70 Best Lebanese Recipes

Love Middle Eastern food? These 70 Lebanese recipes will keep you busy and satisfied. Authentic recipes featuring chicken, beef, rice, desserts, and more!

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If you’re looking for the best collection of Lebanese recipes, you’ve come to the right place. Here you’ll find 70 authentic Lebanese recipes, from popular salads like Fattoush and Tabbouleh, to well-known grilled mains like kafta and kabobs to the best Lebanese desserts, like baklava and sfouf. Learn how to cook these authentic Middle Eastern dishes with my easy tutorials and approachable methods.

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Both my parents are Lebanese, so I grew up watching them prepare these recipes over and over again. I’ve perfected their recipes through trial and error (since they don’t measure anything!), and I’ve also simplified many to make them more approachable for weekday meals.

What is Lebanese Food?

Lebanese food is the culinary cuisine of Lebanon that is full of whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and meats. Lebanese cooking is known for being one of the healthiest in the world, with rich culinary traditions throughout its region, bold flavors, and notable techniques.

These Mediterranean flavors and textures combine all the best ingredients for diverse and mouthwatering recipes.

A common technique for Lebanese dining is to create a mezze which is a sample menu of Lebanese cuisine served like appetizers that everyone shares.

What are some traditional Lebanese foods?

  • Kibbeh – A mixture of ground beef or ground lamb, onions, and bulgur that is used as a casing for stuffing. It’s flavored with aromatic Middle Eastern spices for the quintessence of Lebanese and Middle Eastern comfort food.
  • Baba Ghanoush – When you think traditional Lebanese recipes, this cousin to hummus is a smokey eggplant dip that is uses similar ingredients.
  • Kafta – A dish made with just four common ingredients and shaped into a ball or log, customarily shaped around a skewer and grilled, but may also be cooked in a grill pan.
  • Kanafa – This popular dessert is made with crunchy shredded phyllo dough then layered with cheese, soaked with rosewater simple syrup, and topped with crushed pistachios.
  • Tabbouleh – Loaded with authentic ingredients, Tabbouleh is a healthy bulgur and fresh herb salad that can be served as an appetizer using pita to dip in, or on top of lettuce as a meal.
  • Fattoush – Essentially a bread salad, it commonly uses pita torn into pieces and fried. It is then served over lettuce, parsley, cucumbers, tomatoes, and radishes. The ingredients can vary depending on what you have available and it is a great way to use up leftover veggies.
  • Labneh – Yoghurt is strained to remove most of the moisture, resulting in a thick, tangy, and creamy dip. This “cheese” can be compared to cream cheese.
  • Hummus – This Middle Eastern spread is a true authentic recipe that has made headway all over the world. You can easily find premade hummus in stores, but it is also simple to make with just a few common ingredients. A healthy snack that is versatile in flavor options and in how it is used.
  • Warak Enab – Or, Stuffed Grape Leaves. They are softened and rolled with either meat and rice or veggies and rice, or what we call hashweh.
Close up of Lebanese stuffed grape leaves - warak enab

tips for cooking Lebanese recipes

  1. Go fresh. Lebanese food is all about using fresh ingredients that are flavorful and vibrant. Use fruits and vegetables that are in season, and, if you can, buy from your local farmers’ market for the best quality.
  2. Make your own spice mix. It’s so much better to make your own spice mixes as you can control exactly the flavor you want. It’s easy to make your food a little spicier or more herby this way.
  3. Make sure your spices aren’t stale. Dried spices have a shelf life, so, before you use them in your dishes, rub a little between your fingers. They should release an aroma; if they don’t, it’s time to buy some more.
  4. Be adventurous! It can be daunting trying new foods, but these Lebanese recipes are some of my favorites, and you know I wouldn’t give you anything that wasn’t delicious! Discovering new cuisines is one of my favorite things about cooking, so step out of your comfort zone and discover a new favorite!
  5. Get Nutty. Almonds and pine nuts are commonly used in Lebanese cuisine. Hashweh is a great example of how nuts are incorporated into recipes using pine nuts. A buttery mild flavor that enhances and balances the ground beef.
    Pistachios and walnuts are two popular nuts that reign over most others in Lebanese desserts.
  6. Stock the Pantry. Enjoying Lebanese dishes is easy when you have the most common components on hand. A few ingredients to have stocked are bulgur, lentils, chickpeas, and olive oil. In the refrigerator, yogurt, beef, and lamb. And for produce, cucumber, tomato, onion, and eggplant.

how to plan A Lebanese sample menu

Pick a few different items to create a mezze. This traditional style of eating is where you share multiple small appetizers for a meal. This spread can be simple easy recipes such as hummus, olives, raw vegetables, pieces of bread, and other Mediterranean-style dips. 

For a grand meal, a mezze can include cold and hot traditional Lebanese recipes such as skewered meats, seafood, and traditional dishes such as kibbeh, kafta, labneh, and tabbouleh.

It’s common for a Lebanese dinner to start late in the afternoon and last for about 2 hours. The food is served as it is made, usually with the cold items first followed by the hot foods, and then desserts.

