Discover the Irresistible Flavors of Egusi Soup: A Hearty African Recipe

Welcome to the vibrant world of African cuisine, where flavors and traditions come alive. Today, we’re embarking on a culinary journey to explore the rich and hearty Egusi Soup. This beloved African dish, featuring melon seeds and leafy greens, is a true comfort food. Whether you’re new to African cooking or simply craving something delicious, this Egusi Soup recipe is sure to satisfy your taste buds.

Egusi Soup Recipe

Egusi Soup
Freeze a batch of egusi soup for later, because good food is worth the wait.
African Egusi Soup

West African Egusi Soup

Egusi is a West Africa name for the seeds of plants like squash, melons, and gourds that, when dried and ground become a staple ingredient in many African Dishes. For this recipe, this Egusi soup is thickened with ground egusi and contains some vegetables such as tomato patse, onion, red palm oil,...
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: African
Diet: Vegan
Keyword: African egusi soup, egusi, egusi soup
CookingStyle: Simmering
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 638kcal
Author: Black Pie
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  • Heat the oil in a pot over medium heat.
  • Add the onions and sauté for 1 minute
  • Add all the ingredients to the pot except the ground egusi. Stir thoroughly and let it boil for 3 minutes.
  • Add the egusi to the pot and stir. Add water to your desired consistency to make a smooth sauce.
  • Cook on a low heat for 15 – 20 minutes.
  • Serve with yam, rice, plantain, or grilled fish, chicken, or meat.



If you are not vegetarian, add goat meat, beef, fish,... to enhance the flavor of the dish.
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Serving: 526g | Calories: 638kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 53g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Sodium: 1583mg | Potassium: 1407mg
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Alternative Preparation Method: Slow Cooker Egusi Soup

Egusi Soup
Pounded yam and egusi soup – a match made in food heaven.


  • 1 cup ground Egusi (melon seeds)
  • 1 pound boneless chicken, beef, or goat meat (cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • 1 cup palm oil
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • 2 cups chopped spinach or other leafy greens
  • 1/2 cup ground crayfish
  • 2-3 Scotch bonnet peppers (based on your heat preference)
  • 4 cups chicken or beef broth
  • 2-3 stock cubes or bouillon cubes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons ground locust beans (optional)
  • 1/2 cup ground groundnut (peanut) butter (optional)


  • Start by marinating the meat. In a bowl, combine the pieces of meat with chopped onions, ground crayfish, stock cubes, and some salt and pepper. Allow it to marinate for about 30 minutes.
  • While the meat is marinating, you can preheat your slow cooker to the high setting.
  • Once the slow cooker is hot, add the palm oil, ground Egusi, and groundnut (peanut) butter (if you’re using it). Stir these ingredients together within the slow cooker.
  • After about 5-10 minutes, add the marinated meat to the slow cooker.
  • Blend the Scotch bonnet peppers to a smooth paste and add them to the slow cooker. This will give your Egusi Soup a nice, spicy kick.
  • Pour in the chicken or beef broth. Adjust the quantity depending on how thick you want your soup. Keep in mind that the Egusi will naturally thicken it as it cooks.
  • Stir everything thoroughly in the slow cooker, ensuring the ground Egusi is well incorporated. If you’re using ground locust beans, add it at this stage.
  • Cover the slow cooker and let it cook on the high setting for 4-5 hours or on the low setting for 8-10 hours. Slow cookers can vary, so check the meat for tenderness. It should be very tender and easy to shred.
  • Once the meat is tender, you can shred it using two forks or leave it in chunks, depending on your preference.
  • Finally, about 30 minutes before serving, add the chopped spinach or leafy greens to the slow cooker. Stir them in, and let the soup simmer until the greens are wilted and the soup is hot throughout.
  • Taste the soup and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper as needed.
  • Your slow cooker Egusi Soup is now ready to be served. Enjoy this hearty, flavorful African dish. It’s perfect with fufu, pounded yam, or rice.
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Tips for making Egusi Soup

Egusi Soup
Pair your egusi soup with a glass of palm wine for a truly authentic experience.

Cooking Tips for Perfect Egusi Soup

  • Quality of Egusi: Start with fresh and high-quality ground Egusi (melon seeds). If your Egusi is old or rancid, it can significantly affect the flavor of the soup. Always store it in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.
  • Palm Oil: The choice of palm oil is crucial. Look for unrefined palm oil as it has a richer flavor. If it’s too thick, gently warm it to liquefy before adding it to the soup.
  • Heat Control: Be cautious when adding Scotch bonnet peppers. Adjust the quantity based on your heat preference. Remember, you can always add more heat but can’t reduce it once it’s too spicy.
  • Consistency: Ensure that the Egusi is properly incorporated into the soup at the start. If not, it can form lumps, which can be difficult to correct later.
  • Crayfish and Locust Beans: Ground crayfish and locust beans contribute to the distinctive flavor of Egusi Soup. Adjust the quantity to your preference, but don’t skip them.
  • Slow Cooker Versatility: Using a slow cooker for Egusi Soup is convenient. It allows the flavors to meld beautifully and meat to become tender. However, if you prefer a quicker version, use a regular pot and stir frequently to avoid sticking.

Serving Suggestions for Egusi Soup

Egusi Soup
Fresh greens add a pop of color and nutrition to your egusi soup.
  • Fufu and Pounded Yam: Traditional African sides like fufu or pounded yam are classic choices. The thick and hearty nature of Egusi Soup complements the starchy texture of these sides.
  • Steamed Rice: For a simpler option, serve your Egusi Soup with steamed rice. The combination of flavorful soup and fluffy rice is always a crowd-pleaser.
  • Vegetable Garnish: Sprinkle some freshly chopped parsley, spinach, or uziza leaves on top for added freshness and a burst of color.
  • Cassava or Plantains: Try serving Egusi Soup with fried or boiled cassava and plantains for a delightful mix of textures and flavors.
  • Yam and Plantain Fufu: Fufu made from yam and plantains is another fantastic option. The sweetness of plantains balances the rich, nutty flavors of the soup.
  • Beverage Pairing: For a refreshing beverage pairing, consider enjoying your Egusi Soup with a glass of palm wine or a traditional ginger beer.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Egusi Soup

Egusi Soup
A ladle of egusi soup, a ladle of love. Who’s ready to dive in?
  • Can I make vegetarian Egusi Soup? Yes, you can make a vegetarian version of Egusi Soup by omitting the meat and using vegetable broth or water. It’s still incredibly flavorful.
  • What’s the best way to reheat leftover Egusi Soup? To reheat Egusi Soup, use a microwave or a stovetop. If it thickens after refrigeration, add a little water or broth to achieve your preferred consistency.
  • Can I use whole melon seeds instead of ground Egusi? Ground Egusi is the traditional choice for this soup because it provides a smoother texture and blends better. You can use whole melon seeds, but the result will have a different consistency.
  • What greens are suitable for Egusi Soup? While spinach is commonly used, other greens like ugu (fluted pumpkin leaves) or bitterleaf can be used to add a unique twist to your soup.
  • Can I prepare a large batch of Egusi Soup and freeze it? Yes, Egusi Soup freezes well. Store it in airtight containers in the freezer. Thaw and reheat as needed, adding a little water or broth to adjust the consistency.

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