Egusi soup and pounded yam

Egusi Soup

This egusi soup is insanely delicious and easy to make. Before you say I write this about all my recipes, I just want to confirm once again that this is true. This Egusi soup is da truth.

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Truth be told, this egusi soup recipe wasn’t meant to be posted on the blog today. I made this soup for the family and it was a hit, you know like a whole kind of hit. My daughter was in the kitchen whilst cooking this soup and she started with how she was dreaming of eating noodles or okra soup. Tough! I told her, we are having this egusi soup for lunch whether you like it or not. And she should pretend it’s not tasty when she’s eating it too otherwise…(giving her my serious African Mum side eyes). We had this soup with pounded yam, and she couldn’t stop singing its praises.


In Nigeria, we call the accompaniment for morsels or “swallow” as it’s popularly called “soup”. One of them is this soup, we have other types of soup too (you can check it out here) Egusi soup is very easy to make and it can be made to any variation. In fact, I have over 4 egusi soup recipes on the blog and they taste differently because of how they are cooked. The ingredients used in cooking them varies too. It is safe to call this egusi soup 101 as I made it in the simplest way possible and it can be ready under 40 minutes.

I made this egusi soup with pepper mix, blended egusi (melon seed), smoked turkey, spinach, dried prawns and smoked mackerel.  I have a thing for smoked turkey that makes me want to add it to anything I cook. Its no joke at all, I need deliverance. Don’t blame me, who ever invented smoked turkey should be immortalised. The addition of smoked turkey elevated this dish and we all a second helping just licking the soup.

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Can I make other type of egusi soup?

Absolutely, check out other methods here

Is Egusi soup healthy?

Yes it is and it can be considered as super food and it is high in protein, vitamins etc. Egusi is called melon in English. I found an interesting read about egusi  here   (melon seed) and its invaluable benefits. It is worth a read. Like everything in life, moderation is KEY!!!

Can I make the soup without oil?

Yes you can, just skip the step where you add palm oil.

What type of oil is best used for this soup?

I would say palm oil. I am yet to come across anyone who cooks the soup with vegetable oil.

Egusi Soup

Easy Nigerian Egusi soup in easy steps it is very delicious too.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Nigerian
Keyword: egusi soup,, egusi,, how to cook egusi soup, Nigerian egusi soup,
Servings: 8
Author: Ajoke| My Active Kitchen


  • 12 pieces smoked turkey grilled
  • 3 smoked mackerel fillets
  • 2 cups ground melon (egusi)
  • Nigerian Pepper mix I used a combination of 2 red bell pepper, 2 scotch bonnet and 1 large onion, reserve little chopped onion for later
  • 1 cup palm oil
  • 1 tbsp locust beans (Iru woro) substitute with ogiri or dawadawa
  • 1 tbsp ground crayfish use more if desired
  • 1/3 cups dried prawns washed use more if desired
  • 2 bouillon cubes
  • cups chopped spinach washed
  • 1 cup beef stock (optional, I used this because I had it in the fridge)


  • Add ground melon to a bowl, add about a cup of water and mix to for a paste then set aside
  • Place a big pan on medium heat, add palm oil and heat for about 3 minutes (Do not bleach oil) add the reserved chopped onions and Sautee till translucent
  • Add pepper mix, locust beans and stir to combine. Bring to boil for 5 minutes.
  • Add the egusi paste in bits to pepper, reduce the heat, do not stir and cover the pot with a lid. Cook for another 10 minutes.
  • Remove the lid, and gently stir the soup. The egusi would be lumpy at this point, use the back of a ladle to break it into desired size/texture
  • Add smoked turkey, ground crayfish and crayfish, beef stock (if using) and stir to combine. Add bouillon cubes, taste and adjust accordingly. I didn’t add salt to this soup as the smoked turkey and mackerel already contained salt.
    Continue to cook for another 10 minutes, check at interval and stir to avoid burning if need be
  • Add shredded smoked mackerel and gently stir into the soup. Add chopped spinach, stir to combine and cook for another 3 to 5 minutes. Take if off the heat, allow to cool for about 10 minutes before serving


  • Substitute spinach for any other green leaves of choice
  • Swap smoked turkey for beef or goat meat


Egusi soup with pounded yam

As always lovelies, if you make this soup, please leave me a comment. Pin this recipe on Pinterest or tag me your beautiful yummy image on Instagram.

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All the best x



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