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. 

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-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.

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.

Couscous for One

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

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 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.

Moroccan Chicken and Rice with Chickpeas

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


At your next dinner party, serve Moroccan chicken pie, an aromatic comfort food that defines "crowd-pleasing entree." Martha made this recipe on Martha Bakes episode 407.

Moroccan-Style Stuffed Acorn Squashes

Halved acorn squashes become built-in dishes for a Moroccan-inspired blend of extra-lean ground beef, bulgur, pine nuts, golden raisins, and cinnamon.

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.

Preserved Lemons

Rating: 3 stars 63
If giving as gifts, let recipients know to rinse lemons well before using (to remove excess salt) and to use only the rinds.

Inspiration and Ideas

Golden Lentil Stew
Rating: Unrated 140
This slightly sweet Moroccan chickpea and lentil stew, known as harira, is brightened by spices and lemon.
Cinnamon-Spiced Moroccan Chicken
This easy, dressed-up chicken has its roots in North African cooking. Its flavorful warmth comes from cinnamon, turmeric, and chili powder.
Moroccan Lamb
Rating: 4 stars 28

This easy lamb stew comes together in just 45 minutes. Using dried fruit in savory dishes is traditional in Moroccan and Middle-Eastern cooking and adds a rich, sweet taste.