This has been a long time coming. I love Suya! to know me is to know that I love Nigerian culture, love! My best friend and very close friends are all Nigerian so the culture has been imprinted on me since I was about 11 years old! I don’t remember exactly when I was introduced to Suya but I knew I loved it and one day I’d have to learn how to make it.
I did research after research to make sure I had all the right flavors when making this dish & although sometimes most would like you to think that you would have to go directly to that country to get the right spices everything needed was in my home already! Now I’m not saying my Suya tastes the way it would if I were to take a flight to Nigeria, not at all, but sometimes its okay to make the best of the resources you have here. I’m telling you, the ingredients are simple and local.
Suya has a particular taste and texture I couldn’t put my hands on which was the reason for my research, I just couldn’t grasp the flavor and its probably because its not something I eat too often. PEANUTS! duh it was a nutty flavor I was tasting in the midst of my research fellow blogger and one of my many inspirations Angela from The Kitchenista Diaries posted her recipe for Nigerian Beef Suya Tacos & I was super excited, it was just what I needed. The next day I made Beef Suya and it was a complete success!!!! Of course the ultimate test would have been to have a Nigerian try it but unfortunately there was a snow storm here in NY and moving around wasn’t possible. see recipe below:
1 1/2 tbs ginger
1 1/2 tbs onion powder
1 1/2 tbs garlic powder
1 1/2 tbs paprika
1 1/2 tbs white pepper
1 1/2 tbs black pepper
2 tbs cayenne papper ( adjust to you liking)
1 cup roasted peanuts
half a red onion, sliced
For the meat:
2 pounds boneless rib eye steak (rib eye is best from all my research due to the fatty content that allows the beef to nice and tender, you can try other cuts to you liking and budget)
1 /2 tsp minced garlic
Kosher salt as needed
1. Let’s salt and prep the meat, lay it out and sprinkle about a tsp of kosher salt on each side of the steak, wrap it in wax paper and set aside in the fridge, I also rubbed some minced garlic on it also.
2. Place your roasted peanuts in a blender to make it into crumbs, be mindful not to blend too much because the oils from the peanuts will turn it to peanut butter, we don’t want that! so when you have a crumby texture you should be fine.3.At this point you can add all of the other spices and blend them together, keeping in mind not to over blend.4. Now you should have a fine crumb texture and a nice golden/red color depending on how much cayenne pepper you put, its also going to have an awesome nutty fragrance. 5. You can remove your steak from the fridge and let it sit for 5 mins. Heat your cast iron (if you have) or any skillet preferably that has grills, oil it with a little olive oil. Then you can lay your suya spice on a plate and coat your steaks! 6. Place your coted meat on your hot skillet and cook for about 3 mins on each side depending on the thickness of your cut. Cook until done to your liking 7. After cooking allow them to sit for about 10 mins before cutting to let the juices circulate, this is tempting, I KNOW but it really helps. Then you can rough chop it into cubes or however you like at this point, just remember to sprinkle some fresh suya spice that’s left over for garnish and a nice kick and pair with some red onions. ENJOY!!