how to cook nigerian goat meat pepper soup

by Hobeth HD, on May 14th 2024

Goat meat pepper soup
Goat meat pepper soup

The Nigerian goat meat pepper soup is a beloved and hearty dish that holds a significant place in Nigerian cuisine. This spicy and flavorful soup is known for its comforting properties, often sought after on cold days for its warming and satisfying qualities.

The combination of goat meat cubes, herbs, and spices creates a rich and aromatic flavor profile that tantalizes the taste buds. As we explore this famous recipe, you’ll learn about the essential ingredients and step-by-step methods for making this traditional Nigerian dish at home.

Ingredients And Cooking Method


  • 2 lbs (approximately 1 kg) of goat meat, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon of ground crayfish
  • 2-3 tablespoons of ground pepper (or to taste)
  • 2-3 seasoning cubes (Maggi or Knorr)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon of ground uziza seeds (optional for a spicy kick)
  • 1 tablespoon of ground ehuru seeds (calabash nutmeg)
  • 2-3 sprigs of scent leaves (or substitute with basil)
  • 6-8 cups of water

Optional Additions

  • 1-2 tablespoons of ground pepper soup spice mix (available in African stores)
  • 1-2 fresh Scotch bonnet peppers, sliced (for extra heat)

Cooking Method

Preparing the Ingredients:

  • Clean the Goat Meat: Rinse the goat meat thoroughly under running water. Trim off any excess fat and cut the meat into bite-sized pieces.

Cooking the Soup

  • Season the Meat: In a large pot, combine the goat meat, chopped onions, minced garlic, seasoning cubes, ground uziza seeds (if using), ground ehuru seeds, and salt. Mix well to coat the meat with the seasonings.
  • Cook the Meat: Add enough water to cover the meat (about 4-6 cups). Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Once it starts boiling, reduce the heat to medium-low, cover the pot, and let the meat simmer until tender. This may take 45-60 minutes depending on the toughness of the meat. Stir occasionally and add more water if necessary to prevent burning.
  • Add the Crayfish and Pepper: Once the meat is tender, add the ground crayfish and ground pepper. If using pepper soup spice mix, add it at this stage. Stir well to combine.
  • Simmer the Soup: Add additional water (about 2 more cups) to achieve the desired soup consistency. Bring the soup back to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for another 10-15 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together. Adjust seasoning with more salt if needed.
  • Add Scent Leaves: Finally, add the chopped scent leaves or basil. Stir to combine and let the soup cook for an additional 5 minutes. The scent leaves add a distinctive aroma and flavor to the pepper soup.

Serving Suggestions

Serve Hot

Nigerian goat meat pepper soup is best served hot. It can be enjoyed on its own as a soup or with side dishes like white rice, yam, or plantains.

    Additional Tips

    • Adjusting Heat: If you prefer a milder soup, reduce the amount of ground pepper and omit the Scotch bonnet peppers. For extra heat, add more pepper to taste.
    • Protein Alternatives: You can substitute goat meat with other meats like chicken, beef, or fish, following the same preparation method.
    • Aromatics: Adding a few slices of fresh ginger can enhance the flavor of the soup. Simply add the ginger slices when you season the meat.

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