How to Marinate and Grill Suya

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Suya, is a shish kebab like food popular in West Africa, originally from the Hausa people of northern Nigeria and Niger. Suya is generally made with skewered beef, fish, or chicken. The meat is rubbed-in with a dry spice mix, then barbecued. Suya is often served with a further serving of Suya peppers and sliced onions. In Ghana, suya is also known by the name chichinga.
Suya has proved to be an extremely popular evening snack sold by many roadside vendors and restaurants in many West African cities with a Hausa population.
A same type of food is known in Sudan called Agashe.

If you are in the south east of England and seeking authentic Suya with a twist, look no further. We traveled to the famous and renowned “university of Suya” in Lagos Nigeria for tips and recipe then with our knowledge of other world ingredients, we added a signature twist to the Suya we make. All our ingredients are sourced individually and spices are made from scratch.

The recipe below would get you going but we have left out a few signature secrets.



  • Beef ( Leaner the healthier)

  • Suya Spice

  • Oil

  • Salt

  • Skewers


  1. If skewers are wood, soak in cold water for at least 3 hours. This ensures skewers do not burn during the grilling.

  2. Cut the beef into very thin fillets or politely ask your butchers to.

  3. Make fillets into small pieces such that when you thread them on the sticks, they will not flap too much.

  4. Now thread the fillets of beef with the skewers.

  5. Put some oil in a bowl, add a small quantity of salt and stir. Using a cooking brush, rub the oil on the threaded fillets of beef.

  6. In a wide dish, spread the Suya spice and dab the threaded fillets of beef in the spice so that the beef takes up as much of the spice as possible. All the beef will be covered with the Suya spice when you are done.

  7. Place all the now spiced beef in a flat plate, cover with a thin plastic film and leave to marinate for 1 hour.


  1. If using oven, set to Grill at 150°C or about 300°F and preheat for 10 minutes. Otherwise outdoor on a BBQ grill.

  2. Place the beef flat on the oven rack and put in the oven.

  3. After 15 - 20 minutes, flip the skewered beef to grill the underside.