Last Updated 07/07/2020

Looking for Nigerian pepper soup recipe?

In this post you'll discover how to make the perfect peper soup (every time) plus 3 different pepper soup recipe.

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How to Make Pepper Soup (Perfectly) 

Before we jump into how to make specific types of peper soup, I want to give you the general overview of the ingredients that make up pepper soup. So you can mix and match to come up with endless perfect peppersoup ideas.

Now to make pepper soup you need two (2)to five (5) broad ingredients types, they are:

1. Pepper Soup Spice Mix

The main idea is pepper soup should be “spicy” hence the name Peppersoup. 

So therefore, an important and essential part in nailing your pepper soup is the peppersoup spice. 

A typical peppersoup spice is a blend mix of these spices:

  • Ehuru (Calabash nutmeg), 
  • Uziza seeds (Black pepper) and
  • Uda (negro pepper). 

Ready-made Pepersoup spice mix is widely available in your local stores. So you don't always have to make it from scratch.

2. Protein Source 

To make peppersoup, another essential ingredient is a protein source which includes: 

Goat meat, chicken, catfish, other fishes, Lamb, seafood, oxtail, bush meat and assorted meat (i.e different parts of a cow like the kidney, liver, plain beef, cow tripe, intestines e.t.c) can be used.

3. Other Spices {Optional}

There are other spice ingredients that aren’t necessary but can be added according to preference or taste. They are smoked paprika powder (it gives it a reddish look), ginger, garlic, palm oil, crayfish and so on.

4. Carb Source{Optional}

There is also the option of adding carb sources like yam, plantain, potatoes and more that have been nicely diced in smaller cubes into your pepper soup to add versatility into your bowl of pepper soup.

5. Garnish {Optional}

For garnishing, any of the vegetables like Uziza leaves, Utazi leaves, scent leaves (Effirin), basil leaves, mint leaves and parsley leaves can be used.

Now the basics are out of the way, let's jump right into the specifics...

How to Make Goat Meat Pepper Soup

Goat meat peppersoup is one most common peppersoup recipe. Here's how to make it easily

Goat Meat PepperSoup Recipe

Recipe by Fitnigerian

This pepper soup recipe uses Goat meat as the main protien source ingrident.

5 star rating 

goat-meat-peppersoup-recipe

Category:
Soup

Method:
Cooked 

Cuisine:
Nigerian

Serves
6 people

Prep Time
15 Min

Total Time
2 Hours

Ingredients:
  • 1kg of Goat Meat 
  • 1 tablespoon of Pepper soup spice mix
  • 2 Teaspoon Ground Hot Chilli Pepper/ 1  scotch bonnet or habanero pepper (Chopped To Bits).
  • 1 teaspoon of Ginger
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 seasoning cubes
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon of ground crayfish [Optional]
  • 2-3 finely chopped scent leaves (Effirin)
  • water
Directions: 
  1. 1
    Cut your Goat Meat into smaller chunks and thoroughly wash.
  2. 2
    Put cleaned and cut goat meat into a pot and set on slightly below medium heat.
  3. 3
    Add 1 cup of water, 2 Seasoning Cube (e.g Maggi), ginger, garlic, onions and some salt
  4. 4
    Cover pot and allow to cook for about 1 hour 30 minutes (or until meat is soft). Then remove pieces of ginger and garlic from the pot.
  5. 5
    Add about 4 more cups of water to the pot of cooked meat. Also, add in your pepper soup spice, chilli powder/copped peper, crayfish and one more Seasoning Cube (e.g Maggi).
  6. 6
    Mix thoroughly and taste. Add more salt if needed.
  7. 7
    Cover and allow to simmer for about 20 to 25 more minutes
  8. 8
    Turn off heat and Serve!
Video: 
Notes: 
  • If you don’t find the garlic in the precooked meat, then no need to worry. It simply means it completely melted in the stock.!
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How to Make CatFish Pepper Soup

CatFish Pepper Soup is one of easiest, fastest and most delicous pepper soups you can make. Here's how to make it easily:

CatFish Pepper Soup Recipe

Recipe by Fitnigerian

This pepper soup recipe uses Cat fish as the main protien source ingrident.

