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. 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.

    • Ogwumagana  June 2, 2019

      Ade, say the truth and shame the devil… You don’t know how to cool, simple. Come and beat me, I dey my village.

  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!


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