Recipe for Efo Riro

Recipes for Efo Riro
Efo Riro

Efo is known to originate from the Yoruba land, Efo riro is a rich vegetable meal which can be eaten with Garri, rice and yam.

Recipes for Efo Riro
Efo Riro

Efo Riro

  • Prep Time | Minutes


  • 4 bunches of spinach
  • 6 medium fresh tomatoes
  • 1 Medium onion
  • 1 yellow scotch bonnet also called yellow atarodo (optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon locust beans/iru (optional)
  • 4 Fish cutlets (any white fish)
  • 2 tablespoons ground crayfish
  • 1 cup of chicken stock
  • 50g smoked haddock or smoked mackerel
  • 100ml palm oil
  • 2 Knorr cubes.

Preparation Method

  • Boil 2 cups of water, dissolve a seasoning cube and spinach for no than 1 minute. Drain and allow to rest.
  • Alternatively, place spinach leaves in a food bag, and blanch in the microwave for 1-2 minutes.
  • Make the base sauce by coarsely blending onion, tomatoes, scotch bonnet (if using), and locust beans. Heat palm oil in a pot and add blend. Add stock and stir. Allow to boil for about 10 minutes, then add ground crayfish and continue to cook. Check salt. Add the fish cutlets and allow to cook for another 5 minutes, then add the smoked haddock/mackerel, add 1 Knorr cube, then stir.
  • Then add the blanched spinach. Stir well to mix sauce with spinach. Cover and simmer for another 2-3 minutes or till the fish is cooked.
  • Best served with pounded yam but can also be served with rice, amala, garri etc

Click here for more simple and delicious recipes.