  • Use a large board or platter. This will give you room to spread different appetizers and dishes for a variety throughout.
  • Bundle ingredients for multiple dishes. You can have a lot of options and use the same products. Use ground beef in two different recipes, skewered meats, and many of the same seasonings.
  • Use similar cooking styles. When creating a Lebanese sample menu, choose recipes that cook the same. Rather it is a combination of stove top, grilling, oven, or no-bake cooking methods, create a menu that will make it easy to put together a few recipes with fewer steps.
  • Include dippable items. Pita bread and raw veggies are perfect for scooping up all the delicious dips and other Lebanese dishes.
  • Fill the spaces. Use a variety of nuts, fresh and dried fruits, olives, and cheeses to fill in the bare spots.

Creating the perfect Lebanese sample menu is easy to accomplish when you follow these tips. You and your company will love sharing a meal together that is not only a conversation piece but offers so much flavor and variety to be enjoyed by all.

best Lebanese recipes

Here are some classic Lebanese recipes that are very common in Lebanese restaurants and households. These do require some special ingredients like bulgur, grape leaves, or phyllo dough, but as always, I offer shortcuts and modern updates to make the recipes quicker and more approachable.

Lebanese Appetizers

  • Meat Pies – Baked and filled with spiced meat, these meat pies are great to serve as an appetizer with yogurt for dipping.
  • Beef Stuffed Grape Leaves – Called Warak Enab, these grape leaves are stuffed with a spiced ground beef and rice mixture and are a very popular Lebanese appetizer.
  • Vegetarian Stuffed Grape Leaves – Perfect for an appetizer, this is a classic Mediterranean stuffed grape leave recipe with short grain rice, parsley, tomatoes, and onions.
  • Rakakat Cheese Rolls – This is an irresistible cheesy appetizer in a crunchy roll that’s easy to make and only a few ingredients.
  • Fatayer Spinach Pie – A simple homemade dough with a zingy spinach filling that will fill your house with the best Middle Eastern fragrance.
  • Baba Ghanoush – A tasty alternative to hummus, this smokey, creamy eggplant dip is made with just four simple ingredients and is served with pita bread and fresh veggies.
  • Fried Kibbeh Balls – This traditional Lebanese appetizer is made with bulgur wheat and seasoned ground beef and onions filling and fried to crispy perfection!
  • Traditional Lebanese Hummus – The best authentic creamy hummus dip that is made with just a few ingredients and perfect for dipping homemade pita chips in.
  • Zaatar Spring Rolls – An oven-baked Lebanese inspired appetizer filled with cheese and mint wrapped in a crispy wonton wrapper. Dip them in labneh sauce for a delicious bite.
  • Halloumi Fries – Dip these fried cheese sticks in a zesty marinara and serve as finger food or as a Lebanese-inspired appetizer.
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Lebanese Main Dishes

A heavily vegetarian cuisine, Lebanese recipes use a plethora of whole grains, fresh vegetables, aromatic herbs, and legumes. But there is no shortage of meaty options as well, as Lebanese dishes with meat usually include chicken, beef, lamb, and fish.

Lebanese dishes with rice

  • Mujadara – This is a vegan Lebanese dish with rice is made with caramelized onions, lentils, and rice. This makes for a wholesome entree or could be served with cooked vegetables or a salad.
  • Mediterranean Ground Beef and Rice – Another easy Lebanese rice dish is made with chickpeas, and oniony beef, and is full of flavor. It’s a quick, easy-to-make one-pot meal the whole family will love!
  • Sayadieh – Pan-fried fish is served over fluffy rice and topped with toasted nuts for this authentic Sayadieh, or “fish and rice” recipe
  • Lebanese Rice – A staple Middle Eastern (Arabic) side dish made with only three ingredients: rice, vermicelli noodles, and olive oil! 
  • Turmeric Rice Salad – This beautifully golden rice salad is a great way to bulk up a salad or use leftover rice that you can easily customize for a unique Lebanese dish.
  • Lebanese Green Bean Stew – This one-pot meal made with chicken, tomatoes, and aromatic spices is a wholesome dish that is served over rice.
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Lebanese dishes with meat (Beef, Lamb, Etc)

