This unique and exotic Moroccan Seasoning (also called Ras El Hanout) is a great addition to beef, lamb, chicken or to any vegetables. Add pita bread and hummus on the side for a fun and richly flavorful meal.
I only recently discovered this unique spice blend that makes everything (well…almost everything) taste amazing. My first bite of chicken seasoned with Ras El Hanout was a revelation. It brought back all the unexpected flavors of the Moroccan restaurant I loved when I lived in Washington, D.C. where we ate whole chickens on beautiful gold platters and sat on cozy couches lined with brightly colored pillows.
The seasoning uses basic pantry staples but what makes it so unique is the addition of a few spices that you most likely use in baking. Adding these spices to savory dishes is an absolute revelation and makes the kitchen smell absolutely divine. Here’s how it’s done:
Ingredients for Moroccan Seasoning (Ras El Hanout)
Moroccan Seasoning / Ras El Hanout is a combination of ground cumin, paprika, ground coriander, ground turmeric, ground allspice, ground cloves, ground ginger, and ground cinnamon. Because it uses many different spices it’s tempting to skip one or two (which you can certainly do), but the combination of these flavors really makes the seasoning shine.
It’s up to you if you’d like to add salt and pepper to this seasoning mix. If you prefer, you can make and store the seasoning without these – just be sure to add them later when you use the seasoning in a recipe.
Ways to Use Moroccan Seasoning
- Rubbed on Seared or Grilled Meats (lamb, beef, chicken)
- Sprinkled on flatbreads
- Roasted or grilled vegetables
- In Homemade Shawarma (recipe coming tomorrow!)
Adding Salt to Seasoning / Spice Mixes
It is not necessary to add salt when making your own seasoning or spice blends. The benefit of making seasoning and spice blends yourself is that you can control the ingredients, so this is a great option if you’re trying to limit the amount of salt in your diet.
Keep in mind that salt brings out the flavor of the spices and herbs, so whether you add salt to your seasoning when you make it or not, be sure to taste when you cook with it later and add salt to the dish as needed.
Recipes that Use Moroccan Seasoning
Moroccan Seasoning (Ras-el-Hanout)
- 4 oz Mason Jars
- ½ tsp Ground Cumin
- ½ tsp Paprika
- ½ tsp Ground Coriander
- ¼ tsp Ground Turmeric
- ¼ tsp Ground Allspice
- ¼ tsp Ground Cloves
- ¼ tsp Ground Ginger
- ¼ tsp Cinnamon
- ½ tsp Salt (optional; see note)
- ¼ tsp Ground Black Pepper (optional; see note)
- Combine all ingredients in an airtight container.
- Seasoning blends will taste best if used within 6 months (but most can be safely stored in a cool, dry place for up to a year).
Storage: A glass or plastic container saved from store-bought spices works great for storing your own seasoning blends. I have been using 4-oz mason jars for all of my spices and seasoning blends for nearly a decade. It’s inexpensive and looks super organized.
Salt and Black Pepper: It’s up to you if you’d like to add salt and pepper to this seasoning mix. If you prefer, you can make and store the seasoning without these - just be sure to add them later when you use the seasoning in a recipe.
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