Lamb Tagine with Fennel

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Lamb gently simmered with fennel, almonds, olives, and Moroccan spices.

«Ras-el-hanout» is the complex Moroccan spice blend used in this recipe. It means «head of the shop», because shop owners create their own unique blend, which combines up to 50 ingredients, sometimes including also aphrodisiacs, but most commonly cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, anise, peppercorns, cloves, cardamom, dried flowers, mace, and turmeric.

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Preparation : 30 min Cooking : 1 h Cooking Dish : 1.6 to 2 litre casserole
560 calories/serving


300 g lamb's shoulder, boneless, cut into 3-4 cm pieces
1/2 fennels, thinly sliced 180 g
1/2 onions, finely chopped 100 g
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1/2 carrots, diced 50 g
1/2 cup canned tomatoes (diced) 130 g
6 black olives 2 1/2 tbsp
1 tbsp almonds [optional] 8 g
4 tsp raisins 14 g
1 tbsp butter, unsalted 14 g
1 tbsp olive oil 15 mL
3/4 cup beef broth 190 mL
1/4 tsp ground cumin 1 g
1/4 tsp curry powder 1 g
1/4 tsp couscous spice (ras-el-hanout) 1 g
1 bay leaf 0.2 g
1 tbsp fresh cilantro 2 g
2/3 cup couscous, whole wheat 100 g
2 tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed 3/4 lemon
ground pepper to taste [optional]
1 pinch salt [optional] 0.2 g

Before you start

The traditional tagine cooking dish, with its particular shape, can be replaced by any baking dish or casserole with a tight-fitting lid.

A mandolin will be useful to thinly slice the fennel.


  1. Preheat the oven to 175°C/350°F. In a small bowl, macerate the raisins in water.
  2. Prepare the vegetables. Mince the onion and garlic, cut the fennel into thin slices, and chop the carrot. Cut the lamb into 3-4 cm pieces.
  3. Heat the oil in a pan over high heat. Sauté the lamb pieces, turning frequently. Cook about 8-10 min, until golden. Add salt and pepper, then transfer the lamb and cooking juice into the tagine or casserole. Set aside.
  4. In the same pan, add the butter and sauté the onion, garlic, and fennel 2-3 min over medium heat. Add the carrot and diced tomatoes. Cook 5 min.
  5. Place the vegetables into the casserole with the lamb pieces. Add the raisins, olives, whole almonds (optional), cilantro, bay leaves, and spices. Pour in the warm broth. Cook 40 min with the lid on and then 15 min without, in order to reduce the juice. Sprinkle with lemon juice. Adjust the seasoning.
  6. When ready to serve, cook the couscous. Serve directly out of the casserole with the couscous on the side.

Nutrition Facts Table

per 1 serving (550 g)


% Daily Value




21 g

32 %

Saturated 7.2 g
+ Trans 0.2 g

37 %


100 mg


570 mg

24 %


60 g

20 %


8 g

32 %


9 g

Net Carbs

52 g


35 g

Vitamin A

45 %

Vitamin C

41 %


11 %


35 %


This recipe is :
Free  :
Added Sugar
Excellent source of  :
Fibre, Folacin, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Niacin, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B2, Zinc
Good source of  :
Copper, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K
Source of  :
Calcium, Vitamin D
Low  :
Calories, Cholesterol, Saturated Fat, Sodium


1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Food Group Exchanges
Starches 2 ½
Fruits ½
Vegetables 2
Meat and Alternatives 3
Fats 4 ½

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october 20, 2021

This dish is very satisfying and worth the effort I think. I had never heard of ras-el-hanout (a couscous spice) so I ended up making a basic concoction of my own from an Internet recipe. It was easy to do. I wouldn't leave this spice out, it definitely added to the complex flavour of this dish. I bought a lamb shoulder with the bone in and cut it up myself and used the bones to make a simple lamb broth (with carrot, celery, parsley, thyme, bay leaf garlic, and onion ), which I then substituted for the beef broth. This added much more prep time to the original recipe. I suppose if you ask a butcher to do the hacking part for you, and you use a ready-made broth, it could be more worth it. edit: I found ras-el-hanout at Scoops in The Faubourg downtown

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