Nigerian Soups

How to make stew

Today’s article came up as a result of increasing demand from our readers on how to make stew. We are so happy to oblige you.

Stew is a mixture ( combination) of different Vegetables cooked in liquid while adding different types of protein, like fish, meat, egg.

Generally, there is no clear difference between stew and soups but the stew is thicker, contains less liquid and ingredient, and may require a longer time to cook than soup.

This dish is not only eaten in Nigeria but all around the world with different variations and methods of preparation.

We have stews like Tocana( A Romanian stew prepared with tomato, sweet paprika, and garlic), Potjiekos( A South African stew), Peperonata( An Italian stew made with pepper), Chicken stew ( stew made with chicken and seasoning), Burgoo ( A Kentuckian stew) , Birria( Goat stew from Mexico)

The stew we will deliberate on is the popular Nigerian tomato stew. Tomato stew and white rice is very popular in Nigeria and it is a favorite meal for both children and adult.

It can also be eaten with fried plantain, white yam, white beans. Alternatively, it can serve as stew base for all things Jollof like jollof rice, Jollof spaghetti, etc

Other Popular Nigerian soup:


  • Stewing food helps them last longer and taste better
  • Helps control body weight and reduce the risk of obesity
  • contains vitamins and mineral that are good for our body
  • Rich in Vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin E, and vitamin C
  • Vitamin C and A act as antioxidants that helps our body
  • Provides the body with lycopene an antioxidant which helps the body fight disease
  • Presence of minerals like Selenium that promotes blood circulation
  • Good for fighting colds too especially peppery stew.
  • Improved health of the eyes
  • Great source of Folate and Vitamin B6 which help prevent anemia


  • 10 – 15 pieces of meat ( beef, chicken, goat, ram, lamb, horse, pig)
  • 7 large fresh tomatoes
  • 1 medium-sized canned tomato paste
  • 2 large onion
  • 4 red bell pepper
  • four scotch bonnet
  • Two tablespoons of grinded crayfish
  • 1 tablespoon of curry powder
  • A cup of vegetable oil
  • Meat stock
  • Seasoning cubes ( four)
  • Teaspoon of thyme ( one)
  • salt
Few things to note
  • Any kind of protein can be used to prepare the stew, but I will be using cow meat (beef)
  • A generous amount of vegetable oil should be used for the frying of the stew
  • It is fine to use fried meat or just use it boiled
  • Preparation of the stew includes 3 steps which are; steaming of the meat, boiling of the tomato and pepper paste, lastly frying of the stew.
  • All the ingredients and utensils to be used should be washed
  • You could leave out the canned tomato paste, it is optional


  • Place the meat on the fire, add salt, some chopped onion, and seasoning cube, allow to boil in its juice
  • Then add water to cover the meat, leave to cook till the meat is half done, put off heat
  • Drain out the meat from the stock and keep aside.
  • Blend the tomatoes and pepper with 1 onion
  • You either pour the resulting paste into a sieve to drain excess water or you boil it till it gets dried up to 2/3 %
  • Chop the remaining one onion and keep aside
  • Set cooking pot on fire, heat up vegetable oil, add chopped onion and leave to saute
  • Then add the canned tomato paste, fry for 5 minutes, add the blended paste and fry for 10 minute
  • When you are satisfied that the tomato mixture has fried well, you can drain out excess oil, then add the meat stock.
  • Also add the meat, seasoning cubes, curry, grinded crayfish and thyme
  • Leave to cook until all the content in the pot is well steamed
  • Finally, stir the stew thoroughly, taste, adjust seasoning if necessary
  • Put off the heat
  • Your delicious stew is ready to be served at any time of the day with rice, yam, beans, plantain, potato, etc

Video on how to make stew

Lastly, we are confident that you have now known how to prepare stew, we would love you to check our blog for other popular Nigerian stews like Ewa agoyin stew, Ofada stew, Banga stew. Above all, do not forget to drop comments, share and invite friends and family!!!

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