Gomen Be Siga – Tasty Ethiopian Sizzling Beef and Greens

By Mark Wiens 8 Comments
Lunch is served
Lunch is served

I loved just about every single dish I tasted in Ethiopia, one of them, gomen be siga.

Gomen is collard greens, a widely consumed leafy vegetable in Ethiopian cuisine. Siga is the word for beef, so gomen be siga is collard greens with beef.

Lalibela, Ethiopia
Lalibela, Ethiopia

I ate gomen be siga a number of times, and one of the best versions I enjoyed was from the Seven Olives Hotel in Lalibela.

Though it’s not always served in an elevated-charcoal-clay-pan (the way derek tibs is served), it was at the Seven Olives, keeping the beef and collard greens hot and sizzling away throughout my entire meal.

Gomen besiga, an excellent Ethiopian dish
Gomen besiga, an excellent Ethiopian dish

The recipe is not actually that complicated, and nor is it an intensely spicy concoction that will excite your taste buds (like much of the food I really enjoy is).

But I think what makes gomen be siga such a wonderful Ethiopian dish, is just good fresh solid ingredients, lots of onions and garlic, and a thick dab of Ethiopian butter used for sautéing.

A bite of gomen besiga
A bite of gomen besiga

Gome be siga, like everything else in the country, is eaten along with injera, the spongy pancake staple, which I happen to really love.

You can either grab a piece of injera and dig straight in to the top of the dish, or you can take the spoon and scoop out bites onto your injera before devouring.

Both methods are equally effective.


This gomen be siga was also loaded with sliced jalapenos, giving each bite of beef and greens a pleasant kick.

The bottom started getting a little greasy as the Ethiopian butter accumulated, but it was still delightfully tasty.

(Watch the video on YouTube here: http://youtu.be/CMEcsOX_6wk)

When you travel to Ethiopia, be sure to eat gomen besiga, one of the many excellent dishes!

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  • High Rated Gabru

    2 years ago

    Nice food blog. Keep it up!!

  • John Golden

    3 years ago

    Have never been to Ethiopia, nor tasted Ethiopian Sizzling Beef and Greens. But, definitely, its on my list and I have saved this article for future reference when I go there. Thanks for the info!

  • giorjen

    10 years ago

    You may be interested to know that there’s an Ethiopian restaurant in the Bangkok hospital foodcourt too, Petchaburi branch in RCA. Never tried though.

  • Mike | Earthdrifter

    10 years ago

    If I’m gonna eat beef, I’d definitely prefer it this way, in small chunks and mixed with other things, especially green plants including jalapeños, which might be the perfect attribute to this attractive looking Ethiopian dish.

    • Mark Wiens

      10 years ago

      Hey Mike, this is a wonderful way to eat beef for sure!

  • Renuka

    10 years ago

    Very interesting! I am intrigued to try this dish!