West African Peanut Soup Recipe

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Elsie Perkins Modified: March 21, 2022
West African Peanut Soup Recipe

How To Make West African Peanut Soup

An exquisite dish particular in West Africa, this peanut soup tastes like a new-found haven of peanuty puree seasoned with various herbs and spices!

Preparation: 5 minutes
Cooking: 45 minutes
Total: 50 minutes



  • 2tbspvegetable oil
  • 1large onion,chopped
  • 1tbspgarlic,minced
  • 1tbspfresh ginger root,or 1 tsp ground ginger, minced
  • 2tspcumin
  • ½tspcinnamon,ground
  • ¼tspcloves,ground
  • ¼tspcayenne pepper
  • 2cupsfresh tomatoes,diced, crushed
  • 2large sweet potatoes,peeled and cut into ½-inch cubes
  • ¾cuppeanuts,roasted
  • 6cupschicken stock,or vegetable stock for vegetarians
  • ½cuppeanut butter
  • ½bunch cilantro,leaves chopped
  • Salt and freshly-ground black pepper,to taste


  1. Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Sauté the onion for about 8 minutes until lightly browned.

  2. Stir in the garlic, ginger, cumin, cinnamon, cloves, and cayenne. Sauté together for about 2 to 3 minutes to release their fragrance. Then stir in the tomatoes and sweet potatoes, and continue to cook, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes to meld the flavors.

  3. Add the stock and peanuts. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes.

  4. Remove the soup from the heat. Using an immersion blender, purée the soup until smooth. Return the soup to the saucepan.

  5. Whisk in the peanut butter and chopped cilantro. Season with salt and pepper, and heat through.

  6. Serve and garnish with additional chopped cilantro, crushed peanuts, and/or tomatoes.

Recipe Notes



  • Calories: 519.05kcal
  • Fat: 33.53g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.39g
  • Trans Fat: 0.06g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 17.91g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 8.32g
  • Carbohydrates: 39.28g
  • Fiber: 6.78g
  • Sugar: 13.96g
  • Protein: 20.91g
  • Cholesterol: 8.64mg
  • Sodium: 1172.26mg
  • Calcium: 91.40mg
  • Potassium: 1056.67mg
  • Iron: 3.39mg
  • Vitamin A: 504.70µg
  • Vitamin C: 14.34mg
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