How to prepare Okro stew

Less well known outside of the African continent, okro stew is an especially delicious way to consume okro, one of Africa’s most popular vegetables.

In Ghana and other African countries, this dish often served as part of special occasions or family gatherings.

Preparing Okro stew can be quite tricky, especially if you’ve never done it before. While the ingredients may seem simple enough: okro and tomatoes, onions, hot pepper and salt.


The key to making good okro stew comes from the way they are prepared. You can find plenty of recipes on how to prepare okro stew on the internet, but this guide will give you everything you need to know about how to prepare it according to the preferences of people living in Ghana.

How to make Okro stew


  • Okro
  • Large Onions
  • Palm oil
  • 2 pieces medium-sized onions
  • Fresh tomatoes
  • Tomato paste
  • 4 pieces bell pepper (kpakposhito)
  • Meat/chicken
  • Crabs
  • Tuna
  • Salmon
  • Wele
  • “Momone”
  • Salt
  • Water

How to prepare

  1. Wash meat, fish, crabs and wele thoroughly.
  2. Cut meat into preferred sizes and place in a cooking pot or saucepan.
  3. Add little amount of water, put it on fire and allow it to boil.
  4. Cut onions, ginger, garlic, add pepper and blend or grind it.
  5. Divide the blended onion, garlic, ginger and pepper mixture into two and smear half around the meat and fish in a pot, put it on fire and allow it to steam for about 10 minutes. Don’t forget to add some spices too.
  6. Wash okro and cut into smaller pieces, put it in a clean saucepan, add water and allow it to boil for about 6 minutes.
  7. Turn off the fire and allow it to cool.
  8. Pour some palm oil into a saucepan, put it on fire and add sliced onion and “momone” and allow it to fry for about 4 minutes.
  9. Add the remaining half of the blended pepper, ginger and garlic mixture and allow to heat for about 5 minutes.
  10. Wash your fresh tomatoes, cut it and add to the heating sauce.
  11. Now add your steamed meat, fish, crab and wele to the mixture.
  12. Stir and leave it to cook for about 10 minutes.
  13. Pour into the mixture your cooked okro and stir thoroughly until it mixes completely.
  14. Add salt to taste and allow it to heat for a while.
  15. Thats it! Your Okro stew is ready.

What makes okro slippery?

Okra pods are known as “mucilaginous,” which results in a slimy or gooey mouthfeel when cooked. This “mucilage” or slime contains soluble fiber that can be digested.


The steps below will guide you to prepare a delicious Okro stew even if its your first time. Okro stew can be eaten with hot banku, Kenley, etc.

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