This soup is native to West Africa (Nigeria) and many of my American as well as Nigerian friends have enjoyed it. It is a great soup for those who like to try something different every once in a while. Ground Egusi seeds give this soup a unique color and flavor. If you can't find Egusi seeds, you can substitute pumpkin seeds. Any combination of crab, shrimp and smoked fish can be used in place of the shrimp. Drained, smoked oysters and chicken can be used in place of the beef.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr 20 mins
total:
1 hr 35 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 to 8 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place pumpkin seeds in a blender and blend for 30 to 40 seconds or until mixture is a powdery paste. Set aside.

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  • Wash beef and cut into bite-size cubes. Season with salt. In large pot, heat oil over medium-high heat for 4 to 5 minutes. Add beef and saute for 3 to 5 minutes or until brown but not cooked through.

  • Place tomatoes, onions, and pepper in a blender and blend for about 30 seconds or until smooth. Add tomato mixture to meat, reduce heat to medium-low, and cover. Cook for 40 to 50 minutes or until meat is tender.

  • Add tomato sauce, water, and shrimp and simmer for 10 minutes.

  • Add spinach and ground pumpkin seeds and continue to simmer 10 minutes more.

Nutrition Facts

758 calories; protein 60g; carbohydrates 16.9g; fat 51g; cholesterol 306mg; sodium 858.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (39)

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Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2006
this is my favourite soup ever as i am nigerian...you need to try this! absolutely delicious! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/11/2008
This recipe is AUTHENTIC Egusi is eatten all over West Africa this is the Nigerian version. Read More
(27)
43 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 28
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2006
this is my favourite soup ever as i am nigerian...you need to try this! absolutely delicious! Read More
(40)
Rating: 3 stars
07/10/2008
This recipe is AUTHENTIC Egusi is eatten all over West Africa this is the Nigerian version. Read More
(27)
Rating: 5 stars
04/06/2007
Call me crazy but collard greens work better than spinach with this recipe. This was GREAT. My husband's parents are from Liberia and they are big fans. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/14/2003
This recipe really satisfies my craving for diversness in cuisine. It tastes simply wonderful and I would love to see more recipes native to the African continent! Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2003
Incredible! Read More
(10)
Rating: 4 stars
11/14/2003
It's a very nice soup if you're entertaining a number of people. It's unique filled with all kinds of good stuff and very very very rich. It almost has a "bisque" quality to it but "nutty" as well. I used fresh crab which made it tiring to make -- and as careful as we were in taking the meat out of the shell we still found shell bits in our soup. My mistake was trying to eat the entire recipe over the course of a number of consecutive days. It's way too rich to try to eat it that way. Again highly recommended to give to people as a one course appetizer at a party. Read More
(10)
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Rating: 4 stars
08/29/2002
The spinach can be replaced by any type of green leafy vegetable we especially liked this soup using shredded cabbage. Read More
(10)
Rating: 3 stars
06/20/2008
The recipe itself was good. HOWEVER it's not authentic. My husband is from Cameroon Africa...so I wanted to make this one night as a surprise for him...and he didn't even recognize what it was. I asked my sister-in-law over the following weekend to show me how to make real egusi soup...and it's NOTHING like this recipe. Read More
(9)
Rating: 4 stars
07/14/2003
Delicious. I cut the on-line recipe in half and it worked just as well. I also used chicken stock in lieu of water. Read More
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