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Tilapia Peppersoup Recipe

Tilapia Peppersoup is a popular Nigerian soup that is known for its spicy and aromatic flavors. It is a comfort food that is often enjoyed during the colder months or when someone is feeling under the weather. It is believed to have originated from the Igbo tribe in Eastern Nigeria but is now enjoyed throughout Nigeria and other parts of West Africa. In this recipe, we will show you how to make Tilapia Peppersoup from scratch with step-by-step instructions.


2 medium-sized tilapia fish, cleaned and cut into pieces

1 small onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

1-inch piece of ginger, peeled and grated

2-3 scotch bonnet peppers, chopped (adjust to your desired level of spiciness)

1 teaspoon of ground crayfish (optional)

1 teaspoon of ground black pepper

1 teaspoon of ground coriander

1 teaspoon of dried thyme

2 tablespoons of palm oil

6 cups of water

Salt to taste

Fresh parsley or cilantro for garnish


Large pot with a lid

Wooden spoon

Kitchen knife

Cutting board


Measuring spoons

Soup bowls for serving


In a large pot, heat the palm oil over medium-high heat. Add the chopped onion, minced garlic, grated ginger, and chopped scotch bonnet peppers. Stir well and sauté for 2-3 minutes, or until the onion is translucent.

Add the ground crayfish (if using), ground black pepper, ground coriander, and dried thyme. Stir well and sauté for another 2-3 minutes, or until fragrant.

Add the water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and let simmer for 10-15 minutes.

Add the tilapia fish to the pot and gently stir to coat the fish with the soup. Cover the pot and let simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until the fish is cooked through.

Add salt to taste and garnish with fresh parsley or cilantro before serving.

Allergy Concerns:

This recipe is naturally gluten-free and can be made dairy-free by omitting any dairy-based garnishes. If you have any other allergies, please be sure to check the ingredients carefully before making this recipe.

Calories Intake:

Each serving of Tilapia Peppersoup contains approximately 200-250 calories.

Healthy Alternatives:

To make this recipe even healthier, you can substitute the palm oil with a healthier oil such as olive oil or avocado oil. You can also add some chopped vegetables such as carrots or bell peppers to the soup for added nutrition.

Spicy Level:

The scotch bonnet peppers in this recipe add a nice level of spiciness, but you can adjust the amount to your liking. If you prefer a milder Tilapia Peppersoup, reduce the amount of scotch bonnet peppers or omit them altogether.

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We hope you find this recipe and information helpful! Enjoy making and eating your homemade Tilapia Peppersoup!

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