Cookbook:Saka-Saka (Cassava Leaf Stew)

Saka-Saka (Cassava Leaf Stew)
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Saka-saka is a popular West African dish that features tender cassava leaves cooked with a flavorful blend of spices and ingredients. This nutritious stew is commonly enjoyed in countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, and Congo.






  1. Wash the cassava leaves thoroughly in a bowl of water to remove any dirt or debris. Drain and set aside.
  2. Using a blender or food processor, blend the cassava leaves until they are finely chopped. Set aside.
  3. Heat the palm oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and minced garlic to the pot, and sauté until they become translucent and fragrant.
  4. Add the meat to the pot and cook until it is browned on all sides.
  5. Add the diced tomatoes, Scotch bonnet peppers, ground crayfish, and dried shrimp to the pot. Stir well to combine, then allow the mixture to cook for a few minutes until the tomatoes start to soften.
  6. Add the blended cassava leaves to the pot, along with the flaked smoked fish. Stir everything together to ensure the leaves are well coated with the flavors.
  7. Pour in enough chicken or vegetable broth to cover the mixture. If you prefer a thicker stew, add less broth.
  8. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let the stew simmer for about 1–2 hours. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking and to ensure even cooking.
  9. After the stew has simmered and the flavors have melded together, taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper as desired.
  10. Serve hot with a side of cooked rice, fufu, or plantains. Enjoy!

Note, tips, and variations

  • Saka-saka is even more flavorful when left to sit for a few hours or overnight before serving. The flavors continue to develop and intensify over time.