Speedy Moroccan meatballs

Speedy Moroccan meatballs

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(64 ratings)

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 choice of meat for a British Sunday roast. Beef is full of flavour, as…

  • 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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18th Jun, 2016
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.
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8th Mar, 2016
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 :)
20th Jul, 2014
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.
21st Jun, 2014
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.
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11th Feb, 2014
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!
26th Jan, 2013
Easy and delicious!
20th Sep, 2012
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.
14th Aug, 2012
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!
25th Jun, 2012
I found this a bit too sweet, but would make again. I'd recommend adding some spice (cumin perhaps) and maybe fewer apricots.
24th Feb, 2011
Quick, tasty and absolutely delicious. A very easy dish with wonderful flavours.


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