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west african peanut soup

West African Peanut Soup

West African Peanut soup or Groundnut stew is a staple in most African cuisine as well as some other cultures like Taiwan in East Asia and Virginia in the states.  It is warm, nourishing and full of flavors. It is also very versatile which makes it perfect for any season of the year.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine African
Keyword homemade, west african peanut soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 354kcal
Author Lola Osinkolu


  • 1 Cup Peanut
  • 1 Tbsp Crayfish
  • 1 Smoked Turkey Thigh
  • 1 Lb Beef
  • 1/4 to 1/2 Cup Palm Oil or Peanut Oil
  • Handful Spinach
  • 1 large Tomato
  • 1 Bell pepper
  • 1 Large Onion
  • 1 Tablespoon Crayfish
  • 1 Habanero Pepper
  • 2 Seasoning Cubes
  • 2 Teaspoons Grated Ginger
  • Palm Oil or Peanut Oil
  • Salt To Taste


  • The first thing to do is to wash, season and boil the beef.
  • Roast the Peanuts for about 5 minutes or till it well browned
  • Use a coffee grinder or a dry mill grinder to grind the peanuts to a fine
  • De-bone the roast Turkey and cut into bite sizes and add to the boiling beef after about 10 minutes of cooking the meat. Then continue the cooking process for about 30 more minutes or till the meat becomes tender
  • Blend together the peppers, Tomatoes and the other half of the Onion.
  • Add the blended pepper, crayfish, Palm Oil and the ground peanut to the boiling meat and leave to cook for
  • Add the ground peanuts to the stew and mix thoroughly until the peanut is totally dissolved in the stew. Cover it up and leave to cook for about 10 to 12 minutes
  • Stir in the Spinach and leave to simmer for an additional two minutes
  • Serve while still hot over a plate a Rice, Couscous Fonio or swallows like Fufu and pounded yam. Enjoy!



  1. The stock recovered from this beef will be used to season our soup so be generous with the water. If the sock tastes too light feel free to add more seasoning
  2. I used Roasted Peanuts for this recipe, however, you can choose to use raw peanuts and roast your peanuts by yourself.
  3. It is advisable to leave the nuts to become warm before blending them so as not to damage your blender.
  4. You can blend the nuts with a coffee grinder, spice blende dry mill grinder or simply use a small mortar and pestle to pound it.
  5. In Africa, we tend to like some texture retained in our meat, hence the 30 to 40 minutes cook time. However, if you want your meat slightly more tender feel free to boil it for a longer time.
  6. Keep an eye on the stew and check about every 5 minutes or thereabouts after adding the nuts because the stew has the tendency to burn faster at this point.
  7. After the peanut soup is done, feel free to adjust the thickness to your desired consistency. You can add more stock to lighten it up or cook it for few more minutes for a thicker consistency.


Calories: 354kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 64mg | Potassium: 514mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 810IU | Vitamin C: 31.9mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 2.7mg