Cookbook:Liberian Palm Oil Stew

Liberian Palm Oil Stew
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Liberian palm oil stew is a delicious and hearty dish from Liberia. Made with a rich combination of palm oil, vegetables, and protein, this stew is a staple in Liberian cuisine and is often served with rice or fufu.






  1. In a large pot, heat the palm oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic to the pot. Sauté until the onion becomes translucent and fragrant.
  3. Stir in the diced green and red bell peppers and chopped Scotch bonnet pepper (if using). Cook for a few minutes until the peppers start to soften.
  4. Add the chicken pieces to the pot and cook until they are lightly browned on all sides.
  5. Pour in the chicken broth and bring the mixture to a simmer. Cover the pot and let the chicken cook for about 20–25 minutes, or until it is fully cooked and tender.
  6. Once the chicken is cooked, add the fish steaks or fillets to the pot and let them simmer in the stew for an additional 5–10 minutes, or until they are cooked through.
  7. Stir in the sliced okra and diced eggplant. Let the stew simmer for another 5–7 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
  8. Season the stew with salt and ground black pepper to taste. Adjust the seasoning according to your preference.
  9. Remove the pot from the heat and let the stew rest for a few minutes before serving.

Notes, tips, and variations

  • Palm oil gives the stew its distinctive flavor and vibrant red color. It is a traditional ingredient in Liberian cuisine and can be found in specialty African grocery stores.
  • For a spicier version, you can add more Scotch bonnet pepper or a pinch of cayenne pepper to the stew.
  • This stew is traditionally served with rice or fufu, a starchy side dish made from cassava or other root vegetables.