Suya is generally made by grilling spiced meat over red-hot coal in Nigeria, but you can get the same result if you have a simple griller or oven with a grill compartment.
It is actually the most popular Hausa snack. I have been enjoying it from my 14th birthday, right before I learned what zo meant in Hausa langauge.

In the last few weeks we have been talking about Hausa foods and it will continue for another couple of days before we switch to popular Yoruba recipes and how to make them.

Suya is actually easy to make, as long as you can lay your hands on the spice and any meat of choice. Usually, it was made with beef but in recent times I have seen chicken suya and even that from bush meat. 😀

This recipe is for both the beef and chicken version of suya.

Here is what it really looks like. I made this some days back in my kitchen. As I said, it is really easy; as long as you can find the necessary ingredients.


Ingredients For Nigerian Beef Suya
    Beef (1KG)
    Suya Spice
    2 seasoning cubes
    Salt to Taste
    Ground dried pepper (optional)
    Suya sticks (optional)
    vegetable oil (100ml)


It is actually possible to mix your own suya spice but it is not necessary if you live in Nigeria. If you don’t live in Nigeria you can still purchase the spice from most online shops.
Suya spice

I live in Port Harcourt Nigeria and I purchased mine from Hausa suya makers at Okija/Ikwerre road, mile 1, Portharcourt. You can always ask the friendly ABOKI for directions. If you get the main spice, you can be sure to make the exact kind of beef suya that you love.

How to Make Suya

Wash the beef properly and slice into thin fillets, you can easily do this with a kitchen knife. You can see the picture below. If you are using chicken, you just need to apply the spices on the chicken, you don’t need to slice into fillet as is the case with beef.

Transfer 5 spoons of the suya (spice) in a clean dry plate and add 2 seasoning cubes plus a half teaspoon of salt to it, mix them properly together and set aside. You will need to taste to ascertain that it actually tastes like what you get from the mallam.

Stake the beef on the sticks and sprinkle the mixed spice all around it, sprinkle evenly on both sides and commence with the grilling part.

Use a kitchen brush to rob the vegetable oil on the beef before grilling; this actually helps the grilling process.
Apply more of the spices.

Grill your suya using the local or electric griller. You can also use your kitchen oven if it have griling compartment. I used my kitchen oven
Grilling Suya

You have to turn every ten minutes while it grills, after twenty minutes, you will need to apply more of the spices/vegetable oil again. Grill for another 20 minutes and you just made suya!
Serve with onions, pepper, cabbage, tomatoes, etc.

That is how to make suya in Nigeria. I believe you can be able to prepare yours with this recipe. I would be delighted to learn how it turn out.

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Here is the video for suya, enjoy.

Chicken Recipe

The popular Nigerian suya can be made out of almost any kind of meat, chicken is second on the list, second only to plain red beef.

Chicken suya is becoming quite popular in my neighborhood. I can’t remember buying any other type in the last six months. It has all been the one made with chicken.

Recipe for Chicken Suya

You will be using the same exact recipe you used for beef above, the only difference is the chicken legs so this is going to be a short one.

Use 3 chicken legs.
Step 1
Use a sharp knife to make incisions on the chicken legs.

Step 2
Go ahead and sprinkle the suya spice all over the chicken legs, let it soak in.

Step 3
Sprinkle some vegetable oil on it and grill. Keep turning every few minutes to stop it from getting burned.
Add the spice and vegetable oil occasionally to keep it cooking.

Once you are done grilling, cut to tiny bits and serve with onions, cucumber, and cabbage as seen in the video below

Here is the video for chicken suya. Enjoy


Beef Suya Recipe

Chy Anegbu
When you apply some suya spice on plain read beef, what you get is a popular Nigerian evening snack. This recipe shows you how to make beef suya in 7 simple steps.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Dessert, Nigerian snack
Cuisine Nigerian Cuisine
Servings 4 People
Calories 598 kcal


  • Griller


  • 1 KG Plain red Beef
  • 1 Cup Suya Spice
  • 2 seasoning cubes
  • Salt to Taste
  • 1 tbsp Ground dried pepper
  • 20 Suya sticks optional
  • 100 ml vegetable oil


  • Start by washing the beef properly, then slice into thin fillets using a kitchen knife.
  • In a bowl, mix 5 spoons of suya spice and 2 seasoning cubes (Nigerian brands)
  • Stake the beef fillets on the sticks and sprinkle the mixed spice all around it and allow it to soak in for few minutes.
  • To help the grilling process, apply vegetable oil using a kitchen brush.
  • Apply more of the spices.
  • Grill your suya, remember to turn every now and then so you don't end up with burned beef
  • Serve with onions, pepper, cabbage, tomatoes, etc.


Keyword Aboki styled beef, Suya, Suya spice recipe


  1. grace  March 13, 2016

    Thanks for the recipe. I also live in portharcourt Nigeria. My husband usually buy suya when coming back from work. I think I am going to surprise by making it this weekend.

    • Patience  July 9, 2019

      Wow thank you sir

  2. Linus  March 13, 2016

    Wow! this is comprehensive and well written. Chy you have saved me a lot of money. I will now make suya in my own house. bad market for aboki them. lol

  3. Joy aEgua  March 13, 2016


  4. Jennifer  March 13, 2016

    This page is so adorable my follow women please join me and make your husband stop looking outside tell him you can cook more than that chewing gum girls outside there. Lol. Just kidding. But try it and win your husbands hearts.

