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Moroccan Lamb and Couscous

Posted on June 3, 2009 by in lamb

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A while back( I am embarrassed to say), my friend Wendy from Mint Tea & Taginesend me a lovely surprise all the way from Morocco. It was a little wooden camel, a beautiful necklace and some Moroccan spices.

I swear, I could smell those spices in the Postnet already!! I have to admit that I was a bit intimidated with all the different spices, but slowly but surely I got the hang of it. I made 3 Moroccan dishes so far….Chicken Tagine, Moroccan beef and Bean stew and the recipe below. Needless to say, the recipe I am sharing today, won the family’s vote by far and I will make this again for sure….

Moroccan Lamb riblets with Couscous

Moroccan Dry Rub


1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder


Mix all the ingredients and rub the riblets or chops with it!

Preheat the griller of your oven and place the riblets on a baking tray with a dripping rack. Grill the riblets until it it is done to your preference. We like the little caramelized bits.



2 cups couscous

1 ½ cups vegetable stock

1 red pepper

1 green pepper

About ½ tbsp chopper garlic

½ tbsp grated ginger

½ cup flaked almonds

Skin of ½ preserved lemon


Make couscous according to packet instructions, but instead of water, I use vegetable stock. Leave to stand for about 10-15 minutes. In the meantime, heat the oil on a pan and add the onion, garlic , ginger and peppers and saute until done. Add some the lemon, almonds and some chopped mint. Mix with the couscous and serve with your delicious lamb.

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24 Responses to “Moroccan Lamb and Couscous”

  1. Elra 3 June 2009 at 4:29 pm #

    This is the kind of food that my family and I will really enjoy. I also like to serve this with couscous. Yours looking so delish Nina!

  2. Pam 3 June 2009 at 4:50 pm #

    I am not a fan of lamb but this recipe makes me want to try it again. I love the presentation of this dish and I really like the black bowl.

  3. That Girl 3 June 2009 at 5:15 pm #

    This is one of my favorite meals! And next time you have to post a picture of the camel! That's my favorite animal, I collect them!

  4. Bellini Valli 3 June 2009 at 5:30 pm #

    Love the sounbd of all of these unique spices for this dish Nina. Wonderful paired with the couscous.

  5. Susan @ SGCC 3 June 2009 at 6:34 pm #

    Oh, wow! That lamb looks amazing! I love Moroccan cuisine, though I've never made it at home. This dish is definitely worth trying!

  6. Sylvie 3 June 2009 at 7:43 pm #

    That looks and sounds just wonderful. Lucky you to get such a great parcel.

  7. Juliana 3 June 2009 at 9:12 pm #

    Wow, your lamb dish looks great and with couscous…really looks yummie. Love the color of it…very tempting.

  8. Helene 4 June 2009 at 12:57 am #

    Such a nice plate. Your presentation of the dish is beautiful.

  9. Elly 4 June 2009 at 1:22 am #

    This sounds SO delicious. I absolutely love Moroccan flavors, and I definitely love lamb. Yum!

  10. Sophie 4 June 2009 at 6:26 pm #

    MMMMMM…Nina! Looks excellent: the lamb looks so succulent & tasty! A Great meal!

  11. mycookinghut 4 June 2009 at 7:55 pm #

    This looks amazingly good!! I have never tried making couscous this way!

  12. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen 4 June 2009 at 11:49 pm #

    Now THAT is what I am talking about Nina!!! I love this dish – lamb and Moroccan? There is nothing better!

  13. Junglefrog 5 June 2009 at 8:43 am #

    I've been to Morocco once a couple of years ago and one of the first things that strike me is the smell… The spices they use are so typically Moroccan that you would recognize it everywhere! Your dish looks absolutely lovely!

  14. Nina Timm 5 June 2009 at 11:03 am #

    elra – at first I used the spices sparingly, just to get the family's palettes ready, but now, We really enjoy these fragrant dishes!!

    pam – no lamb????Any specific reason?

    that girl – i only realized afterwards, that I could have used the camel as a prop!!

    val -yip, the Moroccans do not like bland food, that's for sure!!

    susan – indeed well worth a try!!

    sylvie – Love getting parcels in the post!!

    juliana – thank you!!

    helene – you put a smile to my face!!

    elly – great combo isn't it?

    sophie – if you buy a good organic lamb, you will always have a good end result!

    mycookinghut – always a first!!!

    jenndz – I agree!!

    junglefrog – I am happy to tell you that I am busy buying and making my lightbox….your inspiration of course!!!

  15. MyKitchenInHalfCups 5 June 2009 at 3:54 pm #

    All I need is the lamb!
    That is really gorgeous!

  16. Jan 5 June 2009 at 4:30 pm #

    Oooh that looks lovely!

  17. Peter M 6 June 2009 at 9:46 pm #

    These spices are ideal for warming you up as the evenings get cooler. When's the next camel for Fez leave?

  18. myfrenchkitchen 7 June 2009 at 2:44 pm #

    What a perfect and colourful dish for your winter! Your photographs have me end up in the kitchen…not good, not good!!
    I love lamb…probably my most favourite meat.

  19. dawn 10 June 2009 at 7:54 pm #

    Wow! sounds delicious…snapshot is gorgeous…wanna a grab it…i wanna give it a try…all you have to do is step outside for the ingredients…i'm gonna get the ingredients from and try it..thanks for sharing.

  20. Cynthia 12 June 2009 at 6:43 am #

    I know that I say this often when I visit but I hope that you don't tire of hearing it – you are a fantastic cook!

  21. megan (brooklyn farmhouse) 19 June 2009 at 10:37 pm #

    Yum! Very hungry now! Looks delicious.

  22. Kevin 21 June 2009 at 3:20 pm #

    I like those Moroccan spice combos! The lamb looks really tasty.

  23. Selina 22 March 2011 at 4:50 am #

    i am not used to cooking lamb but this one makes me wana try to cook one!thanks!


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    […] Moroccan Lamb grilled to perfection, served on fragrant couscous is still one of my favorite weekday meals.  Or make your chicken pie just different with dried fruit and the flavors of Morocco and you will have them ask for seconds in no time.  Spices are used extensively in Moroccan food. the typical Moroccan spices are turmeric, cumin, cinnamon, ginger, pepper, paprika, coriander and saffron. Of course the one element that separates a Moroccan dish from the ordinary others is the preserved lemons. Definitely a must in dishes from Morocco! […]

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