Yam Pottage Recipe


Nigerian Yam Pottage Recipe

Yam pottage, also called yam porridge, is a Nigerian delicacy made with yam (a root vegetable) as the primary ingredient. It is a delicious and filling dish that’s easy to prepare.


  • 1/2 tuber of yam (900g)
  • 1/2 cup Palm oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 6-7 Scotch bonnet chillies
  • 1 handful dried crayfish
  • 300g smoked/dried fish
  • Scent leaves (small bunch)
  • 2 Seasoning cubes
  • Salt


  1. Peel, wash, and cut the yam into medium-sized cubes. Wash the fish with salt and warm water, blend the chilies and crayfish, and chop the onion.
  2. In a medium-sized pot, add the yam, then add enough water to cover it. Place the lid on and cook on medium heat for about 10 mins.
  3. Add the pepper and crayfish mix, chopped onion, 2 seasoning cubes, and salt. Cover and cook for a further 10 mins.
  4. Break the smoked fish into small pieces and add to the pot, then add the palm oil. Cover again and cook for another 5 mins or until the yam becomes soft enough to mash.
  5. Tear the scent leaves and add to the pot. Turn off the heat immediately; cover the pot and leave for 2-3mins (the residual heat will cook the scent leaves).
  6. After about 2-3 minutes, open the pot and mix everything together.
  7. Your yam pottage is ready!!!

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