Ever Heard of Ukang Ukom? Learn How To Prepare This Efik Delicacy In 9 Simple Steps

Traditional meals are one of the unique features of every tribe in Nigeria. It also adds colour to our culture in Africa and you can’t afford to miss out on this delicious African meals. Today we’ll focus on an Efik traditional delicacy called, Ukang Ukom (Plantain porridge).

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Ukang Ukom is a simple and popular dish served mostly at weddings and parties in Calabar, Southern part of Nigeria. Efik traditional marriages and others ceremonies are not complete without Ukang Ukom on the menu.

Here’s how to prepare the delicious delicacy.


  1. 1.10 fingers of unripe plantain
    2. Dry fish
3. Any protein of choice (cow leg, beef, goat meat etc)
4. Scent leaves/ Efirin
5. Pepper
7. cubes Seasoning
8. Crayfish
9. Vegetable/palm oil


  1. Steam your meat and set aside.
  2. Peel the unripe plantain. Wash and cut into sizeable chunks into a pot
  3. Add Seasoning cubes and salt to taste.
  4. Add some water, just enough to cover the plantain. Cover the pot and put on fire
  5. Allow it to cook for about 20 minutes, keep checking to see if the plantain is soft (do not stir).
  6. Once plantain is soft, add dry fish, meat, crayfish and pepper then stir. Cover and allow it to cook again
  7. Keep stirring until paste thickens
  8. Add either vegetable or palm oil and stir again
  9. Cover for about 5 minutes for the oil to mix well and then add the already cut scent leaves. Stir well and bring it down.

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UKANG UKOM : Grab 7 every day ingredients and cook this amazing plantain dish . : : When plantain is boiled for a very long time I believe the carbohydrate structure changes and so the plantain does not harden even when cold and this is the beauty of this dish. Not to talk of the soft cow leg. You may wish to switch the cow leg for goat meat. : : @ Efik traditional marriages and others ceremonies are not complete without Ukang Ukom on the menu. But hey we can eat it anytime though . This is another option of a dish you can cook without adding oil and still enjoy. : : Enjoy your weekend. : : #calabarfood #efikfood #plantainlovers #plantain #nigerianfoodblogger #1qfoodplattervideos #1qfoodplatter #efiktraditionalmarriage #crossriverstate #crossriver

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