Okra soup (African okro soup) is made with okra vegetables cooked in a delicious mixture of palm oil, shrimps, goat meat, fish, and African spices and simmered to perfection!
This loaded okro soup is a staple in West Africa, including Nigeria, Ghana, and Cameroon. Okra soup is deliciously satisfying, nutritious, and is loaded with proteins and healthy fat.
It is also excellent for busy weeknights because it can be prepped ahead and even frozen!
Okra is referred to as okro in some West African countries, but they are basically the same. It is sometimes known as ochro or lady fingers due to its long, curved shape.
Okra has a mild flavor and basically absorbs the taste of the spices used to cook it. It has a somewhat slimy texture, similar to that of Ewedu soup.
This sliminess, known as mucilage, is actually really good for you. It helps to coat the intestines and helps ensure smooth and regular bowel movements.