  • Beef Kafta – A classic blend of Middle Eastern spices mixed with ground beef shaped into logs that are perfect for grilling or on the stove.
  • Stuffed Eggplant – This authentic eggplant recipe is a family favorite Lebanese dish made with spiced beef & rice stuffing and cooked in a garlicky tomato broth!
  • Grilled Lamb Kabobs – Enjoy these juicy and tender lamb kabobs that are marinated in Mediterranean flavor and skewered with onions, and then grilled to perfection.
  • Peas and Carrots Stew – A hearty nutritious stew chock full of peas, carrots, and chunks of beef that is utterly comforting.
  • Beef Shawarma Wrap – A popular street food, especially in the Middle East, made with flank steak, wrapped in pita bread with vegetables & tahini sauce.
  • Hummus with Ground Beef – Authentic and popular Middle Eastern meal made with your creamy hummus, beef, and pine nuts!
  • Eggplant Moussaka – A delicious quick and easy dinner made with layers of eggplant and spiced ground beef and topped with a velvety bechamel sauce
  • Arayes – Quick and easy to make, these Lebanese meat-stuffed pitas are one delicious recipe that’s ready to enjoy in minutes, and every bite is truly tasty!
  • Hashweh – Traditional Hashweh is made with simple ingredients with classic Lebanese spices. You can serve it on your own or add it to an entree recipe.
  • Kibbeh in Yogurt Sauce – This is an authentic family Lebanese recipe that is comforting and has layers of flavor made with stuffed beef in a creamy yogurt sauce.
  • Kafta and Potato Stew – This potato stew made with seasoned meatballs are cooked in a rich tomato sauce for a healthy and delicious meal the whole family will love.
  • Stuffed Cabbage Rolls – A mixture of rice, ground beef, and spices are stuffed inside cabbage leaves cooked in a lemon garlic sauce.
  • Baked Kibbeh – A quintessential Lebanese recipe that is popular throughout the Middle East – made with beef, cracked wheat, onion and spices, then baked.
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Lebanese chicken recipes

  • Grilled Chicken Kabobs – This easy chicken recipe is marinated with bright Mediterranean spices for the best flavor and cooked on a skewer with fresh veggies.
  • Freekeh Chicken Soup – The warm broth has a bright tomato base, hearty freekeh, fresh onions, and parsley that combine to make this soup irresistible. 
  • Molokhia – Tender chicken cooked with jews mallow in a lemony broth and served over Lebanese rice is comforting and unique.
  • Shish Tawook – This authentic Lebanese recipe is very popular and made with juicy yogurt marinated chicken and grilled on skewers.
  • Lebanese Chicken Fatteh – An irresistible combo of flavors made with yogurt, spiced shredded chicken, chickpeas, toasted pine nuts & pita bread!
  • Chicken Bean Stew – Made with simple ingredients, this chicken and tomato stew requires minimal prep and is perfect for a family weeknight meal.
  • Chicken Shawarma Salad – This is a great way to use up chicken shawarma leftovers! Build a salad with warm spices, lettuce, chicken, and tahini dressing.
  • Lebanese Freekeh with Chicken – Another popular Lebanese recipe that is a perfect family meal is made with freekeh, chicken, and served with toasted nuts & herbs.
  • Chicken Shawarma – Make this oven-roasted Chicken Shawarma easily and quickly at home with my easy and authentic marinade recipe – it’s perfectly spiced, tender & so flavorful.
  • Hummus Crusted Chicken – This chicken recipe is great for an easy weeknight meal and is inspired from Lebanese flavors.
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Lebanese vegetarian recipes

  • Lebanese Tabbouleh Salad – This traditional Lebanese Tabbouleh Salad is a healthy vegan Mediterranean recipe made with bulgur, parsley, mint, and chopped vegetables.
  • Fattoush Salad – Seasoned fried pita bread, seasonal vegetables, and tossed in a zesty sumac Mediterranean dressing, this salad has a delicious crunch and is one of the easy Lebanese recipes for traditional fare.
  • Roasted Cauliflower Pita – Roasted cauliflower is generously seasoned with bright Mediterranean spices, fresh tomatoes, crisp lettuce, and tahini and stuffed inside a pita.
  • Bulgur Chickpea Salad – Full of classic Lebanese flavors, this no-cook chickpea salad is hearty and made with fluffy bulgur, tomatoes, and cucumbers.
  • Tangy Labneh Dip – This homemade Mediterranean yogurt cheese is made with just two ingredients and is the perfect addition to a mezze board.
  • Quinoa Tabbouleh – A re-make of a classic Lebanese salad, but swaps out the bulgur for nutrient-dense quinoa – it’s light, lemony, and healthy!
  • Lebanese Ful Medames – Traditional and popular Middle Eastern breakfast recipe that’s made with cooked fava beans and cumin, then topped with a garlicky, lemon olive oil sauce!
  • Batata Harra – These potatoes pack in some heat and are full of flavor that is super easy to make and use common spices.
  • Crispy Falafel – Made with chickpeas, herbs, onion & spices, this popular Lebanese recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and protein-rich. Try it stuffed in a pita with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions, and falafel sauce.
  • Kale Tabbouleh Salad – A modern twist on the traditional Middle Eastern recipe, using kale instead of parsley along with tomatoes, bulgur, mint, lemon, and olive oil.
  • Bulgur Pilaf – This ancient grain recipe is hearty and delicious. It is one of many Lebanese vegetarian recipes that is healthy and full of fiber, and infinitely customizable, however your family likes it!
  • Crushed Lentil Soup – Make this authentic vegan Lebanese Soup with simple pantry ingredients in 30 minutes. It’s hearty, filling, and a family favorite.
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Lebanese Desserts

