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Beef Suya

My Nigerian brother-in-law introduced me to beef suya, a very spicy street food that's popular in western Africa. I was intrigued when I found out the spice rub is made from ground peanuts and a blend of different seasonings. After lots of experimenting, I came up with my own version. —Elena Iorga, Irvine, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + marinating Grill: 15 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 cup salted peanuts
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 beef tri-tip roast or beef top sirloin steak (2 pounds), thinly sliced against the grain
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 medium onion, cut into wedges
  • 1 large tomato, cut into wedges
  • Fresh cilantro leaves


  • Place peanuts in a food processor; process until finely chopped. Add paprika, onion powder, ginger, pepper flakes and garlic powder; pulse until combined.
  • Place beef in a large bowl or shallow dish. Drizzle with oil; sprinkle with salt. Toss to coat. Add peanut mixture; turn to coat. Refrigerate, covered, for 2 hours. Drain beef, discarding marinade.
  • Thread beef onto metal or soaked wooden skewers. Grill, covered, over medium-high heat until beef reaches desired doneness, 10-15 minutes, turning occasionally. Serve with onion, tomato and cilantro.
Nutrition Facts
3 ounces cooked beef with 1 wedge tomato and onion: 329 calories, 21g fat (5g saturated fat), 68mg cholesterol, 405mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 3g fiber), 29g protein.


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  • DWS Savor the Summit
    Dec 14, 2020

    Love this recipe. I've made it 5 times now. Even tried chicken once (we prefer with beef). A great meal doesn't get any easier than this recipe. I serve it with rice and a side of stir fried chard or bok choi (onion, garlic, soy sauce and sesame seeds). Steamed broccoli is also great.

  • Debra
    Nov 2, 2020

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  • Janet
    Oct 29, 2020

    Wow! What a flavor explosion. I would suggest using a good cut of meat--round steak, in particular, can be very tough. I can usually pick up sirloin strip steaks on sale at my local supermarket very inexpensively, and used a couple for this recipe

  • Judith
    Jan 30, 2020

    Made this for a work night dinner. It was easy and very tasty. I love spicy food.

  • nightskystar
    Jan 13, 2020

    was looking for something new to fit my keto lifestyle...this was wonderful!! i admit to not using the red pepper flakes and onions, as i cant do that spicy, but i'm sure it would be even more excellent with them!! Loved the flavor the peanuts gave this. Great dish, something new and fun to have! Thank you to the contributer!!