West African Steak Skewers | Easy Keto Recipe

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How to make keto-friendly, West African-inspired steak skewers.

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A dish can do more than make a meal: It can tell our story. This recipe for West African Steak Skewers is a tiny window into Brian and Grace’s, dramatically complete with a chance meeting, a long-distance courtship, a deadly outbreak, and a cross-cultural engagement. Brian is a longtime member of the Primal Kitchen tribe (you might recognize him from our recipe videos), and along with his wife’s recipe for African Skewers, he shared the incredible story of how they met.

Brian was volunteering, teaching filmmaking in Sierra Leone, where he met Grace. They were working on a film festival together, traveling and screening films on large projectors in small villages across the country. When Brian returned stateside, they grew even closer over emails and Skype calls, but were kept apart by a fatal Ebola outbreak in West Africa that affected Grace’s community. As soon as travel was permitted, Brian returned to Sierra Leone to cement his connection with Grace, against the concern of his family, who were worried about the severity of the virus. Within weeks, the new couple decided to proceed with a traditional engagement ceremony, and Grace returned with Brian on a K-1 fiancé visa.

A marriage and two children later, Grace’s recipe proves to be a metaphor for their cross-continental love story. In her West African peanut sauce, she swaps in Ketchup, a decidedly American condiment, for the tomato paste, making a cultural mash-up of traditional fare. Grace’s recipe for African kabobs is vibrant as their story, bursting with flavorful details that unite their two backgrounds in a shared dish. Grace and Brian shared that these beef skewers are a big hit with their children, and at neighborhood BBQs, due in part to the African Peanut Sauce (peanut butter is a staple ingredient in West African cuisine, known as “ground nut”).

More About Sierra Leone Cuisine:

Cooking a dish like these West African Beef Skewers is an easy way to capture the relatively authentic taste of Sierra Leone Cuisine. If you’re looking to incorporate more hallmarks of West African cooking into your meals, Brian and Grace filled us in. When it comes to meat, “nose-to-tail” is the norm, eating plenty of offal, skin and bones, along with organic, farm-fresh produce. Along with fresh and smoked seafood, you’ll also find lots of stews made from chopped, leafy greens served over white rice on the menu. You’ll notice a hefty serving of cayenne in this African Kabob seasoning—the palate skews to spicy.

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