Beef suya

30 Jun


Nigerian suya is thinly sliced skewered meat coated in a mixture of spices and ground peanuts and then grilled. Beef suya is common, but goat, chicken, liver, kidney and tripe are also used (and apparently cane rat). After looking at a few different recipes, I came up with my own combination that would work for a family meal. It is typically served with sliced tomato, onion and cabbage.

suya veg

Beef suya
(serves 4)

  • 16 wooden skewers
  • 4 good quality steaks
  • 1/4 cup roasted peanuts
  • 1/2 Tb cayenne (or more to taste)
  • 1 Tb smoked paprika
  • 1 Tb garlic powder
  • 1 Tb onion powder
  • I Tb pepper
  • I Tb boullion powder
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 2 medium tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 medium red onion, halved and sliced thinly
  1. Soak the skewers in water for 3-4 hours, to prevent them burning on the grill.
  2. Slice the steaks thinly across the grain and thread onto the skewers.
  3. In a coffee grinder or mini chopper, grind the peanuts into a powder (but not so much they turn into a paste).
  4. Mix in the cayenne, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper and boullion powder, then spread on a dinner plate.
  5. Roll each skewer of meat in the spice mix until thoroughly coated.
  6. Heat the grill to high. Drizzle the skewers with oil before grilling for 8-10 minutes, turning regularly.
  7. Serve the suya with the sliced cabbage, tomatoes and onion.

Family score: 9.4 out of 10


2 Responses to “Beef suya”

  1. Margo May 20, 2015 at 1:38 am #

    Wonderful hot evening dinner. Thx for the recipe

    • Andrea May 20, 2015 at 6:36 am #

      You’re most welcome!

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