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Ekpang Nkukwo Recipe

Ekpang Nkukwo is a traditional dish from the Efik people of Cross River State in Nigeria. It is a hearty meal made from grated cocoyam, a variety of vegetables, spices, and seafood. It is often served at special occasions such as weddings and festivals and is a delicious and nutritious dish that can be enjoyed by all.


  • 4 cups grated cocoyam

  • 1 cup grated water yam

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 2 cups spinach leaves, chopped

  • 2 cups pumpkin leaves, chopped

  • 2 cups periwinkle (or other seafood of your choice)

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground crayfish

  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to your desired level of spiciness)

  • 1/2 cup palm oil

  • Banana leaves or foil


  • Large mixing bowl

  • Large pot with a lid

  • Colander

  • Banana leaves or foil

  • Steamer basket


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the grated cocoyam and water yam. Add the chopped onion, spinach leaves, pumpkin leaves, periwinkle, salt, crayfish, cayenne pepper, and palm oil. Mix well.

  2. Cut the banana leaves or foil into rectangular shapes, about 6 inches wide and 8 inches long.

  3. Spoon the Ekpang Nkukwo mixture onto the center of each banana leaf or foil, leaving enough space to fold the leaf or foil over the mixture.

  4. Fold the banana leaf or foil over the Ekpang Nkukwo mixture and tuck the ends underneath to create a small, rectangular package.

  5. Place the Ekpang Nkukwo packages in a steamer basket and steam over boiling water for about 1 to 1.5 hours, or until the Ekpang Nkukwo is cooked through and firm to the touch.

  6. Remove the Ekpang Nkukwo packages from the steamer basket and allow them to cool slightly before serving.

Allergy Concerns: This recipe contains seafood and may not be suitable for those with shellfish allergies. If you have any other allergies, please be sure to check the ingredients carefully before making this recipe.

Calories Intake: Each serving of Ekpang Nkukwo contains approximately 400-500 calories.

Healthy Alternatives: To make this recipe even healthier, you can use a healthier oil such as olive oil or coconut oil instead of palm oil. You can also add some chopped vegetables such as carrots, bell peppers, or tomatoes to the mixture for added nutrition.

Spicy Level: The cayenne pepper in this recipe adds a nice level of spiciness, but you can adjust the amount to your liking. If you prefer a milder Ekpang Nkukwo, reduce the amount of cayenne pepper or omit it altogether.

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We hope you find this recipe and information helpful! Enjoy making and eating your homemade Ekpang Nkukwo dish!

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