egusi soup

Egusi soup is a native Igbo soup and one of the most popular soups in Nigeria. Other tribes in Nigeria have their own variations of Egusi soup including the Yoruba Efo Elegusi and the Hausa Miyan Gushi.

You can cook it for a special occasion, dinner for your family or refrigerate as a simple go-to meal on busy weeknights. This scrumptious egusi soup recipe will have everyone back for more.

Follow our simple recipe to learn how to make egusi soup.

Egusi Soup Ingredient

Serving – 8 people.

Preparation Time- 50 mins.
  • Beef, Turkey or Goat Meat.
  • Garlic and Ginger (Optional).
  • Assorted meat (Kpmo,Tripe).
  • Stockfish.Smoked fish (Titus or Panla).
  • Shrimps (Optional).
  • Chopped Water Leaves or Pumking Leaves (Ugu).
  • Bitter leaves (chopped) – optional.
  • Tomatoes(Fresh or Paste).
  • 4 Habanero peppers (Ata rodo).
  • Onions (chopped).
  • 3 cups of Egusi.
  • Grounded Crayfish.
  • Seasoning cubes.
  • 3 cooking spoons of Palm Oil.
  • Ogiri okpei/Iru (optional).
  • Water.
  • Salt to taste.
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Step 1

Season the Beef, Shaki, and Kpomo with seasoning cubes and a little salt, onions, (ginger and garlic -optional) and salt and steam a little till dry, this helps to get seasoning into the meat.

Step 2

Add a little water and continue to boil till meat is nearly cooked.

Step 3

Add stockfish when meat is almost cooked.

(Note: If you’re using Chicken or Turkey, do not use stockfish to cook your egusi soup as the difference in flavour do not agree as a combo )

Step 4

Add smoked fish, shrimp(optional) and ground crayfish and cook for 15 minutes.

Step 5

Set pot of meat aside. Heat and add adequate Palm oil, about 4-5 cooking spoons are adequate and add remaining chopped onions. Stir fry for 2 minutes.

Step 6

Blend the Fresh or paste tomatoes and peppers, add to the pot, and fry for about 10 minutes.

Add the meat stock you have set aside into the fried mix.

Add grounded crayfish and water and boil for 10 minutes.

Step 7

Add the grounded Egusi and cook for 5-10 minutes.

Taste for salt and add if necessary.

(If the Egusi is not cooked well enough, it can cause constipation)

Step 8

Put in the meat and cook for 5 minutes.

Step 9

Add the vegetables and cook for 3 minutes.

(Note: If you’re using bitter leaf make sure its washed properly to avoid spoiling your dish and making it unnecessarily bitter.Add in a bit earlier and allow to simmer longer because it is a strong vegetable)

Add a little more water if your soup is too thick.

Step 10

Your Egusi soup is ready!

Serve with Eba, Amala, Fufu, Semo, Wheat or Rice.


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