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small bowl of Nigerian suay (yaji) spice mix surrounded by groundnut and maggi cubes.

Homemade Authentic Suya Spice

Fiery, nutty, smoky West African spice blend that tastes great on anything savory

Course Marinade, Seasoning, Spice
Cuisine African
Keyword homemade yaji spice, Nigerian spice recipe, spicy african seasoning, suya at home, Suya pepper from scratch, West African spice blend
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 cups
Author Jazzmine from Dash of Jazz


  • 1 cup roasted groundnut or peanuts
  • 1 tablespoon crushed Maggi cubes about 3 cubes
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 2 ½ tablespoon hot red pepper cayenne pepper works well
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon white pepper


  1. Grind peanuts in a blender, coffee grinder or food processor for about 30 seconds, pausing and checking the texture as you go so that it does not over-blend and become a paste.

  2. Combine ground nuts with remaining ingredients in a small bowl and mix until uniform (about two minutes).

  3. Store unused spice in an airtight container away from heat. Refrigerated is fine.