Savor Tradition: Authentic Shuwa Recipe

Dish recipes: Shuwa

Embark on a culinary expedition to Ethiopia with our Authentic Shuwa recipe. This traditional East African dish is a celebration of community and flavors, where marinated meat is slow-cooked to perfection. Let's dive into the heart of Ethiopian culture and create a Shuwa feast!


5 lbs (2.26 kg) Lamb Shoulder, bone-in

1 cup Nigella Seeds

1 cup Berbere Spice

1 cup Red Wine

1 cup Olive Oil

1 cup Garlic, minced

1 cup Ginger, grated

Salt to taste

Banana Leaves for wrapping


In a bowl, mix nigella seeds, berbere spice, red wine, olive oil, minced garlic, grated ginger, and salt to create the marinade. Rub the marinade generously over the lamb shoulder, ensuring it is well coated. Allow it to marinate for at least 24 hours. Preheat the oven to a low temperature (around 250°F or 120°C). Wrap the marinated lamb shoulder in banana leaves, securing it with kitchen twine. Slow-cook the Shuwa in the oven for 6-8 hours until the meat is tender and infused with rich flavors. Unwrap the banana leaves, and grill the lamb for a smoky finish.


Serve Shuwa as the centerpiece of a festive Ethiopian meal, accompanied by injera bread and traditional side dishes.

Experience the rich tapestry of Ethiopian cuisine with our Authentic Shuwa recipe. This slow-cooked lamb dish, marinated in aromatic spices, is a symbol of communal feasting and cultural vibrancy.