Amazing Recipe! Egusi Soup without Palm Oil

My contiri pipu! I just discovered this amazing recipe and I can’t wait to share it with you. What inspired me to not use palm oil? I wasn’t inspired oh , I was being forced to. On my last trip back to Saudi Arabia, things just started happening to us at the airport that caused a delay. At a point, I thought God was giving us a sign not to enter the plane. If it was not protocol being unnecessarily demanding, it was visa paper suddenly missing, then security saying this and that about my foodstuff. The cabin crew and airport officials were waiting for ‘The Greens’. LOL. We made it to the plane eventually. I and our kids entered first while my hubby sorted out the last security check. As we all got in and sat down, hubby just whispered, “They took the Oil!”
…. “Whaaaattt?! My oyeeellll!” *voice fades* I felt like banging on the emergency exit, “Please drop us! We are not traveling again”.

How can a Nigerian family cope without Palm oil? This was after I’ve done ‘James Bond’ move and done the ‘needful’ to pass  it through security check, as you all know carrying palm oil to travel by air is prohibited. My heart broke. Chaaaii! cryladyWhen we arrived, I tried making arrangement with a dear friend to get Palm oil to us, from the only city that I know of (in Saudi) that sells Nigerian food. She got it but she wasn’t allowed to transport it to us either. I was so frustrated. I had to think of a plan B. I went on YouTube to find recipes on how to make Egusi Soup without Palm oil, I didn’t see. I had to search further and saw a video of some male undergraduates who did a video on this and though apprehensive, I tried it and it came out sooooo delicious. What’s the secret?……..Tomato paste and Groundnut oil!!! Here’s the recipe. Let’s go!


Groundnut oil

Tomato paste

Diced Onions

Beef(or any type of meat)

Stock Fish

Dried Fish

Seasoning cubes

Pepper (Fresh or Dry)

Crayfish (ground)

Spinach or pumpkin leaves





  • First,  steam your meat by adding little salt, pepper, seasoning cubes and little water and bring to boil. When that is done, add your already washed and prepared Dried Fish and Stock Fish and let them simmer together for few minutes. Set that aside.
  •  Take another pot. Pour in some groundnut oil (sorry, I’m bad with measurements. Let the depth of the Oil not pass the first mark of your finger, if you make a finger dip ).
  • Chop one Onion in tiny bits and just stir fry.
  • Add half a tin of tomato paste (it’s mainly for coloring and not for taste).
  • Stir it in until the Oil turns Amber yellow.
  • Pour in your Egusi and stir until you get a smooth paste.
  • Pour in the meat stock, add crayfish and more seasoning cubes if need be and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Add the meat, dry and stock fish. Incorporate everything in.
  • Add your spinach/Pumpkin(Ugu) leaves lastly and let it simmer.

And that’s how I got this deliciousness in the wilderness. Tasting it gave me an “Ehh-we-eweh-wo !!!” moment. Remember that Asu Ekiye’s song? Yess!!!  I scored more points with my hubby on this one. He loved it so much. In as much as I need Palm oil in my life, we can absolutely go without for Egusi and Okra Soup (Recipe coming soon). Not only is it Tasty, it has lesser amount of calories than the calories in the Traditional Egusi Soup.


Do you have soup recipes that do not need Palm oil? Please If you do, Share at the comment section. Don’t forget to Like our Facebook Page!


PS: I’m very old school with my cooking pattern.  I’m one of those ladies that know the right amount or quantity to use without measuring it. These new age, I noticed people need measurements, So I admit I’m really bad with giving measurements and timing of meal preparation. I’m working towards that though, to give the professional look. *tongue out*. My alter ego saying, “I be chef? Leef me alone!


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  • Reply
    Precious Nkeih
    August 19, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    Wow this is interesting. Tomato paste and groundnut oil and it still looks so good and palm ‘oilish’.
    I’ll enjoy this one with rice.

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    August 19, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    Yes. That will be a very good option. Since it involves the traditional stew ingredients.

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    August 21, 2016 at 12:54 am

    Aww! am so sorry love, no matter how hard you try, you can’t travel by air with your palm oyel oo Lol…and Yes! tomato paste with g/nut oil tastes good, you can also use that soup to eat rice, it tastes delicious. But Bubu, you are very funny. I like your write ups Lol.

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    August 21, 2016 at 10:42 am

    My dear. Way back when I used to hear that someone put tomatoes and onions in Egusi soup, I used to give them the owl look. Aparently , I was the one who wasn’t adventurous enough to try new things. Thanks darling.

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    May 8, 2017 at 1:13 am

    For me,I don’t use any form of oil…egusi already has all the oil u need.Try Tatase to give u the oilish look which goes well with enough stock and dried fish (my grandmother taught me this).

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      May 9, 2017 at 12:17 am

      Wow! She taught you well. I’d try Tatase. Thanks a bunch.

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    May 12, 2017 at 9:14 am

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    May 22, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    wow..this is interesting…I’m gonna try it too

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    May 22, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    wow…this is very interesting…. I’m gonna try it too

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    January 2, 2018 at 10:30 am

    Twinny you can try Egusi peppersoup and okro peppersoup recipes of Delta state origin. You cook both without oil and it sure tastes good

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      January 3, 2018 at 4:16 pm

      Really? Adding that to my list. Palm oil is still a scarce commodity in the Caribbean. Thanks twinny

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