Our 10 Favourite Lebanese Foods

Our 10 Favourite Lebanese Foods

There are so many yummy Lebanese dishes, it feels hard to choose just one favourite.

So, why not have 10 favourites?

Well, if we are perfectly honest, we’ve actually got way more than 10 favourite Lebanese foods, but it would take WAY too long to list them all.

We settled for listing our 10 top favourite Lebanese dishes here:

Our 10 Favourite Lebanese Foods

1. Manaqish

Pizza is a simple and versatile meal concept in many cultures. Lebanese culture is no different and we have a delicious version that is like a homemade flatbread style pizza topped with zesty spices and olive oil. Traditionally manaqish is made with dough, but we know you are busy, so we’ve created a version of this tasty dish with our pita bread and za’atar spice.

Check out the recipe here.

2. Tabouli

Looking for flavour and zestiness in a salad? Then Tabouli should be your go-to choice. It’s a refreshing salad made with finely chopped parsley, bulgur wheat, tomatoes, mint, onions, lemon juice, and olive oil. It's light, flavourful, and commonly served as a mezze (appetiser). But you can eat it however you choose - in wraps or pita, on the side of a meal, or just by itself!

You can make your own at home or you can try our fresh tabouli salad that is made daily.

3. Falafel

You can’t go past this vegetarian and vegan-friendly taste explosion! Falafel is a popular Middle Eastern dish made from ground chickpeas, mixed with herbs, spices, and onions. The mixture is shaped into small balls or patties and deep fried until crispy. Falafel is often served in pita bread with tahini sauce or hummus and a variety of toppings.

You can certainly make your own, but we’ve done all the hard work for you. Try our golden falafel bites now.

4. Kibbeh

Savoury mince is another favourite dish worldwide. Lebanon’s version is Kibbeh and it will not disappoint! Made from minced meat (usually lamb of beef) and mixed with bulgur wheat, onions and spices (our za’atar blend is a popular Kibbeh flavour choice). It can be prepared in fried balls, baked in a tray, or even as a topping for Manaqish. Its rich and savoury flavour make it a beloved dish.

5. Shawarma

A popular street food in Lebanon, Shawarma is thinly sliced meat marinated in a blend of traditional spices, lemon juice and vinegar. Zesty, flavourful and oh-so-good, it works in wraps, salads, on manaqish, or even a mezze platter.

Shawarma is truly one of the most authentic tastes of Lebanon, so why not try some of our hand prepared Chicken Shawarma today? Make it an even easier meal option and grab one of our Chicken Shawarma Wrap Kits which gives you everything you need to make delicious wraps for the fam.

6. Baba Ghanoush

Also known as Moutabbal, Baba Ghanoush is a smoky and creamy eggplant dip that is a staple in Lebanese cuisine. It's made by roasting eggplants until they become soft and charred, then mixing the mashed flesh with tahini, garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil. Baba Ghanoush is often enjoyed as a dip with warm pita bread or on a mezze platter.

This characteristically smoky, melt-in-your-mouth dip has a depth of flavour that’ll make it an exciting addition to any meal.

7. Lahem Meshwi

Spiced grilled meat and deliciously sweet onions, all skewered on a stick and grilled on the BBQ. Yum! That is exactly what Lahem Meshwi is. Delightfully simple, but super complex in flavour, this will fast become a fan favourite in your house.

Use eye fillet, boneless lamb or chicken, simply coat with spices, add onion chunks and you are away laughing! Perfect to feed a crowd or just the fam. Accompany it with hummus, pita bread and a salad to make a tasty meal. Here’s the recipe for Lahem Meshwi.

8. Riz a Djej

A traditional and popular Lebanese dish, Riz A Djej will be your new family go-to. Literally known as Rice with Chicken, it’s a great meal to share. The chicken is cooked in a tasty broth which is then used to add flavour to the rice and seasoned mince mix.

Filling, hearty and oh-so-yum, you’ll be adding Riz a Djej to your cooking rotation for sure. Here’s the recipe.

9. Garlic Bread

Nope, we aren't talking about that soggy stuff that comes with your takeaway orders, this is the kind of garlic bread that will have you going back for more. And it is SUPER easy to make.

All you need is two ingredients, pita bread and garlic toum. Simply spread the garlic toum on one side of the pita, sandwich the other half on top and grill in a sandwich press on low for a couple of minutes. Crispy, flavourful and the perfect accompaniment to hummus or any other dip.

Here’s the recipe details for Lebanese garlic bread.

10. Marinated Lamb

Lamb is a really popular protein in Lebanese cuisine and it’s easy to see why… it’s delicious! Especially when you pair it with the right mix of spices. Marinated lamb is super easy to cook as you can either slow roast it in the oven or the crock pot.

Choose lamb shanks or a shoulder or leg, coat with a spice mix and slow roast to perfection. Then, serve it with salad, Lebanese Garlic Bread and hummus. Delicious!

Here’s the recipe for marinated lamb.

Feeling hungry now? We sure are!

So, why not head over to our online store to stock up on some essential ingredients to make your favourite Lebanese foods now?