Ewa Agoyin simply means plain boiled beans eaten with a pepper sauce.This is the perfect way for those who do not like beans to enjoy it. I can tell you that yours truly does not like beans yet, I can never get enough of Ewa Agoyin. I don’t know what it is about it that makes it taste so good. Maybe it is the caramelized onions. All I know is that I enjoy eating it.

Ewa agoyin

Ewa Agoyin

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Ewa Agoyin simply means plain boiled beans eaten with a pepper sauce.This is the perfect way for those who do not like beans to enjoy it.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Breakfast, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Nigerian


  • 2 cigar cups (approx. 500g) brown/black eyed beans
  • 5 cooking spoons red palm oil
  • 5 tomatoes big and plum
  • 1 handful crayfish
  • 1 onion big
  • pepper and salt
  • 2 stock cubes


Before Preparation

  • Soak the beans in cold water for 5 hours. Boil the beans for 5 minutes and discard the water. Rinse the beans in cold water and set aside. This soaking and pre-cooking process will help reduce the gas inducing elements.
  • Chop the onions, grind the crayfish and pound the pepper.
  • Blend the tomatoes and boil the tomato puree till all the water has dried from it.
  • Pre-cook the diced onions without any added water. The aim is to get it to caramelize a bit so that it will take less time to fully caramelize during frying.


  • Cook the beans till done. For Ewa Agoyin, the beans needs to be very soft.
  • When the beans is done, add salt, leave to dry up all the water and set aside.
  • To cook the Agoyin, pour the palm oil into a separate dry pot. Allow to heat up till the oil starts smoking and the red color changes to clear. It is better to do this at medium heat so that the oil does not get too hot too quickly. Remember to turn off your smoke alarm before doing this.
  • Now add the precooked onions and stir continuously till the onions is fully caramelized. It should be very dark in color.
  • Add the parboiled tomato puree and stir continuously till you cannot tell the difference between the tomatoes and onions.
  • Add the pepper, crayfish, stock cubes and salt to taste.
  • You can also add a little water at this point if your want.
  • Stir very well and bring to boil. The Ewa Agoyin is ready


If you have a pressure cooker, beans is one of the staple foods you will want to use it for. It considerably reduces the cooking time. To keep the smoke to a minimum and still have the traditional taste of Ewa Agoyin, you can use vegetable oil and when it is very hot, add a small amount of palm oil. Also, when dishing the beans in a plate, you can add or spray some Agoyin Stew on it.
Ewa Agoyin Can be Served With Soft & stretchy bread (known as Ewa ati Bread/Agege Bread) OR With Fried Plantain
Keyword Beans, Ewa Agoyin