Authentic Akwa Ibom Delicacy: Abak Atama Soup Recipe

Abak Atama soup is a traditional delicacy hailing from the vibrant Akwa Ibom State in Nigeria. Known for its rich flavor and distinctive aro...

Abaka Atama served in a white plate

Abak Atama soup is a traditional delicacy hailing from the vibrant Akwa Ibom State in Nigeria. Known for its rich flavor and distinctive aroma, this soup is a perfect blend of palm fruit extract, Atama leaves, and a variety of spices. Whether you're a seasoned chef or an aspiring home cook, let's dive into the art of preparing this mouthwatering dish.


1. 2 cups of palm fruit extract (banga)

2. 500g of assorted meat (beef, goat, or chicken)

3. 1 cup of dried fish or stockfish

4. 1 cup of periwinkle (optional)

5. 2 cups of sliced Atama leaves

6. 1 large onion, finely chopped

7. 2 tablespoons of ground crayfish

8. 2-3 scotch bonnet peppers, blended

9. 3 seasoning cubes

10. Salt to taste


1. Prepare the Palm Fruit Extract:

   - Begin by boiling the palm fruits until they soften. Once soft, transfer them to a mortar and pound them to extract the palm fruit juice.

   - Strain the juice with a fine sieve to remove any pulp or residue. Set aside the clear palm fruit extract.

2. Cook the Assorted Meat and Stockfish:

   - In a large pot, combine the assorted meat, stockfish, and sliced onions.

   - Season with salt and seasoning cubes, then add enough water to cover the ingredients.

   - Cook on medium heat until the meat is tender and the stockfish is soft. Remove from heat and set aside.

3. Prepare the Atama Leaves:

   - Rinse the Atama leaves thoroughly to remove any dirt or sand.

   - Finely slice the leaves using a sharp knife or kitchen scissors.

   - Place the sliced leaves in a pot, add a small quantity of water, and cook for about 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.

4. Combine the Ingredients:

   - In a clean pot, heat the palm fruit extract on medium heat. Stir occasionally to prevent burning.

   - Add the cooked assorted meat, stockfish, dried fish or stockfish, periwinkle, and blended peppers to the pot.

   - Season with ground crayfish, salt, and additional seasoning cubes to taste.

   - Allow the soup to simmer for about 10-15 minutes, ensuring all the flavors marry properly.

5. Add the Atama Leaves:

   - Finally, add the cooked Atama leaves to the pot, stirring gently to incorporate them into the soup.

   - Reduce the heat to low and let the soup simmer for an additional 5 minutes, allowing the flavors to infuse.

6. Serve and Enjoy:

   - Abak Atama soup is traditionally served with any starchy accompaniment, such as pounded yam, garri (cassava flakes), or fufu.

   - Ladle the hot soup into bowls and serve alongside your preferred side dish.

Abak Atama in a bowl

With its unique blend of palm fruit extract, Atama leaves, and a medley of spices, Abak Atama soup represents the cultural flavors of Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. By following this simple recipe, you can now recreate this delightful delicacy in your own kitchen. Experience the rich and aromatic taste of Abak Atama soup, and treat yourself and your loved ones to an authentic Nigerian culinary adventure.



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