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Suya

Follow this recipe to make Suya, spicy West African steak skewers popular in West Africa.

A spicy shish kebab popular in West Africa. Traditionally prepared by the Hausa people of Northern Cameroon, Nigeria, Niger, and some parts of Sudan.  Suya has become a Nigerian national dish and is widely available as street food.

Suya, West African Skewers

Follow this recipe to make Suya, a spicy shish kebab popular in West Africa. Traditionally prepared by the Hausa people of Northern Cameroon, Nigeria, Niger, and some parts of Sudan. Suya has become a Nigerian national dish and is widely available as street food.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon white pepper
  • 2 pounds sirloin steak
  • 1/4 cup roasted almonds/peanuts
  • 1/2 - 1 tablespoon cayeene
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 - 1 tablespoon hot ground pepper or cayenne pepper optional
  • 1 tablespoon chicken Bouillon
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil to drizzle on the meat
  • Salt

Instructions

  1. Soak the skewers for at least 20 minutes totally submerged in water before using it to prevent burns.
  2. Heat the oven to 450°F. Lightly spray or oil baking sheet or roasting pan to prevent the suya from sticking to the pan.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix garlic powder, onion power, smoked paprika, white pepper, cayenne pepper, hot ground pepper and bouillon/maggi. Place mixture on a plate, Set aside.
  4. Peel roasted peanuts, then grind in a coffee grinder with skin on, until finely crushed. Do not grind the peanuts into paste. Add the ground peanuts into spice mixture.
  5. Pat the steaks dry with a paper towel. You want to have a completely dry steak before cooking. Slice the steak into a diagonal medium thin shape.
  6. Thread the steaks onto the skewers about 4 per skewer. Making sure the skewer is fully covered with slices of meat.
  7. Rub the steak skewer with spice mixture; on both sides. Line a roasting or baking sheet with foil paper. Place skewers on cookie sheet, then place on the roasting pan or baking sheet.
  8. Drizzle with oil and bake on for about 12-15 minutes.
  9. Optional -Towards the last 3 minutes of baking switch from baking to broiler setting. To get a nice crisp brown on the outside.