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Nigerian Egusi Soup Recipe

Abi Olayiwola
Nigerian egusi soup, also known as “efo elegusi is a delicious and versatile soup which goes well with eba, iyan, fufu, rice and plantain.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 10 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Nigerian, West African
Servings 8
Calories 295 kcal


  • 3 Tomatoes
  • 1 Red bell pepper
  • 2 Scotch bonnet pepper
  • 2 Onion
  • ¼ cup Palm oil
  • 1 tablespoon Fermented locust beans
  • 3 tablespoons Ground crayfish
  • 1 cup Dried fish
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 ½ cup Egusi
  • 3 fillets Smoked mackerel
  • 1 cup Mixed seafood
  • 1 bunch Kale


  • Blend red bell pepper, scotch bonnet pepper, tomatoes and one onion in a food processor with a cup of water.
  • Defrost the frozen seafood. Wash, strip and slice the kale; chop the remaining onion. Cut the smoked mackerel fillets into smaller pieces. Keep to one side.
  • Heat the oil in a saucepan for 30 secs, add the chopped onions. Fry until the onions appear translucent, then add the locust beans. Stir for one minute to prevent sticking.
  • Add the blended pepper mix and leave to cook for around 15 mins, stirring occasionally, then add some water into the pot (3-4 cups). Pour in the dried fish and ground crayfish with some a little salt to taste. Smoked mackerel is salty, and will make the soup more salty, so make allowance for that. Leave to simmer for 5 mins.
  • Take 2 tablespoons of the cooking sauce and add into the egusi. Mix well to make a thick paste. Use your hands to make small egusi balls before dropping into the pan.
  • Reduce the heat and allow to cook for at least 20 mins.
  • Mix in kale and smoked mackerel. If you think the soup is too thick, add some more water. Leave to simmer for 10 mins, still under low heat.
  • Add the seafood and leave for 5 mins.
  • Remove from heat and serve.


Calories: 295kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 25gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 51mgSodium: 91mgPotassium: 749mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 2555IUVitamin C: 48mgCalcium: 82mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Efo elegusi, Egusi soup
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