How To Make Suya Spice

Suya spice is one of the most beloved Nigerian seasonings that has lots of uses in the kitchen. Suya spice takes some time to prepare, but in the end, you will be rewarded with a delicious seasoning for your favourite dishes. Find out how to make suya spice at home!

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1. Ingredients

One of the best things about suya spice, besides its comforting and familiar taste, is that you can customize the recipe according to your flavour preferences and the available spices. The only three mandatory ingredients for this dish are groundnuts, salt, and cayenne pepper.


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From here, you can add and remove any ingredients you want in your suya spice. For example, if you are not a fan of hot dishes, you can substitute cayenne pepper with a milder white pepper. Many Nigerians prefer their suya spice with ginger, while some love making their suya spice with stock cubes.

The most traditional version of the suya spice recipe calls for the following ingredients:

  • Groundnuts – 1 cup
  • Salt – to taste
  • Cayenne pepper – 1tsp
  • Dried ginger – 1tsp
  • Garlic powder – 1tsp
  • Stock cube – 1

2. How to make suya spice

To make your own version of the popular Nigerian snack, follow these steps:


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  1. Roast the groundnuts in a pan, shaking the pan constantly until the groundnuts reach a light golden colour.
  2. Allow the groundnuts to cool and crush them with a rolling pin, a food processor, or using a pestle and mortar. The groundnuts should be crushed to small pieces, but make sure not to crush them too vigorously – if the groundnuts release the oil, you will end up with a soggy suya spice instead of a dry and crunchy one.
  3. To remove excess oil from the groundnuts, place the groundnut crumbles onto a paper towel, cover with another paper towel, and then place a couple of heavy pots or pans on top of the groundnuts. This will allow the groundnuts to release excess fat and retain their crunchy texture. Leave the groundnuts for up to an hour.
  4. Once you remove the pots and pans, pour the crushed groundnuts into a bowl. Add the spices and mix well. You can add the spices gradually and taste the mixture as you go to regular the level of seasoning. As soon as you mix all the spices and give the contents of the bowl one last big stir, your suya spice is ready.

3. How to use suya spice

The most popular ways to employ suya spice in cooking is to use it as a rub for the meat. Simply take your favourite cut of meat, rub it generously with suya spice, and fry in the pan or on a skewer in a grill. You can sprinkle more suya spice in the process to add more flavour to the dish.

Suya spice can also be used to flavour any savoury dish you cook. From eggs to popular garnishes – suya spice always brings an amazing flavour to your kitchen creations!


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