My Nit’r Qibe

Preparation info
  • Makes

    2 cups

    • Difficulty


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Season: Big Flavors, Beautiful Food

By Nik Sharma

Published 2018

  • About

Nit’r qibe is a very tasty fat that forms the basis of many Ethiopian recipes. It’s quite similar to ghee, but it contains milk solids, and it is seasoned with spices. You can cook with it as you would ghee or any other fat. I’ve been known to dip pieces of bread into a warmed jar of nit’r qibe, to which I’ve added a little salt.


  • 1 cup [220 g] unsalted butter, cubed
  • ¼ cup [35


Line a fine-mesh strainer with a few layers of cheesecloth and place over a clean, dry 1 pt [480 ml] jar with a tight-fitting lid to hold the finished nit’r qibe.

In a medium saucepan