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Suya (Spicy grilled kebab)

Suya- Roast African spicy skewered beef – An irresistible beef Satay with Spicy Peanut Spice Blend – the epitome of West African Street food.
Course Appetiser
Cuisine African
Keyword chicken, quick and easy, suya
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 17 skewers
Calories 103kcal
Author Immaculate Bites


  • 2 pounds of sirloin steak
  • ¼ cup roasted almonds/peanuts
  • 1/2 -1 tablespoon cayenne
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon white pepper
  • 1/2 - 1 tablespoon hot ground pepper or cayenne pepper optional
  • 1 tablespoon chicken Bouillon
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil to drizzle on the meat
  • Salt


  • Soak the skewers for at least 20 minutes totally submerged in water before using it to prevent burns.
  • Heat the oven to 450°F. Lightly spray or oil baking sheet or roasting pan to prevent the suya from sticking to the pan
  • In a medium bowl, mix garlic powder, onion power, smoked paprika, white pepper, cayenne pepper, hot ground pepper and bouillon/maggi.Place it on a plate , Set aside
  • Peel roasted peanuts, and then grind in a coffee grinder with skin on, until finely crushed. Do not grind the peanuts into paste. Add the ground peanuts into spice mixture.
  • Pat the steaks dry with a paper towel. You want to have a completely dry steak before cooking. Slice the steak into a diagonal medium thin shape,
  • Thread the steaks onto the skewers about 4 per skewer. Making sure the skewer is fully covered with slices of meat
  • Rub the steak skewer with spice mixture; on both sides. Line a roasting or baking sheet with foil paper. Place skewers on cookie sheet , then place on the roasting pan or baking sheet.
  • Drizzle with oil and bake on for about 12-15 minutes.
  • Optional -Towards the last 3 minutes of baking switch from baking to broiler setting. To get a nice crisp brown on the outside.
  • Serve warm


  1.  I experiment a lot, using whatever cut I can get a good deal on at the market, and I use mostly sirloin , chuck roast and ribeye roast. You need meat that is tender, fatty, and beefy and easy to cut into uniform shapes.
  2. In this recipe, ground peanut is mixed with garlic, onion powder, cayenne, smoked paprika, chicken bouillon powder, white,  and hot pepper.
  3. Recipe update – cooking time was reduced from 20 minutes to 15 minutes to produce a juicy and tender suya.


Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 34mg | Potassium: 213mg | Vitamin A: 150IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1.1mg