When it comes to snacks, Nigerian Stick Meat delivers mouth-watering flavors. This is a tasty snack or appetizer you can enjoy with your people at a lovely gathering or on a relaxing weekend with your family.
Flavorful Nigerian Stick Meat with Optional Sauce
It’s said that if you want to know more about the culture and traditions of a people, you need to start with their food. This is totally right. Knowing more about the culture, traditions, values, and customs of the Nigerian society stems from the meals you find there. Ranging from street food to fine dining, dishes with Nigerian origin totally hit the spot.
Stick Meat, a popular Nigerian street food and party favorite is our dish of the day. This simple recipe will guide you through the process of making your own stick Meat, just as spicy and flavorful as the ones you’ve enjoyed before, and if you have not tried it before, don’t worry; at the end of this article, you will be itching to try out this easy stick meat recipe.
Stick Meat is a colorful and delicious Nigerian snack made from meat, spices, and seasonings. It is also called Beef Kebabs or Beef Skewers in some parts of the world. However, do not mistake Stick Meat for Suya. They are both delicious street food but quite different in how they are spiced and served.
While there are other Nigerian street foods such as Egg Roll, Puff Puff and Fish Roll which I enjoy snacking on, Stick Meat just has a special place in my heart; the burst of flavors from the seasoning of the meat and the sauce is exactly what the doctor ordered. It’s also filling too, especially if you step it down with a bottle of cold zobo.
How to make Stick Meat
- Cut beef into 1/2-inch cubes, rinse, and drain.
- In a pot, mix beef, onion, curry powder, thyme, bouillon cubes, salt, and water. Cook for 20-25 minutes.
- Drain meat, reserving stock.
- Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Bake meat for 20 minutes or deep fry.
- Assemble or coat in sauce.
- Blend peppers, tomatoes, onion, garlic, and ginger. Heat oil in a pan, add blended sauce, spices, and beef stock. Stir, cover, and thicken.
- Coat baked beef in sauce, simmer, and cool.
- Thread beef and bell pepper onto toothpicks or arrange as desired.
Tips to making delicious Stick Meat
1. Choose the right type of meat. You don’t want to have a tough time chewing your Stick Meat so it is important you use tender meat.
2. Cut your meat into thin, even strips. Make sure the strips are the same thickness to ensure even cooking and a consistent texture.
3. Use yellow and red bell peppers to make your Stick Meat look colorful and inviting.
4. Onions pair well with Stick Meat. Do not neglect your onions.
What you need to know about Stick Meat
How do you eat stick meat?
Stick meat is eaten by simply grasping the toothpick and taking a bite. Just enjoy it as you would enjoy any street food. Some people prefer to remove the meat from the toothpick with a fork onto a plate, but that is just an elaborate method of eating stick meat.
What’s the difference between Stick Meat and Suya?
Stick Meat and Suya are both tasty Nigerian street foods. However, they have some distinctions. Stick Meat is often made with meat, peppered sauce, and colorful bell peppers on a toothpick, while Suya is made with skewered and grilled meat, often seasoned with a dry spice blend called Yaji spice that includes ground peanuts, cayenne pepper, ginger, and other spices.
What kind of meat do I use for Stick meat?
Stick meat calls for a tender cut of beef with some fat, such as sirloin, chuck, or round steak. The key is to cut the beef very small to ensure even cooking and a consistent texture.
Storage and Reheating Tips
Can I refrigerate Stick meat?
“Can stick meat be refrigerated?” is a common question, and the answer is yes! In fact, refrigeration can be a great way to extend the shelf life of your stick meat. However, it’s important to store the meat in an airtight container to prevent moisture buildup or contamination, which can lead to spoilage.
Whether you prefer to enjoy your stick meat at room temperature or chilled, proper storage is the key to keeping this delicious snack safe and delicious.
How do I reheat Stick meat?
Yes, you can. Reheating stick meat is a simple process that can revive the savory flavor of this delicious snack.
You can use an oven or toaster oven to reheat the meat, as microwaving can make it tough or chewy.
To begin, preheat your oven to 350°F. If you have stored the stick meat in the refrigerator, allow it to come to room temperature for 15-20 minutes before reheating. Place the meat on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 5-6 minutes until warmed through. Keep a close eye on the meat to avoid overcooking and drying it out. Once the meat is heated to your liking, remove it from the oven and enjoy immediately!
Over to you!
I can’t wait to know that you’ve tried this easy, delicious, and spicy Stick Meat recipe. Happy cooking!
Other Nigerian street food favorites to try out!
- Suya – a Nigerian Kebab
- Nigerian Egg Roll
- African Fish Pastry
- African Sausage Roll Recipe
- Nigerian Meat Pie Recipe
- How to Make Chin Chin
- Puff Puff Recipe
- Traditional Scotch Egg Recipe
You can watch the detailed video on how to make the Nigerian Stick Meat below:
Stick Meat recipe – How to make the Nigerian Stick Meat
For the Meat:
- 2 lb beef
- 1 medium onion chopped
- ½ teaspoon curry powder
- ½ teaspoon thyme
- 2 bouillon cubes
- cayenne pepper to taste
- salt to taste
- 3 bell peppers or Peppers of your choice cut into small chunks
- ¼ cup water
- Lots of Tooth picks for assembling
For the Sauce (optional):
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 habanero
- 2 medium tomatoes
- 1 small onion divided
- ½ inch ginger
- 2 cloves garlic
- 5 tablespoons vegetable Oil
- ½ teaspoon each of smoked paprika, thyme, and curry powder
- ¼ cup beef stock
- salt to taste
Step 1: Prepare the meat
- Cut it into 1/2-inch cube-like pieces. Rinse and drain.
- In a large pot, combine the beef, chopped onion, curry powder, thyme, cayenne pepper, bouillon cubes, and salt.
- Add the water, stir, and cook on medium-high heat for 20-25 minutes.
- Drain any remaining water from the meat. (keep and use for stock)
Step 2: Bake the meat
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C).
- Spread the meat on a baking pan and bake for 20 minutes, or you can deep fry it preferred.
- You can assemble at this point or coat in sauce (recipe for sauce below)
Step 3: Prepare the sauce (Optional)
- In a blender, combine the peppers, tomatoes, onion, garlic, and ginger. Blend until smooth.
- In a pan, heat 5 tablespoons of oil. Add the blended sauce, smoked paprika, thyme, curry powder, salt to taste, and the beef stock. Stir, cover, and let the sauce thicken to your desired consistency.
- Add the baked beef to the sauce, ensuring all the beef pieces are coated.
- Allow the mixture to simmer for a few minutes, then remove from heat and let it cool.
Step 4: Assemble the stick meat
- Thread the beef and bell pepper chunks onto toothpicks, alternating between meat and pepper or arrange them as desired.
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