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Isi-Ewu (Sauced Goat Head)

Editor’s Note : This is a Nigerian Valentine Menu Special recipe contributed by the lovely Nma of the Nigerian food blog Exquisitely Golden. Do try out the recipe and check out her blog for amazingly inspired Nigerian recipes.

Nigerian valentine special : Isi Ewu Revamped with Ukpaka

I am so excited about this recipe, I once posed a question on my facebook wall asking what my friends would love to eat with their loved one(s) on valentine’s day. Trust my dear friend Loki to come up with isiewu, nkwobi, and ugba with palm wine all at once. It was truly inspiring though; because although my friends call me “Ajebutter” (meaning a soft person in Nigerian vanacular), I am a home buddy kind of girl who will eat fufu with her man, fingers and all. Infact I will even be the one to cook it and serve it with the water to wash our hands, I am not shy about such classic delicacies.

let us get right to the recipe


  • One goat head (Cut into Bite size pieces)*
  • 1 medium sized red onion
  • 8-10 ehuru seeds
  • 100-200ml  palm oil
  • 2-3 Scotch Bonnet peppers (ata-rodo)
  • Handful utazi leaves (sliced)
  • Handful ukpaka (optional)
  • Maggi or knorr  – 1/2 cube
  • Crayfish (optional)
  • Salt – To Taste
  • Dry grinded pepper – To taste

*Goat head  should be washed with a strong sponge & warm water. brain should be removed and set aside.

*If using potash – Dissolve in a tablespoon of water


  1. Put your goat head in a large pot, add enough water just to cover the meat. Season with salt and onion and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let the meat cook until it softens
  2. Add reserved  brain into the pot of meat.  When water is almost dry, remove from heat and set aside
  3. Meanwhile, toast ehuru seeds and finely blend in a blender with the ata-rodo, a few slices of  onion, and the brain
    • if you have a motar you may pound it all together
  4. Strain ngo or potash mix to remove any residue. Set aside
  5. In another pot or in a large mortar pour in some palm oil and stir in the ngó mix or dissolved potash until a slightly thick oil result
    • This resulting oil blend is called Ncha
  6. Add the blended/pounded ingredients (From step 3) , ukpaka, and some of the utazi into the oil mix.  Thoroughly combine. Add meat  (from step 1) along with dry grinned pepper.
  7. Season with maggi and a pinch of salt.
    • If the mixture is too thick add some water or isi ewu stock,  return to the stove on low heat and stir for about two minutes. Remove from heat.

Your Isi ewu is ready to serve (Garnish with fresh onion utazi) . Serve with a side cold bottle of palm wine .

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This is a great option for those on the #fitfam journey. To Prepare: Toss prepared isiewu mix (sans ukpaka, reduced palm oil)  with some kale and red leave lettuce. Serve with chopped tomatoes, utazi and onion.
Bon appetit!

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By |February 10th, 2015|11 Comments


  1. Ebiola February 11, 2018 at 7:32 am - Reply

    Thanks a bunch,I just tried it so yummy😙

  2. ayeesha October 19, 2015 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    Wheew… tnx a bunch really want to try it on my own

  3. Anita October 17, 2015 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the goat head recipe. Please do you happen to have a video on how to cook different types of soup with the goat intestines, liver, stomach, lungs, heart, the kidney and excetera excetera?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie October 18, 2015 at 8:25 pm - Reply

      Unfortunately I do not have any videos at the moment.

      • Anita October 19, 2015 at 8:34 am - Reply

        Oh okay, thanks so much for replying. I hope to see one soon I will be buying a ? soon, I was told the inside of the Goat is very delicious so I’m wanting to learn how to cook it, so I can use it when I buy the Goat. Thank you very much, may God keep blessing you to keep blessing us Amen!

  4. patricia July 23, 2015 at 11:11 am - Reply

    l love eating nkwobi, to substitute for goat, you can use cow head, leg or the tail, it will surely give you the same yummy taste.

  5. ChiO February 13, 2015 at 6:37 pm - Reply

    Looks yummy! Welldone 🙂

  6. mark efe February 11, 2015 at 2:44 am - Reply

    This is great..this just great

  7. shafa February 10, 2015 at 2:22 pm - Reply

    Its nice but I don’t eat goat any substitute for the goat head?thanks

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