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  • Writer's pictureNicky, Digital Researcher, Africa Analyst

Suya - Nigerian beef skewer street food

Updated: Jan 30, 2021

This is one of the most popular street foods in Nigeria, and some other countries in Western African. Suya is basically slices of boneless meat coated with a spicy blend of ground peanut, ground ginger, salt, ground chili and bullion cubes. The meat is skewered, rolled in the peanut spice mix and roasted until well done. Beef, chicken, lamb or mutton can be used to prepare Nigerian suya.

The meat is usually cut against the grain into thin slices for a faster and even cooking, looped onto the skewers, brushed with vegetable oil, rolled in the suya spice and grilled in a preheated oven until perfectly done. Suya is usually served with slices of onions, fresh tomatoes, cucumber or lettucea

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Servings: 6


  • 1 beef top sirloin steak (2 pounds), thinly sliced against the grain

  • 1 cup salted peanuts

  • 1 tablespoon paprika

  • 2 teaspoons onion powder

  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger

  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 medium onion, cut into wedges

  • 1 large tomato, cut into wedges

  • Fresh cilantro leaves

Cooking Steps

  1. Place peanuts in a food processor; process until finely chopped.

  2. Add paprika, onion powder, ginger, pepper flakes and garlic powder; pulse until combined.

  3. Place beef in a large bowl or shallow dish and drizzle with oil; sprinkle with salt. Toss to coat.

  4. Add peanut mixture; turn to coat. Refrigerate, covered, for 2 hours. Drain beef, discarding marinade.

  5. Thread beef onto metal or soaked wooden skewers.

  6. Grill, covered, over medium-high heat until beef reaches desired doneness, 10-15 minutes, turning occasionally.

  7. Serve with onion, tomato and cilantro

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