Deconstructed Efo (Vegetable Soup)

Deconstructed Efo (Vegetable Soup)

I’m really trying to be healthier this year – I know I say this every year, but I’m for real this time. I promise. In fact yesterday, I asked on Instagram, “if we deconstruct Efo, does it make us fit fam?” but y’all laughed at me.


Okay let me be honest, I didn’t make this because of team fit fam, but out of boredom. I think it’s really important to mix things up in the kitchen. After cooking the same thing the same way every single time, I tend to get really bored and crave a different taste/look. Don’t you? Or is it just me?

P.S. Have you checked out my latest blog posts?

Deconstructed Efo
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
35 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
35 min
  1. Spinach/Ugwu leaves
  2. Tiger shrimp
  3. Vegetable oil
  4. Cajun seasoning
  5. Blended peppers/Tomato sauce - 1.5 cups
  6. Onion (1 small - sliced)
  7. Hot peppers (2- chopped)
  8. Garlic (minced) - 1 teaspoon
  9. Fresh Ginger (minced) - 1/2 teaspoon
  10. Iru (Locust beans)
  11. Ground Crayfish - 3 tablespoons
  12. Palm oil - 3 tablespoons
  13. Assorted meats (gizzard, beef, tripe, chicken) - cooked
  14. Smoked fish
  15. Salt/Seasoning cube
  1. Heat up the palm oil in a pot and pour in the blended peppers/tomato sauce.
  2. Once it starts to simmer, add the sliced onions, pepper, garlic and ginger. Cover the pot and leave it to cook on low-med heat for 15 minutes or until sauce thickens and becomes a dark red color
  3. Season with salt and or seasoning cubes
  4. Cut up the meats and smoked fish and add it to the sauce
  5. Also include the iru (locust beans)
  6. Mix it in and cover the pot. Let it simmer for additional 5 mins
  7. Cut up spinach or ugwu leaves and put in a non-stick pot over medium heat. Heat for 2-3 minutes then take off heat.
  8. Place shrimp in a nonstick pan with 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil. Put pan over medium heat. Season with a sprinkle of cajun seasoning and cook till shrimp becomes pink through out (i.e. fully cooked).
  9. Serve spinach, sauce and top with shrimp


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