How To Make Traditional Nigerian Suya-Spiced Butternut

Have you been on the hunt for some fresh, new dinner ideas? This guide will suggest getting creative with some classic butternut recipes. There is something about traditional Nigerian butternut that simply tantalizes the taste buds and satisfies the stomach well beyond expectations.

The secret lies in the spices that are used – namely, the suya spice. This spice is often homemade and takes the butternut from a simple, classic taste to an all-around adventure for the senses. You can also order suya online through to avoid cooking on your own.

You will need (serves 6):

  • Traditional suya spice
  • 12 butternuts
  • 24 Tbsp. (360 ml) of olive oil


Start by cutting your butternuts in half.

Using a large spoon, remove all of the seeds and fibers.

Preheat the oven to 260°C.

Get out a large baking tray and place a sheet of baking paper onto the surface (this will ensure that the butternut does not stick to the bottom of the tray as it cooks).

Sprinkle the suya spice generously all over each piece of butternut.

Drizzle each piece with a tablespoon of olive oil.

Place the butternut into the oven and allow to bake for about an hour (the size of your oven, as well as the size of the butternut, will determine how long it will need to cook through).

After the recommended cooking time, check that the outer shell of the butternut is soft by using a knife or a fork. Once soft, you can remove the baking tray from the oven.

Allow cooling for a few minutes before sprinkling more suya spice over the butternut (to taste) and serve.