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Nigerian Egusi Soup (Recipe)

Nigerian Egusi Soup (Recipe)

From the Heart of West Africa to Your Plate: Unveiling the Exquisite Nigerian Egusi Soup Recipe – A Culinary Journey of Flavor, Tradition, and Nutritional Excellence!

Nigerian Egusi Soup
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An Authentic West African Dish Celebrating the Fusion of Fresh Ingredients, Time-Honored Techniques, and Irresistible Aromas, Celebrating Culinary Heritage and the Joy of Sharing a Hearty Meal!


  • 1 cup egusi (melon) seeds
  • assorted meats (beef, stock fish, panla)
  • ¼ cup red palm oil
  • 1 cup pepper mix (Shombo and Scotch bonnet peppers)
  • 2 seasoning cubes
  • salt (to taste)
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tbsp ground crayfish
  • 2 cups chopped ugwu (fluted pumpkin leaves)
  • ¼ cup uziza leaves (optional, for added flavor)


  • Blend the Egusi seeds into a smooth paste and set aside.
  • Season assorted meats with seasoning cubes and salt. Cook them with water until they’re tender. Include the stock fish and panla in this mix.
  • Blend the Shombo and Scotch bonnet peppers together.
  • Heat the palm oil in a pot. Add the blended pepper mix and let it fry for a few minutes. Add the cooked meats and stock into the pot. Allow it to simmer for about 10 minutes.
  • Spoon the egusi paste into the pot. Stir continuously to prevent lumps from forming. Let it cook for about 5 minutes.
  • Add ground crayfish, seasoning cubes, and salt to taste. Allow it to simmer for another 5 minutes.
  • Add the chopped ugwu leaves and uziza leaves (if using) to the pot. Stir and let it simmer for a few more minutes until the vegetables are tender.
  • Check for seasoning and adjust if necessary. Simmer for an additional few minute, ensuring the soup reaches a desired consistency.



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