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Berbere Ethiopian Seasoning

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Berbere Ethiopian Seasoning is a traditional Ethiopian spice blend that's fiery in flavor, though it can vary by region in heat level. Our Berbere seasoning's spiciness may not be as complex as typical blends, but it still provides both excellent flavor and authentic Berbere heat. Though commonly used as an Ethiopian all-purpose seasoning with meats, vegetables and lentils, Berbere spice is a main ingredient in flavoring stews of meat known as doro wat, wats or we’ts (stew with Ethiopian spiced chicken).

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Folklore holds that the hotter and more delicious a woman’s Berbere spices are, the more highly regarded she was as a potential wife.

Additional Uses:

For paste: Mix equal parts spice, oil, and hot water and use as a base for sauces.

For Berbere fried chicken: Mix 1 to 2 Tbsp. seasoning to 1 cup flour. Dip chicken pieces in buttermilk, roll in the seasoned flour, and deep fry.

For Berbere Marinade: Combine 2 Tbsp. seasoning with 1 cup olive oil and 1/3 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice in a blender and puree to a paste. Spread onto meat of choice and marinate overnight.

Berbere Ethiopian Seasoning Q&A

What is Berbere seasoning?

Berbere seasoning is a paprika-based, authentic Ethiopian spice blend that's hot & spicy in flavor thanks to the addition of chiles like cayenne.

How do you use Berbere seasoning?

Use Berbere seasoning to make authentic doro wat, which is a traditional Ethiopian stew with spiced chicken. Berbere spices are also good to use with lentils, vegetables and other meats.

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Black Pepper-Free








Hungarian sweet paprika, cayenne, roasted garlic, salt, allspice, ginger, cardamom