  • Lebanese Baklava – Make homemade baklava in a fraction of the time with this deliciously easy method! Filled with walnuts and finished with an orange blossom simple syrup.
  • Homemade Lebanese Kanafa – a simplified version of the Middle Eastern dessert made with layered shredded dough and mozzarella cheese soaked with syrup. The second most popular Lebanese dessert after Baklava.
  • Namoura (Semolina Cake) – Whether you call it Namoura, Basbousa, or just Semolina cake, this recipe will delight you. Made with semolina flour and almonds, soaked in simple syrup.
  • Ghraybeh Cookies – Made with only three ingredients for the base, Ghraybeh is a popular Middle Eastern shortbread cookie with a smooth and buttery texture, and delicate, sweet flavor.
  • Lebanese Rice Pudding – This easy Lebanese recipe for rice pudding is a perfect balance of sweet and nutty flavors with rose water, and pistachios!!
  • Sesame Tahini Cookies – Sesame Tahini Cookies are chewy, delicious gluten-free cookies with a Middle Eastern flavor. Instead of butter, tahini paste is used to add a rich nutty taste.
  • Sfouf – A Middle Eastern semolina turmeric cake, made with simple ingredients, no eggs, and no butter. It’s vegan-friendly, light, and delightful.
  • Pistachio Butter Cups – This pistachio-filled chocolate is a fun twist to Mediterranean flavors and is simple to make.
  • Almond Milk Rice Pudding – An easy Middle-Eastern dessert or breakfast recipe that makes a great low-calorie option suitable for vegans.
  • Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies – These cookies have a Middle Eastern twist by swapping half the butter in traditional chocolate chip cookies with tahini (sesame paste).
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Other Authentic Lebanese REcipe

  • Creamy Yogurt Pasta – This yogurt sauce is like alfredo and is known as Lebanese spaghetti. Simple to make and so creamy and flavorful. Serve with chicken or beef for a complete meal.
  • Grilled Halloumi – Quick and easy to prep and grill, this cheese has a wonderful creamy texture with just the right amount of saltiness.
  • Toum Sauce – Garlic Sauce (Toum) is a popular condiment in Lebanese restaurants served often with chicken; made with only 4 ingredients: garlic, oil, lemon, and salt.
  • Zaatar Manakeesh – Mediterranean flatbread that’s made with a simple dough and zaatar spice is an easy recipe to make from scratch using very few ingredients!
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frequently asked questions

What is the most popular Lebanese recipe?

Hummus is hands down the most well-known and loved recipe that originated in Lebanon. Well-regarded street food for Lebanese cuisine is shawarma.

Is Lebanese food healthy?

Yes! Mostly known to be one of the healthiest cuisines in the world, utilizing fresh produce, whole grains, and legumes, Lebanese food uses healthy spices and herbs as well. This style of cooking is usually low in fat as they cook primarily with healthy olive oil versus butter and yogurt instead of cream.

Is Lebanese food spicy?

Mostly, no. But it is FULL of flavor with aromatic herbs and spices such as cumin, cinnamon, mint, and garlic, to name a few. Also, za’atar is often used and is a traditional spice blend composed of roasted thyme, oregano, and sumac (a tart, lemony vinegar-flavored spice blend).

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Be adventurous and dive head into the best aromatic and full-bodied flavors of Lebanese cuisine. You’ll learn how to cook with diverse flavors and traditional cooking techniques that are modernized for the average home cook. These authentic Lebanese recipes will appeal to your senses and bring together the family to enjoy a wonderous world of healthy recipes.

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Sfeehas or Lebanese meat pies on a serving dish
Appetizer

Lebanese Meat Pies

These Lebanese meat pies (sfeehas) are a delicious Middle Eastern appetizer. Made with a crispy dough and filled with a spiced meat filling.
 
2 hours 30 minutes
5 from 107 votes
Final stuffed grape leaves lined up on a long plate
Main Course

Lebanese Stuffed Grape Leaves (Warak Enab)

These Lebanese Stuffed Grape Leaves (Warak Enab) are made with a spiced ground beef and rice mixture – a delicious Mediterranean dish commonly served as an appetizer!
 
2 hours 30 minutes
5 from 1117 votes
Large plate of rolled vegetarian stuffed grape leaves
Appetizer

Vegetarian Stuffed Grape Leaves

These Vegetarian Stuffed Grape Leaves are a Mediterranean classic recipe made with short grain rice, parsley, tomatoes and onions – my favorite appetizer!
 
3 hours 30 minutes
5 from 225 votes
Tray of crispy cheese rolls baked in the oven
Appetizer

Crispy Cheese Rolls

Crispy cheese rolls (Rakakat) is the perfect crunchy, ooey-gooey appetizer to make with just a few ingredients. This Lebanese recipe is perfect for Ramadan!
 
40 minutes
5 from 29 votes
Large platter of spinach pies with small bowl of yogurt for dipping
Appetizer

Lebanese Spinach Pies

This authentic Lebanese Spinach Pies recipe (called fatayer) is made with a simple homemade dough recipe and the best zingy spinach filling!
 
