Garden Egg Stew (Sauce)

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Garden Egg Sauce with Yam & Boiled Plantain

Nigerian Garden Egg Sauce recipe

I don’t think there is a better pairing to freshly boiled yam than garden egg sauce (Okay, maybe actual fried eggs sauce), anyways, here is my take on Garden egg sauce. The recipe varies across households. For those outside Nigeria, you will find garden eggs in your local ethnic grocery stores (Asian store mostly), Aubergines also serve as a great substitute for garden eggs.



  • 6-8 large garden eggs (any variety/shape will do)
  • 2 tablespoons Groundnut oil or Palm oil
  • 1/2 of a medium onion (Thinly Sliced)
  • 2 large tatashe (Bell pepper), 2 hot peppers (Rodo)Β  and 1 medium onion – (Rough Blended)
  • Flaked Fish ( I used Mackerel- Boiled and De-boned )
  • 1 Tablespoon blended crayfish
  • Maggi & Salt – To Taste


  • Boil the garden eggs for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. Peel the garden eggs skin by gently pulling on the thin white coating (cut and remove the seeds in the center if you prefer).Β  Roughly chop up the peeled garden eggs or lightly crush them.Peeling Nigerian Garden Egg
  • Set a pot on medium heat, add in the oil. Wait 2 minutes then add in the onions. fry the onions until translucent



  • Add in all the other ingredients except the fish. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer the sauce for 10 minutes



  • Add the crushed garden eggs and fish into the sauce, combine. Taste and adjust for seasoning. Simmer for another 2-3 minutes.



Serve with boiled yam. Enjoy!!

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By |May 13th, 2012|70 Comments


  1. Nyerovwo August 9, 2017 at 11:36 am - Reply

    You have made my day with this recipe. I am going to really relish it with my wife and kids. Thanks.

  2. Nonso March 4, 2016 at 1:00 am - Reply

    Hi dear, thanks for this recipe, I tried it last night and it came out very tasteful, the first time I ate it was so bitter but I’m guessing it’s from who prepared it. I just made it for the first time myself and I added fresh tomatoes to the pepper, it was nice. Just dat I had issues with Pilling of the white shin after boiling the garden egg, I couldn’t pill it off, so I had to choice than to dice it like dat. I would need. Help on that please. Thanks for am learning great new recipes on this your site. Please reply.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 10, 2016 at 8:41 pm - Reply

      awesome! I will think up some tricks to peeling.

  3. Ife Lawal September 5, 2015 at 3:22 am - Reply

    Just tried this…absolutely tasty with boiled yam.
    Bye bye too fried eggs.

  4. aisha August 29, 2015 at 5:57 am - Reply

    Good day , am new on here and I want to try this sauce but I HATE garden eggs! I don’t even eat them but the review I hear about it is nice , my question is does it taste different with the sauce

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie September 2, 2015 at 8:51 pm - Reply

      It does taste very different. you should give it a try, maybe make a very small amount to start with.

  5. Adeife July 25, 2015 at 11:12 am - Reply

    Nice one 9jafoodie. I’ve been lurking around. Finally decided to comment today. Will try the garden egg sauce. I love the presentation of your yam and plantain. Please what can i use to get mine to look like that? Thanks

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie July 26, 2015 at 7:15 am - Reply

      Do let us know how it turns out. I used a cookie cutter for the shape.

  6. shefactor July 2, 2015 at 8:23 am - Reply

    Nice. I’ll try this tomorrow. Thanks

  7. jumoke November 27, 2014 at 10:45 am - Reply

    God bless you. I was looking for an easy garden egg sauce recipe. This fit the bill, and I prepared it, mistakenly adding tomatoes to the pepper blend. It was so fragrant and delicious! I ate it with boiled plantain in the evening and with boiled yam the next morning, and I dare say it was better the 2nd day. Thank you!

  8. Anonymous September 18, 2013 at 9:46 am - Reply

    I love this recipe. It reminds me of bitter garden n hot pepper sauce. I’ll try this as soon as i can. No more boring yam/plantain/potatoe sauce. Am glad!

  9. yea, am gonna try it out August 7, 2013 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    Comment… yea, am gonna try it out! Hope it turns out well sha.

  10. lilies August 5, 2013 at 11:41 am - Reply

    The best sauce ever for yam, plantain, cocoyam and potatoes

  11. megganni August 1, 2013 at 9:19 am - Reply

    Wow! This sounds interesting. I’ll definitely try it. Thanks.

  12. Obi July 2, 2013 at 6:11 am - Reply

    Never tried this, but will do this month … kitchen experiments to resume soon!

  13. sarah May 18, 2013 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    Dats my mum’s best,I ate it over 15yrs ago.will definitely try it mum

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie May 21, 2013 at 10:43 am - Reply

      May your mum continue to rest in peace dear

  14. Phyll March 26, 2013 at 1:41 am - Reply

    In the method my mother taught me we use. Palm oil rather than vegetable oil. It really tastes great. Also I don’t remove the skins. Instead I pulse the boiled garden egg in a food processor which breaks up the skins.

  15. Name February 21, 2013 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    Is there another name for garden eggs in the US would love to try this out.

  16. Name October 24, 2012 at 4:51 am - Reply

    I am going 2 try it now

  17. Name October 22, 2012 at 7:45 am - Reply

    i will try dis at home.

  18. Amaka October 4, 2012 at 8:15 am - Reply

    Av neva tryd such a recipe b4 bt nw am definitely gona gv it a trial

  19. Csl September 25, 2012 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    Pls i’ve Only seen aubergines in my area. Can i substitute it for garden eggs?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie September 26, 2012 at 6:01 am - Reply

      Hi! I will not advice that you do, texturally aubergines will not work in this recipe.

