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Homemade Suya Spice

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You know I love sharing all my secret and super yummy no fail recipes. This is my signature Suya Spice Seasoning. Suya spice is a stable in the African Cuisine which is used to season skewed beef, chicken, and more. Suya is commonly a street food where I’m from, it is also a savory and spicy meat which can be enjoyed as a snack or appetizer. There is always that inviting flavor each time I walk the streets, that smoky suya flavor from the grills always makes me salivate and tempted to buy everytime. My mom actually taught me how to make Suya spice and it’s a staple in my house as a snack or for movie nights. Whenever I make suya for my friends, this question always comes up “Where did you buy your suya spice”. I will smile and say “My secret recipe”, and 0fcourse I will share the recipe with them. Trust me, this recipe has been tasted and approved by many and will be your favorite too. You  can watch full recipe video here.

I know you might be confused between Suya and Suya Spice. Suya is the charcoal grilled beef or chicken seasoned with suya spice, while suya spice is the seasoning. Check out How to make Perfect SUYA.

What is Suya Spice?

Suya Spice is a smoky, spicy and peanut mix that is insanely delectable and inviting. Can be used as a rub or powder dip. Suya is mostly charcoal grilled but nowadays, oven and BBQ methods are being used but trust me, it still taste perfect.

Here is what you need:

  • Roasted peanut powder: Either roughly blend or process peanuts to be coarse. Be careful not to over blend, will become peanut butter.
  • Hot pepper powder: Use any hot peppers like chilli, scotch bonnets or habanero. Adjust to your own spicy level. I used Cayenne pepper
  • Smoked paprika: I will emphasize on smoked paprika because of the smoky flavor.
  • Whitepepper
  • Bouillon powder: Any seasoning powder works.
  • Garlic Powder
  • Contry onion; I never miss this, it’s also called rondelles. With small round shapes found in Cameroon and some parts of Africa. You can get this from any African grocery store. But you can skip if hard to get.
  • Cloves powder: It’s pungent smell is perfect for suya spice.

What tools to use:

How to preserve Suya Spice:

In an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer. Can stay for up to 1 year.

Homemade Suya Spice

Spicy and peanut based dry rub for beef, chicken etc.
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Course: Seasonings
Cuisine: African
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 Cup
Calories: 69kcal
Author: Claudy



  • ½ Cup Ground Peanuts Patched or roasted,
  • 3 tbsp Hot Pepper Powder adjust according to spicy level, I used Cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Whitepepper
  • 1 tbsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tbsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Blackpepper
  • ¼ tsp Cloves
  • 1 tbsp Bouillon Powder or any seasoning powder
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Contry Onion More for extra flavor if need be


  • Blend the roasted peanuts roughly using a chopper, processor or blender until it's coarse looking. Be careful not to over blend, like will become peanut butter. That isn't the consistency you want.
  • Transfer roughly ground peanuts into a bowl and combine the rest of the ingredients. Use a spoon to mix until perfectly combined.
  • Transfer to an airtight container or use immediatly.


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Calories: 69kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 5965mg | Potassium: 243mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 987IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1mg


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Hi, Welcome to my Kitchen. I am Claudy, a wife, content creator, food photographer, registered dental assistant and mom to 2 beautiful girls. I genuinely hope Claudy’s Recipes will be your first and final stop for any needed recipe.

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