2 hours 50 minutes
5 from 220 votes
Lebanese baba ganoush in a bowl garnished with olive oil, parsley and pomegranate served with arabic bread (pita)
Appetizer

Lebanese Baba Ghanoush

This Lebanese inspired Baba Ghanoush is made with only 4 ingredients: oven-roasted eggplant, lemon juice, tahini & garlic – a great alternative to hummus!
 
1 hour 5 minutes
5 from 362 votes
Kibbeh balls after fried on a white plate
Appetizer

Kibbeh Balls

These traditional fried Lebanese kibbeh balls are a delicious appetizer made with bulgur wheat and seasoned ground beef and onions filling!
 
50 minutes
5 from 108 votes
Final plated dish showing hummus with olive oil and garnished with paprika and parsley
Appetizer

Lebanese Hummus

This is the best hummus recipe based on the authentic Lebanese methods. Hummus is a healthy snack that’s made with a few ingredients and perfect for parties
 
20 minutes
5 from 759 votes
zaatar spring rolls on a plate
Appetizer

Zaatar Spring Rolls

This zaatar spring rolls recipe is a Lebanese inspired oven-baked appetizer that’s savory, crunchy & incredibly easy to make with wonton/egg wrappers
 
30 minutes
5 from 100 votes
Plate of halloumi fries served with marina sauce
Appetizer

Halloumi Fries

These halloumi fries are Middle Eastern style mozzarella sticks made with only 4 ingredients – flour, eggs, panko and non-melting halloumi!
 
30 minutes
5 from 615 votes
Final bowl of mujadara served with onions, yogurt and mint
Entree

Lebanese Mujadara

Mujadara is a Middle Eastern lentils and rice recipe made w caramelized onions. You only need three ingredients to make this simple vegan, protein-rich meal
 
1 hour 10 minutes
5 from 931 votes
Mediterranean ground beef and rice with chickpeas in a bowl
Entree

Mediterranean Ground Beef & Rice

This Mediterranean Ground Beef and Rice dish is made with chickpeas and full of flavor. It's a quick, easy-to-make one pot meal the whole family will love!
 
30 minutes
5 from 196 votes
Lebanese rice and fish recipe - also known as sayadieh served on a platter with toasted almonds
Entree

Sayadieh

This authentic Sayadieh recipe is also known as Lebanese Rice and Fish – made with perfectly seasoned fluffy rice & pan fried fish, topped with toasted nuts
 
55 minutes
5 from 245 votes
Plate served of Lebanese Rice topped with pine nuts, almonds and parsley
Side Dish

Lebanese Rice

This Lebanese Rice is a staple Middle Eastern (Arabic) side dish in my home that I make with only three ingredients: rice, vermicelli noodles and olive oil! 
 
15 minutes
5 from 636 votes
Turmeric rice salad with dressing on top
Salads, Side Dish

Turmeric Rice Salad

Turmeric Rice Salad is a Mediterranean inspired salad that's a great way to bulk up a salad or use leftover rice – easily customizable and ready in minutes!
 
12 minutes
5 from 28 votes
bowl of green bean stew served over Lebanese rice with lemon wedge
Entree, Main Course, Main Dish

Lebanese Green Bean Stew

This Lebanese green bean stew is a one-pot meal made with chicken, tomatoes, and aromatic spices. It's a full-bodied meal! Serve over rice or on its own.
 
40 minutes
5 from 37 votes
Lebanese style beef kafta served over rice
Main Course

Beef Kafta

This is a Lebanese style Beef Kafta recipe that's made with ground beef, parsley, onions and a blend of Middle Eastern spices- perfect on the grill or stove
 
30 minutes
5 from 1081 votes
Final cooked stuffed eggplant cut in half to show the rice and beef stuffing
Entree, Main Course

Stuffed Eggplant

This authentic Stuffed Eggplant recipe is a my family's popular Lebanese dish made with a spiced beef & rice stuffing and cooked in a garlicky tomato broth!
 
2 hours
5 from 55 votes
Grilled lamb kabobs served with tzatziki sauce
Main Course

Grilled Lamb Kabobs

These Grilled Lamb Kabobs are a must for summer grilling. Lamb chunks are tossed in a Mediterranean marinade so they're tasty, tender & juicy!
 
4 hours 25 minutes
5 from 27 votes
A bowl of peas and carrots stew garnished with lemon wedges
Entree

Lebanese Beef Stew

If you're looking for new vegetable beef stews to try, this Lebanese inspired Peas and Carrots Stew (we call them yakhneh) is hearty, nutritious and utterly comforting.
 
40 minutes
5 from 56 votes
Beef shawarma wrap rolled up in a pita bread, alongside french fries
Sandwich

Beef Shawarma Wrap

Beef Shawarma Wrap is a popular street food especially in the Middle East. Its made with flank steak, wrapped in pita bread with vegetables & tahini sauce
 
20 minutes
5 from 454 votes
Blue plate with hummus, ground beef, pine nuts, parsley and tomatoes, with side of fried pita chips
Appetizer

Hummus with Ground Beef

This Hummus with Ground Beef recipe is a simple, authentic and popular Middle Eastern meal – easy to make with your favorite hummus, beef and pine nuts!
 
