how to make ofada stew

Ofada Stew Recipe

Ofada stew with  boiled eggs (stew soaked eggs). Oh yes please, honestly this ofada stew is one of the best things I have cooked recently, It is quick to make and requires few ingredients. I say this all the time, it is not quantity that makes good food but the quality and love that goes into it.

Ofada stew is enjoyed in every part of Nigeria, it is mostly paired with ofada rice. I bet you, I make the best Ofada stew, well if I do say so myself. This stew is just the truth, I use roasted bell pepper for this recipe but please feel free to use it fresh if you don’t have access to an oven. I have other ofada stew recipe on the blog, do not hesitate to check them out. Let’s get cooking Ofada stew recipe 1.3 lol

ayamase stew recipe


What you will need

3-4 red bell pepper (tatashe)

50g crushed chilli flakes

50g locust beans (iru woro)

Salt to taste

Seasoning (bullion of choice)

300ml vegetable oil (substitute with palm oil)

1 large onion

Ground crayfish (optional)

Pre-cooked chopped assorted meat


Prep!  Prep!  prep!!! This will only take about 30-45 minutes

Chop the onions, boil the eggs, peel and set aside, wash and rinse the locust beans,  deseed the red bell peppers, rinse and  place on a baking tray, spray little oil on it and roast in the oven for about 20 minutes or till a little bit charred (but not burnt) once it is done to your satisfaction, add to a blender with some chopped onions (reserve some for later) or food processor and blend coarsely.

Place a pan on a medium heat and leave till hot (check that the pot is dry too) Add the vegetable oil (or palm oil) and leave to bleach for about 5 minutes or longer (this stage is optional, leave longer if using palm oil) and please remember to keep the kitchen ventilated when doing this.

This stage is also optional; you can fry the chopped meat in the oil or grill for healthier option. If you choose to do the first, remove the meat from the oil once fried and drain on a paper towel.

how to make ofada stew

Add chopped onions to the hot oil and stir carefully (the onions will infuse with the oil) add the blended pepper and locust beans to the oil. Be careful at this point as the pepper might splatter if the oil is too hot. Add the chilli flakes and stir to combine.  Continue to cook for another 5 minutes, add boiled eggs and ground crayfish. Stir carefully into the stew and leave to cook for another 15 minutes on medium heat. Check at interval and stir to avoid burning, add salt and seasoning to taste.

Add the chopped assorted meat and stir carefully into the stew (Just look at those eggs and say hmnnnn, ama get you soon. Lol)

Cook for another 7-12 minutes and by this time oil should be floating on the surface of the stew. Check for salt, seasoning and adjust accordingly. Decant oil and serve your ofada stew with fluffy ofada rice. Oh yes you can thank me later. Wink wink

how to make ofada stew

ayamase stew

Enjoy. If you try out this ofada stew recipe, I would really love to hear from you. Tag me your pictures on instagram and facebook, tell me how you get on and lets rub minds. hahaha





  1. Ogechi okechukwu

    Hello Ajoke, can you show how to cook ofada rice. I tried cooking once but, I smell was too much unlike the ofada I buy outside. Thank you.

  2. Princess obi

    Is ayamase stew the same as ofada stew?

  3. Anieto Adaobi

    Just got tied of my usual stew and I tried this ofada stew recipe yesterday It was our world of stew. Thnks so much for this idea . My family loves it

    • Hi Adaobi, I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the ofada sauce recipe. Thanks for stopping by and do check back for more yummy recipes

  4. Hi! What Type of meat do you prefer in this recipe? Thanks

  5. Please what is chilli flakes and is after granding the locust bean I add or I don’t grand it at All?

    • Hello, kindly refer to the post for the picture of chilli flake. The locust bean was also not blended into the stew. You would add the chilli flakes after you have added the fresh pepper and locust beans.

  6. Well done, please I want ingredient for jollof rice please

  7. Hi! Is it neccessary to boil the pepper blend before frying?

  8. I just found you on google and i am so glad!!!!!!!!!

  9. Well done. Just want something to be clarified. Isn’t ofada stew supposed to be made with unripe pepper and compulsorily palm oil? Say that you used ripe ones. Because, I grew up in remo and the ones I buy from those mama is usually green-like and dark in colour. Thanks.

  10. Thks for this tasty recipe.

  11. I do have but dry locust beans. What quantity should i use? Thanks in advance


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