Egusi Soup Recipe

egusi soup recipe

This recipe will show you how to make Nigerian Egusi Soup, a popular West African soup made with melon seeds.




  1. Prepare the egusi paste:
  2. Blend egusi seeds and onion mixture. Set aside.


  1. In a large pot, heat the palm oil on medium for a minute and then add the Une.
  2. Slowly add the stock and set on low heat to simmer.
  3. Scoop teaspoon size balls of the egusi paste mixture into the stock. Be sure to keep ball shape.
  4. Leave to simmer for 20 – 30 minutes so the balls cook through.
  5. Add the meat and fish and other bits which you’d like to use.
  6. Add cut-up pumpkin leaves. 
  7. Add the waterleaf.
  8. Stir and put a lid on the pot and allow cook for 7–10 minutes, till the leaves wilt.
  9. Add the bitter leaf.  Leave the lid off while the cooking finishes for another 5-10 minutes.
  10. Stir, check seasoning and adjust accordingly.

Now all you have to do is enjoy your egusi soap with your favorite swallow!

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