Kibbeh nayyeh is often served with mint leaves and olive oil, green peppers, and green onions. Arabic bread is used to eat it. Sometimes a sauce of garlic or olive oil is served. The dish has a unique versatility in that any leftovers are cooked, creating a different dish.
Many recipes call for kibbe nayyeh as the "shell" for cooked kibbe, as well. In this case, however, the kibbe nayyeh is rolled into a ball and stuffed with lamb, onions, pine nuts and spices, then fried, usually known as (حوسة) "Hoseh".