[FOODIES CORNER] How to make Suya at home


Suya is generally made by grilling spiced meat over red-hot coal in Nigeria, but you can get the same result if you have a simple griller or oven with a grill compartment.

I will show you how to make suya in the oven.

This recipe is for both the beef and chicken version of suya.

Here is what it really looks like. I made this some days back in my kitchen. It is really easy; as long as you can find the ingredients.


Ingredients For Nigerian Beef Suya.

Beef (1KG)
Suya Spice (Suya powder)
2 seasoning cubes
Salt to Taste
Ground dried pepper (optional)
Suya sticks (optional)
vegetable oil (100ml)


It is actually possible to mix your own suya spice (powder), but it is unnecessary if you live in Nigeria. If you don’t live in Nigeria, you can still purchase the spice from most online shops.
Suya spice

I live in Port Harcourt, Nigeria and I purchased mine from Hausa suya makers at Okija/Ikwerre road, mile 1, Portharcourt. You can always ask a friendly ABOKI for directions.

How to Make Suya in the Oven.

Step 1

Wash the beef properly and slice into thin fillets. You can easily do this with a kitchen knife.

Step 2

Transfer 5 spoons of the suya (spice) to a clean dry plate and add 2 seasoning cubes plus a half teaspoon of salt to it, mix them properly together, and set aside. You will need to taste it to find out that it actually tastes like what you get from the mallam.

Step 3

Stake the beef on the sticks and sprinkle the mixed spice all around it, sprinkle evenly on both sides, and begin with the grilling part.

Use a kitchen brush to rob the vegetable oil on the beef before grilling; this actually helps the grilling process.
Apply more of the spices.

Step 4

Grill your suya using the local or electric grill. You can also use your kitchen oven if it has a grill compartment. I used my kitchen oven.
Grilling Suya

Step 5

Turn every ten minutes while it grills. After twenty minutes, you will need to apply more of the spices/vegetable oil again. Grill for another 20 minutes, and you just made Suya!

Serve with onions, pepper, cabbage, tomatoes, etc.

That is how to make suya in Nigeria. I believe you can be able to prepare yours with this recipe. I would be delighted to learn how it turns out.

Chicken Suya Recipe.

The popular Nigerian suya can be made of almost any kind of meat. Chicken is second on the list, second only to plain red beef.

Chicken suya is becoming quite popular in my neighborhood. I can’t remember buying any other type in the last six months. It has all been made with chicken.

Recipe for Chicken Suya.

You will use the same recipe you used for beef above, the only difference is the chicken legs so this is going to be a short one.

Use 3 chicken legs.
Step 1
Use a sharp knife to make incisions on the chicken legs.

Step 2
Go ahead and sprinkle the suya spice all over the chicken legs, let it soak in.

Step 3
Sprinkle some vegetable oil on it and grill. Keep turning every few minutes to stop it from getting burned.
Add the spice and vegetable oil occasionally to keep it cooking.

Once you are done grilling, cut to tiny bits and serve with onions, cucumber, and cabbage