  5. Mercy udoka  March 13, 2016

    Wow!!! I love this Chy you are too much, your blog have been a saviour to me, in fact since I started following this your blog I can cook more better and my husband and children said that I am the best, thanks so much. I wish I can open the eye of other so there can see what I am seeing. God bless you.

  6. Uzioma igwe  March 13, 2016

    So adorable Chy please can I have some.

  7. Udo ibe  March 13, 2016

    I love suya, thanks for showing me how to make suya. please where can I buy the ingredients in Aba? I live in Aba, Abia state.

  8. Nyinye  March 14, 2016

    Thank you, Chy.

  9. Bussy  March 14, 2016

    Nice recipe,will try it this weekend,thanks a lot

  10. ADAMS  March 15, 2016

    Ma you’re wonderful thanks.

  11. Dearly  March 15, 2016

    How do I prepare the soya spice myself?

    • Chy Anegbu  March 15, 2016

      Making the suya spice is a bit complicating. If you can find the needed ingredients for suya spice, I believe you can also find the already made (spice). However, I did try this combination from Flo and it tasted nice.
      3 tablespoons crushed Kuli Kuli
      3 tablespoons ginger powder
      1 tablespoons cayenne pepper flakes
      5 strands of African Negro Pepper (uda)
      1 cube of knorr
      Half teaspoon salt

      Blend them neatly to achieve the same result. You can adjust the ingredients to find your taste. Send me my own suya when you are done o!

  12. Jane  March 22, 2016

    This is really nice my namesake. I appreciate dis alots. May God bless u more.

  13. Abi  March 24, 2016

    God bless you big,i will try this very soon.

  14. Ozioma  April 1, 2016

    Chy u are a God sent! God bless you cos you have been a blessing to many.

  15. Favour  April 3, 2016

    Bravo! Can’t wait to try this

  16. MUBO  April 20, 2016

    Wao tnx so very much cos i lv suya

  17. Kelly  April 27, 2016

    Chy,You are wonderful .thanks a do I introduce someone to your blog?

  18. Bolanle  April 27, 2016

    Nice one.

  19. suzzy  April 29, 2016

    Nice one chy baby u are really God sent. I wiil try dis by weekend. Luv u.

  20. Adewale Atinuke  May 10, 2016

    Thanks for the gud job.I ll give it a trial dis weekend.

  21. Nkemdirim  May 17, 2016

    Wow…I’m going to try mine. Keep up the good work. Tnx a lot.

  22. Mina  May 22, 2016

    Fantastic! Thank you for the knowledge shared. I just learned how to make suya.

  23. FAVOUR  May 24, 2016

    my Tutor, You are doing a great job.

    please can you teach me how to make pepper meat.

  24. joy  May 25, 2016

    Well detailed. Good job.

  25. Yinka  May 30, 2016

    Wow! This is great, i will try this very soon. God bless you real good.

  26. amaka  May 30, 2016

    Chy dearie. I appreciate ur efforts. Tnx a million.

  27. Viv  June 23, 2016

    Tnx Chi baby. This is lovely. Keep living.

  28. Omobola  June 27, 2016

    That’s gr8 Chy thanks 4 d gud job, it so amazing I Cann’t wait to try it.

  29. Mustaf  June 29, 2016

    Nice that one can make their own. Before Boko Haram will take over suya market and poison people. If they can use Fulani Herdsmen, they can use Suya means 🙂

  30. Adewale Atinuke  July 5, 2016

    Chy,u are the best.

  31. ONYEKACHI  July 8, 2016

    Thank, Hope There Won’t Health Problems Using That Spice.

  32. temitope  July 18, 2016

    Nice one

  33. Babatunji bolanle  July 20, 2016

    Wow.! Chy, u have really taught me what have been longing to learn over 5 yearyears ago. I’m so glad and grateful to u. God bless u. Pls keep up d good work. U really a channel of blessings all around. Love u!

  34. Babatunji bolanle  July 20, 2016

    Chy, u mentioned I can possibly mix my own suya pls what are d ingredients in order for me to mix my suya spice at home please?

  35. Barbie Franca  July 22, 2016

    Thanks Bae….God bless you for this…

  36. chitoo  July 25, 2016

    Thanks for ur excellent good work. God will bless u with the greatest wisdom u have ever wish. Thanks for showing me how to make suya. Luv u

  37. khadeejah  July 28, 2016

    ur blog is really helpful, we r really proud of u. keep up d good work. Thanks for the suya recipe.

  38. joy  August 11, 2016

    Chy, this is superb. Tanx

  39. veejay  September 1, 2016

    wow interesting tanks for the recipe its helping a lot

  40. aysha  September 18, 2016

    chy dts a vry wondaful dishe, am happy 2 b wt u guys. tnx.

  41. KT  September 20, 2016

    I wish there was a video!

    • Chy Anegbu  September 21, 2016

      The video for suya is coming soon.

  42. Queen  October 15, 2016

    Great lesson, tanx

  43. Queendy  July 19, 2018

    This is nice. will try it out cos I enjoy suya so much. I pray it comes out well

  44. Oluwafemi  January 7, 2020

    5 stars
    I just feelling pulling out the suya out of the phone for a taste. Lol. Real thumbs up for a very well articulated detailed and incisive article on preparing suya. Even if the creators of suya would be jealous of this. This is the blog lovers of good food really should be a digest reader of. Definitely a 5- star for these.


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