How to Make Nigerian Yam Porridge (ASARO)

Nigerian Yam Porridge


Nigerian yam porridge also known as Asaro is a combination of yams and fresh green vegetables, it’s a tasty and healthy way to eat yam as you can add your green veggies.

This recipe will put you through on how to make Yam Porridge.


  • 1kg of yam
  • Red Palm oil
  • 1 smoked/dry fish of your choice
  • Meat of choice (Optional)
  • Ground crayfish
  • Chopped onion
  • Fresh green vegetable – Pumpkin (ugwu), Scent leaf (efirin or nchanwu) or spinach
  • Habanero or Chilli Pepper
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Bouillon cubes


  • If you are using meat, cut them into small pieces, spice it thoroughly and cooked until its soft. Then move to the next steps below :
  • Peel and cut the yam tuber into small sizes, wash the yam cubes and put inside a pot.
  • Wash and chop the onions into small pieces, blend the chilli pepper and set them aside. If using dry fish, soak and pick and remove the bones at this time.


  • Pour enough water into the pot to cover the yam cubes and start cooking at medium to high heat. If you are using dry fish, you can add it now.
  • When the yams have become soft, add the onions, ground crayfish, pepper, bouillon cubes, palm oil and the smoked fish or meat (Meat is optional!).
  • Cover the pot to cook till the yam is done. Add salt to taste and stir thoroughly. Cook at high heat for about 5 minutes.
  • Lastly, add the green vegetable (Ugwu leaves or spinach), stir and leave to stand for a few minutes so the leaves are a bit fresh, then serve.

Bon appétit!

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