4.9 star Rating

catfish-peppersoup-recipe

Category:
Soup

Method:
Cooked 

Cuisine:
Nigerian

Serves
4 people

Prep Time
5 Min

Total Time

30 Mins

Ingredients:
  • 1 Catfish (Whole) 
  • 1 teaspoon of Pepper soup spice mix
  • 2 Teaspoon Ground Hot Chilli Pepper/ 1  scotch bonnet or habanero pepper (Chopped To Bits).
  • 1 onion
  • 1 seasoning cubes
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoon of ground crayfish
  • A pinch of Bitter leaf or Utazi 
  • water
Directions: 
  1. 1
    Clean and cut your Catfish into slices. 
  2. 2
    Put cleaned and cut goat meat into a pot and set on slightly below medium heat.
  3. 3
    Set a put on medium heat. Put your cut catfish into a pot and add in water to reach the level of the contents of the pot.
  4. 4
    Also, add in your pepper soup spice mix, onions, pepper, seasoning cube, salt, ground crayfish and Bitter leaf (or Utazi).
  5. 5
    Cover pot and allow to simmer for about 25 minutes.
  6. 6
    Turn off heat and Serve!
Video: 
Notes: 
  • For a more thorough wash of your fish, add lime to water to be used in cleaning the fish.
  • The above steps is how you make any other type of fish peppersoup
  •  Do not cook the fish for too long and avoid stirring more frequently so the fish doesn’t break apart. A technique that can be used to avoid your fish from breaking apart is pouring hot water over the fish, allowing it to sit for 30 seconds before draining out the hot water and then rinsing under a tap.
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How to Make Chicken Pepper Soup

Chicken Pepper Soup is delicous and filling pepper variation. Here's how to make it:

Chicken PepperSoup Recipe

Recipe by Fitnigerian

This pepper soup recipe uses chicken as the main protien source ingrident.

4.5 star rating 

chicken-peppersoup-recipe

Category:
Soup

Method:
Cooked 

Cuisine:
Nigerian

Serves
6 people

Prep Time
15 Min

Total Time
45 Mins

Ingredients:
  • 1kg of Chicken
  • 1 tablespoon of Pepper soup spice mix
  • 2 Teaspoon Ground Hot Chilli Pepper/ 1  scotch bonnet or habanero pepper (Chopped To Bits).
  • 1 teaspoon of Ginger
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 seasoning cubes
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon of Thyme
  • 1 tablespoon of ground crayfish [Optional]
  • 2-3 finely chopped scent leaves (Effirin)
  • water
Directions: 
  1. 1
    Cut your chicken into smaller chunks and thoroughly wash.
  2. 2
    Transfer into a pot, place on medium heat and add water to reach the level of the contents of the pot
  3. 3
    Add your chopped onions, habanero pepper, thyme, seasoning cubes and salt and cook for about 30 minutes.
  4. 4
    hen, add your ground crayfish, ginger and pepper soup spice mix.
  5. 5
    Cook on medium heat till the chicken is tender and cooked through.
  6. 6
    Add your finely chopped scent leaves, allow to simmer for 2 minutes and then take off the heat.
  7. 7
    Peppersoup is ready! You can eat alone or serve with Yam, Agidi or Rice
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Frequently Asked Questions About Pepper Soup

Here are some the commonly asked questions about pepper soup (and answers):

Is Black pepper the same as Uziza seeds? 

Black pepper is same as Uziza Seeds.  Uziza seeds is what Black pepper commonly called here in Nigeria. In other West African Countries, Black pepper (or Uziza) is known as “Ashanti pepper”, “Bénin pepper”.

Is pepper soup good for weight loss?

Pepper soup is an excellent choice of meal if you're trying to lose weight because it's packed with proteins, spices and vegetables. All of which helps get you full faster and keeps you full for longer. So you eat less at the end of the day. 

What is mint and parsley leaves in our local dialect?

Mint, Parsley and scent leaves are sometimes used interchangeably but are different leaves. In our local market, scent leaves with its native name (Effirin in Yoruba, nchanwu in Igbo) is common and can easily be found. Mint and parsley leaves would be difficult to source in our local markets (because I’m yet to see a native name for these leaves) but would be found in Shoprite, Spar etc.

Summary 

Pepper Soup Recipe (3 Best Types) - Fit Nigerian

Looking for Nigerian pepper soup recipe?

Type: Soup

Cuisine: Nigerian

Keywords: goat meat, chicken, assorted, cat fish

Recipe Yield: 6 servings

Preparation Time: PT15M

Cooking Time: PT30M

Total Time: PT45M

Recipe Ingredients:

  • Meat or Fish
  • Pepper Soup Spice Mix
  • Pepper
  • Ginger
  • Onion
  • Seasoning Cubes
  • Salt
  • Ground Crayfish
  • Scent Leaves
  • Water

Recipe Instructions: Cut your meat or fish or chicken into smaller chunks and thoroughly wash. Transfer into a pot, place on medium heat and add water to reach the level of the contents of the pot Add your chopped onions, habanero pepper, seasoning cubes and salt and cook for about 30 minutes. Then, add your ground crayfish, ginger and pepper soup spice mix. Cook on medium heat till the protein of choice is tender and cooked through. Add your finely chopped scent leaves, allow to simmer for 2 minutes and then take off the heat. Peppersoup is ready! You can eat alone or serve with Yam, Agidi or Rice.

Editor's Rating:
4.9

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