How To Make Egusi Peppersoup

Egusi pepper soup is a delicious Nigerian soup made with melon seeds (egusi), local spices, and meat or fish. The soup is particularly common among the Niger-Deltans, although different cultures in Nigeria have their own variations. 


  • 1.2 kg of chicken pieces
  • 1 medium mackerel or any similar fish
  • 2 cups of egusi (melon seeds)
  • 1/2 cup dried crayfish
  • 10 okra fingers, sliced
  • 8-10 scotch bonnet chilies, blended
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1.5 tbsps peppersoup spice mix
  • seasoning cubes
  • Salt


  1. Grind the egusi and crayfish; set aside.
  2. Put the chicken in a pot, add 2 seasoning cubes, some salt, and onions; steam for 10 minutes.
  3. Add the peppersoup mix, ground crayfish, and 1 liter of water to the pot. Cover and cook till the meat is tender.
  4. Add the fish, chilies, and egusi and crayfish mixture; cook till the fish is done. You can add more water if need be.
  5. Finally, add the okra and simmer for about 3 minutes. Taste for seasoning and adjust to suit your taste.
  6. Turn off the heat and serve with any swallow of your choice.

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