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Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
35 mins
Suya are grilled beef, mutton or chicken skewers that are popular on the streets of Ghana, Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, and Sudan.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: African, Cameroonian, Ghanaian, Nigérian, West African
Servings: 6 people
Author: Nita Ragoonanan
  • 3 lb beef (to grill)
  • 3 oz. roasted peanuts with skin , finely ground into powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground Cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ginger powder
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg , freshly grated
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon white pepper
  • 1 cube beef bouillon (or chicken bouillon Maggi), reduced to powder
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Salt
  • 10 skewers
  1. Heat the barbecue (or oven in grill position) to 450 F / 230 C.

  2. In a bowl, combine the garlic and onion powders, smoked paprika, ginger, nutmeg, white pepper, Cayenne pepper, peanuts and bouillon cube. Set aside.
  3. Thoroughly dry the meat with paper towel.
  4. Slice meat in pieces of about 1 to 2 inches (2,5-5 cm) and to a thickness of approximately 1 inch / 2,5 cm (or in 1 inch cubes).

  5. Thread 4 pieces of meat per skewer.
  6. Rub the meat with the spice mixture.
  7. Place the skewers on the previously oiled barbecue grill (or in the oven on an oiled baking tray).
  8. Brush oil onto the meat and gril for about 12 to 15 minutes. Brush with oil after turning the skewers halfway through cooking.
  9. Serve immediately.