Recipe: How to Make Nigerian Suya

nigerian suya

When I was pregnant I had cravings at the oddest hours and hubby (poor guy) had to get these items or else…! ( Yes, I wasn’t nice in pregnancy- sue me!). These cravings were one of the things keeping me sane and giving me comfort from hyperemesis gravidarum which I experienced(or extreme and prolonged morning sickness).

One of the things I craved for a lot while pregnant was suya and I had to have it or felt I was going crazy. Once I asked hubby dearest to get me some on his way back from work. I waited up for him and in anticipation, collected the parcel he handed. Alas, instead of suya, I saw pears. Then I saw stars! And I made him see stars too. I was so pissed I burst into tears. Hubby just stood perplexed watching me, then stormed out in his tired state at 11pm to get my suya.

Did I care it was late and not so safe to be out that late? Not really. I think at that point my love for suya was much more than my love for him. Lol

So if you are like me that loves suya with a passion and crave it at odd hours, here’s how you can go about making yours, especially since you may not get to buy it during the day.

First you’ll have to make the suya spice and here are the items you’ll need:


– 2 Tablespoons Kuli Kuli Powder (crushed) or Ground Groundnut (with the oil extracted)
– 2 Tablespoons Ground Ginger
– 1 Tablespoon Cayenne Pepper
– 1/2 Ground Teaspoon African Negro Pepper
– 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
– Seasoning


1. Combine all ingredients in a blender for dry items and blend until smooth.

2. Next, using a sieve, separate the chaff from the suya spice and you are good to go.

Now for your suya, here’s what you’ll need

– Suya Spice
– Beef (cow, chicken, goat,your choice)
– Groundnut Oil
– Salt
– A Skewer
– Suya Sticks
– Oven


1. Soak the suya sticks in water for some hours or overnight to prevent them burning when on the skewer.

2. Next, fillet your beef into thin slices and fix them on the suya sticks.

3. Once done, mix your groundnut oil and a little salt in a bowl and apply this mixture on your beef.

4. Pour the suya spice in a bowl and dip the beef with the oil coat into this, making sure the suya spice sticks to the beef.

5. Once you have the beef fillets sufficiently covered in suya spice, place in a plate and leave to marinate for 30 minutes to an hour.

6. Next, place your beef in the oven pre-heated to 150 degrees celcius and let it sit for 20 minutes then flip to do other side and let it also sit for the same time.

7. Take off heat after the recommended time and you have your suya!

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