I can’t believe it’s not Suya

Spicy beef skewers are a favourite street food in Nigeria know as Suya. It’s a mixture of nut and spices usually made and sold by mallams (a term used to identifying some nothern men in Nigeria), this spice mixture is then rubbed on pieces of beef and then grilled.

There’s a long process that is involved in making Suya but I always opt out for a much easier way that yields a tasty result.

In this case, my commercially bought Suya spices were completely finished, so I improvised and I was left in awe of the results. To say the least, my improvised spicy beef skewers were absolutely delicious.

Here’s the recipe:


  • 400g Beef Slices
  • 1 Tbsp. Salt
  • 1 Tbsp. Cameroon Pepper Flakes
  • 1 Tbsp. Palm Oil
  • 1 Vegetable stock cube (10g)
  • 2 Maggi cube (5g each)
  • 1 Tsp. Ginger Powder


  1. In a bowl, mix the beef, salt and pepper together, wrap with cling film and marinade in the fridge for 1 hour (or overnight).
  2. If using wooden skewers, soak them in water whilst the beef is marinating.
  3. Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees.
  4. Insert the already marinated beef into the skewers, each skewer should take about 3 to 4 pieces of beef.
  5. Place the beef skewers on a baking tray and roast in the oven for 30 minutes then turn the sides and roast for another 30 minutes.
  6. Turn oven off and take the baking tray out of the oven and pour any excess liquid out.
  7. The beef skewers should still be moist, rest them on a separate tray with foil paper.
  8. Crush and mix the Maggi, Vegetable cube and ginger powder in a small bowl and using your hands gently rub in the mixture into the pieces of beef on the skewers (the beef will still be hot but it won’t burn you).
  9. Serve hot.

Note: If you can’t find Cameroon peppers, you can substitute for any hot pepper flakes or powder, such as cayenne pepper.


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