Nyama Choma: A Guide To It’s Preparation

Nyama Choma: A Guide To It’s Preparation

Nyama Choma, a Swahili phrase that means “roasted meat,” is a popular Kenyan delicacy that is enjoyed by many people. It is a simple but delicious meal that can be prepared at home or in a restaurant. In this post, we will guide you on how to make mouth-watering Nyama Choma that will leave you craving for more.


  • 2-3 lbs of goat, beef or mutton
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Lemon or lime juice
  • Cooking oil


  • Clean the meat thoroughly by removing any excess fat and unwanted parts. Cut the meat into large chunks or steaks.
  • In a bowl, mix the salt, black pepper, garlic, ginger, and lemon/lime juice. Rub the mixture all over the meat, ensuring that it is evenly coated. Cover the bowl with a plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight.
  • When ready to cook, preheat your grill or oven to 350°F. Brush the meat with some cooking oil to prevent it from sticking to the grill or baking tray.
  • Grill or roast the meat for about 30-40 minutes on each side or until it is well cooked and has a crispy outer layer. You can also use a meat thermometer to ensure that the internal temperature of the meat is at least 145°F.
  • Once the meat is cooked, remove it from the grill or oven and let it rest for about 5-10 minutes to allow the juices to settle. Slice the meat into thin pieces and serve hot with your favorite side dish, such as ugali, kachumbari, or Sukuma wiki.



Use the best quality meat you can find, preferably from a trusted butcher. Fresh and high-quality meat will result in better-tasting Nyama Choma.

Use a meat mallet to tenderize the meat before marinating it. This will help to break down the muscle fibers and make the meat more tender and flavorful.

Experiment with different marinades and spices to add more flavor to your Nyama Choma. You can use different combinations of herbs, spices, and condiments such as cumin, coriander, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and honey.

Don’t overcook the meat as it will become tough and dry. Keep an eye on the cooking time and adjust the heat accordingly.

In conclusion, Nyama Choma is a delicious meal that is enjoyed by many people in East Africa and beyond. With the above instructions and tips, you can make your own mouth-watering Nyama Choma at home and impress your family and friends.

Leave a reply