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Best Way to Make Catfish White Soup (Ofe Nsala)

There are different types of catfish soups, from catfish pepper soup to catfish stew and catfish white soup. Catfish white soup is also known as Ofe Nsala. It is an original Nigerian dish made with catfish, yam, and some other nutritional spices. The name comes from the colour because the soup is deliciously whitish. This is one of the best, and it goes with anything swallow or even rice. Now let’s make this soup, shall we?

Before I dive deep into the process of making a yummy catfish white soup, also check Perfect Nigerian Catfish Pepper Soup Recipe, in addition, whether it’s a starter, a light meal, or a specialty dish, soup makes each dinner special.


  • 1 kg of fish
  • 2 cubes of bouillon cubes
  • 500g of peeled yam
  • 1 cup (0.24 l) of fresh or dried oziza leaf
  • 1 cup (0.24 l) of crayfish
  • 1 teaspoon of pepper soup spice
  • A tablespoon of chopped scotch bonnets pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped onions.

The whitish dirt (step one)

Do you know catfish have a whitish color on their skin that is a result of living water? This dirt can be washed when using hot but not boiled water into the fish, to leave for 5 minutes. The whitish dirt will appear in the water. Remove it from the water and wash it in cold water to remove the dirt, and then set it aside.

Mix it up (step two)

Fill your cooking pot with 1 liter of water, add your pepper, pepper soup spice, bouillon cubes, salt, and onions, and leave to boil for 3 minutes before adding your fish and cooking for 7 minutes.

The delicious whitish color (step three)

Cook your yam in a separate pot and blend it or pond it until it is smooth. Then, with a teaspoon at a separate angle from the pot, transfer it to your cooking soup and cook for about 6 minutes. Gently mix it on the heat after this and add your Oziza leaf, then leave for just three minutes on a low heat, and your catfish white soup (Ofe Nsala ) is ready.

Also Read: Nigerian Beef Stew Mistakes | 9 Flaws People Makes When Making Soup

How to serve?

You can enjoy your catfish white soup as a meal or dessert. You can serve it with white rice, solid pap, bread, cooked or roasted yams, boiled plantains, or however you want to enjoy it. You can also enjoy it with some chilled yoghurt, smoothie, or juice.

Valuable Clues

1. You should blend your yam before you start to make your soup to make it easier and faster.

2. Do not cook on high heat, as catfish is not too strong, and will disintegrate into the soup.

3. Minimize your use of pepper so it won’t be too spicy for you to take.

4. Do not add too many spices, as it can make your soup bitter.


This soup is one of the most delicious delicacies in Nigeria. Following this recipe will make it easier because it is not too long or ambiguous to understand. This makes it easier for you to eat your fish in another dimension. Remember to like, share, and comment, and share with me some beautiful pictures of your soup when you make yours.

What is ofe nsala called in English?

Ofe nsala is called white catfish soup in English, and it is because of the whitish look that it has, and also because the known red oil is not used in making this soup

What ingredients can I use to thicken Nsalad soup?

You can thicken nsala soup by adding more blended yam to it because the yam blended yam is the source of the soup’s thickness.

Where did ofe nsala come from?

Ofe-nsala originated in Anambra state, one of Nigeria’s easternmost states. This soup can be made with either catfish or chicken.