Peanut Soup and Fufu

To make peanut soup in Africa, you would have to start from the raw peanuts. First you parch the peanuts (still in shells) on an out door coal pot. Next, you remove the peeling. Then you use a mortar and pestle to beat into a smooth paste.

But you don't have to go through that long process. Just make a trip to your local health food grocer. They will probably have a peanut grinder for your use.

You can also simply use peanut butter.

I use a generic brand. They have less sugar.

Peanut soup is similar to regular pepper soup. The main difference is that you don NT add any tomato paste. And of course you add peanut butter.

Please read tips at the bottom of this page before beginning.

You Will Need:

1 1/2 C whole okra
1 pig foot
2 lbs chicken
1 lb shrimp
3 crabs (cleaned and cut in half)
2 lbs stewing beef
2 lbs soup bones
1 large onion (chopped)
2 tsp salt
3 tsps seasoned salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 pod of hot pepper
1 cookspoon peanut butter

Items from Spanish or Oriental store

2 bonnies
1 piece dried fish – (about the size of your fist)

1 piece dried meat (about the size of your fist)
2 Maggi chicken soup (optional) 3 bitter balls
1 large Orange (see Tips)

Make your peanut soup:

Wash your meat, chicken, fish, and seafood. Cut chicken into 1 1/2 inch pieces. Cut stewing beef into 1 inch pieces and smoked turkey into 1/2 inch pieces. If using bonnies, peel and remove bones. Clean crab and break apart. Combine all in pan with shrimp.

Add 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper, and 1 tsp seasoned salt. Stir to spread seasoning evenly. Let sit for 20 minutes.

Put all your meat in a 8 quart pot. Cut up onion and add to pot. Chop up your hot pepper finely and add to pot. Add water to pot so that it is ¾ full (two inches from the top).

Add 1 tsp of seasoned salt, 1/2 tsp of salt, and 1/4 tsp of black pepper. Taste your sauce. If you would like more salt, add a chicken soup. Or carefully add more salt.

Bring soup to a boil on high. Boil for 10 minutes. Add peanut butter. Reduce heat to medium high. Half-cover pot and boil until the soup is dry and the pot is ½ full.

Enjoy with fufu.


To reduce the food smell in your home, try peeling an orange. Place the rind in a small pot. Cover with water and boil the entire time you are cooking. Add more water as needed.

Be careful with bonnies. Bonnies are little dried fish with many, many bones. Try to get most of the bones out before cooking.

Many Africans cook with Maggi chicken soup for added flavoring. I have added a minimal amount of salt to my recipe to allow you to add more or to use chicken soup if desired.

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