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How To Cook Egusi Soup 2021

Hello fellow Nigerian Chefs and welcome to this post where we will be showing you How To Cook Eguisi Soup. So sit down and relex because in this post we will show you  how to make this popular West African soup with melon seeds. Before then a brief history of the Eguisi Soup

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

Nigerian Egusi Soup is a soup made with ground melon seeds and contains leafy and other vegetables Ogu leaves, Bitter Leaves or Alefor Leaves.  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, chicken or shellfish!

Eguisi Soup Recipe 

In this session we  will show you how to make Nigerian Egusi Soup, a popular West African soup made with melon seeds.

  • 1 cup blended onions (about 3- 5 and fresh chilies, to taste)
  • 4 cups egusi (melon seeds, ground or milled)
  • 1⁄2 – 1 cup palm oil
  • 2 teaspoons fresh Une (Iru, locust beans)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Ground crayfish (to taste)
  • 7– 8 cups stock
  • Cooked Meat & fish (quantity and variety to personal preference)
  • 2 cups cut pumpkin leaves
  • 1 cup waterleaf (cut)
  • 3 tablespoons bitter leaf (washed)


  1. Prepare the egusi paste:
  2. Blend egusi seeds and onion mixture. Set aside.


  1. In a large pot, heat the palm oil on medium for a minute and then add the Une.
  2. Slowly add the stock and set on low heat to simmer.
  3. Scoop teaspoon size balls of the egusi paste mixture into the stock. Be sure to keep ball shape.
  4. Leave to simmer for 20 – 30 minutes so the balls cook through.
  5. Add the meat and fish and other bits which you’d like to use.
  6. Add cut-up pumpkin leaves. 
  7. Add the waterleaf.
  8. Add the bitter leaf.  Leave the lid off while the cooking finishes for another 5-10 minutes.
  9. Stir and put a lid on the pot and allow cook for 7–10 minutes, till the leaves wilt.
  10. Stir, check seasoning and adjust accordingly.
After all is the done then Now you can sit back and enjoy your delicious Nigerian Egusi Soup! Eguisi soup is best served with Pounded Yam, Semo, Eba or Tuwon Shinkafa. Thank you for reading our recipe blog post on How To Cook Egusi Soup.  Dont forget to share our blog post to your family and friends and see you on our Post



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