able to use the oven? please reply ASAP want to make this saturday morning

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie July 17, 2014 at 9:59 pm - Reply

      I am sorry, I don’t think the microwave will work.

  19. Tee June 7, 2014 at 10:48 pm - Reply

    I just made this with potatoes and it was so yummy. Thanks

  20. Sandra June 6, 2014 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    If I could just get some yam here…

  21. Abolore Faidat hameed June 6, 2014 at 12:38 pm - Reply

    U re superb

  22. ify June 6, 2014 at 9:09 am - Reply

    Wow I love this!!!!! Can’t wait to try this. I have a recipe similar but with irish patotoes and I use microwave but this one is really lovely. I will try it with micro wave

  23. Diora June 6, 2014 at 7:50 am - Reply

    Thank u 9jafoodie. It was quite easy nd absolutely delicious.

  24. Ms. Heyman April 2, 2014 at 11:40 am - Reply

    15 mornings a year?.. what? that cracked me up.. I eat my breakfast EVERYDAY! i love this. I eat nigerian food once a year when my parent visit. Howeer,this will be my online cookbook. I’ll try it out. This can be my cheat meal. (due to all the seasonings added & corn beef)

  25. fokanferanmi March 30, 2014 at 10:47 am - Reply

    Awesome recipe… I used to make something similar, but stir fried…I tried this today and WOW! even though i used minced lamb and chicken, a lot more chopped veggies and i had mine with what my own recipe for chicken suya in sweet chilli sauce and salad… AS SUNDAY LLUNCH. Thanks!

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie April 1, 2014 at 8:41 pm - Reply

      That’s good to hear… thanks for the feedback

  26. Maeland Harkorgun February 9, 2014 at 1:30 pm - Reply


  27. Temitayo Giwa January 17, 2014 at 10:22 am - Reply

    I’m both a morning and a morning and a breakfast person and can’t wait to try these! I wonder how many calories each is worth and if NEPA/PHCN will hold out while i have them in the oven 😀

  28. Zoe January 8, 2014 at 7:44 am - Reply

    wow this is the bomb!

  29. Love Chin Chin January 4, 2014 at 7:11 am - Reply

    This looks delish-delish! Nice work!

  30. Adeyemi Adisa December 23, 2013 at 8:55 am - Reply

    This is great. Now I have something to cook for Christmas lol

  31. dupe December 16, 2013 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    OMG…i most admit…this is beyond good…God bless.

  32. Tokunbo December 15, 2013 at 7:19 pm - Reply

    Has anyone tried this with potatoes?

  33. Bode December 12, 2013 at 6:53 pm - Reply

    I for like try this recipe but as light no dey for 9ja the thing go just spoil for fridge.

    PHCN won’t let me be great but thats okay, I’ll savour the images.

  34. Colette December 12, 2013 at 8:57 am - Reply

    I am really hard to please, but I must admit you are really awesome. Blessed & gifted. I just told myself few minutes ago I would make a really different Xmas breakfast and I had a quiche in mind, but this is so much better. I am a Yam freak. I will substitute Diced Chicken for Corned beef. Hardly eat beef anymore. Thank you for al these amazing recipes. Whoever said 9ja food is boring!!!!!

  35. Anonymous December 12, 2013 at 8:37 am - Reply

    Just finished preparing it,awesome hmmmm,loving it

  36. Imayojo December 12, 2013 at 5:05 am - Reply

    wow! will try this out. i tried the sweet potato medley i saw here and it was nice.

  37. DVees December 11, 2013 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    This is amazing!!!!

  38. Ronke December 11, 2013 at 9:12 am - Reply

    nice idea. will try it with both yams and potatoes. looks so yummy,thumbs up!

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie December 11, 2013 at 5:02 pm - Reply

      yeiii!! I am excited for your feedback

  39. Clueless Fadekemi December 11, 2013 at 6:29 am - Reply

    This is pure genius…. It is a must try for me… Thank you

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie December 11, 2013 at 5:03 pm - Reply

      Thank you Fadeke, do let me know how it turns out.

  40. shade December 11, 2013 at 6:11 am - Reply

    I cook alot but i must admit dat u r just gifted in so many ways……..ur styles amaze me alot,kip it up

  41. canadathings December 10, 2013 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    Oh wow! I’m blown away. Now I want some yam!

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