Okro Soup (Liberian Okra Soup)

Recipe by Deddeh Howard (@secretofdd)
Okro soup is made with okra vegetables cooked in a delicious mixture of oil, shrimps, goat meat, fish and African spices, and simmered to perfection! This loaded soup is a staple in some West African countries like Liberia, Nigeria, Ghana, and Cameroon. This soup is so deliciously satisfying and nutritious and is loaded with proteins and healthy fat.

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  • 2 bags of Success® Rice 
  • Frozen cut Okra:  4 cups chopped.
  • Shrimp: 1 pound of raw Shrimp
  • Smoked fish: 1 pound of any smoked fish of your liking. 
  • Olive oil: 1/2 or 1 cup 
  • Onions: 1 onions chopped 
  • Bell peppers: 2 chopped peppers. Can go spicy if you like.
  • Spices: I used Bouillon, black pepper , ground crayfish, cayenne pepper and salt. 
  • One big tomatoes ( optional)


  • Step 1

  • Boil the shrimp and smoked fish for 10 minutes beforehand. After boiling both, you will need
    the stock to enhance the flavor of the soup so don’t toss it.

    Step 2

  • To boil the shrimp and fish add enough water to cover it, then add some salt, black pepper, and
    bouillon. Boil till it is soft.

    Step 3

  • To prepare the okra; boil the okra for 15 minutes, drain the water set aside.

    Step 4

  • In a large skillet on medium heat, add some olive oil. Fry some onions till it just begins to turn
    brown, then add the cooked okra. Stir in for about 5 minutes and the okra will begin to turn a bit

    Step 5

  • Add in the shrimp and fish stock from boiling them or just water if you have none. The  stock
    is usually very flavorful so if you just add water, you might need to add a bit more spices to bring
    out the flavor.

    Step 6

  • Bring to a boil and add the spices, fish, shrimp and bell pepper. You can add or subtract
    anything on this list, just make it your own! I added tomatoes at the end because I love

    Step 7

  • Let it boil for about 5 minutes and check the texture of the okra. At this point, I am usually fine
    with the texture but if it is too crunchy for you, let it boil for a few more minutes.

    Step 8

  • Cook the Success White Rice as instructed on the package. Only 10 minutes!

    Step 9

  • In a serving bowl, add the okra on top of the cooked rice, Serve and enjoy!

Frozen Shrimp Cook Prep

The preparation process of the shrimp tends to be the same whether you are working with fresh or frozen shrimp. Before you can skewer them, stir fry them or boil them for your favorite cocktail sauce, you will need a few minutes of prep time.

To start with, buy shrimp that have not been peeled or deveined. Defrost the shrimp. (Refrigerate overnight after removing the shrimp from the bag and place in a bowl of cold water.)

Soak them in salt water to replenish their freshness once they have thawed and before you clean them.  While holding your shell with a few fingers, remove the shell and pull off its legs using your other hand. By using your thumbs, peel back the shell and remove. The head will come off too.

Remove the tail by holding the body of the shrimp and pulling on the tail.  To devein your shrimp, make  a cut down the back of the shrimp using a small paring knife. Pull the vein out by using your knife and rinse the shrimp.

You can also use a toothpick if you would like.  Once you have cleaned them, place the shrimp in  a fresh bowl of water.

Looking for a yummy dinner idea? Try our: shrimp stir fry rice.

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