How To Cook Yam Pepper Soup (5 Different Recipes)

Yam pepper soup is a popular Nigerian dish. It is mostly eaten and also perfect for cold weather as it helps keep your body warm. Yam pepper soup is prepared with yam, mixed spices and meat or fish of your choice to give a delicious taste.

In today’s recipe, I’m going to share with you, 5 different yam pepper soup recipes you will certainly love.

Yam Pepper Soup With Oxtail Recipe


  • Yam
  • Salt
  • Scent Leaf
  • Scotch bonnet
  • Oxtail
  • Seasoning cubes
  • Thyme
  • Onion
  • Pepper Soup Spice


  1. Peel the yam and slice it into small pieces. Wash very well and keep in a bowl.
  2. Wash the scent leaf and chop into pieces.
  3. Wash and slice the onion into pieces.
  4. Wash the scotch bonnet and grind it.
  5. Wash the oxtail and set it aside.

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  1. Start by cooking the oxtail with thyme, scotch bonnet, a little salt, one seasoning cube, and onion.
  2. Continue cooking until the oxtail becomes tender. This should be cooked with enough water.
  3. Add the peeled yam and pepper soup spice.
  4. Add more salt and one seasoning cube if need be.
  5. Add the scotch bonnet.
  6. Then, add more water to cook the yam.
  7. Allow to cook for about 15 minutes.
  8. Lastly, add the scent leaf and cook for extra 3 minutes.

Your pepper soup with oxtail is ready!

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Yam Pepper Soup With Goat Meat recipe

To cook this pepper soup with goat meat is not hard. It’s just a little twist to the above procedures for cooking yam pepper soup with oxtail.

Start by cooking the goat meat first:

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  1. Prior to cooking, the goat meat must be properly washed.
  2. Cut the goat meat into pieces (chunks will work really well).
  3. Pour the pieced goat meat into a big pot with a tight cover.
  4. Pour water into the pot making sure the water goes above the meat. Pepper soups are meant to contain enough water to properly serve its purpose. Some people might prefer more meat and veggies to water.
  5. Add the sliced onion, seasoning cube and scotch bonnet.
  6. Cooked for about 10 minutes
  7. Add the peeled yam and pepper soup spice.
  8. Then, add more water to cook the yam.
  9. Allow to cook for about 15 minutes.
  10. Lastly, add the scent leaf and cook for extra 3 minutes.

Your pepper soup with goat meat is ready!

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Yam Pepper Soup With Fresh Fish Recipe

yam peppersoup with fresh fish

There is a little difference here:

  1. Start by cutting the yams into pieces and then wash thoroughly.
  2. Place the yams into a pot.
  3. Add enough water to cover the yams.
  4. Add a level teaspoon of salt.
  5. Cook for about 15 minutes.
  6. Then strain out the water and set aside.
  7. Now wash and cut the fish into suitable sizes, place in another pot, add water to almost the level of the fish.
  8. Add the sliced onions, seasoning cube and salt to taste.
  9. Leave to boil for about just 5 minutes to avoid overcooking the fresh fish.
  10. Add the pre-boiled yams.
  11. Add the scorched bonnet, pepper soup spice and scent leaves.
  12. Allow to boil for 5 more minutes.

Your yam pepper soup with fresh fish is ready!

Yam Pepper Soup With Chicken Recipe

Yam pepper soup with chicken follows the same pattern as yam pepper soup with goat meat. The only difference is that you will not add the oxtail.

Yam Pepper Soup With Turkey Recipe

Yam pepper soup with turkey also follows the same procedures as yam pepper soup with goat meat. The only difference is that you will not add the oxtail.

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How To Prepare Yam Pepper Soup For A Woman That Just Gave Birth (Nursing Mothers)

Wondering how to prepare yam pepper soup for a woman that just gave birth? Search no more…we got you covered!

Yam pepper soup for nursing mothers is made with a combination of herbal spices such as West African pepper, African Negro pepper, and calabash nutmeg. This yam pepper soup is cooked and served almost daily for the first few weeks after delivery and it actually helps.

These herbal spices are known to help purify the womb and birth canal. The yam pepper soup helps dilate blood arteries, detoxify the body and remove extra fat that accumulated during pregnancy.

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It is an appropriate diet for those suffering from blood loss as a consequence of childbirth.


  • Yam
  • Dried fish (optional)
  • Pepper
  • Xylopia aethiopica (Uda)
  • Grains of Selim (15 pods)
  • False cubeb leaves (Uziza leaves)
  • Salt
  • Seasoning cubes
  • Water
  • Onion


  1. Cut the peeled yam into smaller sizes of your choice.
  2. Pour the pieced yam into a cooking pot, add water to the level of the yam.
  3. Add all ingredients except the false cubeb leaves, dried fish and salt.
  4. Cover the pot and allow to boil for 10 minutes.
  5. Then, add some salt and dried fish.
  6. Leave to cook with the lid on but check occasionally and stir gently because of the fish.
  7. When yam gets soft and sauce begins to thicken, check for salt.
  8. Add the false cubeb leaves and cover to simmer for about 5 minutes.

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Your pepper soup for nursing mothers is ready to serve!

Serve hot and with enough sauce to postpartum mothers.

Caution: It is advised that pregnant women or those trying to conceive should avoid taking yam pepper soup for nursing mothers. This is because of the possibility of premature labour (in the case of pregnancy) and because it may avoid fertilization and implantation (for those who try to conceive) due to the presence of Xylopia aethiopica (Uda). Another report also implicated False cubeb leave (Uziza). Another Eat instead the usual yam pepper soup with meat or fish.

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