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Nigerian Beans Porridge (Slow cooker recipe)

Nigerian Beans Porridge (Slow cooker recipe) slow cook is one of the best ways to cook the beans porridge, however, if you don’t have a slow cooker you can use a pot or pressure cooker to prepare it. I have a recipe for the pressure cooker method Stewed Beans ( Ewa Riro).

You can use any type of beans you like or have to prepare it, but in this recipe, I used honey beans, if you don’t have you can use drum beans or black-eyed peas. You can eat the beans like that or pair it with plantains, bread, pap etcetera.

Nigerian Beans Porridge (Slow cooker recipe)
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: African
  • 4 Cups Honey Beans (or your choice)
  • 1 Habanero/Rodo
  • 1 Small Red bell pepper
  • 2 Onions (Divided)
  • 1/2 Cup Palm oil (use less or more)
  • Seasoning bouillon powder or cube
  • 1 Tablespoon Crayfish (optional)
  • 1 Baked fish, shredded (optional)
  • Salt to taste
  1. Pick the beans and rinse.

    Remove the pepper stalks and deseed the red bell pepper, rinse. Cut one onion in half and blend the pepper.

  2. In a large saucepan or pot, add the beans and cover with enough water. Boil for 5 minutes and drain.

  3. Rinse the beans again and pour into a slow cooker pot. 

  4. Add the blended pepper and 5 cups of water. Slice one onion into the beans mixture and cover.

  5. Boil until it tenders. It takes 5 hours on high heat.

    slow cook stewed beans cooked
  6. When it about the last 30 minutes, add the seasoning bouillon powder, shredded fish, and salt. Cover and continue the cooking.

    slow cook stewed beans add fish
  7. Place a pan over a medium-high heat and add the palm oil and heat. Add the crayfish (if you're using) and the sliced onion (the remaining half) and saute until it fragrant.

    slow cook stewed beans heat oil
  8. Add the palm oil mixture to the beans and mix thoroughly.

    slow cook stewed beans add oil
  9. Check for the seasoning and adjust if needed. If the beans are too thick for your preference add half a cup of water (more or less) to the consistency you want.

    slow cook stewed beans ready
  10. Beans with plantain. Enjoy!

    slow cook stewed beans served
Recipe Notes


If you don't want to heat the oil in a separate pan you can add it to the beans when it's about one hour to the end of the cooking, also you can add the ground crayfish when you add the oil or before. If you're using ripe or overripe plantain, or yam you can add everything and slow cooking them together. Just do the seasoning at the end.

You might want to try Ewa Agonyin (Mashed Beans)

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