20 minutes
5 from 106 votes
Eggplant moussaka with a slice removed
Entree

Eggplant Moussaka

This Easy Eggplant Moussaka recipe is a quick version of the Greek dish made with layers of eggplant and spiced ground beef and topped with a bechamel sauce
 
1 hour
5 from 77 votes
Lebanese meat stuffed pita triangles served on a white platter with a small bowl of yogurt and parsley for garnish
Appetizer, Main Course

Arayes

Quick and easy to make, these Lebanese meat stuffed pitas are one delicious recipe! These beef arayes are ready to enjoy in minutes and every bite is truly tasty!
 
15 minutes
5 from 171 votes
Lebanese hashweh with spoon scooping out serving
Appetizer, Main Course

Hashweh

Quick and easy to make this traditional Lebanese Hashweh is made with simple ingredients and is wonderfully spiced and flavorful. Perfect on it's own with pita or a great stuffing for lots of mains.
 
25 minutes
4.9 from 62 votes
Kibbeh bi labanieh - traditional Middle Eastern dish in a large bowl of yogurt sauce
Entree

Kibbeh in Yogurt Sauce

Kibbeh in yogurt sauce is a comforting & popular Middle Eastern recipe. This is an authentic Lebanese recipe from my mom that's easy to follow
 
2 hours
5 from 55 votes
kafta and potato stew served in a bowl with rice
Main Course

Kafta and Potato Stew

This traditional Lebanese kafta and potato stew is a hearty meal that the whole family will love! Seasoned meatballs are cooked in a rich tomato sauce for a healthy and delicious meal.
 
55 minutes
5 from 90 votes
Plate of stuffed cabbage rolls - lebanese style served with tomato slices
Entree, Main Course

Beef Cabbage Rolls

Try this authentic Lebanese styled Stuffed Cabbage Rolls – also known as Malfouf – with step-by-step easy instructions to cook the recipe!
 
2 hours 15 minutes
5 from 124 votes
Baked kibbeh (also called kibbeh bil sanieh) topped with pine nuts
Main Course, Main Dish

Baked Kibbeh

Baked Kibbeh is a quintessential Lebanese recipe that is popular throughout the Middle East – made with beef, cracked wheat, onion and spices
 
1 hour 30 minutes
5 from 173 votes
Grilled Chicken Kabobs on a white long platter served over Lebanese rice
Main Course

Grilled Chicken Kabobs

These Grilled Chicken Shish Kabobs are flavorful & easy to make! The chicken is marinated with bright Mediterranean spices on a skewer with fresh veggies.
 
1 hour
5 from 321 votes
overhead shot of Freekeh soup
Dinner, Main Dish, Soup

Freekeh Soup

Cracked freekeh soup with an aromatic warm broth loaded with shredded chicken, onions, and spices. This Lebanese soup recipe is even better the next day!
 
1 hour 40 minutes
5 from 47 votes
Large bowl of molokhia topped with shredded chicken, tomatoes and lemon slices and served over rice
Entree, Main Course

Molokhia (Mloukhieh)

This is an authentic Lebanese recipe for how to make Molokhia – which is a jews mallow (jute leaves) hearty healthy stew served over rice!
 
1 hour 45 minutes
5 from 291 votes
Shish tawook recipe on a platter with garlic sauce
Main Course

Shish Tawook

Try this Authentic Shish Tawook recipe – a popular Lebanese grilled chicken skewers recipe. It's tender juicy chicken marinated in yogurt, lemon and garlic.
 
28 minutes
5 from 1484 votes
Lebanese Chicken Fatteh in a bowl
Entree

Lebanese Chicken Fatteh

This authentic Lebanese Chicken Fatteh is an amazing combo of flavors made with yogurt, spiced shredded chicken, chickpeas, toasted pine nuts & pita bread!
 
25 minutes
5 from 169 votes
Main Course

Chicken Bean Stew

This one pot Lebanese bean stew is so easy to make and loaded with flavor. This weeknight meal is perfect for freezer dinners and is made with fresh and tasty ingredients.
 
40 minutes
5 from 38 votes
Two large bowls of chicken shawarma salad with tahini sauce drizzled on top and served on the side
Main Course

Chicken Shawarma Salad

This Chicken Shawarma Salad bowl is an authentic Lebanese shawarma recipe made with a warm spice blend & served over salad with tahini dressing!
 
40 minutes
5 from 116 votes
Freekeh with chicken served with toasted nuts and herbs
Main Course

Freekeh with Chicken

Freekeh with chicken is a delicious and well-balanced meal made with the ancient grain and served with toasted nuts & herbs. It's a popular Lebanese recipe!
 
50 minutes
5 from 153 votes
Chicken shawarma on a white plate with sliced vegetables and pickles
Main Course

Chicken Shawarma

Make this oven-roasted Chicken Shawarma easily and quickly at home with my easy and authentic marinade recipe – it's perfectly spiced, tender & so flavorful
 
25 minutes
5 from 616 votes
Hummus crusted chicken being cut with a fork
Main Course

Hummus Crusted chicken

This easy to prep hummus crusted chicken is great for an easy weeknight meal. Get perfectly juicy every single time!
 
