Lumpy Nigerian Egusi Soup Recipe

If you want to prepare the MOST lumpy Nigerian Egusi Soup, that Egusi Soup that is lumpy like scrambled eggs, this recipe is for you.

lumpy nigerian egusi soup

The great thing about the recipe for this lumpy Egusi Soup is that you have absolute control of the size of egusi lumps. So if you want super lumpy egusi soup, e dey, semi lumpy egusi soup, you decide. With this recipe, you’ll make the most savoury egusi soup ever!

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Ingredients for Very Lumpy Egusi Soup

  • 2 cups ground egusi
  • 500g (1.1 lbs) beef
  • 1 cup cow tripe
  • 1 dry catfish
  • 1 piece stockfish
  • 2 cooking spoons red palm oil
  • 2 sweet peppers
  • Habanero pepper (to your taste)
  • ¼ onion (chopped) for frying
  • ½ onion (blended) for seasoning the meat
  • 1 onion (blended) for mixing with egusi
  • 1 big seasoning cube (beef flavour)
  • 2 tablespoons ground crayfish
  • Leafy vegetables:
    • uziza and ugu or
    • uziza and spinach or
    • ugu or
    • spinach

Tools and utensils you’ll need

The following are some great kitchen equipment I used in preparing the lumpy egusi soup:

  • Spice grinder for grinding the egusi and crayfish: Buy it in USA | in UK
  • Chopper/Blitzer for grinding the onions and peppers: Buy it in USA | in UK

lumps of nigerian egusi

Notes on the lumpy Egusi Soup Ingredients

  • This soup contains lots of onions, the amount of onions that makes the egusi soup taste more like stew rather than Nigerian soup for swallow.

Before you prepare lumpy Egusi Soup

  1. Soak the dry fish in cool water to soften.
  2. Grind the egusi seeds with a spice grinder.
  3. Grind the crayfish.
  4. Clean all the vegetables: peppers (deseed the sweet peppers), onions, leafy vegetables.
  5. Blend the onions with the chopper till smooth, see the video below. Chop one quarter onion with a knife.
  6. Chop the peppers with the chopper
  7. By now, the dry fish should be soft enough for cleaning and deboning. Clean with a brush, break into pieces and debone.
  8. Clean the stockfish with water and a brush. See the video below.
  9. Clean the beef and cow tripe.

Directions for cooking the lumpy Egusi Soup

  1. Place the beef in a clean pot. Add the seasoning cube and chopped onion (half a bulb).
  2. Let it steam while stiring at all time till all the beef turns pale.
  3. Add the stockfish and cow tripe. Pour water to cover everything and start cooking.
  4. Place the ground egusi in a bowl. Add the second batch of blended onion (one bulb) and mix till everything is well combined.
  5. Make small balls of the eegusi mix and set aside. Watch the video below.
  6. The the meats and stockfish are done, take out the stockfish, debone and break into pieces.
  7. Separate the meat from the stock/broth and set aside.
  8. Add the red palm oil into a clean dry pot/pan.
  9. When it heats up, add the onion we chopped with a knife. Fry till transluscent.
  10. Add some of the chopped pepper and fry for about 2 minutes.
  11. Then gently add the molded egusi balls one by one such that they are not overcrowded.
  12. Cover and let it fry a bit. Then flip them to fry the underside.
  13. After some time, the egusi balls would be caked. Use you spatula to crush them to your liking. If you want very lumpy egusi soup, just crush them into two so that when you are eating, you will feel like your are chewing extra meat and fish. 😀
  14. When happy with the size, add the crayfish, some of the stock/broth. Cover and leave it to simmer for about 10 minutes, topping up the liquid with the stock/broth from time to time.
  15. When the egusi soup is well cooked and savoury (you will know from the taste and aroma), add the soaked and deboned catfish, the cooked beef, cowtripe and stockfish.
  16. Add the remaining chopped peppers. Cover and let it simmer for a bit.
  17. Add the vegetables and salt if necessary. Cover and once it heats up again, it is done.
  18. Stir to mix everything very well.
  19. Transfer to a cool container immediately so the vegetables will remain green and appetizing.

Serve with any Nigerian fufu meal or even boiled white rice. Yes this flavourful, lumpy egusi soup is great for boiled white rice and boiled yam too.