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Berbere Spice Blend

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This fantastic berbere spice blend bursts with an earthy, zesty flavor! This recipe makes a large batch that can be stored and used as needed. This mixture will brighten up grill beef steaks, lamb chops, chicken, fish, and more.  

Berbere Spice

What is berbere spice?

Berbere spice blend is an East African mixture used in various dishes. It contains warm, earthy spices like cinnamon, cumin, and allspice with dried onion and garlic. This spice mixture is applied directly to raw meats or added to stews, and vegetarian dishes.

What is the difference between berbere spice and mitmita?

Cooks often use mitmita as a flavorful and spicy substitute for berbere spice in Ethiopian cuisine. This popular blend is similar to berbere but is ground finer and includes hot chili powder, giving it an extra kick.

How do you use berbere spice?

Use Berbere spice blend to flavor meats, soups, and stews like Doro Wat, lentils, and vegetables. Apply as a dry rub to raw meats like beef or chicken or mix with liquid to form a paste before application.

Berbere Spice Rub Recipe

Recipe Ingredients:

  • Paprika
  • Sea salt (kosher works too!)
  • Fenugreek (This clover-like herb has maple notes and found in spice blends across the Mediterranean and Middle East. )
  • Coriander powder
  • Cumin powder
  • Black pepper
  • Ginger powder
  • Cayenne
  • Cinnamon
  • Cardamom powder
  • Turmeric
  • Cloves
  • Allspice

How to Make It

  • Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. 
  • If you’d like a finer grind, place the combined rub into a spice or coffee grinder and process until fine. 
  • I recommend using a metal spice shaker for easy application on large roasts and whole chickens.
  • Store Berbere spice blend in an airtight jar for up to 1 year after preparation. Use as needed.

Like this recipe? Try some of our other spice blends:

Berbere Spice Rub Recipe

Berbere Spice Blend

Berbere Spice is an East African mixture used in a variety of dishes., and has a warm, zesty flavor.
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Course: Rubs
Cuisine: African
Keyword: African spice rub, spice rub
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 0.75 cup
Calories: 178kcal
Author: Sabrina Baksh


  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon fenugreek
  • 1 tablespoon coriander powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons ginger powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon clove
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice


  • Place all ingredients in a bowl, and stir together with a fork until well combined.
  • If you desire a fine ground seasoning blend, add the mixture to a spice grinder or magic bullet, and grind until it reaches your preferred consistency. Use right away or store in an airtight container in the cupboard for up to 1 year.


Calories: 178kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 18638mg | Potassium: 749mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2054IU | Vitamin C: 38mg | Calcium: 257mg | Iron: 15mg
Derrick Riches
Derrick Riches

I began writing about Barbecue & Grilling in 1997 with one mission, to help the backyard chef have the best experience possible.



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