Egusi Soup Recipe Video

Egusi Soup also called Agusi stew is a common stew in many African countries, in Nigeria Egusi soup is enjoyed almost every day. It is made from ground melon seed and can be served with any type of FuFu ( pounded yam, Gari ….) . Here you will find out an easy way to make Egusi stew yet very delicious.


Preparation Time15 MinCooking Time1 Hr 15 Min
Ready In1 Hr 30 MinDifficulty LevelEasy
Health IndexAverageServings4
DishMain Ingredient


 Ground egusi1 Cup (16 tbs)
 Palm oil1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
 Dried fish1 Teaspoon (or smoked. fresh fish)
 Beef200 Gram, cut into small pieces (or goat meat)
 Chicken150 Gram, cut into pieces (Optional)
 Onion2 Large, sliced
 Garlic2 Clove (10 gm), chopped
 Thyme leaves1⁄2 Teaspoon
 Curry leaves1 Teaspoon
 Tomato1 Large, mashed
 Tomato paste1 Teaspoon (Optional)
 Fresh chilli pepper1 Pinch (or chilli powder (to taste))
 Ground shrimp1 Teaspoon (or ground crayfish)
 Salt1⁄2 Teaspoon (to taste)

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 712 Calories from Fat 359

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 40 g61.7%

Saturated Fat 17.4 g87.1%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 104.2 mg

Sodium 440.6 mg18.4%

Total Carbohydrates 61 g20.3%

Dietary Fiber 5.5 g22%

Sugars 10.2 g

Protein 31 g62.8%

Vitamin A 15% Vitamin C 40.1%

Calcium 8.4% Iron 17.5%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


1. Clean and chop the beef into small pieces.
2. Clean and cut the chicken into pieces (if using it).
3. If using dry fish cook the fish in water.
4. Mix dry Egusi with water, make a paste. Keep aside.
5. In a pot, take beef and chicken pieces. Add onion, garlic, thyme, black pepper, bouillon cube and curry powder.
6. Pour enough water to cook the meat, cover and cook for 30 minutes or till meat is tender.
7. Add the fish and cook for 10 more minutes.
8. In another pan, heat oil and put the onions. Stir and cook till translucent.
9. Add tomatoes and tomato paste. Stir, cover and cook for 15 minutes.
10. Put ground dry shrimp, chilli powder and egusi paste. Stir well to mix.
11. Cook on low heat for 10 minutes.
12. Pour the cooked meat mixture and continue cooking.
13. Add the greens as desired and cook till done.

14. Take a serving bowl, pour the stew into it and serve hot with pounded yam or gari.