Quick and easy way to prepare palm butter, the favorite dish of the Kru and Grebo tribes in Liberia

August 25, 2018 at 12:00 pm | Foodie Friday

Francis Akhalbey

Francis Akhalbey | Staff Writer

August 25, 2018 at 12:00 pm | Foodie Friday

Palm butter with rice -- Photo Credit: IBeeTheChef

We spotlight one of the most popular dishes among the Kru and Grebo tribes in Liberia, palm butter soup/stew.

As the name suggests, the main ingredient for this dish is palm nuts. They are boiled, then grounded with a mortar and pestle without cracking the nuts and the juice subsequently extracted. Other ingredients include seafood, chicken/meat/beef, bitter root, bitter ball, spices and other essential vegetables.

The soup/stew is usually eaten with rice.

Check out the recipe courtesy peacecorpscooking.


  • 1 handful hot peppers
  • 1 onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 cup of rice
  • Palm nuts (4 handfuls)
  • 1 medium size fish
  • Water

Note that you can opt for canned palm nut cream if you don’t want to go through the stress of boiling the natural palm nuts and extracting the juice.


  • Boil palm nuts in pot of water for approx. 15 min until semi-soft.
  • Mash hot peppers, garlic, & onions in mortar, or blender. Set aside.
  • Parboil chopped fish with pepper/garlic/onion mash in water.
  • Mash softened palm nuts with mortar. Place into a bowl.
  • Rinse mortar with water and pour the now orange water into a bowl of Palm mash. Press mash into a strainer to squeeze out any juice. Your bowl now has dark orange palm butter. Discard dried mash of fibers.
  • Add palm butter to parboiled fish and pepper mash. Boil until soup reduces to desired thickness. Serve over freshly cooked rice.

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