Vegan Nigerian Suya Recipe | Cooking With Jade

Vegan Nigerian Suya Recipe

Vegan Nigerian Suya Recipe


Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Cuisine Nigerian
Servings 4


  • Mixing bowl
  • Skewers (bamboo or metal)
  • Grill or oven
  • Basting brush
  • Small saucepan


  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons ground peanuts
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon ground garlic
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper adjust to taste
  • 1 teaspoon salt adjust to taste
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon or lime
  • Optional: chopped onions and tomatoes for garnish


  • In a mixing bowl, combine the peanut butter, soy sauce, tomato paste, ground peanuts, paprika, ground ginger, ground garlic, onion powder, ground cayenne pepper, salt, vegetable oil, and lemon/lime juice. Mix well to form a smooth paste.
  • Add the tofu cubes to the bowl and gently toss them with the marinade, ensuring each piece is coated evenly. Let the tofu marinate for at least 1 hour or overnight in the refrigerator for better flavor.
  • If using bamboo skewers, soak them in water for 30 minutes to prevent burning.
  • Preheat the grill or oven to medium-high heat.
  • Thread the marinated tofu cubes onto the skewers, leaving a little space between each piece.
  • Place the skewers on the grill or on a baking sheet if using the oven.
  • Cook the tofu skewers for about 10-15 minutes, turning occasionally, until they are browned and slightly charred.
  • While grilling, brush the remaining marinade on the tofu skewers for added flavor.
  • Remove the tofu skewers from the grill or oven and let them cool slightly.
  • Garnish with chopped onions and tomatoes if desired.
  • Serve the Nigerian Suya skewers hot as an appetizer or main dish. They pair well with a side of Nigerian Jollof Rice or a fresh salad.


Calories: 220 | Total Fat: 10g | Total Carbohydrates: 15g | Dietary Fiber: 3g | Protein: 15g

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