Moroccan Lamb Tagine

Makes 8 servings

Preparation Time: 20 min
Cooking Time: 145 min

Tender lamb seasoned with Moroccan spices joins apricots, orange peel and tomatoes in this classic North African dish. Tagine refers to gently simmered meat, fish or vegetable dishes that have a sweet and savory flavor. It is also the name of the earthenware dish with a conical lid that this type of stew is typically prepared in. The adults on our taste panel loved this one.


2 tbsp olive oil, divided 25 mL
2 lbs boneless leg of lamb, trimmed and cut into cubes 1 kg
cloves garlic, chopped
large onion, chopped
1 tbsp ground cumin 15 mL
1 tbsp ground coriander 15 mL
1 tbsp paprika 15 mL
1 tbsp ground ginger 15 mL
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper 2 mL
large strips orange peel
cinnamon stick
can (28 oz/796 mL) diced tomatoes, with juice
1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth 250 mL
1 cup dried apricots 250 mL
  • Dutch oven


Step 1
In Dutch oven, heat 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the olive oil over medium heat. Add half of the lamb and cook until browned on all sides, about 8 minutes. Remove to a plate. Add the remaining oil to the pan and cook the remaining lamb. Add to plate.

Step 2
Add garlic and onion to Dutch oven; sauté, stirring to scrape up any brown bits from the bottom of the pan, for 5 minutes or until golden. Stir in cumin, coriander, paprika, ginger and pepper; sauté for 1 minute. Add lamb, orange peel, cinnamon stick, tomatoes, broth and apricots; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer very gently for about 2 hours or until meat is fork-tender. Discard orange peel and cinnamon stick.

Nutrition & Notes

Nutrition Information
Valeur nutritive
per 1 serving
% Daily Value
% valeur quotidienne
Calories / Calories 241
Fat / Lipides 7.1 g
Saturated / saturés 1.8 g
+ Trans / trans 0.1 g
Cholesterol / Cholestérol 82 mg
Sodium / Sodium 287 mg
Carbohydrates / Glucides 19.6 g
Fiber / Fibres 3.7 g
Sugars / Sucres 12.5 g
Protein Protéines 27.2 g
Vitamin A / Vitamine A
Vitamin C / Vitamine C
Calcium / Calcium
Iron / Fer
Very high in: Iron, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B12 and zinc
High in: Vitamin C, vitamin B6 and magnesium • A source of: Dietary fiber
Diabetes Food Choice Values
1⁄2 Carbohydrate
3 Meat & Alternatives
Midway through the cooking process, you could add cooked chickpeas or diced sweet potato or butternut squash. Just before serving, orange segments, slivered almonds and chopped fresh cilantro would be authentic additions.
The recipe also works well with bone-in chicken, diced pork or stew beef. 
If using chicken, reduce the simmering time to 30 to 45 minutes or until chicken is fork-tender.
Eileen Campbell