Efo ( Spinach Stew)

efo stew - naijafoodie - nigerian - food- recipe - yoruba - riroEfo (Not Riro)

I am not calling this Efo Riro, because Efo riro requires a lot more finesse and the flavor profile is a bit different

[due to the time it takes to bleach the oil, the presence of Iru (locust beans) and the absence of tomatoes in Efo Riro. This I will call Efo Stew.



  • 2 thighs smoked turkey (Pulled)
  • 6 pieces cow skin and 6 pieces goat meat (cleaned)


  • Fresh smoked fished (pulled, bones removed)
  • 4 cubes Maggi
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4-cup palm oil
  • 2 bunches fresh Efo (spinach, kale, collard etc) (cleaned and chopped finely)


  • 2 large red bell pepper, 2 small tomatoes, 2 hot peppers, 1/4 large onion, small ginger root



  1. In a medium pot, combine all of part a with 2 cups water. Add in 2 cubes maggi and salt to taste. Boil on medium heat until meat is tender
  2. Combine all of (C) in a blender with 1/2 cup water. Pulse to chop to a rough consistency
  3. Set a medium pot on high heat, add and heat up the oil. Add in pepper mixture, leftover maggi and salt. Stir to combine. Taste and adjust for salt.
  4. Cover the pot, cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Add in the pre-cooked meat from part b. Simmer for another 10 minutes.
  6. Add in chopped efo, stir. Add in the smoked fish. Simmer for 2-3 more minutes.

Your Efo Stew is ready.


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By |June 21st, 2011|11 Comments


  1. Ardynea Oladekojo March 15, 2017 at 8:43 am - Reply

    I am so glad I found this. My husband is Nigerian and I love the food. I was looking for more things to cook and the recipes. Thank you

  2. Efo ( Spinach Stew) | HowFarNaija.com September 3, 2016 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    […] 2 bunches fresh Efo (spinach, kale, collard etc) (cleaned and chopped finely)…Read more […]

  3. onyeje lilian obianuju August 7, 2016 at 10:02 am - Reply

    Keep it up! I have learnt one thing ‘that steam is what is actually needed when cooking jell of rice and not water. I will like to see more recipe from the the eastern part of the country thanks.

  4. Bimpe January 23, 2016 at 11:45 am - Reply

    Wat is spinach in yoruba please.?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie January 24, 2016 at 10:49 am - Reply

      Spinach isnt local to Nigeria, I doubt it has a Yoruba name.

    • Chichi October 13, 2016 at 10:20 am - Reply

      Spinach is just like water leaf.

  5. LaraL November 2, 2015 at 9:12 am - Reply

    This recipe is dynamite!

  6. […] Efo : Check out this recipe HERE or simply rinse and use the fresh spinach in Part C and leave some water in part […]

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