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How to make a healthy Nigerian pepper soup

How to make a healthy Nigerian pepper soup
Nigerian pepper soup is a popular and flavourful dish typically spicy and aromatic. It can be made with various types of meat, fish, or seafood, and is commonly enjoyed as a starter or main course. Here’s a basic recipe for making Nigerian pepper soup:


– 500 grams of meat (such as goat meat, chicken, or beef), or fish/seafood
– 2 liters of water
– 2-3 tablespoons of ground pepper soup spice (available in African stores or can be homemade)
– 2-3 tablespoons of ground crayfish (optional)
– 1 onion (chopped)
– 2-3 garlic cloves (minced)
– 1-2 tablespoons of fresh ginger (grated)
– 2-3 fresh peppers (scotch bonnet or habanero), chopped (adjust according to your spice preference)
– 2-3 stock cubes (optional)
– Salt to taste
– Fresh herbs (such as scent leaves or utazi leaves), chopped (optional)
– Lime or lemon wedges (for serving – although optional)


1. If using meat, wash and cut it into bite-sized pieces. If using fish or seafood, clean and prepare them accordingly. Set aside.
2. In a large pot, bring the water to a boil. Add the meat, fish, or seafood to the pot and let it cook until tender. Skim off any foam that rises to the surface.
3. Add the chopped onion, minced garlic, grated ginger, and chopped peppers to the pot. Stir well.
4. Add the pepper soup spice, ground crayfish (if using), and stock cubes (if using). These ingredients will enhance the flavor of the soup. Adjust the quantity of pepper soup spice and peppers according to your preference for spiciness.
5. Reduce the heat to a simmer and let the soup cook for about 20-30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together. Stir occasionally and taste the soup to adjust the seasoning with salt if needed.
6. If using fresh herbs like scent leaves or utazi, add them to the pot during the last few minutes of cooking. These herbs will add a fresh and aromatic taste to the soup.
7. Once the soup is ready, serve it hot in bowls.
You can squeeze some lime or lemon juice over depending on your kind of taste

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