Suya or soya is the quintessential West African street food that is made up of well-spiced grilled pieces of meat that are mostly placed on a skewer.
In Nigeria, it is called suya. In Cameroon, it is called soya. In Ghana, it is called chinchinga or sitsinga. In French it is called brochettes. It is also known as “beef kebab” or “kabob”. It is one of life’s guilty pleasures, very tasty and a little addicting.
Suya actually refers to the seasoning mix, which typically includes ground peanuts, salt, pepper, paprika, and chili pepper. The flavor is complex and the aroma is strong but pleasant. Heat levels vary depending on the cook, but the depth of flavor is consistent and is the draw that will make you overeat if you’re not careful.
You could use this suya spice mix to marinate meat, fish or chicken. It is a must-have for your kitchen shelf and it stays pretty well in a sealed container for later use. Suya is generally made with skewered beef, ram, or chicken. Innards such as kidney, liver and tripe are also used. The thinly sliced meat is marinated in various spices which include peanut, salt, vegetable oil and other flavorings, and then barbecued.
Suya (Grilled Liver Kebab)
- 1 kg beef liver
- ¼ cup powdered peanuts
- ½ - 1 tbsp cayenne
- 1½ 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
- 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