When thinking about Morocco, Moroccan cuisine and Moroccan spices might probably be the first thing to pop in your mind. If that’s the case you absolutely are not alone! Moroccan cuisine is one of the most internationally loved cuisines and many people associate it with rich flavors and a hearty spice mixture.
Each time I host a Moroccan-themed party, my guests ask me if I have a secret Moroccan spice mix recipe they can use when cooking their chicken-based recipes. Well, guess what? I do have that Moroccan spice blend recipe and my friends loved it so much that I decided to share it here with you
I learned to make that Moroccan spice mix in my teen years, in Morocco. It’s perfect when you don’t have time and want something handy to use whenever you cook a Moroccan Tagine or any chicken-based dishes. You can use it with red meat too, but personally, I like it best with chicken.
Spices are Moroccan cuisine essentials. Moroccan cuisine doesn’t use a lot of fancy ingredients. Its philosophy is even the opposite. In fact, one of the most loved Moroccan dishes is the Couscous with 7 vegetables. And you know what? This Couscous is made with the week leftovers. That’s how Moroccan cuisine uses spices to bring the best of each ingredient.
The spices used by Moroccans are not used randomly. Moroccans know what combinations work (for example, chicken loves ginger), how to adapt spices to the seasons (some spices have heating-properties, other spices have cooling-properties) and to health matters (cumin is good for digestion, for example). If you want to learn more about Moroccan spices and want to use them in your cuisine, here is a list of all the spices used in Moroccan cuisine.
Moroccan Spice Blend Recipe
This Moroccan spice blend is super easy to make and is best with chicken-based recipes. I don’t add salt to it as I prefer to adjust salt quantity while cooking to meet my guests’ preferences. I also prefer to use fresh garlic as it gives a better taste, but if you don’t have time, you can add garlic powder to the spice mix as I will share with you below.
This Moroccan spice blend can be used to cook Moroccan chicken tagines. or other chicken-based recipes. If you are in a rush, here is a quick chicken oven recipe using this Moroccan spice blend:
In a large bowl, mix chicken cubes, a vegetable mix (green peas, red pepper, tomato grapes, cauliflower, etc.), olive oil, salt, and this Moroccan spice blend. Place everything in an oven pan, add enough water and cover with aluminum foil. Cook in the oven for about 30-45 min, in 350°F (180°C). And voila! A delicious Moroccan-inspired chicken dish that takes less than 10min to prepare!
Stop teasing and let’s see how to make this flavorful Moroccan spice mix.
Moroccan Spice Blend Recipe (Authentic)
- 4 tbsp ginger powder
- 2 tbsp black pepper powder
- 3 tbsp turmeric powder
- 1 tbsp garlic powder optional
- 1 tbsp coriander powder
- 1/2 tbsp cinnamon powder
- Mix all the spices in a bowl. Make sure the bowl is perfectly dry otherwise, the Moroccan spice mix can mold
- Store in an air-proof glass jar up to 4 months
the best recipe for Moroccan spice mix, thank you!
I was tired of using the same spices again and again
this is an easy recipe that really works… I added it to my potatoes and chicken drumsticks and magic happened ! thank you!!
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just made it
just made it this morning and used it cook my chicken drumsticks. The smell coming out of the oven is so yummy! thank you!!