Tilapia Pepper Soup


Nigerian PepperSoup

Happy New Month!!!! This is my first recipe post in a long while, plenty apologies for my absence. Life has been super busy for myself and the 9jafoodie team, we are really thankful for the many blessing and we thank every single one of you for being a part of the journey. I have so much news for you guys but I will try not to jinx anything just yet :D.

As an ode to raining season, I have decide to do a pepper soup post. I was one of those people that would only eat Catfish pepper soup, but not anymore, this Tilapia recipe stole my heart.


  • 1 whole Tilapia (gutted, cleaned and cut)
  • 1 table spoon pepper soup spice
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon bitter leaf
  • 1 tablespoon scent leaf
  • 2 cups cubed fresh yams or plantains
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped onions
  • 2 cube maggi
  • Salt to taste



  • Season the Tilapia with some salt and one of the maggi cubes, add about 3 table spoons of water. simmer on low heat until the fish is thoroughly cooked (About 15 minutes). Set aside to cool
  • Bring the 3 cups of water to a boil, add in all the left over ingredients. reduce the heat to medium and simmer the mixture until the yam is cooked (20-25mins)
  • Taste and adjust the water/yam mix for seasoning. Add in the cooked fish. Simmer for another 5 mins.

Enjoy peppersoup as lunch or supper


Ā Did You Know: Your pepper soup will have a bitter taste if you use too much of the peppersoup spice blend. To rectify this simply add more water to the broth.

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  1. Monei December 15, 2015 at 5:53 am - Reply

    What’s the alternative to scent leaf if you live abroad

  2. Elizabeth July 18, 2015 at 10:29 pm - Reply

    I I cant see the recipe I want the recipe

  3. chika April 21, 2015 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    U are in the spirit 9jafoodie,I love what u do here!!! This is an everyday breakfast in my town. Any house u enter in the morning serves u “Ji mmiri oku” b4 anything else. It’s always super delish. We also use oha/nturukpa leaves. Also feel free to try it with uyayak and uda fo extra hint. Yum yum yum

  4. soph April 19, 2015 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    Tried this yesterday and it was delicious! Thank you!!!

  5. LETITIA CHIZEA October 31, 2014 at 8:32 am - Reply

    Great tips!

  6. Mukasa October 29, 2014 at 11:19 am - Reply

    Question. .
    I saw a recipe that included dried Uzazi leaves for the pepper soup, I can’t find that anywhere in the store so what can I use to replace it

  7. olusegun olufunke July 11, 2014 at 8:52 am - Reply

    pls this chilli pepper , what do i call it if i want to buy it in d market

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie July 11, 2014 at 9:26 am - Reply

      it’s just regular “Ata Gigun”. Dried pepper that is dry grind.

  8. Damola February 21, 2014 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    Hiya People! It’s bitter leaf not bitter leave!! Mighty glad to have discovered your website.

  9. Lara November 6, 2013 at 10:43 pm - Reply

    This website was recommended by a dear friend.. and I am glad that I took the time to visit. Despite my nigerian name, I am ‘oyinbo’ married to a yoruba man. I have been blessed to be a pretty good cook however, cooking food that you have never experienced can prove itself hard sometimes. I have come a long way through the years but sometimes I struggle to get the food to taste to my husband’s liking. I am grateful for this site for I have something to follow. What I would like to see is the steps of cooking broken down a bit more, and alternatives to certain ingredients. Thank you for you are doing me a great favor by keeping up this website updated with recipes.

  10. toya November 1, 2013 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    i live in america and scented leaves are hard to come by, pls what can i use instead

  11. 9jafoodie
    9jafoodie October 27, 2013 at 10:04 am - Reply

    @Abbey great! happy you liked it

  12. Nigerian Food Recipes September 14, 2013 at 3:01 am - Reply

    Nicely done, ‘bet it’s super delicious šŸ™‚

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie September 14, 2013 at 10:44 am - Reply

      try it and let us know how it turns out

  13. Anonymous August 31, 2013 at 6:47 am - Reply

    please give me ingredents used to make pepper soup spice?

