Egusi Soup Recipe

Egusi soup is a traditional Igbo soup that is prepared by grounding Melon seeds. Other tribes in Nigeria have their own variations of Egusi soup including the Yoruba Efo Elegusi and the Hausa Miyan Gushi.

Other soups that are popular amongst the Igbo include Ogbono soup (Draw soup) and Ofe Nsala.


Egusi Soup Recipe Serves – 8 people


Assorted meat (Shaki, Ponmo)

Stock fish

Smoked fish


Water or Pumpkin leaves (chopped)

Bitter leaves (chopped) – optional

3 tomatoes

4 habanero peppers (ata rodo)

Onions (chopped)

3 cups of Egusi

Grounded Crayfish

Seasoning cubes

3 cooking spoons of Mamador Virgin Palm oil


Salt to taste


Step 1

Season the Beef, Shaki, and Ponmo with seasoning cubes, onions, and salt. steam in the meat juice till dry, this helps the seasoning to get into the meat very well.

Step 2

Add water and continue to boil till meat is almost cooked.

Step 3

Add stock fish when meat is almost cooked.

Step 4

Add smoked fish, shrimps and grounded crayfish and cook for 15 minutes.

Step 5

Set pot of meat aside. Heat 3 cooking spoons of Mamador Virgin palm oil, add remaining chopped onions and fry for 2 minutes.

Step 6

Blend the tomatoes and peppers, add to the pot, and fry for about 10 minutes. Pour in the meat stock, grounded crayfish and water and boil for 10 minutes.

Step 7

Add the grounded Egusi and cook for 6 minutes. Taste for salt and add if necessary.

Step 8

Pour in the meat and cook for 5 minutes.

Step 9

Add the vegetables and cook for 3 minutes.

Step 10

Serve with Eba, Amala, Rice, Fufu etc

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