Nigerian Food and Recipes

Egusi Soup

Egusi Soup is prepared from melon seeds and is enjoyed in most parts of Nigeria. Melon seeds are rich in protein and fats. The soup is usually complimented with leafy vegetables which makes it more nutritive and appealing

  • Prep Time: 30m
  • Cook Time: 1h
  • Total Time: 1h 30m


  • 1 kg Beef/ Chicken/Goatmeat
  • 2 medium Onions, chopped
  • 2 c Palm oil
  • 3 Seasoning cubes
  • Chilli Pepper to taste
  • 1 c Crayfish, ground
  • 2 c Periwinkle
  • 200 g Kpomo
  • 300 g Stockfish
  • 400 g Dried fish
  • 3 c Egusi, ground
  • 4 c Pumpkin Leaves (Ugwu) or bitterleaf, nicely chopped
  • Salt to taste


  1. Wash all the ingredients properly
  2. Season and boil the meat to make your stock
  3. When the meat is almost soft, add the stockfish, periwinkle and kpomo
  4. Add about 6cups of water and allow to boil for about 20mins
  5. Pour in the ground melon seeds (egusi)
  6. Bring to a boil
  7. Add the pumpkin leaves or bitterleaf and cook for about 5minutes
  8. Add the crayfish and the palm oil
  9. Cook for about 5minutes
  10. Add the Maggi Cubes and Pepper
  11. Add salt to taste

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