Lamb Stew with Lemon and Olives Recipe (Moroccan)

Here’s a recipe for Moroccan Lamb Stew with Lemon and Olives, a delicious and aromatic dish perfect for a cozy family dinner or a special occasion.


  • 1.5 kg (3.3 lbs) lamb shoulder, cut into chunks
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 preserved lemon, seeds removed and rind thinly sliced
  • 1 cup green olives
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp saffron threads
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups beef or lamb broth
  • Chopped fresh cilantro or parsley for garnish


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the lamb chunks and brown them on all sides until golden brown. Remove the lamb from the pot and set aside.
  2. In the same pot, add the chopped onions, carrots, and celery, and sauté until they start to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the minced garlic and sauté for an additional 1 minute.
  3. Add the ground cumin, coriander, ginger, paprika, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, saffron threads, black pepper, and salt to the pot, and stir to combine.
  4. Return the lamb to the pot, along with any accumulated juices. Add the beef or lamb broth, sliced preserved lemon, and green olives to the pot, and bring to a boil.
  5. Once the stew has come to a boil, reduce the heat to low and cover the pot with a lid. Let the stew simmer for 1.5 to 2 hours or until the lamb is tender and the flavors have melded together.
  6. Taste and adjust seasoning with additional salt and pepper, if desired. Garnish with chopped fresh cilantro or parsley before serving.
  7. Serve the Moroccan Lamb Stew with Lemon and Olives over couscous or with crusty bread for a complete and satisfying meal.

Enjoy the rich and tangy flavors of this Moroccan Lamb Stew with Lemon and Olives, and savor the deliciousness of this comforting dish!

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