Nigerian Pepper Soup Recipe

Indulge in the rich and spicy flavors of Nigeria with this traditional pepper soup recipe. Made with a blend of aromatic spices and herbs, it’s perfect for warming up on a chilly day or for sharing with friends and family.


  • 1 kg (2.2 lbs) assorted meat (beef, goat meat, or chicken), cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 tablespoons ground crayfish
  • 2 tablespoons ground pepper soup spice mix (or substitute with a mix of ground cayenne pepper, dried thyme, and ground uziza seeds)
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons ground fresh pepper (adjust to taste)
  • 2 stock cubes (maggi or knorr)
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 liters (8 cups) water
  • Handful of scent leaves or substitute with basil or parsley, chopped (optional)


  1. Rinse the assorted meat thoroughly under cold water and drain.
  2. In a large pot, add the assorted meat, chopped onions, minced garlic, ground crayfish, ground pepper soup spice mix, ground fresh pepper, stock cubes, and salt.
  3. Pour in the water and stir to combine all the ingredients.
  4. Place the pot over medium heat and bring the soup to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for about 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the meat is tender.
  5. Taste the soup and adjust seasoning if necessary.
  6. If using, add the chopped scent leaves or other herbs of your choice and stir well. Let it simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
  7. Serve the Nigerian pepper soup hot in bowls, and enjoy it on its own or with a side of boiled yam, plantains, or rice.
  8. Garnish with extra chopped herbs if desired.

Enjoy the delicious flavors of Nigeria with this homemade pepper soup!

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