Nigerian Spicy Popcorn and Peanuts (Guguru and Epa)

January 19, 2017 (Last Updated: November 15, 2023)

Locally called Guguru and Epa, or Guguru ati Epa, this absolutely addictive popcorn and peanuts snack is one of the simplest African recipes out there.

Nigerian Spicy Popcorn and Peanuts (Guguru and Epa) served in newspaper with a sprinkle of pepper

We’ll be traveling to the heart of Lagos, Nigeria for this Nigerian spicy popcorn and peanut recipe right here. Locally called Guguru and Epa,  this absolutely addictive popcorn-peanut snack is one of the simplest African recipes out there. Who needs gourmet popcorn? Lets go to the streets of Lagos in honor of National Popcorn day where you will find one of the popular victims of my random foodie cravings. These cravings tend to flip from ice-cream to beef tongue tacos, to calamari, but a lot of times I catch myself craving this little slice of my childhood. On the days I crave popcorn, I tend to avoid the chemical laden microwave popcorn products. No offense if you like them but they just don’t hold much value for me. I didn’t grow up eating them and I usually like my popcorn savory, laced with a little bit of nostalgia. While I enjoy a bit of buttery popcorn, caramel corn and kettle corn, my childhood favorite was and always has been this sweet and salty popcorn combination known as “Guguru and Epa” aka popcorn and peanuts.

Nigerian Spicy Popcorn and Peanuts traditionally wrapped in newspaper

I will talk more about the type of peanuts I used in a future post, but as long as you use dry roasted peanuts, you are pretty much experiencing this Lagos street food at its best. In my home, this is our movie snack; butter popcorn doesn’t really make the cut once you’ve tried this.

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Nigeriana Spicy Popcorn and Peanuts (Guguru and Epa) Recipe

Locally called Guguru and Epa, this absolutely addictive Nigerian spicy popcorn and peanut snack is one of the simplest African recipes out there.
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Nigerian
Servings: 4 -5
Calories: 132kcal
Author: Yummy Medley


  • 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels
  • 1 cup of dry roasted peanuts
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oils
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper


  • In a 3 quart (or bigger) sauce pan, heat the vegetable oil on medium- high heat.
  • To test if the oil is hot enough, put 2-3 corn kernels in the oil , once they pop, take them out pour in the rest of the 1/2 cup of kernels and sugar in the oil.
  • Cover the sauce pan. After 30 seconds, take the sauce pan off the heat and shake the pot lightly for 10 seconds, then place back on the heat. Repeat! The popcorn should be popping at this point.
  • Once the popping slows down to a few pops every few seconds, dump the popcorn immediately into a clean tray, season with salt and cayenne pepper, and add the dry roasted peanuts.

Try it and let me know how you like it! Also if you’re still in a snacking mood, why not check out my 2 Ingredient Coconut Macaroons with Condensed Milk recipe or taste a bit more of the Nigerian street life by trying out my 9 Secrets to Extra Crispy Sweet Plantain Chips Every Time?


  • Reply
    January 29, 2015 at 10:20 am

    My husband and I always make homemade popcorn as our go to movie snack. I’m always looking for new variations and this looks great! I really like trying different cuisines and dishes from around the world. Thanks for posting!

    • Reply
      Ms. Yum
      January 29, 2015 at 12:23 pm

      Awesome Rosanna! I hope you enjoy this recipe, let me know how it turns out too.

  • Reply
    February 6, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    You nailed this! complete with the cone shaped newspaper container. This brings back so many beautiful memories, and yes i can guess which part of Africa you may come from ๐Ÿ™‚

    Your pictures are lovely. Nice to meet you. I am new to blogging.

    • Reply
      Ms. Yum
      February 7, 2015 at 7:59 am

      Awesome to meet you as well. I’m glad you can relate to the guguru and epa experience.

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