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Ewa Agoyin And Agoyin Sauce Recipe

Ewa Agoyin And Agoyin Sauce Recipe

Ewa agoyin is a popular Nigerian street food that originated from the Yoruba people in southwestern Nigeria. It is a spicy stew made from mashed beans (usually black-eyed peas) and a special sauce known as Ewa agoyin sauce, which is made from a blend of onions, red pepper, palm oil, and various spices. This dish is often enjoyed with soft, stretchy bread known as Agege bread.


3 cups Black Eyed Beans

300ml Palm Oil

8-10 Pieces Dried Bell Peppers (Tatsahe  gbigbe)

1 Medium Size Red Onion

2-3 Pieces Cameroon Pepper

3 Heaped Tablespoons Dried Pepper Seeds

1 Tablespoon Ground Pepper (Atagungun)

1/2 Teaspoon Minced Ginger

2 Tablespoons Dried whole crayfish or 1/2 cup smoked fish(optional)

1 Maggi Crayfish (optional)

Salt to taste


  • Soak your dried peppers in water till they’re plump, this should take between 2-6 hours, depending on just how dry they are. You can choose to soak overnight if you wish.

  • When the peppers are plump, add the pepper seeds and just a little bit of water, you can use some of the water they were soaked in, half a cup should do. Add the minced ginger, crayfish and Maggi crayfish, blend coarsely.

  • Set the blended pepper aside. Pick and wash your beans, pour in enough water to cover and cook till tender, do not add any salt till it’s tender. To cut down cooking time, use a pressure cooker if you’ve got one.

  • While the beans is cooking, get yourself a saucepan, place on a hob on medium heat, add the palm oil and bleach for 10-12 minutes. 

  • When it’s bleached, turn the heat down to low, add your chopped onions. 
  • Now add your blended pepper, ground pepper, smoked fish (if you’re using any) and salt to taste. Still on low heat, let it fry for at least 40 minutes, stir occasionally so it doesn’t burn. 
  • And that’s it, the Ewa Agoyin sauce is ready…
  • Back to the beans!
  • Check on the beans, when it’s tender, add salt to taste.
  • When it’s very soft, use a wooden spoon to mash the beans till there’s almost no whole beans in sight. Alternatively, mash it up using a hand mixer. 

Your Ewa Agoyin is ready!