  14. Onuegbu adaora July 5, 2013 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    Thanks naijafoodie,dis really looks nice.pls wen steaming the fish do i need to turn it the other side after some time.and also is 15mins not kind of long?help bcos am abt tryin out dis recipe.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie July 5, 2013 at 1:02 pm - Reply

      Remember you will be cooking the fish on low heat, that is why you need the 15mins. if you use medium or high heat, the fish will break apart.

  15. Abbey July 4, 2013 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    Thanks so much for the recipe, made this tonight to battle the cold i’ve got from this winter in jhb,

  16. Modupe June 28, 2013 at 5:21 am - Reply

    Hi Najiafoodie,
    This is the first time i would comment on your blog….whoop !! whoop!!..i have been an avid follower for sometime now….i just wanted to ask….by scent leaves do you by any chance mean ‘mint’ leaves?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie June 30, 2013 at 2:35 pm - Reply

      Hi Modupe!!! Scent leaves… aka efirin in Yoruba.

  17. Tokunbo June 5, 2013 at 10:35 pm - Reply

    I want to make this for dinner

  18. brown May 31, 2013 at 2:38 am - Reply

    This is a beautiful recipe,i will sure try it out,there are awesome African recipes in our cook books at http://www.booksfromus.co.ke/,check them out,i am sure you will love them.

  19. MsJB May 28, 2013 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    Good to see a new post from you
    Welcome back

  20. Adeola Otads May 18, 2013 at 3:07 am - Reply

    thanks for the recipe your a darling , i need some good peppersoup and you brought the recipe at the right time.

  21. Uche May 17, 2013 at 7:39 am - Reply

    I am definitely making mine tonight. change of meal for once whoa…

  22. Anonymous May 16, 2013 at 3:33 am - Reply

    this is very nice one indeed.

  23. oloruntoyin May 14, 2013 at 4:48 am - Reply

    Thanks very much for this awesome article. I am just coming to this blog for the first time. It is an article for the moment. God bless a million times. I am beleiving God to heal me completely of arthritis. Please can you help me with Nigerian foods to eat or not to eat. I know i need to loose weight and i have already keyed into your recomendations. Once more thanks and stay blessed.

  24. floxydee May 8, 2013 at 7:40 am - Reply

    am makinq this when i get home today, from college, well thanks for the recipe

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie May 8, 2013 at 12:54 pm - Reply

      You are welcome…. let me know how it goes

  25. mobola May 8, 2013 at 6:33 am - Reply

    @9jafoodie thank you soo much for the blog.. i am going on a diet, as i hate yam and plantain, can i substitute them for potatoes.. if i can, which do u think i should use, irish or sweet potatoes….

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie May 8, 2013 at 1:01 pm - Reply

      Definitely sweet potatoes, higher fiber content will keep you full longer

  26. Toin May 4, 2013 at 9:47 am - Reply

    She’s back! Yay! I’m making this tomorrow afternoon šŸ˜€

  27. Food love May 3, 2013 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    I need this in my system right now….. Get in my belly!!!

  28. Atoskin May 3, 2013 at 5:26 am - Reply

    Welcome back 9jafoodie!

  29. Myne Whitman May 2, 2013 at 11:07 am - Reply

    Everybody is coming back, yay!

  30. Adhis (Chef Afrik) May 2, 2013 at 10:21 am - Reply

    Welcome back my dear! Your presence was missed in the blogosphere. I hope you are well and healthy and ready to get back into it.

    Now is catfish supposed to be better than tilapia for this dish?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie May 2, 2013 at 9:37 pm - Reply

      Yes yes and yea… Thank you very much. Catfish is usually better because it is more flavorful, Tilapia is naturally a bland fish but boiling it separately makes a lot of difference.

  31. Ngozi May 2, 2013 at 5:39 am - Reply

    Welcome back dear!

    Do you mean dry or fresh bitter leaves?


  32. Dobby May 2, 2013 at 3:34 am - Reply

    Welcome Back Naija foodie. Missed you much :). Nice post….we call this water yam peppersoup aka Mmiri Ji. Pls don’t disappear again *Straight face*

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie May 2, 2013 at 9:34 pm - Reply

      Awwwww… you missed me? really? I feel so loved… thanks dear.

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