How to cook egusi soup frying method? Preheat a red palm oil in a pan, and once the oil starts melting, add the ground egusi. Stir until egusi becomes yellow. Continue frying and stirring over low or medium heat for 10 minutes. Gradually add fish or meat stock while stirring. cover the pan and cook for 20 minutes. Once the oil starts separating, add ground crayfish, pepper, cooked stock-fish, dry fish, and shaki beef. Cover and leave to simmer, and it’s done.
Pro tip: Before you start cooking the soup, you should soak the stock-fish till soft, for at least 20 minutes. For more tips on the fried egusi method, keep reading!
How To Cook Egusi Soup Frying Method?
- In a medium saucepan, add 4-tablespoons of red palm oil and heat it until the oil starts melting.
- Add 4 cups of ground egusi and start stirring until all of the egusi becomes yellow.
- Fry and stir for another 10 minutes over low or medium heat.
- Gradually add meat or fish stock, constantly stirring.
- Cover the pan with a lid and cook for another 20 minutes, occasionally stirring.
- Once you notice oil separating, add soaked stockfish, dry fish, ground crayfish, pepper, goat meat, and shaki beef.
- Stir everything well together and cover with a lid.
- Once it starts simmering, remove it from the heat and allow it to cool down a bit before serving.
Here is a step by step video guide:
How To Prepare Egusi Soup Non-Frying Method?
This egusi soup recipe requires no frying, simply follow these steps:
- In a bowl, mix 2 cups of ground egusi with 1 cup of water.
- Preheat a large pan with 1 cup of palm oil.
- Add 1 chopped onion to the pan and saute until the onion becomes translucent.
- Add 2 chopped red bell peppers, 2 chopped Scotch Bonnets, 1 tablespoon locust beans, and bring to a boil for 5 minutes.
- Add the egusi paste into the pan, reduce the heat, and cook for another 10 minutes.
- Add 2 bouillon seasoning cubes, 12 pcs smoked turkey, 2 smoked mackerel fillets, and 1 tablespoon ground crayfish.
- Cook for another 10 minutes, stirring frequently to avoid burning.
- Add 1 cup chopped spinach and cook for another 5 minutes.
- Garnish with bitter leaf and allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving.
How To Cook Egusi Soup Cooking Method?
You can try cooking egusi soup by boiling it in the water:
- In a medium-sized pot, bring water to a boil, and add goat meat.
- Add 1 chopped onion, 1 meat stock cube, 1 chopped red pepper, and cook for 10 minutes.
- Add 1 chopped yellow pepper, crayfish, and ogiri.
- Add the ground egusi and cook until it starts boiling.
- Add stockfish and cook for 3-4 minutes.
- Finally, add frozen spinach and cook for 4-5 minutes
- Allow it to cool before serving.
How Do You Know When Egusi Is Cooked?
You will know that egusi is cooked once the oil begins to separate from the mix.
How Do You Thicken Watery Egusi Soup?
There are several things that you can do while preparing Nigerian egusi soup to make it thicker. The quickest way is to mix 1 tablespoon of corn starch or flour with 1 tablespoon of cold water, and then add it to the soup.
You can also add pounded yam to the soup to make it thicker. Some other ways to thicken your soup include:
- Add cream or yogurt to the soup.
- Remove one part of the soup into a bowl, blend it, and put it back into the pot with the rest of the soup. Stir everything together and your soup will be creamy and thick.
- Mix melted butter and flour into a paste and add it to the soup.
- Add breadcrumbs to the soup.
- Add lentils or rice to your egusi soup.
- Cook for a bit longer in order to allow the water to evaporate, stirring all the time to avoid burning and sticking to the pan.
How Do You Blend Egusi With Water?
- Pour 2 cups of egusi into a blender and blend it until you get a smooth powder.
- Mix the ground egusi with 1 cup of water.
- The paste should be as thick as custard, but not too watery.
- Instead of water, you can use meat or fish stock to make your egusi paste more flavorful.
Once you blend egusi with water, you will be able to add it to your favorite soups, stews, and other dishes.
What Does Egusi Soup Taste Like?
If you cook egusi properly, it will have a nutty, spicy, and rich flavor. Egusi soup is one of the most delicious Nigerian soups. It is cooked with meat, fish, peppers, and all of these ingredients give the egusi soup a hearty taste. Egusi soup pairs well with fufu, pounded yam, ebu, and you can even pair it with rice.
Not only does egusi soup taste delicious, but it is also very healthy, as it is rich in potassium, calcium, fats, magnesium, vitamin B1, and other vitamins and minerals.
So, now you know how to cook egusi soup frying method. Preheat red palm oil in a pan, and once the oil starts melting, add ground egusi. Stir and fry until egusi becomes yellow, and then reduce the heat.
Continue cooking for another 10 minutes, occasionally stirring to avoid burning. Gradually add meat stock and stir. Cover the pan and cook for another 20 minutes, occasionally stirring. You will know your egusi is cooked once the oil starts separating.
When that happens, add crayfish, stockfish, dry fish, shaka beef, and chopped pepper. Cover and allow to simmer before removing from the heat. Let the soup cool before serving.