Beef Tsire Grilled in Spicy Peanut Marinade (Nigeria)

Total Time
2hrs 45mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 2 hrs 30 mins

From: “South of the Sahara: Traditional Cooking from the Lands of West Africa” by Elizabeth A. Jackson.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 lb top round beef (wide and long as possible cut of meat) or 1 lb sirloin steak, cut against the grain into 1/4-inch wide strips and as long as possible (wide and long as possible cut of meat)
  • wooden skewer, soaked 1 hour (or bamboo skewers)
  • Marinade

  • 12 cup natural-style peanut butter, smooth and unsweetened
  • 12 teaspoon ground red pepper (to taste)
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • 12 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice


  1. Mix marinade ingredients together until it forms a smooth paste.
  2. Rub each meat strip with marinade by hand until thoroughly coated and place in glass pan.
  3. When all the meat is coated cover pan and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  4. Soak wooden or bamboo skewers in cold water for at least 1 hour before using.
  5. Thread meat onto skewers accordian-style. Do not bunch meat strips, leave them stretched long on the skewer.
  6. Grill or broil strips 15-20 minutes until meat is cooked through and coated in bubbles. Turn once during cooking.
Most Helpful

A really great, great taste and marinade for steak. I downsized this marinade to half because I only had one steak for my DH. Easy enough to reduce measurements, and loved the ground red pepper in this. The peanut butter really gave this a great smoothness and I loved the lime juice addition too. Just wonderful, I used a rib steak, so 2 hours was more then enough for the marinade, and I just grilled it outside but not on a skewer since it was thick. Thanks Engrossed! Made for *ZWT4* June 2008.

Andi of Longmeadow Farm June 30, 2008

First off I cut this recipe in half, & then In this marinade I used a rounded 1/8 teaspoon of the ground red pepper but otherwise kept the amounts (actually 1/2 the amounts indicated) for the other ingredients! Marinated the meat almost 4 hours then used the broiler to complete this dish! Went nicely with some brown rice, as well as with a side of asparagus & one of fried cauliflower! Thanks for your great recipe! [Made & reviewed while touring Africa during the Zaar World Tour 4]

Sydney Mike June 28, 2008

Tasty, creamy and easy to prepare ahead. I used flank steak, pounded thin, but marinated this was easy to chew. I used processed peanut butter, and didn't add additional peanut oil. I would add a little more red pepper next time.

realbirdlady June 26, 2008