Ikokore (Water Yam Porridge) also known as Ifokore is a Nigerian dish from Ijebu, Ogun state made with Water Yam as opposed to the classic Yam Porridge made from White Yam. It is a one-pot meal that is savory and best enjoyed with a lot of protein.

  • Half Tuber Water yam
  • Assorted Meats
  • 2 Large Red Bell Peppers (optional)
  • 5 Scotch Bonnets (Ata Rodo)
  • 1 Large Onion
  • 2 Smoked Fish, Shredded
  • 2 Pieces Dried Fish, Shredded
  • 2 Cooking spoons Nosak Famili Palm Oil
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Ground Dry Cayenne Pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons Ground Crayfish
  • 2 Seasoning Cubes
  • Salt to taste
  1. Slice and grate the yam with the small side of a grater or use a blender. Add some salt, crayfish, and dry pepper into the yam and set aside.
  2. Blend the scotch bonnets, bell peppers, and onions. Set aside.
  3. Cut the meats into bite sizes and season with the salt, a seasoning cube, and dry pepper. Cook until tender and drain away the water for later use.
  4. In another large pot, heat up the palm oil, then add the blended pepper and allow fry for 3 minutes. Then the meat stock, add more water if necessary and adjust the taste if need be. Allow boil for 5 minutes.
  5. Then with a spoon or your hand, scoop the grated yam into the stew, do this in both big and small balls. Leave for 10-12 minutes on medium heat without stirring. DO NOT STIR.
  6. Then add the shredded fish and assorted meats. Stir together with a sprinkling of dry crayfish and allow boil for another 5 minutes.
  7. Serve hot. Enjoy!

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