Recipe courtesy of Kwame Onwuachi

Beef Suya

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 15 min
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 3 to 4 servings
Scents are something normally associated with memory and nostalgia. As a child, I remember the wafting aroma of suya dancing down the street in Nigeria. This dish will be a showstopper and flavor bomb, something your guests will take with them in their memory bank too.


Suya Spice Blend:

Beef Suya:


  1. Make the spice blend. In a small bowl, combine all the spice blend ingredients until incorporated. Reserve 3 tablespoons for garnish.
  2. Prepare the suya. Place the beef in a large bowl. Add the spice blend and mix well to coat the meat. Cover the bowl in plastic wrap and transfer to the refrigerator to marinate for 1 hour if time allows. 
  3. Place a grill pan over medium-high heat. Brush the grill pan with oil. Grill in batches, turning occasionally, until cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes. Sprinkle with the remaining 3 tablespoons spice blend.

Cook’s Note

You can also use 2 1/4 teaspoons roasted peanuts, ground into a fine powder. The spice blend can also be made in a food processor or with a mortar and pestle. If you don't have a grill pan, you can also use a cast-iron skillet or saute pan. If using an outdoor grill, skewer the beef on soaked 12-inch bamboo skewers. You can also use the suya spice blend on peeled and deveined jumbo shrimp or boneless chicken thighs, cut into 2-inch pieces.