Egusi soup is unarguably the most popular Nigerian soup, learn to make two of the most popular recipes for (ofe egusi) in Nigeria, you will also learn about all the ingredients used in making them.
Like I stated on the introductory page; Egusi (melon) soup is the most popular of all Nigerian soup. On this page I also included a video on making this delicious recipe and then a list of some other Nigerian soups that are in the same category.

There are two different Egusi Soup recipes that I know about, I will write about the most popular recipe and then the second would follow somewhere down the page.

What you find below is a delicious plate of egusi soup, served with fufu.
Delicious Egusi Soup

Ingredients Includes

Some are required while very few are optional.

Meat of choice 2kg (beef, chicken turkey, goat meat, or assorted meat)
Assorted meat is a combination of different parts of a cow

4 cups of egusi (melon)
Dry fish (about two medium sizes)
1 cup of ground crayfish
1 cup of Ground Osu (optional)
a good quantity of washed bitterlaef (see the video below)
3 cubes of knorr, maggi or other natural sweetener
250ml of palm oil
About 2 liters of water
Salt and pepper to taste.
One medium size Stock fish head (okporoko) (optional)
Ogiri or dawadawa or opkei (local ingredients) optional

making egusi soup

Here is you can make the best Egusi soup, the kind you only find in posh restaurants and eateries.

Grind the four cups of egusi with a dry blender or hand grinding machine and set aside in a bowl. Add about  a cup of water to it and stir to make a very thick paste (this is properly illustrated in the video below)

Be sure that the bitterleaf (onugbu) is properly washed, it is advisable to remove over 95 percent of the bitter taste, this process in known to most Nigerians, it involves washing and squeezing the bitter leaves for several minutes in a very big bowl.
If you bought the already-washed bitterlaef from the market it already, beautiful! it is advisable to boil alone for about ten minutes, this would further remove the  bitter taste and serve other purposes.

Parboil the meat of your choice with all the necessary ingredients, it is advisable to parboil meat with some ingredient before adding to the main food, this improves the taste of the meat. Parboil for about ten minutes, then add water and cook till the meat is tender and the stock (water) is about to dry. Use two cubes of knorr, one spoon of kitchen glory beef spice (optional), a teaspoon of salt and half cup of sliced onions.

Soak the dry fish and stock fish in a bowl with hot water and wash thoroughly to remove sand and center bone, then set aside. Tear open the head of stock fish and wash.

Here is the actual making of Nigerian egusi soup with bitterleaf.

Set your cooking pot on fire and add 250ml of  palm oil (red oil), allow to heat for a minutes but don’t allow to bleach. Add the egusi paste and keep stirring for the next eight to ten minutes to form seed-like crumbs.

Then transfer the already cooked meat into the pot, stir, add the washed dry fish, stock fish, ground crayfish, 2 cubes of maggi or knorr, 3 cups of water. then cover half way and allow to boil for the next ten to fifteen minutes.
making egusi soup

Stir occasionally to avoid burning.

At this point you can add one cup of ground osu (optional), a tablespoon of ground ofor or achi.

Add the already washed bitter leaves, (or ugu [fluted pumpkin]), one spoon of ground dawadawa (local ingredients), taste for salt and pepper.
how to make egusi

You may add another cube of knorr. Allow to boils for five to ten minutes and you just made a delicious egusi soup.
Melon Egusi Soup

This is how you make the best Egusi soup

You can serve with eba or fufu, infact, anyone of the Nigerian swallows will make a great combination

What is Nigerian swallow? Learn all about it and all other ‘swallow recipes’

I also enjoy eating this soup and pounded yam together.

Note: This soup can also be made with fluted pumpkin, the same process should be followed the only different is that bitter leaves should be replaced with fluted pumpkin leaves

Video On Making Egusi Soup

Here is a visual demonstration of the method outlined above, enjoy!

The second egusi soup recipe is very simple to make. You can still follow the same process outlined above. Parboil the meat; add the dry fish, stock fish once it is soft for consumption. Also add the palm oil, 2 cubes of maggi, salt and pepper, dawadawa or okpei. Then add the ground egusi (here there is absolutely no reason to add water or make into paste)
The only different between the two recipes is that the egusi is fried at the beginning in the recipe above while it is added at the end here.

A combination of Ofe Egusi & Pounded Yam would be perfect for launch

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Here is The complete List of All Nigerian Soups – From Egusi Soup


  1. Hilario  March 25, 2016

    I did as you directed and I made a nice Egusi soup today thanks for your clue I love that

  2. Ahmed Juwaratu  April 3, 2016

    U are great loving this soup remain bless

  3. fatima  April 18, 2016

    thanks for this your site,my family are happy with me for your nice meals.

  4. suzzy  April 18, 2016

    Tanx chi baby, I prepared mine just d way u lectured and it looks exactly like d one in I saw and it was very delicious. God bless u for making me improved in my cooking, my family members are all happy.

  5. Mina  April 19, 2016

    Thanx Chy, but you dint say how the osu will be prepared. When do i add it?

    • Chy Anegbu  April 19, 2016

      @ Mina, just before you add the egusi.

  6. Ogechukwu Angel  April 19, 2016

    Waoooo.Chy dis is really awesome.God bless u for spicing up our homes with different delicacies.U rock.

  7. Tee Okoro  April 20, 2016

    U are indeed a great teacher.thanks so much.

  8. Goodnews  April 26, 2016

    Thanks for improving me on cooking. But pls how do I use tomatoes to cook egusi soup (mellon) pls.

  9. Buchi  May 7, 2016

    Now I’ve got to know why my egusi soup never tasted good. Mehn I love this.
    Please how can I get your cook book and how much is it sold?

  10. swetyzee  May 20, 2016

    Is tomato, papper and onion not need to prepare egusi soup

  11. Zukky  June 4, 2016

    You are doing a good job

  12. Charity Mathias  June 10, 2016

    I just want to thank you a lot for a hav leant a lot through ur page. My d good Lord bless you

  13. Charity Mathias  June 10, 2016

    Thanks a lot

  14. Cecilia  June 12, 2016

    I tried this recipe and it was superb. Thanks a lot ma

  15. BLESSING  June 21, 2016

    thanks ,its delicious have tried it,so superb

  16. Suzannah Francis  July 6, 2016

    absolutely fantastic cuisine! I love Nigerian foods
    thank you for you wonderfull recipes
    after work I will cook the bitter leave dish and
    envite my Nigerian friend to enjoy with me…
    how stunning is this dishes…”dis manjefiek” in Afrikaans!
    love you guys

  17. temmy  July 6, 2016

    I tried the catfish peppersoup recipe and method 2day with much uziza,utazi and scent leaf.It was d best,av never enjoyed p.soup like dat before.U’ll continue 2 grow in wisdom in Jesus name

  18. vina  July 7, 2016

    You are doing a great job. Love the mails u send to me. God bless u

  19. Jane  August 14, 2016

    I tried ur Caribbean rice n my husband loved it. Thank you

  20. Hamza Muhammad  October 5, 2016

    Who said u re not genius. U stand out unique. My mom said am the best cook when I follow ur instructions. Like ur style.


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