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Suya Recipe

Updated: Apr 19

Suya is a popular West African street food that consists of spicy, skewered and grilled meat. Here's a detailed recipe for suya that takes into account calorie intake, allergy concerns, spicy level, healthy alternatives, kitchen equipment, and ingredients that can be purchased on Amazon. Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. of boneless chicken breast or sirloin steak

  • 1/2 cup of peanut oil

  • 2 tbsp. of ground cayenne pepper

  • 2 tbsp. of paprika

  • 1 tbsp. of garlic powder

  • 1 tbsp. of onion powder

  • 1 tbsp. of ground ginger

  • 1 tbsp. of ground coriander

  • 1 tbsp. of salt

  • Skewers

  • Chopped onions and tomatoes for garnish

Calories: The calorie count for suya will depend on the type of meat you use. For chicken breast, the calorie count will be approximately 165 calories per 100g, while for sirloin steak, it will be approximately 300 calories per 100g.

Allergy concerns: If you have a peanut allergy, you can substitute the peanut oil with vegetable oil or coconut oil. Also, make sure the skewers you purchase are not made from any allergenic materials.

Spicy level: The recipe calls for ground cayenne pepper, which is quite spicy. If you want a milder suya, you can reduce the amount of cayenne pepper used. Healthy alternatives: Instead of using chicken breast or sirloin steak, you can use lean cuts of beef, lamb, or even tofu. You can also use a lower calorie oil such as coconut oil or avocado oil.

Kitchen equipment:

  • Grill or oven

  • Mixing bowl

  • Measuring spoons

  • Skewers

  • Cutting board and knife


  1. Preheat your grill or oven to 375°F (190°C).

  2. Cut the chicken breast or sirloin steak into thin strips, about 1/4 inch thick.

  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the peanut oil, ground cayenne pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, ground ginger, ground coriander, and salt. Mix well.

  4. Add the meat strips to the bowl and toss until they are evenly coated with the spice mixture.

  5. Thread the meat strips onto the skewers, leaving a small gap between each piece.

  6. Grill or bake the skewers for 10-15 minutes, turning occasionally, until the meat is cooked through and slightly charred on the outside.

  7. Garnish with chopped onions and tomatoes and serve immediately.

Here are the links to purchase the ingredients and equipment on Amazon:

If you want to make the suya healthier, here are some additional ingredient and equipment options:

  • Lean cuts of beef or lamb instead of chicken or sirloin steak

  • Avocado oil instead of peanut oil

  • Wooden skewers instead of metal skewers

  • Fresh herbs like parsley or cilantro for garnish instead of onions and tomatoes

  • A kitchen scale to measure out precise amounts of ingredients

Remember to always check ingredient labels for potential allergens and adjust the spiciness level to your preference. Enjoy your homemade suya!

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