Offal seems like a pretty fancy name to call animal innards until you find out what it means. It literally means garbage in German.
But while they may be called garbage, offal is anything but that. In fact, it features in most of our traditional recipes, and some of our favourites include Shaki, Beef Tongue, Liver, Gizzards, etc.
Here are some of our favourite recipes made with offal!
This is an absolute delight for the tastebuds and all the five senses in general. A recipe that requires fried plantain with pieces of chicken gizzard, cooked together with vegetables and spices. A lesson in texture and taste, we absolutely love the use of offal for this recipe!
This spicy soup is the ultimate feel-good or feel-better meal. Even better when it is packed with ‘assorted’- the way we call different types of offal in Nigeria. The best kinds of offal to use for pepper soup are shaki (beef tripe), pomo (cow skin), and ‘roundabout’ (cow intestine).
What is a plate of Efo Riro without some shaki or ponmo, otherwise known as offal? That’s right, nothing. Same goes for other soups like Egusi, Edikang Ikong, Afang, etc.
Also known as Ayamase sauce, this is a special sauce usually served with Ofada rice. It is usually cooked with beef, and of course beef tripe and other offals. It is absolutely delicious, but if you’ve had this before, you probably already knew that.
Okay, before you roll your eyes and close this article, have you ever had that properly made type of fried rice with little bits of cow liver in it? Now, you see what I mean? Fried rice with (minimal) offal slaps. You’re welcome.
What are your favourite types of offal and what do you like to cook with them? Share with us!