Speedy Moroccan meatballs

Speedy Moroccan meatballs

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4
A great twist on meatballs for a quick and tasty supper

Nutrition and extra info

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Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal388
  • fat25g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs24g
  • sugars17g
  • fibre6g
  • protein18g
  • salt1.58g
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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 350g pack ready-made beef or chicken meatballs (approx 16)



    The classic cut of meat for a British Sunday roast, beef is full of flavour, as well as being a…

  • 1 large onion, sliced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 100g dried apricot, halved
  • 1 small cinnamon stick



    A fragrant spice which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. When dried, it curls into…

  • 400g tin chopped tomato with garlic



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 25g toasted flaked almond
  • handful coriander, roughly chopped


  1. Heat the oil in a large deep frying pan, then fry the meatballs for 10 mins, turning occasionally until cooked through. Scoop out of the pan and set aside, then cook the onion for 5 mins, until softened.

  2. Add the dried apricots, cinnamon stick, tomatoes and half a can of water to the pan, then bring to the boil and simmer for 10 mins. Remove the cinnamon stick. Return the meatballs to the pan and coat well with the tomato sauce. Serve sprinkled with the almonds and coriander.

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Comments (29)

jessbaz's picture

Absolutely delicious and so easy to make. I used Moroccan breadcrumbs which added so much flavour to the meatballs. I've recommended this recipe to a number of friends.

pandorcia's picture

My husband's new favourite dish :)
I added some salt, 1tsp of mixed spice and 1 tbsp of harissa paste to the sauce, and also instead of just apricots I added dried fruit mix (about 300g - hubby's got a sweet tooth).
I also made my own meatballs - used "Spicy meatballs" recipe, found on this website too.
It goes great with lemon, pistachio & mint couscus :)

cforsey's picture

Lovely Saturday night quick meal, however the sauce didn't go far and my husband and I polished off the whole pan! The sauce was missing something, not sure what though. I added cumin as advised, would make again but probably experiment again with different spices.

lizleicester's picture

This has now become my favourite meatball recipe. The apricots and cinnamon sticks give it a lovely Moroccan twist and so I served it with Summer Couscous salad and Moroccan roasted veg. Perfect al fresco treat.

rosievimes's picture

A wonderfully delicious and simple recipe, and a good crowd pleaser. The flavours work well together and give that authentic Moroccan taste. Would be tempted to do more meatballs per person than the recipe states as you'll certainly have people coming back for more!

katsuya's picture

Easy and delicious!

starrigby's picture

Delicious, I made my own meatballs and cut up fresh chills to put in them, the spice goes well with the sweetness. Also added paprika and cayenne pepper too the sauce.

lydiamaria50's picture

I made this for my friends, one of whom must have a wheat free diet. So made my own lamb meat balls and fried them to brown the outside, then put in oven for 1 hour - turned out very well. The sauce was really good and tasty and went well with Basmati and wild rice.
Will def. make again!

dawnwithoutsound's picture

I found this a bit too sweet, but would make again. I'd recommend adding some spice (cumin perhaps) and maybe fewer apricots.

frozenpixie's picture

Quick, tasty and absolutely delicious. A very easy dish with wonderful flavours.

hparkes's picture

really lovely. I used passata and also added some orange juice and a pinch of chilli flakes. YUM!

shellyc's picture

This is lovely, I added some extra chilli powder, some sultanas and a little cumin for more flavour, works great with quorn meatballs.

foulkesy123's picture

Delicious! The apricots and cinnamon really worked well with the tomatoes to make it taste quite sweet and lovely! Made my own meatballs with ground cumin, chilli powder and a bit of nutmeg though to give it a more Moroccan taste!

amyspurdle's picture

I also made the Spicy Meatball recipe as I thought it would be pretty bland without it. I also added some cumin and chickpeas to the sauce. Will make again but won't hold back on adding more flavour

stacey07708's picture

great, easy recipe!

mvdsterren's picture

Lovely, with falafel instead of meatballs.

kerryburnett's picture

Loved it. Used Sainsbury's Moroccan lamb burgers and made them into meatballs then followed the rest of the recipes. Very tasty.

vrog's picture

Good. Nice combination of flavours, but we felt it needed a bit more spicing up - will add some chilli or tagine paste next time.

corney32's picture

I thought this was fab, and so did both my young boys. I thought the apricot/tomato/corriander/cinnamon combo was out of this world, and you couldn't ask for an easier recipe! I seared the meatballs in a pan, then chucked the lot in a slow cooker on high for 3 hours. Fantastic.

sandraleeben's picture

OK dinner, but nothing special. Would not make it again.


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