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

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

Nigerian egusi soup could be served with rice, but most especially eba and fufu.

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

Subscribe Below to Receive My Free Weekly Recipes.


Cookbook The Ultimate Nigerian Cookbook (Recommended)

Video For Making Egusi Soup

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


  1. The Nigerian Kitchen  July 10, 2013

    Do you think this soup is the most popular in Nigeria?

    • Dele Abiodun  April 28, 2017

      How much is the Ultimate Nigerian Cook Book? I want to buy one

    • Favourbby  December 5, 2017

      I tink is very to its delicious teste.

  2. Akana Ogechi  July 15, 2013

    i need how cook delicious plenty Egusi soup for my wedding. thanks

  3. Ade  July 16, 2013

    In fact, u are great!
    it’s not that I can’t prepare food but I believe dat will lean everyday. And from what I am reading on this site I believe indeed that you are superb.
    Keep the ball rolling. God is ur strength.

  4. Geoffrey.Nwogu  August 1, 2013

    Thanks for your courageous undertaking putting together this great food blog. It is a great expose of one of the most important aspects of African civilization. Our cuisines is second to none in the world and I thank you for opening it up to the world. I like egusi soup too, Thanks for a nice job.

  5. Cathy  September 12, 2013

    Thanks for the egusi soup recipe, thank God i got ur page. Cos i have lean alot from u. God blesss

  6. fortunate  September 18, 2013

    I have learned a lot on how to make egusi soup,I am a south african woman married to a nigerian man.It was a challenge for me to cook for him coz he doesn’t like my food,but now am glad I know

  7. balo  November 3, 2013

    thanks alot.God bless you nd increase your talent.

  8. princess olamide  November 14, 2013

    Wow am so happy to know how to prepare Egusi soup now thanks for the good work

  9. susy  November 27, 2013

    The soup turned out great. Keep doing the good work. Thanks

  10. tessy awu  January 16, 2014

    Thanks so much.for this wonderful site.You are blessed! Pls I want to be receiving newslettes frm u on diff kinds of recipe.God bless u and keep the good work.

  11. Ezi Catherine Ukoh  January 27, 2014

    Thank you for the recipe. In Malaysia, it is kinda hard to get the ingredients, but I will try to get them as per recipe. My husband loves this egusi soup very much.

  12. Gift  March 19, 2014

    really nice!!! i want to know why you didnt use fresh tomatoes and pepper, i think it improves the taste.

  13. Chy Anegbu  March 26, 2014

    Gift, thanks for your comment. I used fresh pepper, you can also add tomatoes if you like the taste

  14. alva cadle  April 9, 2014

    Im grateful for this blog cause my guy is Igbo and he cant stomach my type of food much, tho he tries. Now I am surprizing him with many dishes.

  15. Chy Anegbu  April 10, 2014

    Alva, thanks for your comment

  16. Oluwazobam  April 21, 2014

    Chy may God keep strengthening you….Amen #great dish

  17. kelechi  June 13, 2014

    I just followed the direction and I cooked egusi soup made with ugwu for the first time. Thanks a lot, you have made me proud of myself.

  18. as a bee  July 29, 2014

    You are doing a great job. Seriously! Keep it up and thank you. One pot of egusi coming up now!

  19. chinenye luke  September 24, 2014

    M so proud 2 b part of u guyz,I ve learn’t alot

  20. Nikki Grace  October 3, 2014

    Yea its great! Keep up the good work.I luv the taste more wen u add 2 big bulbs of onions (blended). Eww 2 d tomatoes!

  21. Taiwo Osakwe  November 30, 2014

    Wow! A different method from what I know n grew up knowing. Thank you.

  22. meggie  December 13, 2014

    Thank you am Ethiopian dating a Seirra leon men, i made eguzi soup before once…he ate it but of course it was far from being perfect….am only concerned about bitter leave where i can find it….i used spinach before….i am asking around where to find it…thx alot….tomorrow my baby is going to be surprised.

  23. Euny  December 15, 2014

    Anoda way i make my eguisi soup is by adding raw eggs to the grounded eguisi before frying, u should try it, it tastes great!

