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Ukpaka Recipe

Updated: Apr 18

Ukpaka, also known as African breadfruit or Ukwa, is a traditional dish commonly found in southeastern Nigeria. This dish is made from the seeds of the African breadfruit tree, which is native to West Africa. Ukpaka is typically enjoyed as a side dish or snack and is a great source of protein and fiber. In this recipe, we will provide you with a detailed guide on how to make Ukpaka while keeping in mind any allergy concerns, spicy levels, and healthy alternatives. Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of ukpaka (African breadfruit)

  • 1 red onion

  • 2 red bell peppers

  • 3 habanero peppers (or to taste)

  • 2 cups of palm oil

  • 1 teaspoon of salt

  • 1 tablespoon of crayfish (optional)

  • 1 tablespoon of dried fish (optional)

  • 1 tablespoon of dried shrimp (optional)

  • Water

Kitchen Equipment:

  • Large pot

  • Blender or food processor

  • Wooden spoon

  • Strainer

  • Mixing bowl


  1. Rinse the ukpaka in cold water and soak it in a bowl of hot water for at least an hour, or until it softens. Drain and set aside.

  2. Blend the onion, red bell peppers, and habanero peppers in a blender or food processor until it forms a smooth paste.

  3. In a large pot, heat the palm oil on medium heat until it is hot. Add the blended pepper mix and fry for about 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently.

  4. Add the crayfish, dried fish, and dried shrimp (if using) to the pot and stir. Then add the softened ukpaka and mix well.

  5. Add enough water to the pot to cover the ukpaka, then add salt to taste.

  6. Cover the pot and allow the ukpaka to cook for about 30-40 minutes on low heat. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.

  7. Once the ukpaka is fully cooked, remove it from heat and strain off the excess liquid.

Allergy Concerns: If you have any allergies, please ensure to check the ingredient list to make sure that none of the ingredients will trigger your allergies. In this recipe, we have added optional ingredients such as crayfish, dried fish, and dried shrimp. If you are allergic to any of these, feel free to omit them.

Spicy Level: If you are sensitive to spicy food, you can reduce the number of habanero peppers or omit them altogether.

Healthy Alternatives: Ukpaka is already a healthy dish as it is a great source of protein and fiber. However, you can make it even healthier by reducing the amount of palm oil used in the recipe. Instead of using 2 cups of palm oil, you can use 1 cup of palm oil and 1 cup of vegetable oil.

Calorie Intake: One serving of Ukpaka contains approximately 350 calories. This may vary depending on the amount of palm oil used in the recipe. Amazon Links for Ingredients and Equipment:

Enjoy your homemade Ukpaka and don't forget to share it with your family and friends!

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