See more
Photo: William Meppem Photo by: Photo: William Meppem

Lamb Tagine with Couscous

Real Simple MARCH 2006

  • Yield: Makes 6 to 8 servings


  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 1/2 pounds lamb loin, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 medium yellow onion, thickly sliced
  • 4 carrots, peeled into thin strips
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon, grated
  • 1 32-ounce container low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 10-ounce box couscous
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup kalamata olives, pitted and halved


In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the paprika, turmeric, cumin, cayenne, cinnamon, salt, and 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add the lamb, seal, and shake to coat. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 12 hours.

Heat the remaining oil in a Dutch oven or large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and carrots and cook for 15 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Add some of the lamb to the pot and brown on all sides. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with the remaining lamb. Return the lamb to the pot along with the onion and carrots. Add the garlic, ginger, and zest and stir. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Stir in the couscous. Remove from heat, cover, and set aside for 10 minutes. Stir in the cilantro, parsley, and olives. Divide among individual plates.

Recommended: Dutch oven or large pot

To Freeze: Omit the cilantro, parsley, and olives. Let the tagine cool, then ladle it into large resealable bags, filling each one halfway. Store for up to 3 months.

To Reheat: Thaw overnight in the refrigerator or thaw partially in the microwave. Warm in a covered saucepan over medium-low heat for 20 minutes. Stir in the cilantro, parsley, and olives just before serving.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 460
  • Calories from fat: 35%
  • Fat: 18g
  • Saturated fat: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 90mg
  • Sodium: 580mg
  • Carbohydrate: 34g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugars: 2g
  • Protein: 38g

Go to Full Version of

Lamb Tagine with Couscous Recipe