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egusi (almond) soup
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The Best Egusi Soup (VIDEO)

Enjoy the meat, fish, and turkey with the health benefits and flavors of leafy greens and other vegetables with this Special Egusi Soup recipe!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 20 minutes
Course: Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine: African, Nigerian
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Servings: 10
Calories: 356kcal


For the sauce

  • 5 bell peppers (medium-sized)
  • 4 sweet peppers (medium-sized)

For the almond (egusi) paste

  • 200 g ground almond (or egusi - melon seeds)
  • ½ red onion (medium-sized)

For the stew

  • pepper sauce
  • almond and onion paste (egusi and onion paste)
  • 500 g spinach
  • 180 g curly kale
  • assorted meat (beef, tripe, abodi, cow foot/skin)
  • 3 pieces smoked turkey (boneless and diced)
  • 1 mackerel fish (boiled or smoked - deboned and chunks)
  • ½ cup fish stock
  • 2 scotch bonnet
  • 1 red onion (½ blended and ½ diced)
  • 1 tbsp locust beans
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup palm oil


Pepper sauce

  • Slice the bell peppers and sweet peppers using a knife.
  • Puree them in a blender or food processor.
  • Then, filter the contents with a colander.
  • Heat palm oil in a frying pan.
  • Cook the pepper sauce and scotch bonnet for 25 minutes on low to medium heat.


  • Slice the mackerel into four pieces.
  • Arrange them in a pot with water.
  • Season it with salt and stock cubes.
  • Then, cook for up to seven minutes.
  • Debone and break it into chunks with a knife or fork.

Leafy greens

  • Boil water in a pot.
  • Then, place the steaming basket inside.
  • Steam the spinach and kale until tender.
  • Drain the excess water.

Egusi Soup

  • Pour in the fish stock from the mackerel.
  • Season the soup with sea salt, chicken stock cubes, and locust beans.
  • Then, allow cooking for 10 minutes on low heat.
  • Blend onions until smooth.
  • Mix the onion paste with the ground almonds (or ground egusi).
  • Roll a teaspoon of the paste into a ball.
  • Mix in the assorted meat and smoked turkey.
  • Let them cook for five minutes.
  • Add the almond/egusi paste.
  • Cook for another five minutes.
  • Stir together with a spatula and cook for eight minutes on low heat.
  • Mix in the spinach and kale.
  • Add the mackerel fish and let it simmer for two minutes.
  • Once you’re satisfied with the flavor and texture, take it out of the heat, and enjoy your Almond Vegetable Stew!



  1. Be creative with this recipe's meat, vegetables, and seasoning to make it your own truly.
  2. Feel free to use ground egusi in place of ground almonds.
  3. You can cook the smoked turkey in an oven, in the smoker, or in a slow cooker.
  4. Steam and drain the kale and spinach if you don’t want a watery soup. 


Serving: 1 (of 10) | Calories: 356kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 325mg | Potassium: 598mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 9860IU | Vitamin C: 171mg | Calcium: 152mg | Iron: 3mg