Egusi soup is a healthy Nigerian soup best eaten with fufu
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4.5 from 8 votes

Egusi Soup

Egusi Soup is a rich and savory Nigerian soup traditionally eaten with high-carb fufu dishes like pounded yam. Enjoy egusi soup with low carb fufu on your keto diet for a healthy meal!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: African, Nigerian
Keyword: egusi soup
Servings: 8
Calories: 397kcal


  • 2 cups Egusi melon seeds
  • 400 g cow feet
  • 1/2 cup Palm Oil
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 smoked catfish
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1 habanero pepper
  • 1 onion
  • 1/2 tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp crayfish


  • Heat the palm oil on medium heat for a few minutes, then add chopped onions and your blended tomato/bell pepper/habanero pepper.
  • Add your smoked fish and let cook on medium heat for about 10 minutes.
  • Add broth or water and bring to a boil. Add egusi and stir.
  • Let simmer on medium heat for about 10 minutes.
  • Add meat, crayfish, salt, pepper and any other spice you desire.
  • Let sit for another 10 minutes on medium-high heat.
  • Add spinach and leave on low heat for 5 minutes.
  • Serve with your choice of low carb fufu and enjoy this savory dish!


This recipe serves 8 and contains 4 net carbs per serving.
  • You can substitute spinach leaves with other Nigerian leafy greens like bitter leaf or Ugwu leaves.
  • Feel free to add as many leafy greens as you want. You can also add less.


Serving: 8servings | Calories: 397kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 27g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 59mg | Potassium: 511mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1375IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 0.7mg