Suya Spice

Suya Spice

The Spruce / Maxwell Cozzi

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Press Time: 60 mins
Total: 65 mins
Yield: 1 cup
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
885 Calories
73g Fat
36g Carbs
37g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Amount per serving
Calories 885
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 73g 94%
Saturated Fat 11g 57%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1661mg 72%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 13g 48%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 37g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 98mg 8%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 1032mg 22%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

A simple pack of roasted peanuts and some additional spices and seasoning are all it takes to replicate that incredible flavor of Nigerian street food in your own kitchen.


  • 1 cup roasted peanuts

  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or less, to taste)

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 chicken stock cube, crumbled

  • Pinch ground cloves

  • Pinch allspice

  • Salt (to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Suya Spice ingredients

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  2. Crush the peanuts into a fine powder using a mortal and pestle, or a food processor. The result should look like a fine crumble.

    peanuts in a food processor

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  3. To remove the excess oil from the peanuts, lay a clean paper towel on top of the kitchen counter, and spread the peanut crumble over the surface of the paper towel, just big enough to ensure that it will all be covered by the base of a large pot. Once the crumble has been spread, place a second paper towel on top of it, followed by a heavy-bottomed pot, and any additional weight you can find (canned items do a good job here). Allow to sit for 30 to 60 minutes.

    crushed peanuts on a paper towel

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  4. Place dried out peanut crumble in a small bowl, Add the remaining spices and stir to combine.

    add spices to the peanuts in the bowl

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  5. The suya spice can be used on a variety of meat either during preparation before grilling or once the cooking process has been completed, to top cooked skewers of meat.

    Suya Spice on a pork chop

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  • If crushing the peanuts using a food processor, take care to work the blender in short bursts. Due to the powerful rotations of a food processors' blades, the peanuts could turn into peanut butter fairly quickly, therefore care is needed for this step. Go a single pulse at a time to avoid making a paste.
  • Any remaining spice blend can be stored in an airtight container. For maximum flavor and freshness,use within one week.

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