How to make "Squid Tibs"

Tibs is a traditional Ethiopian dish, often made from beef or lamb. The word "tibs" refers to a style of preparation that involves pan-searing, sautéing or grilling meat, usually in a clay cooking pot known as a "shakla dist". The meat is typically cut into bite-sized pieces and is seasoned with a blend of spices, onions, and sometimes peppers. It is a common dish in Ethiopia and is often enjoyed in a communal setting, where people gather around a large platter and eat the meal with Injera.

However, in our recipe today, we're putting a unique spin on this Ethiopian classic by replacing the traditional beef with squid. This variation is perfect for pescatarians and seafood lovers alike, offering a creative blend of Ethiopian flavors with a seafood twist. The squid adds a unique texture and flavor to the dish that makes it truly unique.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Servings: 4

Nutrition Profile: High in protein, Low in saturated fats

How to make "Squid Tibs"



  • 2 lbs of fresh squid
  • 3/4 of a red onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 jalapeño pepper
  • 1 tomato
  • ¼ cup oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon rosemary
  • ½ teaspoon kibe (Ethiopian spiced butter)



Step 1
Clean the squid thoroughly. Remove the tentacles and ink sac, and slice the bodies into rings.

Step 2
Heat the oil in a large pan or wok over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic, and sauté until the onions become translucent.

Step 3
Add the chopped jalapeño pepper and tomato to the pan and stir well. Cook for another 2-3 minutes until the tomatoes soften.

Step 4
Add the squid rings to the pan and stir well to ensure all the pieces are coated with the flavorful onion, garlic, jalapeño, and tomato mixture.

Step 5
Season the mixture with salt, black pepper, and rosemary. Stir again to distribute the spices evenly.

Step 6
Cook the squid for about 5-7 minutes, or until it becomes opaque and tender. Be careful not to overcook the squid as it can become rubbery.

Step 7
Finally, add the kibe (Ethiopian spiced butter) and give the dish one final stir to blend all the flavors together.

Step 8
Serve your Squid Tibs hot, ideally with injera or rice.

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