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Learn a Skill Wednesday: How to Cook Edikang Ikong Soup


Edikang Ikong (or edikangikong) is a highly nutritious and leafy soup with origins from the Efik tribe of Akwa Ibom and Cross Rivers states. While many Nigerians love the delicacy for its exquisite taste, its significant vitamins and minerals content also make it a preferred choice for recovering patients.

Here is a simple Edikang Ikong soup recipe to try for your next big event or family lunch:



7 pieces of beef (cooked)

5 pieces of cowskin or pomo (cooked and diced)

2 large stock fish heads (cooked and shredded)

2 large bunches of pumpkin leaves or ugu (washed and shredded)

1 large bunch of water leaves (washed and shredded)

2 tablespoons of dry pepper

3 cooking spoons of palm oil

4 pieces of shaki (cooked)

1 medium sized dry fish (washed)

4 tablespoons of crayfish (ground)

2 cubes of Maggi crayfish cubes

Salt to taste



1. Add all cooked meat ingredients to the pot, that is, the prepared beef, cow skin (pomo), shaki and dry fish. Leave to boil together for about 5-10 minutes.

2. Now, add the palm oil, crayfish, dry, ground pepper, MAGGI and salt (for taste) to the mixture. Stir well before covering the pot and leave to cook for a couple of minutes.

3. Add the water leaves to cook for 5 minutes.

4. Pour in the shredded ugu leaves and after stirring content, leave to simmer in a covered pot for 3 minutes.

5. Your pot of soup is ready. Serve with pounded yam, eba or semovita.


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Ify Halim is a Writer and media enthusiast based in Lagos. She enjoys writing self-help/inspirational articles with published work in UYD Magazine, Edufrica, Our Stories Inc. and The Keele Concourse. She currently works at, Nigeria’s Information Portal. Follow her on Twitter @MissHalim or visit her online space at

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