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Berbere Seasoning

This spicy and complex seasoning mixture is a staple in Ethiopian cooking. Aside from the traditional uses, it makes a great rub for chicken.. an an amazing popcorn seasoning!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: African, Ethiopian
Servings: 27 - ¾ cup
Calories: 18kcal
Author: Marie Porter


Spice Grinder


  • ½ cup Whole Dried Chilies packed!
  • 1 Tbsp Coriander Seeds
  • 1 tsp Cardamom Seeds
  • ½ tsp Black Peppercorns
  • 5 Whole Cloves
  • 2 Tbsp Sweet Paprika
  • 1 Tbsp Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • ½ tsp Garlic Powder
  • ¼ tsp Allspice
  • ¼ tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp Ground Nutmeg


  • Measure chiles, coriander seeds, cardamom seeds, peppercorns, and cloves into a dry, nonstick pan.
  • Toast over medium heat, stirring constantly, until aromatic. Remove from heat, allow to cool.
  • In a spice grinder, process toasted spices into a fine powder. Allow to spices to settle a bit before opening the grinder – the powder can be irritating to lungs and nasal passages!.
  • Transfer to a small mixing bowl. Add remaining spices to the bowl, stir well.
  • Store in an airtight container until use.


Calories: 18kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 263mg | Potassium: 102mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1544IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg