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Lamb tagine

    If you want a perfect, slow-cooked lamb tagine, then you have to take a look at this recipe.

    I had multiple trials with the tagine in the past, and almost all of the time the result was not as expected. This time, I changed the cooking tactics and the result was a perfect lamb tagine.

    Lamb tagine with rice

    I received my tagine as a gift. It’s a ceramic one and I was very excited about it. We tried different recipes with fish, chicken, and pork. In some recipes, you find that you need a base of onions or vegetables on which you gently place your meat, others say that there is no need for this. We tried in different ways, but almost all of the time, the bottom layer was burned, and our excitement about the tagine dropped rapidly.

    As I had a lot of disappointing recipes in it, I placed it on a shelf for some time and forgot about it. In the meantime, I did some research on how to use it better and not burn my food. I decided to give it another chance by making this lamb tagine, and I am glad I did so.

    If you are looking for a delicious dinner recipe, you have to try this. The ingredient list may look overwhelming at the beginning, but believe me, it’s worth doing it.

    ingredients for lamb tagine

    Lamb tagine – how to do it?

    It’s pretty simple, just start preparing your ingredients. Let’s start with the lamb: Cut your lamb piece into cubes and put it aside. Place all ground condiments in a bowl and mix them. Then, use half of the mixture on your lamb cubes. Mix it well, cover, and set aside in the fridge. For maximum flavor, it’s recommended to do so for one night, but if you are in a hurry, you can leave it in the fridge for 1 hour at least.

    lamb shoulder
    spice mix for lamb tagine

    Before start cooking, you will have to take care of the saffron. For maximum flavor, place it in lukewarm water. Try not to use powder as you never know what is in there. A good-quality saffron thread will start to release its color and aroma into the water after a few seconds.

    saffron threads in water

    Place the base of the tagine on medium heat, add olive oil and start browning the lamb cubes on all sides. When done, take them out and place them aside for the moment. Add some more oil to the tagine base, and start cooking the grated onions together with the remaining spice mix. Toward the end, add the crushed garlic. Your onion should be cooked until it is soft. In the meantime, you have time to cut the carrots. For my recipe, I used different colored carrots.


    Deglaze the base of the tagine by using some tomato juice. Then add back the meat and all the remaining ingredients. Bring the tagine to a boil and then place the lid on it. Leave it on the stove for 1 hour on low-medium heat.

    In the meantime, preheat the oven to 300F (150C) and once the lamb tagine is boiling, place the lid on it and add it to the oven for another 1 hour.

    Serving the tagine

    The best will be to serve the dish directly from the tagine itself. Just place heat protection on your table and put the tagin on it. Sprinkle some almond flakes and parsley on top of the dish, before serving.

    As a side dish, you can serve the lamb tagine with rice or any type of flatbread.

    lamb tagine on a plate

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    Lamb Tagine

    Yield: 8
    Prep Time: 30 minutes
    Cook Time: 2 hours
    Additional Time: 1 day
    Total Time: 1 day 2 hours 30 minutes

    Lamb tagine! A mix of unique Moroccan spices and aromas. Due to the tagine concept, the fried lamb will take a lot of aroma from the spices and will make you feel like you are in Morroco. Serve this tasty treat directly from the tagine along with rice and flatbread.


    • 400g lamb (shoulder)
    • 400 ml lamb stock
    • 3 red onions
    • 5 carrots
    • 5 cloves of garlic
    • 800 g chopped tomatoes (canned or fresh)
    • 600 ml tomato juice
    • 2 - 3 hot peppers
    • 1 tbsp ground black pepper
    • 1 tbsp paprika
    • 1 tbsp ground ginger
    • 1 tbsp turmeric
    • 1 tsp cinnamon
    • 2 tbsp olive oil
    • 50 g dried apricots
    • 50 g dates
    • 50 g sultanas
    • 50 g almond flakes
    • 1 g saffron stamens
    • 1 tbsp honey
    • a bunch of fresh parsley


    1. Prepare all ingredients - chop the lamb meat in cubes, chop the carrot in slices, chop the onion, garlic, tomatoes, hot peppers, and halve the apricots and dates.
    2. Put the saffron in half a cup of warm water and let it there to soak.
    3. Mix all the remaining spices.
    4. Heat the tagine on the stove and add 2 tbs of olive oil. Fry the meat until lightly brown.
    5. Remove the meat and add the chopped onion, garlic, and half of the spice mixture.
    6. Add the meat back, with the rest of the ingredients. Leave the parsley for decor.
    7. Put the lid on the tagine and cook on the stove for 1 hour on medium to small heat.
    8. Preheat the oven to 150 C (300F) and add the lamb tagine.
    9. Leave it for 1 more hour in the oven.
    10. Serve it hot with rice or any type of flatbread.
    11. Before serving, add parsley and/or flaked almonds.
    12. Enjoy!
    Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
    Amount Per Serving:Calories: 505Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 371mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 7gSugar: 22gProtein: 30g

    Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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