How To Serve Suya Spice Recipe Quick

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Suya, the Nigerian word for skewered and spiced meat, is a beloved street food across West Africa. The smoky, savory, and slightly spicy flavor profile is unlike anything you’ve experienced before. This recipe unlocks the secrets of the iconic suya spice blend, allowing you to recreate this restaurant-quality experience at home.


The Nigerian Suya Spice Mix - Immaculate Ruému
The Nigerian Suya Spice Mix – Immaculate Ruému

½ cup groundnut peanuts (raw)

  • ¼ cup crayfish (optional)
  • ¼ cup Cameroon pepper (also known as alligator pepper or mbongo spice)
  • ¼ cup dried ginger
  • 2 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tbsp. black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp. cloves
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • ½ tsp. cumin
  • ½ tsp. coriander seeds

  • Directions

    1. Toast the Peanuts: In a large skillet over medium heat, dry roast the peanuts until golden brown and fragrant, about 5-7 minutes. Keep an eye on them, as they can burn easily. Transfer the roasted peanuts to a plate to cool.

    2. Grind the Spices: Once the peanuts are cool, add them to a spice grinder or mortar and pestle along with the crayfish (if using), Cameroon pepper, ginger, chili powder, black peppercorns, cloves, nutmeg, cumin, and coriander seeds. Grind the mixture into a fine powder.

    3. Sift and Store: Sift the resulting spice blend through a fine-mesh sieve to remove any larger chunks. Store your homemade suya spice in an airtight container in a cool, dark place for up to 3 months.


    For a smokier flavor, you can toast the peanuts over an open flame or grill for a few minutes before grinding.

  • If you can’t find Cameroon pepper, you can substitute with a combination of habanero pepper and black pepper for a similar level of heat and complexity.
  • Adjust the amount of chili powder to your desired level of spice.

  • Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

    Calories: 190

  • Fat: 14g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 15mg
  • Carbohydrates: 6g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Protein: 13g

  • Conclusion

    With this homemade suya spice recipe, you’re now equipped to transform any protein into a flavorful Nigerian barbecue masterpiece. Whether you marinate chicken, beef, or even tofu, the possibilities are endless. Fire up the grill, invite your friends and family, and enjoy the taste of West Africa in your own backyard!


  • What can I substitute for Cameroon pepper?
  • A combination of habanero pepper and black pepper will provide a similar level of heat and complexity.

  • Can I use pre-ground spices?
  • While pre-ground spices will work in a pinch, freshly grinding whole spices offers the most potent flavor and aroma.

  • How long can I marinate my meat in suya spice?
  • Marinating for at least 30 minutes is recommended, but overnight will deliver the most deeply infused flavor.

  • What other ways can I use suya spice?
  • Suya spice isn’t just for meat! Add a sprinkle to vegetables before roasting, toss it with popcorn for a flavorful kick, or use it to elevate soups and stews.

  • Is suya spice healthy?
  • Suya spice is packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties thanks to the inclusion of ginger, cloves, and chili peppers. However, it can be high in sodium due to the addition of crayfish. Use it in moderation for a healthy and flavorful addition to your diet.