20 minutes
5 from 20 votes
Big bowl of Lebanese Tabbouleh Salad
Appetizer

Lebanese Tabbouleh Salad

This traditional Lebanese Tabbouleh Salad recipe is a healthy vegan Mediterranean appetizer made with bulgur, parsley, mint and chopped vegetables.
 
40 minutes
5 from 2074 votes
Plate of three pitas stuffed with roasted cauliflower served with lemon wedges.
Main Course

Roasted Cauliflower Pitas

Vegan pita sandwich filled with roasted cauliflower generously seasoned with bright Mediterranean spices, fresh tomatoes, crisp lettuce, and tahini!
 
45 minutes
5 from 27 votes
Large bowl of bulgur salad with salt and pepper in pinch bowl to it
Salad, Side Dish

Bulgur Chickpea Salad

This vegan bulgur chickpea salad is full of flavors from the Mediterranean. Simple to make and no cooking required, it's hearty, healthy and filling.
 
20 minutes
5 from 31 votes
Labneh spread in a bowl with olive oil and zaatar
Appetizer, Condiments, Dips

Tangy Labneh Dip

This homemade labneh is the perfect addition to a mezze board. It's a tangy Mediterranean yogurt cheese made with only two simple ingredients!
 
2 days 5 minutes
5 from 45 votes
Plate of the of final quinoa tabbouleh recipe garnished with green onions
Salads

Quinoa Tabbouleh

This Quinoa Tabbouleh recipe is a re-make of a classic Lebanese salad, but swaps out the bulgur for nutrient dense quinoa – it’s light, lemony and healthy!
 
22 minutes
5 from 75 votes
Pita dipping into ful medames bowl surrounded by vegetables
Breakfast

Ful Medames

Ful Medames is a popular Middle Eastern breakfast recipe that's made with cooked fava beans and cumin, then topped with a garlicky, lemon olive oil sauce!
 
30 minutes
5 from 372 votes
Lebanese Spicy Potatoes, also know as Batata Harra served with fresh cilantro and lemon wedges
Side Dish

Lebanese Spicy Potatoes (Batata Harra)

Batata Harra is a Lebanese spicy potatoes side dish that's full of flavor. Easy to make and perfect to serve as part of a mezze or with grilled meat dishes!
 
45 minutes
5 from 235 votes
Falafel patties with falafel sauce, pita and tomatoes
Entree

Crispy Falafel

This authentic crispy Lebanese falafel recipe is a popular Middle Eastern dish made with chickpeas, herbs, onion & spices – vegan, gluten-free, protein-rich
 
30 minutes
5 from 201 votes
Large bowl of kale tabbouleh salad with serving spoons on the inside of the bowl
Salads

Kale Tabbouleh Salad

Kale Tabbouleh Salad is a modern twist on the traditional Middle Eastern recipe, using kale instead of parsley along with tomatoes, bulgur, mint, lemon and olive oil
 
20 minutes
5 from 33 votes
Mediterranean style bulgur pilaf in white bowls
Side Dish

Bulgur Pilaf

This Lebanese style Bulgur Pilaf recipe is hearty, healthy and delicious; it is full of fiber and infinitely customizable. Easy recipe for bulgur wheat.
 
20 minutes
5 from 504 votes
Close up shot of bowl of crushed lentil soup with spoon inside bowl
Soup

Lebanese Crushed Lentil Soup

Learn how to make this authentic healthy Lebanese Crushed Lentil Soup in 30 minutes! Made with simple pantry ingredients, it's vegan, hearty and so filling!
 
30 minutes
5 from 189 votes
Side angle shot of sliced pieces of baklawa on a plate
Dessert

Lebanese Baklava

Make homemade baklava in a fraction of the time with this deliciously easy method! Filled with walnuts and finished with an orange blossom simple syrup.
 
1 hour 5 minutes
5 from 280 votes
Lebanese kanafa cut into squares on a round dish
Dessert

Lebanese Homemade Kanafa

This Homemade Lebanese Kanafa is a simplified version of the Middle Eastern dessert made with layered shredded dough and mozzarella cheese soaked with syrup
 
40 minutes
5 from 218 votes
Recipe after cooling and a few pieces removed from pan and on a small white plate off to the side
Dessert

Namoura

Whether you call it Namoura, Basbousa, or just Semolina cake this recipe will delight. Made with semolina flour, almonds, and topped with a simple syrup.
 
1 hour 55 minutes
5 from 16 votes
Large plate for ghraybeh shortbread cookies with pistachios on the side
Dessert, Snack

Ghraybeh

Simple to make with only a few ingredients, these Ghraybeh shortbread cookies are made with rosewater and filled with jam for a tasty treat.
 
1 hour 25 minutes
5 from 78 votes
Overhead shot of two bowls of Lebanese Rice Pudding garnished with chopped pistachios and two serving spoons set off to side.
Dessert

Lebanese Rice Pudding

Lebanese Rice Pudding {Riz Bi Haleeb} with rose water, and pistachios! This Middle Eastern rice pudding is easy, homemade, and full of creamy goodness!
 
