Garden Egg Sauce

Garden Egg Sauce, a popular West African dish, features tender garden eggs cooked in a savory blend of tomatoes, peppers, and aromatic spices. This vibrant sauce offers a burst of flavors and pairs perfectly with various staples like yam, rice, or plantains.

  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 45 minutes


Servings: 1
  • 6-8
    Garden eggs (eggplants)
  • 1 tsp
    Locust beans
  • 5 g
    Mushroom diced (optional)
  •  2-3 cloves
    Garlic minced
  • 2 tbsps
    Palm oil
  • 3-4
    Tomatoes chopped
  • 1
    Onion finely chopped
  • 2-3
    Red bell peppers chopped
  • 2-3
    Scotch bonnet peppers Adjust to taste
  • Salt Adjust to taste
  • Pepper Adjust to taste
  • Water


  1. Start by washing the garden eggs and removing the stems. You can leave them whole or cut them into halves or quarters, depending on your preference.

  2. Heat the palm oil in a pot or frying pan over medium heat. Palm oil gives the sauce its distinctive flavour and colour.

  3. Add the chopped onions and minced garlic to the hot palm oil. Sauté them until they become fragrant and translucent.

  4. Stir in the chopped tomatoes, red bell peppers, and Scotch bonnet peppers. Cook until the vegetables soften and the tomatoes break down.

  5. Add the mushroom if you're using it. Stir well to combine all the ingredients.

  6. Add the garden eggs into the pot gently and mix them with the sauce. If the sauce is too thick, add some water to achieve your desired consistency.

  7. Cover the pot and let the sauce simmer on low to medium heat for 15-20 minutes, or until the garden eggs are tender.

  8. Taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper as needed.

  9. Once the garden eggs are tender and the flavors have melded together, your garden egg sauce is ready to serve.


Garden Egg Sauce is a versatile delight, best served with boiled yam, rice, or plantains, adapting beautifully to your choice of staple. Feel free to customize the flavours and spices, making each serving a unique culinary experience tailored to your taste.


Courses: Nigerian Meals, Sauce
Cuisines: Nigerian
Keywords: Garden Egg Sauce, Homemade garden egg sauce
Difficulty: Level 2 (average)
Cooking time: 30-45 minutes
Season: General
Number ingredients: 10-15 ingredients
Taste: Savory, Spicy
Preparation method: Cooking
Type of dish: accompaniments, Sauce
Campaigns: VeggieChallenge