Okro Gravy


Smoky Okro Gravy

Smoky Okro Gravy

You have to love the power of social media hen. A while ago, I posted a picture of rice and egusi soup and asked about other soup/rice combos out there, most people who responded said rice and okro soup. I thought it was the most bizarre thing until I tried it, the deliciousness was epic. My experience inspired me to create an okra based sauce that is made specifically for rice.

What other soup/rice combos are out there? Recently heard of rice/okro 😳.

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Do try out this light and smoky recipe, you will thoroughly enjoy it

Okro Gravy

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Serves: 4

  • 2 cups sliced okra
  • 2 cups shredded smoked fish
  • 10-12 shrimps (cleaned)
  • 1 tablespoon flour (to thicken)
  • 2 Cooking spoons stew base
  • 2 cubes maggi
  • salt - to taste
  1. place a large pot on medium-high heat, add in stew base and 4 cups of water. stir to combine.
  2. add in salt, maggi and smoked fish. Cover and bring to a rolling boil.
  3. okra gravy
  4. Add in okra and shrimps. stir gently to combine. Taste and adjust for seasoning. Cook for 2 minutes.
  5. Dissolve flour in 2 tablespoons of water and add it into the sauce. stir. cook for 1 more minute.
  6. Sauce is ready to serve. Serve with rice

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By |June 23rd, 2015|19 Comments


  1. Ore Adamson October 22, 2015 at 6:13 am - Reply

    Babe it reminds me of one restaurant in VI, Same shishi with nice price. Its called Yellow Chilli and the name is called Sea Food Okoro with all the mede mede inside. People actually eat it on its own without the Eba self cause the size of the bowl na die. Guess who is typing? Never mind I am to type my name at the bottom……………

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie October 25, 2015 at 10:49 am - Reply

      hahahhaha.. those people are chopping all the money abi. I need to visit.

  2. Estee August 10, 2015 at 11:02 am - Reply

    Can this be eaten with eba?

  3. Ogochukwu July 12, 2015 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    I’m from Imo state, Nigeria. I don’t know what it’s called. Will hav to ask my mother. Yours looks even better though. I’m an addict now.. To your blog. Amazing.

  4. Ogochukwu July 9, 2015 at 6:41 am - Reply

    Hi.. This closely resembles a local dish from my village. We eat with boiled yam though. Love your blog.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie July 9, 2015 at 3:51 pm - Reply

      What’s the food called? and where is your village?

  5. Fifi July 3, 2015 at 4:01 am - Reply

    Hello,I wanna try this but can I use fresh okra? In the picture it looks like you used dried okra. I don’t eat sea food,what can i substitute with the shrimps? Thanks

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie July 6, 2015 at 10:08 pm - Reply

      Dried okra will not work unfortunately. Use frozen whole okra if you can get those. Smoked turkey or precooked meat will work in place of seafood.

  6. mahoney June 27, 2015 at 5:42 pm - Reply


  7. neuyogi June 26, 2015 at 6:32 pm - Reply

    I don’t know if I can try this one. Okro is drawy, surely draw stuff cannot go with rice lol. Maybe one day I will be brave enough.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie June 29, 2015 at 9:38 pm - Reply

      That’s what I thought until I tried the combination, it works in a weird way. This recipe especially works because the okro is only briefly cooked, it remains crunchy and doesn’t really “draw”

  8. pnikky June 26, 2015 at 10:48 am - Reply

    pls whats a stew base

  9. Maryam June 25, 2015 at 5:25 am - Reply

    Nice. waiting for a reply to my message maa’m. love your blog.

  10. Bogho El June 24, 2015 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    Looks just like gumbo! Need to try it out. Yum…

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie June 29, 2015 at 9:59 pm - Reply

      exactly! do let us know how it turns out

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