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egusi soup with dried fish

How to Cook Nigerian Egusi Soup(Ofe Egusi/Obe Efo Elegusi)

Egusi soup is one of the most enjoyable soups in Nigeria. Many Nigerians, irrespective of tribe, love eating Egusi soup. In fact, they sometimes have different ways of making this delicious soup to mark their tribe’s recipe. The recipe I’m going to be sharing with you today is the best recipe of Egusi soup

Egusi soup can be taken with swallow foods like Eba, Fufu, Amala, Tuwo, plantains, and any other swallow food of your choice. It can also be taken with rice, bread, or any other food that you think is suitable for you. Egusi soup is very nutritious, as it contains several vitamins that help the body in many ways. The melons used in this soup are sometimes used to treat certain diseases. So by making this soup, you are not only enjoying yourself with a delicious delicacy, but also gaining alot of nutrients.

Egusi soup
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Now let make the best Egusi recipe in the world history


  • 1 cup of pealed ungrounded melon (Egusi)
  • 5 Scott bonnets
  • 3 big onions
  • Galic
  • Ginger
  • 3 pieces of tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoon of locust bean (iru in Yoruba)
  • 1 cup of palm oil (red oil)
  • Stock fish
  • Goat meat
  • Ponmo
  • Seasoning
  • Meat stock
  • Salt
  • 3 Ugu leaf

Step one  (prepering your melon)

Bring out all your ingredients and rinse your proteins( stock fish, goat meat and ponmo ). Cut your proteins in to bite sizes. Now bring out pealed melons and rinse it, cut half of the big size onions with little ginger, put this in a blender and add a cup of water then blend smoothly and set aside.

step two (sorting your proteins )

After rinsing your proteins and making sure that they are clean enough to consume, put them in a pot and add some dice garlic and ginger, two cubes of seasoning and half teaspoon of salt. Mix together and cook for 20 minutes on a medium heat. Rinse your Ugu leaves and dice it to tiny pieces.

Step Three (sorting out your vegetables)

While waiting for your proteins to cook, bring out your Scotch bonnet pepper with your tomatoes, add some onions, garlic, and ginger, and rinse them. After rinsing, blend them roughly and set them aside. Bring out your iru locust bean and rinse it as well, then dice the remaining onions and set aside. Your proteins should be ready now; bring them down from the heat and drain the water from them, set it aside and keep the water also.

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Step Five ( The main game )

After making sure that all your ingredients are ready for immediate use, turn on the heat and put your cooking pot on it.

Add your red oil and allow it to melt for 30 seconds, and then add your diced onions; allow it to fry for a minute, and then add your locust bean, now allow the two to fry for about 3 to 5 minutes, then add proteins except ponmo, allow this to fry for about 5 minutes, and then add your roughly blended pepper.

After this, add a cup of your meat stock, one cube of seasoning, and half a teaspoon of salt. Add the ponmo and cover to cook for at least 15 minutes on medium heat. Check to see if the water has dried up the sauce, if it has, it’s time to add your blended melons.

Add it gently and make sure it mixes with the sauce. Now, to get the thick consistency you are looking for, cover it after mixing it and put it on low heat for 10 to 15 minutes. After this, mix it gently to make sure it’s not burning or sticking to your pot. Now add your chopped ugu (pumpkin leaves) and mix them. leave it to cook again for about 7 minutes and Vuala, your standard and premium egusi soup is ready.

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1. Make sure you lower the heat after adding your Egusi blend. it will allow the Egusi to thicken and look more beautiful and yummy.

2. Make sure you seek out all your ingredients before you start cooking to make cooking easier for you. it also saves you from burning food.

3. Use at least two big onions for this recipe, it gives it more flavor than you think

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Egusi soup is very healthy and easy to make, but this recipe is tastier and yummier. You can also replace your proteins with any fish of your choice instead of meat if you are on a diet. This soup goes with anything, as far as you are willing to try it out. Remember to like, share, and comment. And please share some yummy pictures of your own.