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Nigerian Egusi Soup

Lumpy Egusi Stew

Egusi Stew - I like to give a summary of what Egusi is before I proceed with the recipe for the sake of our friends that are not familiar with it.
Course stew
Cuisine African
Keyword homemade, stew
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 5 People
Calories 363kcal
Author Lola Osinkolu


  • 2 Cups Melon Ground Egusi
  • 1/2 Cup Water of
  • 11/2 Cup Palm Oil you will end up using about 1/2 of a Cup
  • 2 Tablespoons Crayfish
  • 1 Cup Stock I used Chicken stock
  • 2 Bouillon Cubes
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 Pound Vegetables I used Spinach (Chopped)
  • 1/2 Pound Smoked Fish shredded into chunky pieces
  • 2 Medium Sized Onions
  • Beef Chicken, Fish etc


  • Pour the Egusi Melon and one diced Onion in a bowl and use your hands to massage the Onions with the Egusi. This will infuse some onion flavor into the Egusi and the Oil in the Egusi will also be activated.
  • Add Water and mix together to form a paste and set aside
  • Add some Oil in a Pan, enough to deep fry the Egusi and fry for about 4 mins turning halfway through on a medium heat (don't over fry this else you'll get a crunchy melon) - You will literally see the Egusi curdle up straightaway
  • Remove from heat and drain the Oil (You don't need all that Oil) and set aside
  • Add a little Palm Oil in another Pan (I used part of the Oil I drained from the Egusi) and add the second Onion (diced) and let that cook for a couple of seconds then add the Sauce and also allow that to cook for 5 minutes. - I used a precooked Sauce and I put the link to that above.
  • Add the Crayfish, Salt to taste, Stock cubes, Smoked Fish (you can add that later if you do't want the Fish broken into pieces) and Stock.
  • Now add the fried Egusi to the sauce and allow it to cook for 20 minutes on a low to medium heat - check this constantly to avoid burning and add Water or stock if it's getting too dry.
  • Finally, add the Spinach or your choice of Vegetables with Meat or Fish and leave it to simmer for 5 minutes more or less depending on how tough or soft your vegetable is and Enjoy.


Calories: 363kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 671mg | Potassium: 566mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 7960IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1mg