Berbere Spice Blend Recipe

By Marcus Samuelsson |

Berbere is the most essential spice blend used in Ethiopian cuisine. It’s a great addition to help spice up any ordinary dish and take it to the extraordinary!

Click here to read more about it and see a video on how to use it.

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Prep Details

Servings: Makes about 3/4 cup

Prep time: 10 mins

Cooking time: 5 mins

Total time: 15 mins


2 tsp. coriander seeds

1 tsp. fenugreek seeds

1⁄2 tsp. black peppercorns

1⁄4 tsp. whole allspice

6 white cardamom pods

4 whole cloves

1⁄2 cup dried onion flakes

5 dried chiles de árbol, stemmed, seeded,

and broken into small pieces

3 tbsp. paprika

2 tsp. kosher salt

1⁄2 tsp. ground nutmeg

1⁄2 tsp. ground ginger

1⁄2 tsp. ground cinnamon


Photo: liz t williams

1. In a small skillet, combine coriander seeds, fenugreek seeds, black peppercorns, allspice, cardamom pods, and cloves. Toast spices over medium heat, swirling skillet constantly, until fragrant, about 4 minutes.
2. Let cool slightly; transfer to a spice grinder along with onion flakes and grind until fine. Add chilies, and grind with the other spices until fine.
3. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and stir in paprika, salt, nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon. Store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.