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How To Cook Nigerian Egusi Soup

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This recipe will show you how to make Nigerian Egusi Soup, a popular West African soup made with melon seeds.

Egusi is a West African name for the seeds of plants like squash, melons, and gourds that, when dried and ground become a staple ingredient in many West African dishes. 

Particularly, in Nigerian culture, egusi is a popular with pounded yam. These seeds are rich in fat and protein, and add these essential nutrients into West African Cuisine.

Nigerian Egusi Soup is a soup thickened with ground melon seeds and contains leafy and other vegetables.  It is one of the most popular soups prepared by most tribes in Nigeria with considerable variation and often eaten with dishes like Pounded Yams.  Prepare it with goat, beef, fish, or shellfish!



  • 200 g of Egusi seed,
  • 400 g of beef,
  • 50 g of cooked and boned stock fish pieces,
  • 3 Tbsp. (45ml) of ground dried crayfish,
  • 1 small bunch of Ugwu or bitter leaves,
  • 50 ml of palm oil,
  • 2 Knorr Stock Cubes,
  • 1 small onions,
  • 4 large fresh tomatoes,
  • 1 tsp (5ml) ground chilli powder.



  • Cut the beef into small cubes, season with one chopped onion and one Knorr Stock Cube.
  • Add half a cup of water and boil for about 10 minutes or until tender. Set aside.
  • Mix the ground egusi in half a cup of water. Set aside.
  • Blend the tomatoes, the second onion and the chilli. Set aside.
  • Heat the palm oil in another pot and add the Egusi mixture. Stir well and allow it to fry for a moment.
  • Add the blend and stir well.
  • Then Add the ground crayfish, second Knorr cube and stock fish.
  • Add 2 cups of water and allow to cook for five minutes. Add the boiled meat and stir.
  • Turn the heat down and simmer for a further two minutes.
  • Wash and finely slice the Ugwu leaves. Add to the simmering soup and stir.
  • Continue to simmer for a further five minutes to allow the vegetables to soften.
  • Serve with cassava fufu or garri.

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