Suya is a very popular and delicious street food snack that is best eaten directly from the grill. Suya are beef skewers – to prepare them perfectly, you should soak the skewers in cold water several hours before you start with the actual recipe. This ensures that the sticks do not burn during the roasting.



500 gr. Beef
peanut oil
Suya (alternative: 75g roasted peanuts, 2 tsp cayenne pepper, 1 tsp ginger powder, 1 tsp sweet paprika, 1 tsp rose paprika)



How to:

First cut the beef into long, thin slices, then into small pieces – such that when you thread them on the sticks, they will not flap too much. Then thread the pieces of beef on the sticks.


Now mix some peanut oil with salt and rub it on the threaded fillets of beef, which helps the Suya spice to stick better to the meat.


Then spread the Suya spice or alternatively a mixture of finely crushed peanuts, cayenne pepper, ginger powder, sweet pepper and rose paprika on a large plate and dab the skewers in it. You can either make Suya by yourself, buy it in African grocery stores or order it online.


After marinating, let the skewers rest for about an hour. Then preheat the oven to 150 ° C for about ten minutes. Now roast about 20 minutes per side depending on the thickness of the meat. Rub some of the remaining groundnut oil on both sides of the beef. Increase the oven temperature a bit and roast either side of the beef for 5 minutes each. The „real“ Nigerian suya is mostly made over an open fire and sold as street food.


You can serve the suya with or without sticks. To make the whole thing even more authentic, serve with chunks of onions, tomatoes cabbage and cucumber. Enjoy your meal!