40 minutes
5 from 18 votes
Honey Tahini Cookies covered with sesame seeds
Snacks

Sesame Tahini Cookies

Sesame Tahini Cookies are chewy delicious gluten-free cookies with a Middle Eastern flavor. Instead of butter, tahini paste is used to add a rich nutty taste
 
23 minutes
5 from 236 votes
White plate with three pieces of sfouf
Dessert

Sfouf (Turmeric Cake)

Sfouf is a Middle Eastern semolina turmeric cake, made with simple ingredients, no eggs and no butter. It's vegan-friendly, light and delightful
 
50 minutes
5 from 231 votes
pile of Pistachio Butter Cups
Dessert

Chocolate Pistachio Butter Cups

The latest version of a butter cup with a Mediterranean twist, these Chocolate Pistachio Butter Cups are simple to make and perfect for a sweet tooth!
 
10 minutes
5 from 22 votes
Top down view of three glass jars with the pudding and toppings
Dessert

Almond Milk Rice Pudding

This Almond Milk Rice Pudding is an easy and delicious Middle Eastern dessert recipe that's dairy-free, egg-free & gluten-free – healthy take on a classic
 
32 minutes
5 from 136 votes
Close up shot of many tahini chocolate chip cookies on a parchment paper background
Dessert, Snack

Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Chocolate Chip Tahini Cookies have a Middle Eastern twist by swapping half the butter in traditional chocolate chip cookies with tahini (sesame paste)
 
25 minutes
5 from 78 votes
Spaghetti in Yogurt Sauce topped with pine nuts and chopped herbs, served in large white bowl.
Dinner, Entree, Pastas, Side Dish

Pasta with Yogurt Sauce

This creamy pasta with white yogurt sauce also known as Lebanese spaghetti is the perfect substitute for Alfredo sauce. It's creamy, tangy & easy to make!
 
20 minutes
5 from 56 votes
Large bowl of Lebanese Fattoush Salad with small bowl of fried pita bread on the side
Salad

Lebanese Fattoush Salad

This authentic Lebanese Fattoush Salad is made with well-seasoned fried pita bread, seasonal vegetables and tossed in a zesty sumac Mediterranean dressing
 
15 minutes
5 from 1149 votes
Grilled halloumi on platter with mint and olive oil
Appetizer

Grilled Halloumi

Grilled halloumi is a simple and delicious Mediterranean appetizer that's ready in minutes. Cook on an indoor or outdoor grill and serve with a fresh salad.
 
10 minutes
5 from 32 votes
Final product for how to make Lebanese garlic sauce - toum
Condiments

Lebanese Garlic Sauce (Toum)

This Garlic Sauce (Toum) is a popular condiment in Lebanese restaurants served often with chicken; made with only 4 ingredients: garlic, oil, lemon and salt
 
30 minutes
5 from 5932 votes
Zaatar Manakish flatbread on a wooden serving board
Breakfast

Zaatar Manakeesh

Zaatar Manakeesh is a Mediterranean flatbread that’s made with dough and zaatar spice. It’s an easy recipe to make from scratch using very few ingredients!
 
22 minutes
5 from 175 votes
stack of freshly baked homemade pita bread on white square plate
Appetizer

Homemade Pita Bread

Learn how to make the best pita bread from scratch and enjoy homemade pita anytime you'd like! It's soft and only requires 6 ingredients!
 
2 hours 15 minutes
5 from 70 votes
Platter of pita chips with labneh
Appetizer, Snack

Homemade Pita Chips

All you need is 3 ingredients to make my homemade pita chips recipe – perfectly baked in the oven and seasoned wonderfully – you won't miss the bagged kind!
 
20 minutes
5 from 23 votes
Tahini sauce in a large bowl with juiced lemons
Sauces

Lebanese Tahini Sauce

This is an authentic Lebanese Tahini Sauce recipe you can make with only four ingredients and no special equipment – includes step-by-step tutorial & video!
 
5 minutes
5 from 165 votes

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  1. This is a common thing I see in many articles, Lebanese food became a brand therefore people put the recipes of it’s neighboring countries under this umbrella and I think it’s misguiding. Yes, food in the Levant is shared, but a few of these recipes undisputedly originated in Palestine and Syria, which are also much older civilizations than Lebanon.

      1. I agree. Those dishes are well known for what’s used to be known as the Levant area ( Palestine, Syria & Lebanon). I grew up in Beit Jala, Palestine & my mother prepared ALL of these dishes!

        Mujadara is kown to be an authentic Egyptian dish. It’s called ( the poor man’s food).

    1. You’re right Ziad. The Levant region , (Palestine, Syria & Lebanon), have that food commonality!

      I grew up in Beit Jala , Palestine eating All of the above dishes.
      The food quality & taste is zero when it’s served in restaurants, no comparison to home cooked meals!

      I grew up hearing that the (mujadara dish) is the poor man’s food! It originated in Egypt, same with the fool mudamas.