Liver Suya (Liver Kebab)

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Suya/Kebab is one of the most popular West African street foods, made up of well-spiced grilled pieces of meat that are mostly placed on a skewer. The meats used in making suya are not limited to any particular kind which is why there is such a thing called Liver Suya.

The suya spice is a seasoning mix that commonly includes ground peanuts, salt, pepper, paprika, and chili pepper. The perfume is strong but pleasant, and the flavor is complex. Heat levels vary depending on the cook, but the intensity of taste is consistent and will cause you to overeat if you’re not careful.

Suya is the Nigerian word for it. It is known as soya in Cameroon. It is known as chinchinga or sitsinga in Ghana. Brochettes is the French word for it. It is also referred to as “kebab” or “kabob.” It’s one of life’s guilty pleasures, delicious and slightly addictive.

What is Liver Kebab or Liver Suya?

Kebab is a dish made up of small pieces of meat, tomatoes, onions, and other vegetables threaded onto skewers and cooked, usually over charcoal Also known as shish kebab, kabob, and cabob. Ultimately, Liver suya would mean grilled liver.

Liver Suya is a spicy beef skewer that is popular in West Africa. It is usually spiced using Yaji.


blend can be used to marinade meat, fish, or chicken. It’s a must-have for your kitchen shelf, and it keeps well in an airtight container for later use. Suya is a skewered meat dish made with beef, ram, or chicken.

Kidney, liver, and tripe are among the innards used. The thinly sliced beef is marinated in a mixture of spices, including peanuts, salt, vegetable oil, and other seasonings, before being grilled.

How to Make Liver Suya

There is no conventional recipe for making the complex mixture of spices and additions that comprise the original suya marinade (known as Yaji) and the spice mix served with it. Ingredients may differ based on personal and geographical preferences.


Suya (Grilled Liver Kebab)

Suya, a roast African spicy skewered beef, is an irresistible beef satay with a spicy peanut spice blend 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Barbecue
Cuisine Cameroonian, Ghanaian, Nigerian


  • 1 kg beef liver
  • ¼ cup powdered peanuts
  • ½ - 1 tbsp cayenne
  • tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp white pepper
  • ½ - 1 tbsp cayenne pepper optional
  • 1 tbsp chicken bouillon
  • salt
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil to drizzle on the meat


  • If you’re using wood skewer: Soak the skewers for at least 20 minutes totally submerged in water before using it to prevent burns.
  • Heat the oven to 450°F. Lightly spray or oil baking sheet or roasting pan to prevent the suya from sticking to the pan
  • In a medium bowl, mix peanut, garlic powder, onion power, smoked paprika, white pepper, cayenne pepper, hot ground pepper and bouillon/maggi. Place it on a plate , Set aside
  • Slice the liver into a diagonal medium thin shape,
  • Thread the steaks onto the skewers about 4 per skewer. Making sure the skewer is fully covered with slices of meat.
  • Rub the steak skewer with spice mixture; on both sides. Line a roasting or baking sheet with foil paper. Place skewers on cookie sheet , then place on the roasting pan or baking sheet.
  • Drizzle with oil and bake on for about 12-15 minutes.
  • Optional -Towards the last 3 minutes of baking switch from baking to broiler setting. To get a nice crisp brown on the outside.
  • Serve warm


Keyword Grilled Liver Kebab, Roasted Beef, Suya Recipe
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