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All Purpose Lebanese Spice Blend

Made with ground cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, salt and pepper, this fragrant all-purpose Lebanese spice blend is the secret to enhancing your grilled meats, soups, roasts and other Middle Eastern specialties.

Spoon with All Purpose Lebanese Spice Blend

As a busy mother of two young boys under the age of 10, I have become a bit of a master in turning my family’s traditional Middle Eastern recipes into quick and easy weeknight dishes. In fact, I often joke that I am in favor of anything that helps me get dinner on the table before the meltdown train leaves the station.

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For example, my mother and aunts have been preparing traditional Lebanese Green Beans and Beef for years, but I was the first to turn it into a hands-off slow cooker dish. I promise it’s just as good as the classic because my family would be the first to tell me if it wasn’t. Trust me on that one.

Instant Pot Recipe Lebanese Green Beans and Beef

To speed things up in the kitchen I decided to create a simple, 5 ingredient All Purpose Lebanese Spice Blend made with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, salt, and pepper.

All Purpose Lebanese Spice Blend Separated

It couldn’t be any easier to make and the versatility is astounding. I love making it in bulk, stashing it in the pantry, and grabbing it whenever I am craving Lebanese food. It makes every dish more savory and flavorful.

All Purpose Lebanese Spice Blend on Plate

Spice Blend Uses

We love using this spice blend to flavor Hushwee (Ground Beef with Toasted Pine Nuts), Sfeehas (Lebanese Meat Pies), Grilled Kafta Patties, Beef or Chicken Shawarma and so much more. If you’re making Lebanese food, this is the perfect seasoning for your dish.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much spice blend should I make at one time?

The recipe can easily be doubled, tripled, or even multiplied by ten. I love to make it in bulk and store for later.

What is the shelf life?

All Purpose Lebanese Spice Blend will keep for up to six months stored in an air-tight container at room temperature.

How much should I use at once?

One serving will cover one pound of meat. If you want your dish to be a little spicier, you can adjust accordingly.

Does it need to be refrigerated?

No, it does not need to be refrigerated. Dried spices are best stored at room temperature to avoid humidity and fluctuations in temperature.

Mixing All Purpose Lebanese Spice Blend

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All Purpose Lebanese Spice Blend on Plate

All Purpose Lebanese Spice Blend

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This fragrant all-purpose spice blend is the secret to enhancing your grilled meats, soups, roasts, and other Middle Eastern specialties.
PREP: 5 mins
TOTAL: 5 mins
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Servings: 1 Pound(s) of Meat

Ingredients
 

  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice

Instructions
 

  • Combine all ingredients and store in an airtight container until you're ready to use.

Recipe Video

Notes

  • Recipe is designed for one pound of meat.
  • It creates a total of four servings

Nutrition

Serving: 1teaspoonCalories: 8kcalCarbohydrates: 1.9gProtein: 0.1gFat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0.2gSodium: 846mgFiber: 1.2gSugar: 0.2g
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Liz DellaCroce

Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families.

62 Comments

  1. Hello Liz,
    I just came across your website and love it. I need a clarification for this spice blend. I would like to make it in bulk, maybe for 5 times to make my preparation time easier. So, if I pour the bulk amount together in one container, how do I know how much of the mixed batch to pour? Thank you.

  2. I wanted to do something differently to spice up my beef meatball recipe, literally. This blend was perfect. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Hello, there is something else in that spice blend that is not listed — I see it in the photo. It looks like sesame seeds…is that Zaatar?

    1. Just discovered your blog and I’m happy to find another Lebanese cook. This is a great idea! I love cooking Lebbo (my father’s side is Lebanese) and you pretty much always use the same spices, so why not blend them?

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