coconut yam porridge

Coconut Yam Porridge (Yam pottage)


I love yam porridge or yam pottage as it’s called in Nigeria but you all know that I don’t cook it all the time as I leave that for hubby to do. He does it better in my opinion and he’s never had a bad day with it before. This time, I did try to cook it myself with a twist and minimal ingredients and it turned out amazingly well. I must confess my love and attachment to coconut milk now. In fact, I use coconut water for most of my smoothies and it makes everything better.

I will be cooking more meals with coconut milk, so if you are anything of a coconut lover, stay tuned. This yam porridge was made with leftover buka stew, coconut milk and crayfish. You will be amazed at how flavour-packed this simple meal is. Remember the expression less is more? This is it! You don’t need to break the bank to cook this.

You can also substitute the coconut milk with powdered one if that is all you can find. If you struggle with getting the squidgy asaro (yam porridge) style, this is your trusted, never failing method to getting it right as long as you are not allergic to coconut. The creaminess from the coconut milk helps make the yam porridge squidgy and different in taste. Don’t forget to cook on low heat to avoid burning.


What you will need

½ tuber yam

Leftover stew substitute with fresh pepper mix (ata lilo)



Coconut milk

2Csp palm oil

Cayenne pepper (if you will be using buka stew)

Dried shrimps



Add hot boiling water to the dried shrimps and cover for about 10 minutes and then rinse clean with cool water

Peel yam and cut into chunks, wash and rinse clean

Add the yam pieces to a pan and place on a medium heat

Add palm oil, the buka stew, cayenne pepper coconut milk and little water just enough to cover the yam or at the same level with the yam.


Add seasoning and salt, cover the pan with a lid and leave to cook on low heat

After 5 minutes, add the washed shrimps and continue to cook on low heat till you can pierce the yam with a fork

Using a wooden ladle, mash yam into pieces but not to puree, leave some yam chunks if you desire


Check for salt and seasoning

Cook for another 3-5 minutes and take off the heat.

Serve as desired


Check out the original Asaro recipe by hubby here


You see it is very easy to make, don’t forget to tag us your food photo is you recreate this recipe. x



  1. Can I replace yam with ripe plantain ?

  2. Florence Akuffo

    Funny you should say you leave it to your hubby to cook. Im a Ghanain and its my favourite Nigerian dish which my ex Nigerian husband was good at making.. Now I have the recipe yippee. .

    • Hahahaha this just cracked me up. Please cook and enjoy your yam porridge and kindly let me know how you get on. x


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