A traditional Nigerian street food, Suya is meat on a stick. A spicy peanut seasoning is rubbed into the meat and served as a condiment after cooking over an open flame. This meat on a stick is portable and fun to eat.
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What is Suya?
Suya is a West African kebab. It is thinly slice meat, usually beef, ram or chicken, seasoned with a spicy peanut mixture and cooked over open flame. It is the Nigerian national dish and is the most popular street food.
Suya is also popular in Ghana and Cameroon. The different suya recipes are the result of individuals personal recipes rather than distinctive national differences in this particular cuisine. They are all made with peanuts ground with spices, skewered and cooked over open flame. What is readily available and personal preferences has more to do with the different suya recipes than a national culinary identity.
How to Make Suya
In a food processor
Add the peanuts and spices. Process until finely ground. Reserve about one third of a cup of the mixture to serve as a garnish.
In a large bowl
In a medium mixing bowl, add the rest of the mixture and oil, make a paste. Add the thinly sliced meat and massage the mixture into the meat.
Skewer the meat
I use bamboo skewers but metal ones work great too. Sometimes I soak the skewers in water to prevent burning but you don’t have to. They won’t be exposed to heat for very long. I like to crowd the meat a little so that the meat won’t cook too quick and dry out. You can BBQ these over an open flame or broil four inches under the heating element in your oven. I have done both and these two methods work well.
Serve with lime wedges
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