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If you love going to Nigerian parties (owanbe), I’m sure you’ve seen Asun peppered goat meat being served there! It’s a popular dish enjoyed at social gatherings, parties, and special occasions. It is either served as an appetizer or a dessert, depending on their personal preference. It’s delicious and adds to the fun atmosphere of the parties.
What is Asun in Nigeria?
Have you ever tasted Nigerian small chops? The delicious and spicy peppered meat you enjoy is actually called Asun in Nigeria. Asun is made by roasting or smoking goat meat and then adding a mouthwatering blend of spicy peppers.
Trust me; it’s a flavour explosion like no other! Once you try it, you won’t be able to stop at just one bite. It’s a must-try delicacy for anyone who loves bold and spicy flavours!
What Makes Asun?
Asun peppered goat meat! It’s a real treat for your taste buds, a tender and seasoned goat meat cut into small pieces and marinated in a fiery blend of spices like habanero pepper, ginger, and garlic. And to balance the spiciness, it’s complemented by the sweet flavours of onions and bell peppers. Sounds delicious, right?
Now, here’s the best part: Asun is not just tasty; it’s also nutritious! The main ingredient, goat meat is lower in calories than any other meat.
But wait, there’s more! It packs a punch with more protein and iron, making it a healthy choice. Plus, it’s low in saturated fat, which is great for your heart.
Some people might think goat meat is tough, so they don’t like it. There’s a simple trick to make it tender and juicy. Just slow-cook it until it softens, and you’ll have a mouthwatering dish everyone will love.
What Do You Eat Asun With?
Asun peppered goat meat is so versatile! Depending on your preference, you can enjoy it as a main dish or a side dish. As a side dish, it goes perfectly with Nigerian fried or jollof rice, and you can also pair it with delicious fried plantains or yam. For those who like a fresh touch, some folks enjoy having it with coleslaw or salad.
But that’s not all! Asun can also take centre stage as the main dish. You can savour it with any beverage of your choice or even pair it with other meats if you’re feeling extra hungry. So, whether you want it as a tasty side or the star of your meal, Asun is always a delight.
Is Goat Meat an Ogunfe?
In Nigeria, the Yoruba people call goat meat “Ogunfe.” So, if you ever come across “Ogunfe” on a menu or in a conversation, you’ll know it refers to yummy goat meat!
Asun peppered goat meat
- For Goat Meat
- 1 Ibs goat meat
- 1 Medium onion (chopped)
- 1 teaspoon bouillon powder or Maggi
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes to garnish
- Stir Fry
- 3 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon garlic
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- 1 medium ⅝ onion (sliced)
- 4 bell pepper (green, red, yellow) sliced
- 2 habanero pepper (chopped)
- 1 teaspoon bouillon powder or Maggi
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- salt to taste
- Wash the goat meat thoroughly and cut it into smaller pieces for easy cooking.1 Ibs goat meat
- In a pot, add the goat meat, chopped medium onion, and 1 teaspoon of bouillon powder or Maggi. Also, add enough water to cover the meat.1 Medium onion (chopped)
- Cook on medium heat until the meat becomes tender. This may take about 40-50 minutes, depending on the toughness of the meat.
- Once the goat meat is tender, Set in a try and roast or grill for 30 mins
- In a separate pan, heat 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil over medium heat.3 tablespoon vegetable oil
- Add the chopped garlic and ginger to the hot oil, and stir for about a minute until they release their fragrant aroma.1 teaspoon garlic, 1 teaspoon ginger
- Add the sliced onions, bell peppers, and chopped habanero peppers to the pan. Stir-fry the mixture for a few minutes until the vegetables are slightly softened.4 bell pepper (green, red, yellow) sliced
- Add the cooked goat meat to the stir-fry pan, and stir-fry everything together.
- Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of bouillon powder or Maggi, paprika, black pepper, and a bit of salt to taste. Mix everything thoroughly to ensure the flavors are well combined.1 teaspoon bouillon powder or Maggi
- Let the Asun cook on low to medium heat for another 5-7 minutes, allowing the spices to infuse the goat meat.
- Once the Asun is ready, you can garnish it with a sprinkle of red pepper flakes for an extra kick if desired.1 teaspoon red pepper flakes to garnish