Peanut Soup

September 20, 2022
Chef Chidi
Peanut Soup Ghanian

Peanut soup is very popular among Africans, this is the Ghanian version.

Several African communities share this same recipe. However, this is indigenous to the Hausa people from Northern Ghana.

Peanut butter soup (Nkate nkwan) has become one of Ghana’s most famous national dishes

The main ingredient is peanut butter.

I used a combination of goat meat and chicken in this recipe, but you can use plain chicken breast, beef or any meat at all.

Peanut soup recipe

Peanut Soup Recipe : How to Make Ghanian Peanut Butter Soup

Chef Chidi
Peanut soup is native to the Hausa people in Northern Ghana/Nigeria. This is an easy to make soup that I usually serve with rice balls (tuwo shikafa) or any kind of fufu (swallow).
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Lunch
Cuisine Ghanian
Servings 4 Persons
Calories 418 kcal


  • 1 Blender


  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2.2 lb / 1kg meat chicken & goat
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 2 medium-sized onions
  • 6 Scotch bonnet peppers
  • 1 Seasoning / bouillon cube
  • Half teaspoon rosemary
  • 1 finger ginger
  • 2 Garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste.
  • Salt to taste.


  • Combine garlic, ginger, half cup of water, one onion, tomato paste, rosemary, 3 scotch bonnet peppers and blend to paste.
  • Strain into the meat in a pot. Sprinkle the seasoning cube and a pinch of salt.
    Making peanut soup
  • Set on heat and let it boil for 7-10 minutes, add more water and let the meat cook till it is easy to chew. Should take 15-20 minutes. Set aside.
  • In another pot, combine fresh tomatoes, the remaining onion and set on heat. Add 2 cups of water and let is boil for 5 minutes.
  • Let it cool for a few minutes.
  • Transfer into a blender, add the peanut butter and blend everything to paste.
  • Strain into the pot containing the meat. Stir, add another cup of water, let it simmer on medium heat for 15-20 minutes.
  • It should thicken as it cooks.
  • Add extra scotch bonnet peppers for extra heat and color, I used a combination of red, green and yellow scotch bonnet peppers.
    Pot of peanut butter soup
  • Stir, Let it simmer on low heat for 5 minutes, serve with fufu.


Peanut soup is a delicacy in Ghana. The main ingredients are peanut butter or ground roasted (peanuts)
I used a combination of Chicken and goat meat for this soup.
Keyword Ghanian soup, Groundnut soup, Hausa soup, Peanut butter soup, peanut soup

They make peanut butter from groundnuts, and we buy them from major grocery stores or supermarkets around the world.

How to make Hausa Groundnut soup

In Nigeria, we call it groundnut soup. I am yet to comprehend the difference between groundnut and peanut, :lol

It is quite popular among the Hausa people from Northern Nigeria. 

We make and enjoy groundnut soup also in the west, but that’s only because our northern brothers graciously shared the recipes.

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My husband lived in Ghana for several years before returning to Nigeria, even though he in now living in Nigeria, he still craves their foods. I am trying this to surprise him.

May 17, 2023

I tried this peanut soup, and it turned out perfectly. We also make this in Kano but we add vegetables. Small difference here and there, these sure tastes better.

May 17, 2023

5 stars
Ghanian soup are delicious, they employ cooking techniques that are somewhat different from what we have in Nigeria. I have tried several other foods from Ghana like red red and light soup. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

May 17, 2023
Okereke oluwatoyin

Very nice I will try it too.thanks

February 11, 2023
Chef Vera

5 stars
The first time I tried peanut soup, I got stock forever. This soup tasted so delicious when served with fufu.

February 10, 2023

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