Egusi Soup

Egusi Soup

32 Reviews 5 Pics
  • Prep

    15 m
  • Cook

    1 h 20 m
  • Ready In

    1 h 35 m
Recipe by  Karena

“This soup is native to West Africa (Nigeria) and many of my American as well as Nigerian friends have enjoyed it. It is a great soup for those who like to try something different every once in a while. Ground Egusi seeds give this soup a unique color and flavor. If you can't find Egusi seeds, you can substitute pumpkin seeds. Any combination of crab, shrimp and smoked fish can be used in place of the shrimp. Drained, smoked oysters and chicken can be used in place of the beef.”

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Original recipe yields 6 to 8 servings



  1. Place pumpkin seeds in a blender and blend for 30 to 40 seconds or until mixture is a powdery paste. Set aside.
  2. Wash beef and cut into bite-size cubes. Season with salt. In large pot, heat oil over medium-high heat for 4 to 5 minutes. Add beef and saute for 3 to 5 minutes or until brown but not cooked through.
  3. Place tomatoes, onions, and pepper in a blender and blend for about 30 seconds or until smooth. Add tomato mixture to meat, reduce heat to medium-low, and cover. Cook for 40 to 50 minutes or until meat is tender.
  4. Add tomato sauce, water, and shrimp and simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Add spinach and ground pumpkin seeds and continue to simmer 10 minutes more.

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Reviews (32)

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this is my favourite soup ever, as i am need to try this! absolutely delicious!



This recipe is AUTHENTIC, Egusi is eatten all over West Africa, this is the Nigerian version.

Georgia Belle

Georgia Belle

Call me crazy but collard greens work better than spinach with this recipe. This was GREAT. My husband's parents are from Liberia and they are big fans.

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Amount Per Serving (6 total)

  • Calories
  • 758 cal
  • 38%
  • Fat
  • 51 g
  • 78%
  • Carbs
  • 16.9 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 60 g
  • 120%
  • Cholesterol
  • 306 mg
  • 102%
  • Sodium
  • 858 mg
  • 34%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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