Authentic Ghanaian Okro Stew

My husband only loves an authentic Ghanaian Okro Stew served with banks. Any other, he won’t eat it. So guess what I made for his birthday! Some authentic Ghanaian Okro Stew and banku. He enjoyed it so well, actually, I think I did more than he did

Luckily, I recorded how I cooked this authentic Ghanaian Okro Stew. Find the video illustration on the youtube channel and below is the full recipe.


Authentic Ghanaian Okro Stew

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4


  • 650 g Boneless Lamb Shoulder (cut into mouth sizes)
  • 1 Medium Fresh Mackerel (cleaned)
  • 4 Crab Halves (cleaned)
  • 6-8 Hard Shelled Shrimps (cleaned)
  • 250 g White Onions (diced)
  • 25 g Fresh Ginger (chopped)
  • 42 g Koobi (cubed) (Salted fish)
  • 30 g Gloves of Garlic (chopped)
  • 1 Small Scotch Bonnet Pepper (or to taste)
  • 800 g Fresh Vine Tomatoes (diced)
  • 1 tbsp AVK 7 spice blend for Mackerel
  • 1 tbsp AVK 10 spice blend for lamb
  • 1 tbsp AVK 7 spice blend for lamb
  • 200 ml Pure Zomi Palm Oil
  • 250 ml Water to Steam Lamb
  • 760 g Fesh Okro uncut (diced)
  • 1 tbsp AVK 10 spice blend
  • 1 tbsp AVK 7 spice blend


  • Prep the mackerel by seasoning with the 7 spice blend and salt to taste. Grill Mackerel in a preheated air fryer or oven until well cooked and crisp on the edges.
  • Prep the lamb shoulder by seasoning with the 7 & 10 spice blend plus salt to taste.
  • Add 250ml of water and cook in an instant pot. Alternatively steam on the hob. Cook until tender. Remove the lamb from the stock and reserve the stock to use.
  • Heat up the Zomi Palm Oil and lightly fry the lamb shoulder for about 3-5 minutes.
  • Add in the crabs and hard shelled shrimps. Stir and cover for it to steam for 5 minutes.
  • Using an earthenware grinder(Asanka) or a food processor, grind the ginger, pepper & garlic into a rough paste.
  • Add this to the stew pot and stir well. Now add in 1 Tsp each of 7, 10 Spice Blend & salt to taste. Stir to incorporate well.
  • Let it cook for 5 minutes, then add in the diced tomatoes. Stir to incorporate and half cover to let it steam and cook until the tomatoes are well stewed.
  • Once stewed, add in the diced okro and stock. Let is simmer on a gentle heat until okro is soft and a layer of oil has settled on top of the stew.