Moroccan-Inspired Recipes

Looking for North African recipes to cook at home? Try Moroccan tagine, lamb, couscous, desserts and many other ideas!

Staff Picks

Chicken and Chickpea Soup

Rating: 4 stars 33
Cumin, coriander, and cinnamon give this easy soup an exotic Moroccan flavor. With bits of tender chicken and carrots, it makes a satisfying lunch. 

Moroccan-Spiced Chicken

Rating: 3.5 stars 61
Pair this Moroccan-spiced chicken from the February 2009 issue of Martha Stewart Living with Olive, Apricot, and Pistachio Couscous for a mouthwatering meal the whole family will enjoy.

Couscous for One

This fluffy couscous is the perfect side dish to our Moroccan Chicken.

Green-Pea Burgers with Harissa Mayo

Homemade veggie burgers often have ingredient lists as long as a midsummer day, but these bright-green patties pack in tons of flavor with just a handful.

Preserved Meyer Lemons

When a Meyer lemon is fully ripe, its thin, smooth skin should be a rich yellow-orange. Use these preserves in salads or stews, or whisk the pulp into a salad dressing or a Bloody Mary.

Moroccan Spiced Potatoes

Rating: 3 stars 21
A rich Middle Eastern-inspired spice mixture lends layers of flavor to these potatoes.

Chickpea and Butternut Squash Stew

Rating: 3.5 stars 197
Cooking your own chickpeas heightens the flavor of this dish. Cooking 3/4 cup of dried beans will yield enough for the stew. If you use canned, be sure to drain and rinse them.

Moroccan Chicken Couscous

Rating: 4 stars 44
This one-pot recipe features turmeric, which is related to ginger and gives the dish and other curries their distinctive yellow color. It's a hearty meal with an exotic fragrance to consider for your next dinner party.

Moroccan Braised Lamb Shanks

Rating: 3 stars 108
This delicious lamb dish is courtesy of chef Brad Farmerie. Martha made this recipe on Cooking School episode 305.

Moroccan Chicken and Rice with Chickpeas

Rating: 3.5 stars 123
The paprika, cumin and cinnamon give this chicken dish its distinctive flavor.

Chicken Tagine with Almonds, Apricots, and Olives

Rating: 3.5 stars 58
You can also make the tagine with an equal weight of chicken thighs and drumsticks (or all thighs).

Moroccan Chicken Stew with Sweet Potatoes

Rating: 3.5 stars 163
Cinnamon and ginger complement the sweet potatoes in this simple but exotic-tasting chicken stew that makes a hearty dinner. Fluffy couscous absorbs the aromatic sauce.

Inspiration and Ideas

Preserved Lemons
Rating: Unrated 63
If giving as gifts, let recipients know to rinse lemons well before using (to remove excess salt) and to use only the rinds.
Moroccan Braised Chicken with Carrots and Golden Raisins
Cumin and coriander infuse this chicken dish with North African flavors. The Moroccan recipe, which calls for braising the chicken thighs in white wine, makes a tasty dinner option.
Moroccan Fish Tagine with Tomatoes, Olives, and Preserved Lemons
Rating: 3 stars 88

This tasty Moroccan fish tagine comes from chef Paula Wolfert, author of " Mediterranean Clay Pot Cooking."Photo courtesy of Ed Anderson.