Lamb, apricot & shallot tagine

Lamb, apricot & shallot tagine

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Prep: 30 mins Cook: 7 hrs, 30 mins plus overnight marinating


Serves 5 - 6
Adapted from the Moroccan roast lamb fish 'mechoui', this slow-cooked dish has an aromatic marinade and irresistably fruity sauce

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving (6)

  • kcal659
  • fat41g
  • saturates13g
  • carbs18g
  • sugars16g
  • fibre4g
  • protein57g
  • salt0.5g
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  • 1 large leg of lamb, bone in (about 2kg)



    A lamb is a sheep that is under 1 year old; between 1 and 2 years old you will find it sold as…

  • 600g shallot, halved if particularly large



    Related to the onion (as opposed to being a younger version of it), shallots grow in clusters at…

  • 400g small apricot, halved and stoned



    A relative of the peach, nectarine, plum and cherry, apricots are fragrant, with a soft, velvety…

  • 85g whole skinless almond


    arr-mund or al-mund

    Sweet almonds have a subtle fragrance that lends itself well to baking and also works well with…

  • 2 preserved lemons, flesh discarded, peel and pith finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp ras el hanout
  • 1 tbsp clear honey
  • 150ml hot chicken stock
  • small pack coriander, leaves picked
  • couscous and natural yogurt, to serve



    Consisting of many tiny granules made from steamed and dried durum wheat, couscous has become a…

For the marinade

  • 4 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…

  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp clear honey
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp coriander seed
    Coriander seed

    Coriander seed

    kor-ee-and-er seed

    The small, creamy brown seeds of the coriander plant give dishes a warm, aromatic and slightly…

  • pinch of saffron strands



    The stigma of a type of crocus, saffron threads have a pungent and distinctive aroma and flavour…


  1. Slash the lamb leg all over and put in a big food bag, or in a large casserole dish. Smash the marinade ingredients together using a pestle and mortar. Add some black pepper and rub all over the lamb. Marinate overnight, or up to 24 hrs.

  2. Heat oven to 140C/120C fan/gas 1. Sit the lamb in a big roasting tin, scraping off any leftover marinade on the top. Cover the tin with foil, pinching the edges to seal. Cook for 6-7 hrs, basting every hour or so, until the meat is incredibly tender.

  3. Remove the roasting tin from the oven and increase oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Pour the juices from the lamb into a measuring jug, cool slightly and skim off the fat. Put the shallots in the tin with the lamb and toss to coat in some of the juices. Roast for 15 mins, then add the apricots and almonds. Whisk the cooking juices with the lemon, ras el hanout, honey and stock, then pour over the lamb and roast for another 20 mins.

  4. Rest for 10 mins, then scatter over the herbs and serve with couscous and yogurt.

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8th Aug, 2017
Amazing! The flavour is unbelievable. Follow the recipe exactly as it states and you will not be disappointed. I didn't have any shallots so just cut small onions in quarters. I also didn't put as many almonds in as my crew aren't so keen. I have to say my dish if I could post a photo on here gives this recipe far more justice than the photo shown on here. Its a picture that makes your mouth water. The flavours were so distinct and tasty.
17th Sep, 2015
This is quite a lot of work in terms of the preparation, but it is incredible & superb for a special meal. My guests said it was the best meal ever! :-)
2nd Jan, 2015
MEGA!!!! Served at a dinner party and it was a huge hit. I put dish in the middle of the table and was just left with a bone! Lamb just fell of the bone, so tender and the sauce was scrummy.
Karen Oakley
4th Nov, 2014
Loved this lamb. Did it when we had friends for dinner, the slow cooking made it very easy. Everyone loved it. Have passed the recipe onto people at work. All have come back with great comments. Very, very tasty.
11th Jul, 2014
5 star. Fabulous my family loved this, it's become a favorite when my grown up kids arrive for weekend along with there families and various hangers on ( I love them all) Lots of ingredients but well worth the effort If you can not get fresh apricots use semi dried they worked fine for me, also had no preserved lemons so just used fresh still great , We have it with lemony roast potatoes just chop potatoes up to about 2 inch dice put on a dish, mix lemon oil if you have it if not any good oil, with water and pour over potatoes to about half cover them, sprinkle with oregano then pop in oven, Tray of roasted veg. Job done !
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11th Jul, 2014
If no fresh apricots use semi dried they worked fine also I used fresh lemons as I couldn't get any preserved lemons from waitrose,tesco,or sainsburys. !!
11th Jul, 2014
If no fresh apricots available use semi dried they work fine, also used fresh lemons as no preserved and I could get any from waitrose,tesco or sainsburys !!
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