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Ayamase Recipe

Updated: Apr 19

Ayamase, also known as Ofada Stew, is a popular Nigerian stew that is made with green bell peppers, onions, scotch bonnet peppers, and assorted meats. It's a flavorful and spicy stew that is typically served with rice, plantains, or yam. Here's a detailed recipe for Ayamase:


  • 1 cup of palm oil

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 4 green bell peppers, chopped

  • 6 scotch bonnet peppers, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon of crayfish

  • 2 cubes of Maggi or Knorr seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon of salt

  • 1 pound of assorted meats (beef, tripe, cow foot, etc.), cooked and chopped

  • 1/2 cup of locust beans (iru)

  • 2 teaspoons of smoked paprika

Kitchen equipment:

  • Large pot or Dutch oven

  • Blender or food processor


  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the palm oil over medium heat.

  2. Add the chopped onions and sauté until translucent.

  3. Add the chopped green bell peppers and scotch bonnet peppers to the pot and sauté for about 5-7 minutes.

  4. Add the crayfish, Maggi or Knorr seasoning, and salt to the pot and stir well.

  5. Add the cooked and chopped assorted meats to the pot and stir well.

  6. Add the locust beans and smoked paprika to the pot and stir well.

  7. Cover the pot and let the stew simmer over low heat for about 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  8. Serve the Ayamase hot with a side of rice, plantains, or yam.

Calories: The calorie count for Ayamase will vary depending on the serving size and preparation method. One cup of Ayamase stew (without rice or other sides) typically contains about 250-300 calories.

Healthy alternatives:

  • Use lean cuts of meat like skinless chicken breast instead of assorted meats for a lower fat option.

  • Use a small amount of palm oil or a healthier oil like olive oil for a lower calorie option.

  • Add a variety of colorful vegetables like carrots, peas, and corn to the stew for added fiber and nutrients.

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Note: These are just examples of the types of kitchen equipment and ingredients that can be used for this recipe. There are many other brands and options available on Amazon and in local stores.

Overall, Ayamase is a delicious and flavorful stew that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. With a few simple ingredient swaps and healthy alternatives, it can also be a nutritious addition to any diet.

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