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Authentic Recipe of Skembici. My Grandmother’s Serbian Traditional Tripe Soup.

If you like experimenting with new ingredients, this Skembici recipe is for you. This Serbian Tripe soup will bring a new taste to your kitchen.

Things to know about Skembici Recipe

Tripe is an edible part of the inside of the stomach of various animals. Skembici, or the Serbian version of the tripe soup, is made out of beef tripe. Properly made tripe must be clean, from a young cow, and must be white. They are then seasoned a lot.

In Serbia, people can easily be divided into those who eat this soup and the ones who don’t. This is the most amazing dish for those who eat it. But for those who don’t, this dish has a distinguished smell that “reminds them where the meat came from before it is cooked”.

The dish is often served in kafana, which is something like a restaurant or a bistro that serves alcohol, music at night, and food. Because of that, there is a stereotype that only men like this dish because in the past mostly men went to kafana.

My Grandmother’s Serbian Traditional Tripe Soup. Authentic Recipe of Skembici.

Local Recipe Name with Local Characters: Шкембићи
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— General Atributes of This Recipe:

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Occasional Cooking Weekend Family Meal Recipes


Servings 4 People
Calories / Serving 1010 kcal



  • 1300 grams (2.87 lb) Beef Tripe
  • 2500 grams (84.55 floz) Water
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Dry Celery
  • 2 units Bay Leaf
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  • 400 grams (0.88 lb) Beef Tripe Cooked
  • 50 grams (1.76 oz) Bacon
  • 1 unit Onion
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 2 tbsp Flour
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Paste
  • ½ tsp Chili Paste
  • 3 tsp Smoked Hot Paprika Powder
  • 1 tsp Pepper Powder
  • 2 units Bay Leaf
  • 1 tsp Chili
  • 1 tsp Dry Celery
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Dried Herbs
  • 600 ml (20.29 floz) Tripe Stock Remove the fat
  • 600 ml (20.29 floz) Water
  • 12 grains Black Peppercorn
  • 1 tbsp Oil



  • Wash the tripe with water and vinegar mixture.
  • In an express pot put the tripe with water, add the herbs and on a medium setting start to cook.
  • From the time the pot starts to whistle cook for 40 minutes.
  • Release the pressure from the pot, drain the water.
  • Slice the cooked tripe into strips.


  • While the tripe is in an express cooker, mince the onions and put them in a bowl.
  • Mince the garlic and put it in a separate bowl with smoked paprika, pepper grains, grounded pepper, and the rest of the spices.
  • Slice the bacon into small pieces, put it in a separate bowl.
  • Combine the tomato paste and chili paste.
  • In a regular pot, add oil and sauté the onions.
  • Add the bacon and cook until it releases the juices. Add flour and cook until yellow.
  • Then add the tripe stock from the express cooker, water, garlic, herbs, tomato and chili paste. Mix well and cook until it boils.
  • Then add the cooked tripe and cook for 20 more minutes.

— Specific Atributes of This Recipe:


Calories: 1010kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 68gFat: 76gSaturated Fat: 29gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 34gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 234mgSodium: 2548mgPotassium: 1634mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 968IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 105mgIron: 11mg
Keyword Škembići Recipe, Traditional Serbian Tripe Soup, Шкембићи
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Cooking tip for making Skembici

  • If you don’t have an express cooker, you will need to cook the tripe for about 4 hours.
  • If you want to make this dish less spicy you can reduce the chili.
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