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Asaro (Yam porridge)


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

Asaro (Yam porridge)

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 Asaro 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.

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.

A front view of asaro with bokoto and plantain


½ tuber of yam

1 red bell pepper (Tatashe)

1-2 scotch bonnet chillies (Ata Rodo)

1 onion, chopped

2-4Csp palm oil (use according to preference, bae can’t deal with too oily porridge)



1 medium size mackerel fish, cleaned

Beef stock (optional)

2 handfuls spinach or any green vegetable



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.

images of 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 a bit of water to cover it, 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

images of 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

Finnaly, add chopped spinach, fold into porridge and cook for another 3 minutes.

yam porridge process shot

Serve with sides of choice.

a cropped shot of yam porridge

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  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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