How to prepare an outstanding Egusi Soup

Wenslie T. Kodua, Staff Writer

Egusi Soup is a fat and rich seed protein dish. It is thickened with the ground seeds and popular in West Africa.  

Ingredients you will need:

2 TSP Crayfish

1 Egg

Half TSP Salt

125ml of Palm Oil

1 Tin Tomato

1 Stock cube

Dried Ugwu(Fluted Pumpkin Seeds)

120g Egusi, 1 Onion and 1 Scotch bonnet


How to prepare it :

  • Place your pot on the stove and add 125ml of palm oil into the pan. Allow that to melt until a hot smoke is present, then a blended mixture of  tomato paste.
  • If you fancy prawns, stock fish, smoked mackerel or mussels go for it and add it at this point.
  • Add 2 stock cubes of your choice, half a teaspoon of salt stir and allow it to cook for 7 minutes.
  • To prepare the egusi pour it into a bowl then crack your egg into it. Add 2 TSP of crayfish and mix together to form a thick paste. Set it aside.
  • Your pot of egusi soup should be boiling at this point. Scoop a mixture of the egusi and drop it into the stew in chunks. Do not worry about the clumps you can break them as you go (Add Iru / locust beans) if you desire. Allow that to cook.
  • To now prepare the ugwu add hot water to let it soak for 1 to 2 minutes then drain. This would soften the ugwu and make it easier for you to use.
  • Break some lumps in the stew if some are to be big. Have a taste.
  • Add your ugwu and stir. Lower your heat and allow that to simmer for a good 5 minutes. Check your meal and after that decide if it needs more time depending on taste.
  • Plate your meal and set it aside for 2 minutes and serve, you can now enjoy an egusi soup meal.