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Niter Kibbeh (Ethiopian Spiced Butter)

Niter Kibbeh (Ethiopian Spiced Butter)

Niter Kibbeh is a seasoned, clarified butter used in Eritrean and Ethiopian cuisine.

Course Condiment
Cuisine Ethiopian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 3 cups
Calories 400kcal
Author Lizet Bowen


  • 4 cups unsalted butter (908 g)
  • 6 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tablespoons grated ginger
  • 1 shallot diced
  • 3 tablespoons koseret
  • 1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 5 black cardamom pots


  • In a big saucepan add all the ingredients and simmer over low heat for 45 minutes.
  • If foam rises to the top, skim it off with a spoon.
  • Strain butter using a few layers of cheesecloth and set it over a clean, heat-proof container. Discarding any solids. Let cool completely at room temperature, and refrigerate, tightly covered, for up to 2 months.


400 calories in 4 tablespoons.
Makes 3- 1/2 cups of clarifed butter.


Calories: 400kcal