  24. adolf  January 7, 2015

    It’s always a delight reading your page. Could you please use lay estimates for your measures such as one or two spoonfuls as opposed to 5 to 10 cl. I believe most of your followers would benefit more that way . More power to your elbow.

    • Chy Anegbu  January 10, 2015

      We measure some spices with spoons but liquid can not be counted in spoon… easily. However, I have edited most of my pages the include the equivalent in cups and spoons.

  25. santus  January 26, 2015

    You are just nwa afo Igbo and doing a great job.I am happy to be part of this.keep the good work,thumbs up.

  26. Faithia osawaru  March 15, 2015

    Interesting Chy. I just ordered for ur books which I got within three days in warri. In short I are really gifted. God bless u

    • Chy Anegbu  March 17, 2015

      Thanks for reporting dear, I am glad you got your cookbook without hassle.

  27. endurance  June 3, 2015


  28. king Marvis  June 16, 2015

    Aaaaaaaa tanks a lot…I just cook egusi soup and my America friends are going crazy….

  29. nath  July 2, 2015

    The site is damn help to whoever like kichen…
    I have learned a lot ..
    Iam a chef .
    I have gone above others with this page..
    Nuch love to the developer .

  30. Philip Kingsley  August 10, 2015

    I’ll try it out now.
    Last week I tried your okra recipe and the soup turned out delicious.
    Keep it up

  31. Ifeoluwa  August 12, 2015

    Its a great priviledge to av u as frnds. So keep it up cos it helps most wives to bcom an experrt cooker.thanks

  32. ivymariea  August 16, 2015

    for my egusi soup I use either bitterleave/ ugu/ or uziza and otazi
    you can try it with uziza. it comes out great and lovely.

  33. Arhueruduvwo Philemon  August 19, 2015

    Dear you are wonderful for your detail explanation, but my favourite dish is banga soup.

  34. Eloho  August 26, 2015

    i jt want to thk u alot for i hv learn alot on ur program

  35. Omoruyi bolanle  August 27, 2015

    You are such an amazing cook, I love how you make egusi soup, u’ve got so much swags!!!!!! Good job. I’m glad I dotted all the lines to hook up site. Great way to go all the way in steps. Thumb up for u.

  36. Enitee  September 23, 2015

    You are doing a great job dear. You are just the best cook jooor!

  37. LINDAMARY  October 2, 2015

    I do much love this ur recipes and my husband did too

  38. Dora  October 10, 2015

    Nice one chy! I have always loved to make my egusi soup to come out with balls, will that happen if I follow this recipe? And how do I order for your recipe book? Nice job, weldone!

  39. joseph  October 23, 2015

    i like it and i av learn alot also u are great keepon

  40. o.j  March 18, 2016

    thanks a lot, if not for u my visitors will not eat wat they want oo

  41. Hilario  March 25, 2016

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

  42. Ahmed Juwaratu  April 3, 2016

    U are great loving this soup remain bless

  43. fatima  April 18, 2016

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

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

  46. Ogechukwu Angel  April 19, 2016

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

  47. Tee Okoro  April 20, 2016

    U are indeed a great teacher.thanks so much.

  48. Goodnews  April 26, 2016

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

  49. 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?

  50. swetyzee  May 20, 2016

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

  51. Zukky  June 4, 2016

    You are doing a good job

  52. 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

  53. Charity Mathias  June 10, 2016

    Thanks a lot

  54. Cecilia  June 12, 2016

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

  55. BLESSING  June 21, 2016

    thanks ,its delicious have tried it,so superb

  56. 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

  57. 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

  58. vina  July 7, 2016

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

  59. Jane  August 14, 2016

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

  60. 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.

  61. Dae  October 29, 2016

    When do you put the ogiri?

    • Chy Anegbu  November 1, 2016

      Right after the fish and crayfish.

  62. 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 😁

  63. 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!

  64. 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!!!!

  65. 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.


Leave a Reply to chinenye luke
click here to cancel reply