Niter Kibbeh--Ethiopian Spiced Clarified Butter

READY IN: 1hr 5mins
Recipe by under12parsecs

Found on The site states "Niter kibbeh — a spice-infused, clarified butter — is a ubiquitous cooking medium in Ethiopian cuisine. It adds an incomparable flavor to dishes. Plain butter or oil can be substituted in Ethiopian recipes if you don't have the time to make niter kibbeh, but something special will be missing."

Top Review by Andi of Longmeadow

Loved it! This was so good, I had to stop tasting it with some bread. The yellow was so bright! I also used it for many of my recipes I made for Africa (ZWT7) and the uses are endless. I agree with the turmeric giving it such a bright yellow color! Thanks for posting! Made for ZWT7

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place the butter in a small saucepan and melt over low heat. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer on the lowest possible heat for about 1 hour.
  2. Pour the clear golden liquid off the top leaving all the solids in the bottom of the pan. Strain through cheesecloth if necessary. Discard solids.
  3. Store in the refrigerator or freezer and use as needed.

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