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. Dae  October 29, 2016

    When do you put the ogiri?

    • Chy Anegbu  November 1, 2016

      Right after the fish and crayfish.

  2. Liz  December 5, 2016

    Really thankful for this recipe, I just used it and it’s my first time and my Egusi tastes good. Although, I think it’s a little salty but it’s good still 😁

  3. Chinasa Michael  February 16, 2017

    Yeah! You are great, infact, your cooking method is superb, Keep up the good work.I luv ur style of cooking, pls do send me more on how to cook native soup, i love learn more from you and my God will surely bless u nd ur handwork. Amen! Carry-Go!

  4. Ololade  March 26, 2017

    Wow! Thanks a lot Chy! This instruction is clearly stated but like u said “…Add the egusi paste and keep stirring for the next eight to ten minutes to form seed-like crumbs…” Then when am I suppose to add the pepper? Pls reply. Thanks!

    • Chy Anegbu  March 28, 2017

      You add the pepper after you add the meat, crayfish, then pepper.

      • Ololade  March 30, 2017

        Thanks a lot!!!!
        Up Chy!!!!

  5. Abdul Tajudeen Abiola  July 30, 2017

    How much is the cook book and how can I get it.

    • Chy Anegbu  August 8, 2017

      Please call 08035051468 for the cookbooks.

  6. Lucia ireka offor  September 27, 2018

    Although i know how to prepare egwusi soup but i will try this recipe thanks

    • Ikejoseph  September 26, 2019

      Talk true!! U just learnt it now. Hahahahahaha

  7. City taste  December 5, 2018

    Always proud of been a chef

  8. Anonymous  March 15, 2019

    Nyc big pot of egusi will soon land

  9. hsay  March 22, 2019

    I am a 14 year old nigerian but and live in america, and speak like an american. How do i make egusi soup I have ate it before..

  10. Toni  March 28, 2019

    Please what’s ground osu?

  11. Amarachi  April 27, 2019

    Plz hw cn u use osu to thick ur soup? Tnx alot luv ur blog

    • Chy Anegbu  April 29, 2019

      Same way you use egusi, you ground it. Thanks for asking.

  12. Geoffrey  September 7, 2019

    This is educational! I just ordered for 2 cups of melon 🍈 now & some ingredients. I need to surprise my wife that I can cook egusi soup. Thanks so much 😊

  13. Ikejoseph  September 26, 2019

    Woooow!! I love this!!. Can’t wait to get married and show my wife what I just learnt… If she like make she do shakara, I will just enter kitchen and surprise her


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