How to make Lamb Tibs

Coming from Ethiopia I get a lot of requests on how to make our traditional food.  Tibs is one of our most popular dishes served all over the country and Ethiopian/Eritrean restaurants around the globe.  However not all ingredients such as Berbere and Ethiopian flatbread (injera) are easily accessible abroad.   Knowing this I decided to create a recipe that does not rely on these ingredients and can be made without them and be just as divine.  Ingredients such as fenugreek and Niter Kibbeh (Clarified Butter) can be found at your local market and If you live in a metropolitan area with an Ethiopian community there may be a chance you can get some Injera, Otherwise this dish can be served with Bread.

Lamb Tibs

Lamb Tibs

Easy recipe for the Traditional Ethiopian Dish

Recipe by Sebby Tolla
5 from 2 votes
Course: Lunch, DinnerCuisine: EthiopianDifficulty: Easy


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  • 1 lb Lamb or Beef with or without bone (Chopped into 1 inch pieces)

  • 1 cup Red Onion

  • 1 tbsp Niter Kebbeh or Clarified Butter

  • 0.5 tsp Ground fenugreek

  • 0.5 tsp Ground Cardamom

  • 0.5 tsp Ground Ginger

  • 0.25 tsp Ground Cumin

  • 1 tsp Ground Black Pepper

  • 1 tbsp Sea Salt

  • 4 cloves Garlic

  • 1 cup Diced Tomatoes

  • 2 sprigs Rosemary

  • .25 cup Red Wine

  • 1-5 sliced Jalapeno (Optional)

  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil


  • Chop Onion, Tomato and Jalapeno. Mix the fenugreek, Cardamom, Ginger & Cumin together and put aside
  • Add oil to pan on high heat. Let simmer then add Lamb. Sautee until browned
  • Add garlic, half the onions and the spice mix. Sautee for 5 min
  • Add diced Tomatoes, Wine, Niter Kebbeh and the remaining Onions and Garlic to the pan. Sautee on high heat for approx. 10 min or until the onions are translucent.
  • Add sprigs of Rosemary and stir for a further 5 min then add Jalapeno, Salt & Pepper
  • Serve on Injera or Bread

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts

4 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories313
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 15.1g 24%
    • Saturated Fat 5.4g 27%
  • Cholesterol 110mg 37%
  • Sodium 650mg 28%
  • Potassium 603mg 18%
  • Total Carbohydrate 7.8g 3%
    • Dietary Fiber 2.1g 9%
    • Sugars 2.9g
  • Protein 33.2g 67%

  • Calcium 48%
  • Iron 4%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.