A Must Know: 4 Igbo Food Commonly Served in Traditional Wedding – How to Make Them

If you are planning to hold a beautiful and classical Igbo traditional wedding and there is none of these Igbo foods on your menu then you have to reconsider your plans.

The Igbo people predominantly found in the Eastern part of Nigeria, they are business incline and are mostly traders.

The Igbo people are socially and culturally unique, blessed with a nutritional and mouth-watering dish.

They are blessed with lots of food and recipes that will fascinate you any day. There are varieties of Igbo foods available but we are going mention just a few of them.

We have considered about 4 Igbo food that are common and which most people can relate with especially people who are not from the East but guests to an Igbo traditional wedding

The purpose of this post is to give you an idea of what to expect especially from the wedding menu in Igbo wedding ceremonies.

Igbo Food Commonly Served Traditional Wedding
1. Pepper soup with assorted meat

Pepper Soup is a well-known soup recipe in Nigeria. It is a hot and spicy broth recipe. It is prepared with a variety of meats but especially cow or goat parts. African pepper soup with assorted Meat is popularly served at restaurants and wedding ceremonies.

Frankly speaking, no traditional wedding ceremony is ever complete without pepper soup on the menu. As an Igbo food, it is an appetizer that is served to guests preparing them for mouth-watering that awaits them.


  • 600g Assorted Meats
  • Onion
  • Scotch Bonnet thinly chopped
  • Tablespoons Pepper Soup Spice
  • Cloves Garlic
  • Ginger Root
  • 1 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons Dry or fresh Basil/ leaves or Utazi Leaves
  • 1 Tablespoon Black Pepper
  • 3 seasoning cubes
  • Salt to taste
2. Uha (Ora) Soup and Cassava Ball (fufu)

Uha soup (ofe uha) is a delicacy that is present in most Igbo occasions – traditional wedding ceremony, child dedication, house warming, new yam festival, August meeting, etc. This soup is more common with the people of Anambra. Uha soup is prepared specially for occasions.

oha soup igbo food


  • Uha leaf
  • Water
  • Palm oil
  • Seasoning and salt
  • Water pepper
  • Onion
  • Thickener e.g. achi.
  • Crayfish
  • Smoked fish
  • Big stockfish
  • Bushmeat
  • Assorted meat
  • kpomo etc.
3. Bitter leaf soup (ofe onugbu)

This is also an important dish on the menu of most Igbo occasions – traditional wedding ceremony etc. This soup is eaten with fufu (cassava ball), pounded yam, garri (eba). ofe onugbu.

Bitter leaf can also be employ in cooking other soups, some of which are widely eaten across Nigeria – Egusi and bitter leaf soup.

The versatility of this leaf cannot be overemphasis. This leaf is medicinal – it speeds up metabolism, therefore good for weight loss, it reduces high sugar level.


Cocoyam is used as a thickener and it is the most important ingredient used in preparing this soup.

Cocoyam is also used in cooking other soups. Cocoyam soup (ofe ede) is also a popular delicacy with the Igbo people.

Other ingredients uses in making bitter leaf soup are bitter leaf, palm oil, assorted meat, seasoning/salt, fresh fish, stockfish, pepper, etc.

4. Dessert

Igbo traditional wedding is not complete without dessert, there are two popular Igbo foods dessert served in most weddings today; the African salad (Abacha with Ugba) and then Nkwobi.

Ingredients for Nkwobi

  • Goat Meat
  • Seasoning
  • Edible potash
  •  Palm oil,
  • onions, salt, pepper, Utazi leaves.

Igbo food is not limited to four dishes; the above dish cannot be said as the only food in Igbo land. The Igbo people have mastered the art of preparing their food.

Therefore, if you are planning to have some of these on your wedding menu and can’t prepare them, then you may need to get the service of an Igbo caterer or visit Igboland to learn them.

I hope this post has helped someone? Leave a comment to share your thought about Igbo food.

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Nkwobi and abacha

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