How to make Ogbono (Apon) Soup

This is by far the fastest soup to make.
How to properly prepare Nigerian Ogbono soup.

Ogbono (Ibo) or Apon (Yoruba) is the seed of the African wild mango (Oro). The seed is dried and then milled with some crayfish in order to make Ogbono soup powder. This is by far one of the easiest and fasted Nigerian soups to prepare. You can choose to make use of your preferred protein – Beef, dried fish and fresh fish all make great accompaniment to the soup.


  • 1/2 cup dried- blended apon/ogbono
  • 1/3 cup palm oil
  • 2 cups warm water
  • Choice or meat and fish (precooked)
  • 2 cubes Knorr (bouillon cubes)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 Table spoon dried pepper
  • 1/4 cup blended crayfish


  • Set a medium sized pot on medium heat, add in the palm oil. When the oil is hot, add in the dried ogbono. With a cooking spoon continuously stir the mixture until you have a smooth paste
  • Incorporate the water into the paste bits at a timeย  and continuously stir, the mixture will get thicker as you stir. Continue until you have incorporated all the water
  • Add in the precooked meat, Knorr cubes, pepper, crayfish and salt. combine
  • Simmer for 4-6 minutes more

Your soup is ready to serve. as Ibhade kindly pointed out, this soup is best served with pounded yam ๐Ÿ™‚

Variations; Some people add in Okra, Ugu or Bitter leaves to this soup. If using okra, prepare the okra separately and add it in just before the 3rd step. Having troubles with the consistency of your ogbono soup?


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By |May 14th, 2011|38 Comments


  1. lolade February 5, 2018 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    just made it for the first time and its fabulous! didnt have palm oil so i just used vegetable oil.

  2. [email protected] May 10, 2017 at 2:25 am - Reply

    it worked for me! thanks a lot!

  3. Oil Free Okro - Ogbono Soup February 14, 2016 at 7:52 pm - Reply

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  4. lola October 11, 2015 at 3:23 am - Reply

    Hi, i just bought the seeds to make this soup, which looks delicious btw.
    I’m i supposed to take off the hard shell on the seeds before milling/grinding? Pls advice!!

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie October 11, 2015 at 7:20 pm - Reply

      yes, you need to remove the hard shell.

  5. tola August 21, 2015 at 11:58 am - Reply


    I bought the ogbono seeds unfortunately, instead of the already grounded ogbono. How do I grind the seeds? I tried to blend it but that didn’t work.

    Help please

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie August 23, 2015 at 9:09 pm - Reply

      You might have to smash it up before you try blending it, that should make things easier.

  6. Soph July 21, 2015 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    Blowing you a big kiss!! Thank you!!!!
    Turned out perfect!

  7. hormoo July 20, 2015 at 8:43 am - Reply

    pls can i add locust beans

  8. Cha-Cha March 16, 2015 at 6:56 am - Reply

    Do you have the boiling method? I know when my mum cooks it, she doesn’t use any oil at all….

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 16, 2015 at 7:54 am - Reply

      I do not have a recipe for the boiling method, I will upload one soonest.

  9. ruth shika November 13, 2014 at 6:31 am - Reply

    please am a ghanaian so what apon/ogbono

  10. samuel ochiogu September 27, 2014 at 6:31 am - Reply

    that is perfect

  11. LANRUZE September 23, 2014 at 12:28 pm - Reply


  12. Adebola August 17, 2014 at 12:37 am - Reply

    You are doing wonderfully. I like your recipes

  13. Katie August 16, 2014 at 6:58 pm - Reply

    I just cooked it your way and turned out very nice. Thanks for the videos really enjoy them.

  14. Bankie July 27, 2014 at 9:28 am - Reply

    After i found this site … My wife thinks i’ve got a girlie on the the side lol …. Thumbs up really proud of ya ….. Miss naija sha.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie July 28, 2014 at 5:46 pm - Reply

      lol @ chick on the side. you are a great husband cooking for the wife and all.

  15. chi-chi July 9, 2014 at 5:13 am - Reply

    Goodness we can do business 2gether.. i can send it to you from nigeria or ask any of ur family in nigeria can send it to u

  16. Goodness July 8, 2014 at 11:27 pm - Reply

    Pls where can I get the blended ogbono seeds. I stay at Indianapolis.

  17. ram Queen June 23, 2014 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    thanks for showing us this recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. akinwale December 9, 2013 at 11:15 am - Reply

    Thanks, you saved me a lot of stress

  19. Mobi November 11, 2013 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    I used this recipe earlier today. Turned out great! Thanks a lot!

  20. Anon August 29, 2013 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    whoa I tried dis method yesterday,n it came out nice,I use to melt d ogbono wit hot oil n pour over boiling water,I really prefer ur method,thanks

  21. mathew June 19, 2013 at 5:53 am - Reply

    wow ! wonder! ,i find this interesting because i have never cook this before but only with the direction of how to cook ogbona i get my food done on my table ….thanks and more grease to your strength

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    • Tife March 20, 2017 at 1:01 pm - Reply

      Just tried this recipe for the first time like right now, Mum is eating and she says ร“ dun in yoruba, thats a big compliment from mum oh. So thanks for the post doubled the quantity tho it still turn out good๐Ÿ‘ served with oat

      • 9jafoodie
        9jafoodie March 27, 2017 at 9:26 am - Reply

        wow! that’s awesome. Thank you for the feedback.

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