Cow intestine meat soup in Ghana Recipe

Cow intestine meat soup, known locally as “Yemuade” or “y3 mua ade,” is a traditional Ghanaian delicacy cherished for its rich flavor and nutritional value. Here’s a recipe to prepare this hearty soup:


  • 500g cow intestine meat, cleaned and chopped
  • 2 medium-sized onions, chopped
  • 3 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 2 medium-sized potatoes, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1-inch piece of ginger, grated
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper (optional, adjust to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of dried thyme
  • Salt to taste
  • Water
  • Fresh parsley or coriander leaves for garnish


Clean the Intestines:

  • Wash the cow intestine meat thoroughly under cold running water. Remove any excess fat or debris. Cut the intestine meat into bite-sized pieces and set aside.

Prepare the Vegetables:

  • Chop the onions, tomatoes, carrots, and potatoes. Mince the garlic and grate the ginger. Set aside.

Sauté the Aromatics:

  • Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the chopped onions, minced garlic, and grated ginger. Sauté until the onions are translucent and fragrant.

Add the Intestine Meat:

  • Add the chopped cow intestine meat to the pot. Stir well to coat the meat with the sautéed aromatics. Allow the meat to cook for about 5-7 minutes until it starts to brown slightly.

Season the Soup:

  • Season the soup with ground cayenne pepper (if using), ground black pepper, dried thyme, and salt to taste. Stir well to combine the seasoning with the meat.

Add the Vegetables:

  • Add the chopped tomatoes, diced carrots, and potatoes to the pot. Stir to combine all the ingredients.

Simmer the Soup:

  • Pour enough water into the pot to cover all the ingredients. Bring the soup to a gentle boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover the pot and let the soup simmer for about 30-40 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender and the flavors have melded together.

Adjust Seasoning:

  • Taste the soup and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Add more salt, pepper, or any other seasonings according to your preference.


  • Once the soup is ready, remove it from the heat. Ladle the hot soup into serving bowls and garnish with fresh parsley or coriander leaves.


Serve the cow intestine meat soup hot with your favorite Ghanaian side dishes such as banku, fufu, kenkey, or boiled rice. Enjoy the hearty flavors of this traditional Ghanaian delicacy!

This cow intestine meat soup recipe captures the essence of Ghanaian cuisine, offering a delicious and nourishing meal that’s perfect for any occasion.