      • Joxy October 9, 2012 at 2:54 pm - Reply

        I make a version of this sauce all the time, but I use aubergines! Similar method to above, except that I do not boil or peel the aubergines beforehand. I dice them and add them to the sauce once it’s cooked, and then I leave on a low heat for another fifteen minutes or so. I also add flaked smoked mackerel to it, very yummy.

        • 9jafoodie
          9jafoodie October 13, 2012 at 7:57 am - Reply

          very very smart!!! I will try it with aubergines…. do you use the green or purple?

  20. Benny September 21, 2012 at 5:56 am - Reply

    I just finished eating a dish of yam and this garden egg sauce……totally delicious!!! This is my first time cooking this sauce and it came out fine. Never knew it could bring out such delicious taste; the garden egg actually tastes sweet!!! I will no longer disrespect garden eggs!!!

  21. speculnut September 15, 2012 at 11:09 am - Reply

    hmmm nice,i use these recipe alot. Another way to it would be for those who prefer it pepperish and veg oil. Especially if u are on diet.
    Slice onions,dice garden eggs,blend pepper (rodo) not smooth or with a small mortar and pistol. Put veg oil ( i use olive oil ) get it hot,put onions in saute and then add pepper saute. Then add ingredients like ground crayfish,smoked fish, ground chilli depending on how hot i want it.then a litte curry optional. Salt to taste. Fry together till well mixed the add diced graden eggs (you get to keep all the nutrients that is mostly lost wit boiling ). Then u cover allow to simmer. Stir together put on medium heat. Continue until garden egg is translucent.adjust taste if needed. Check dependin on how well cooked you want it. Hope you enjoY.

  22. Josh August 22, 2012 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    I love this Miss 9jaFoodie. . .

    If I may ask, are there copyrights on your recipes? i.e can any other person reproduce it for documentation somewhere else?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie August 23, 2012 at 7:20 pm - Reply

      Hi Josh!! yes, all recipes are under reserved rights.

  23. Name August 22, 2012 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    tried this recipe and i’m absolutely in love with it, i will recommend this for everyone to try. the only problem was i cooked the garden egg for too long so the skin was difficult to peel. thanks a lot 9jafoodie

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie August 23, 2012 at 7:21 pm - Reply

      Yeiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!!! I am super happy the recipe worked for you.

      • lavido December 10, 2012 at 1:05 pm - Reply

        Do I necessary have to peel the skin off? Or will it turn out.. Not so good if I don’t?

        • 9jafoodie
          9jafoodie December 11, 2012 at 6:20 am - Reply

          The skin is a bit “Rubbery”, you don’t necessarily have to peel it but make sure you chop the eggs thinly.

  24. nikki August 17, 2012 at 4:15 am - Reply

    garden egg (egg plant) is a vegetable… very tasty sauce, i have even had it with bread X_X going to make it this weekend πŸ˜€

  25. Lola August 9, 2012 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    Is their a particular variety of garden egg that can be use to prepare the sauce. I mean the white or green one

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie August 10, 2012 at 9:37 am - Reply

      No, both works just fine. I am however accustomed to using the green as the white variety is a little sweeter.

  26. Nkem August 2, 2012 at 6:46 am - Reply

    I just made it n it came out so nice! I think I’ll make it more often now….. Thanks alot, u’ve been really helpful!

  27. seyi July 24, 2012 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    Ve heard about dis sauce but neva tried am going to.can you use it as a sauce for white or brown rice? Wil it be nice? Tanks

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie July 24, 2012 at 4:36 pm - Reply

      I have never thought of mixing it with rice, it sure will be yum.

  28. Name June 16, 2012 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    Yummy! Will take this meal any day and at anytime!

  29. Kike June 15, 2012 at 4:53 am - Reply

    A video would really be helpful. This looks delicious, will definitely give it a try.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie June 16, 2012 at 10:07 am - Reply

      Thanks Kike… we will look into video options.

  30. michel mouris June 6, 2012 at 1:45 am - Reply

    i like it

  31. Rhapsody May 28, 2012 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    Now I am a going to sound strange but what is garden eggs? I have to confess I was looking for the typical eggs. Please don’t laugh but am clueless. Perhaps i know them as something else?

    Hope you are well and enjoying life.
    Take care…

  32. Janylbenyl May 28, 2012 at 4:33 am - Reply

    wow never knew about this
    Imma be trying it out

  33. roomie May 24, 2012 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    i have neva tried garden egg stew but i will def. try this recipe. unfortunately i dont have yam but i’m sure potato will do just fine…

  34. a-9ja-great May 21, 2012 at 5:05 am - Reply

    When i first heard of this sauce,i felt i wasn’t going to like it until i actually tasted it with yam.It was tassssssssssssssty!

  35. Naijamum in L. May 14, 2012 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    I love garden egg stew with boiled ripe plantains and snails
    This your picture sha..Too good

  36. priscy May 14, 2012 at 6:24 am - Reply

    I love garden egg stew and the pix above makes me hungry already!!!

    • lorlah May 14, 2012 at 1:21 pm - Reply

      nothing beats eating this with egg,yumm

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie May 21, 2012 at 10:00 am - Reply

      That was the point… lol.

      • Alexander Emmanuel September 21, 2016 at 4:23 pm - Reply

        Hmmm, i just finish eating the delicious african dish with coco yam with my wife now it is really African garden egg is medicinal and rich ,

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