African Plantain Soup with Corn – Easy Vegetarian Soup in 15 minutes!

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Last Updated on September 11, 2021 by Chef Mireille

African Plantain Corn Soup

African Plantain Corn Soup is a quick and easy soup for lunch that gets done quickly. Vegetarian and Gluten Free, it is easily adapted to Vegan.

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Africa is a diverse continent with diverse cuisines. This African Plantain Corn Soup is transporting you to the French influenced African nation of Cameroon.

Living in multi-cultural New York, I have encountered many Africans whether by friendship or co-workers or casual meetings. Ghanians, Senegalese, Nigerians, South Africans and Kenyans are the people I have encountered. When I got introduced to this soup recipe from Cameroon, I was immediately intrigued to read more about the country, since I knew absolutely nothing about it, except for seeing them play during the World Cup.


Cameroon is located on the western coast of Central Africa. It is often referred to as Africa in miniature because of its cultural diversity, with over 200 languages spoken.

It’s slightly larger than the US state of California and relatively politically stable, when compared with other African countries. The name actually is the English translation of the word shrimp from the Portuguese who landed in the 15th century and named the area Rio dos Camaroes (Shrimp River).

For many years, the country was divided with half of it being under British rule and the other half under French rule. The French influence is evident in this recipe with the use of tarragon.

Tarragon is used widely in French cuisine, but is not a common herb in other cuisines. It has an almost fennel like flavor. If you don’t have tarragon, a little fennel seed would be a good substitute.

Make it vegan

Although butter is used in this recipe, it can easily be replaced with oil to make it vegan.

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Are you as big a fan of plantain as I am?

Whether green or ripe, plantain is such a versatile ingredient that can be used in everything from breakfast porridge to dessert and soups, stews and curries.

Is plantain a new ingredient for you? If so, you definitely want to check out Making Fried Plantain, where I detail how to pick and peel both ripe and green plantain.

Then you are going to want to visit some of my other Plantain Recipes.

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Plantain Corn Soup

Plantain Corn Soup is a quick and easy Vegetarian soup, easily adapted to make it Vegan.
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 212kcal


  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 2 ripe yellow plantains peeled and sliced
  • 1 tomato chopped
  • 1 cup canned corn
  • 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 bouillon cube
  • 1 green chile finely chopped
  • pinch freshly grated nutmeg freshly grated
  • salt and black pepper to taste


  • Melt the butter in a pot. Add onion and garlic.
  • Saute for a few minutes until onion is softened.
  • Add plantains, tomato and corn.
  • Saute for 5 minutes.
  • Add tarragon, water, bouillon, chili, salt and pepper.
  • Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes, until the plantains are tender.
  • Add nutmeg and stir to combine.
  • Adjust seasoning as needed.


Calories: 212kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 407mg | Potassium: 618mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 1461IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg
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    • it's so interesting that all the comments from Indians find it so unusual to use plantain in soup. In Caribbean islands, plantain is a staple in most soups – or any soup that we are using root vegetables like potato and yam.

  1. You always make me want to cook more with plantains. πŸ˜‰ This soup looks very hearty with the corn and plantain combination. Thanks for sharing it with Souper Sundays this week.

  2. When I saw your post in my FB news feeds, first thing I thought of was, another plantain recipe ! Soup looks delicious and perfect for this weather.

  3. Ripe plantain in a soup. Sounds new and interesting. All of us have a cold and there are these plantains in the fruit basket. Should I make this soup ? Well will make it tomorrow if possible.

  4. wow soup with plantain thats nice sounds a lot like kootu of your Indian recipe very surprised to see how each culture shares a lot of common ingredients thanks for sharing.

  5. 5 stars
    The soup looks amazing. Love the vibrant colour. I love the idea of making soup with plantain and sweetcorn.

  6. 5 stars
    I love plantain as I was born in East Africa. I have not made soup with it although we make a Kenyan plantain soup often.

    • I love plantain in any way,shape of form. It is such a versatile ingredient as both the sweet and the green one can be used in such a wide variety of recipes from breakfast porridge and deserts to soups and appetizers

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