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Yam porridge (Asaro)


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Yam porridge or asaro is a delicious Nigerian yam dish cooked in well-seasoned pepper mix. It is very quick and easy to make

yam porridge and peppered beef served in a white bowl.

Yam porridge (Asaro)

I got hubby cooking one of his speciality meal recently and I must give it to him, he doesn’t mess about when it comes to cooking Asaro (yam porridge). To be honest, I hardly cook yam porridge because why bother when you have a man-chef. Lol. We both have different ways of cooking Asaro (yam porridge) and while he was cooking this recently, my camera-ready self, took pictures as he cooked it. Here is Bae’s version of Asaro (yam porridge).

This yam porridge portion is made for 2-3 adults and it can be adjusted according to the numbers of people you are catering for. Asaro is well loved by all and it is easy to make. I timed this cooking and it took approximately 45 minutes. You can add green vegetable to yam porridge, this is not a must as you can cook without it too.

I used palm oil in this recipe, it is not a must in making this delicious Nigerian yam dish.  Although this yam dish is referred to Asaro elepo rederede (meaning yam porridge with a lovely red hue) it is not a must. Vegetable oil is equally fine if that is what you have.

The bokoto (cowfoot) and dodo (plantain) stir fry was cooked with my homemade my Nigerian style harissa paste. It was a passing thought at the last minute and it was well worth it.


½ tuber of yam (about 1kg)

1 red bell pepper (Tatashe)

1-2 scotch bonnet chillies (Ata Rodo)

1 onion, chopped

1/2 cup palm oil (use according to preference and you can substitute with vegetable oil)

1 tablespoon seasoning powder


1 medium size mackerel fish, cleaned (substitute with dry fish or smoked fish)

1 cup Beef stock (optional)

2 handfuls spinach or any green vegetable

yam porridge and peppered beef served in a white bowl.


peel and cut yam into chunks

Roughly blend red bell pepper, scotch bonnet chill and onions together on a pulse and set aside

Boil fish for about 5 minutes with seasoning, salt. Save fish broth for the porridge if you are not using beef stock

Place a small pan on medium heat, add palm oil and heat for about 2 minutes. Add chopped onions and fry till onions are translucent. Take it off the heat and set aside. This is to be added to the yam at the tail end of the cooking.

mackerel stake in a pot about to be cooked and the other image had mackerel flakes in a yellow bowl

De-bone fish, flake and set aside

How to make yam porridge

Place a pan on medium heat; add yam chunks, blended pepper mixture and enough water to cover it (about one cm above the yam or keep it at the same level), add salt and bring to boil till yam is almost tender. Reduce the heat if you have to avoid the yam burning

Add stock or water to yam in between cooking if need be

chopped peeled yam in a pan. the second image had the yam covered with blended pepper mix and the last image contain yam and pepper being cooked

Once yam is almost tender add already heated palm oil and chopped onions to the yam and continue to cook till yam is tender

Add seasoning (maggi/knorr) to your taste and check for salt

Using a wooden ladle, break yam into pieces but not to puree, leave some yam chunks if you desire

Add stock or water to yam in between cooking if need be (only do this to achieve desired thickness)

a process shot of how to fry onion in palm oil for asaro

Add flaked fish and stir together gently to avoid breaking the fish and yam more, cook for another 2-3 minutes

Finally, add chopped spinach (or any other green vegetable), fold into porridge and cook for another 3 minutes.

process shot of cooking yam porridge.

Serve with sides of choice.

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yam porridge and peppered beef served in a white bowl.

Pictures recently updated. Below are some of the pictures originally posted in 2015.

yam porridge (asaro) with peppered dodo and ponmo.

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enjoy. x



  1. Thanks for the recipe I just made it and it’s very lovely, I used smoked Titus fish instead of the fresh one and added tiny bits of beef and ponmo in mine the frying of the oil with onions separately is an ingenious idea. Thanks

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  3. Hmm… Looks like it’s time to bring my yam out of the freezer, this sounds Delish!!


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