How To Make Homemade Ukwa Dish – Igbo Food

Homemade Ukwa Dish

Ukwa is a Nigerian delicacy particularly in the south-west region, most common with the Igbo. Ukwa is also known as breadfruit.


  • 700g African breadfruit (ukwa)
  • 2 medium dry fish
  • 7g potash
  • 2 small stock cubes
  • 5-6 bitter leave
  • Palm oil
  • Pepper & Salt


If you are making use of dry ukwa, soak it overnight but if fresh ugwu don’t soak

  • Wash your dry fish and break into piece
  • Wash the ukwa thoroughly because of sand and stone
  • Pound the pepper
  • Rinse the bitter leave
  • Pour the washed ukwa into a pot
  • Pour water to cover the ukwa
  • Add the potash, dry fish and cover the pot; the ukwa is done if the seeds melt when pressed
  • Add palm oil, pepper, stock cubes, and salt to taste to the cooked ukwa
  • Stir and cover to cook on medium heat for 5 minutes
  • Stir and add bitter leaves
  • Cover and leave to simmer

Once finish with the cooking, serve with wine, cold drink, juice or palm wine.

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