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5 from 2 votes

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
  • 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