Garden Egg Stew (Earthernware Bowl Method)

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This garden egg stew recipe is a personal favorite. There are two ways of preparing it: the earthenware bowl style, which I will show you today, and the fried version, which I’ll share later.

garden egg stew

It is mostly enjoyed by the Akan tribe of Ghana and pairs so well with boiled yams or plantains. It can also be eaten with rice or any swallow of your choice.

garden egg stew

Garden Egg Stew

Mostly enjoyed by the Akan tribe of Ghana and pairs so well with boiled yams or plantains.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course stew
Cuisine African
Servings 3 people


  • 5-7 medium garden eggs
  • 1 medium  tomato
  • 5 pieces red habanero pepper 
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 medium koobi (salted/cured fish)
  • 2 boiled eggs (optional)
  • 1 medium avocado (optional)
  • 1 medium smoked mackerel
  • 5 pieces smoked herrings
  • ½ cup palm oil 
  • salt (to taste)


  • Wash all the ingredients under running water.
  • With a knife, divide each garden egg into two and place into a saucepan. Add water (just enough to cook it) and boil for about 20-25 minutes and set aside.
    5-7 medium garden eggs
  • In another saucepan, boil koobi (salted fish). It should take about ten minutes to get ready. 
    1 medium koobi (salted/cured fish)
  • About 8 minutes into cooking the koobi, add the smoked mackerel and smoked herrings into the saucepan and allow to steam for about two minutes. (This is optional) The residual water from boiling the koobi, mackerel and herrings can be added to the sauce later (this is also optional)
    1 medium smoked mackerel
  • In an earthenware bowl, grind some pepper and onions and add some salt. 
    5 pieces red habanero pepper , 1 large onion
  • Roast tomato over the fire for about a minute, add to the earthenware bowl and grind.
    1 medium  tomato
  • Add the previously cooked garden eggs to the earthenware bowl and grind till you achieve a smooth consistency.
  • Pour the contents of the saucepan with the koobi, smoked mackerel and herrings and residual water into the earthenware bowl and stir.
    5 pieces smoked herrings
  • Heat up some palm oil (about half a cup) and sauté some onions in it for about a minute.
    ½ cup palm oil 
  • Pour the palm oil and sautéed onions onto the mixture in the earthenware bowl and stir again.
  • Garnish with boiled eggs and avocado and enjoy with boiled yam or any side of your choice.
    2 boiled eggs (optional)
Keyword Garden Egg Stew
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