Callaloo Soup

    1 hour 15 min

    A taste of the Caribbean. The main ingredients are callaloo leaves, or spinach, and okra. Both were originally brought from Africa in the seventeenth century.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 450g callaloo or spinach leaves
    • 1.5L chicken stock
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 225g salt beef, fat removed and diced
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 6 tablespoons minced shallots
    • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
    • 1 green chilli, chopped
    • 100g okra
    • 225g crab meat

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hr15min 

    1. Remove the thick stems of the callaloo leaves, chop roughly and put into a large saucepan. Add the chicken stock, onion, beef, black pepper, shallots, thyme, chilli and crab meat. Cover and simmer until meat is tender, about 35 minutes.
    2. Add the okra, and cook for 8 minutes.
    3. Remove the chilli. Puree the soup in a blender or food processor. Reheat, and adjust seasonings.


    Callaloo can be known by many different names and depending on where you are, can be different types of leaves. Dasheen bush and bhaaji are other common names. Hard to find in the UK, you might have some luck at Caribbean shops, though spinach is indeed a good substitute.

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    Anyone in the UK who needs Callaloo you can buy it from Sous Chef (online) - this is where I got mine from to make this recipe  -  25 Aug 2016


    OMG, this soup is simply divine... no actually, it is the devil! I couldn't stop eating it, bowl after bowl after delicious, mouthwatering bowl. I finished all 6 servings in one day! Thank god I'm lazy and don't get out much... otherwise I would have made many more batches and ended up killing myself from overeating. Seriously though, you need to try this soup. Oh, and HAHAHA... good one Corwynn! For a real laugh, try finding some callaloo leaves in your neighborhood. I went to 4 different grocery stores and not one staff member, their management, or even the professional Chef I ran into had heard of this ingredient before. Either way, spinach worked out just fine. As well, for those of you with limited, microwave-only cooking knowledge, shallots look like this: ... and salt beef is more commonly known as corned beef. Thanks goes out to my friendly, neighborhood grocers for those tidbits of knowledge. Otherwise I’d still be roaming the isles of the grocery store instead of being keeled over in pain from the 6 bowls of soup I just ate.  -  10 Feb 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I made this soup for a couple for was having a "romantic dinner for two" Caribbean style. They both loved this soup! I made it again for myself and husband, and we both thought it was wonderful. The only suggestion I would have is this: it is a little on the salty side, so really trim the salt beef well first.  -  14 Jun 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)