If you’re looking to make the best lamb stew, this recipe is all you need! Comforting, fall-apart tender braised lamb with loads of veggies, chickpeas and warm Moroccan flavors. (You can also make this in your crock pot or pressure cooker). Serve it with my 15-minute couscous! 

 Be sure to grab my tips and watch the video below for how to make this lamb stew. 

Moroccan Lamb Stew with Vegetables in large pot

I happen to be of the school of thought where any one-pot recipe is a good recipe!

As a bonus, this lamb stew recipe is nearly impossible to mess up, so even if you're not a super experienced cook, you can still make something delicious!

Lamb stew has that rich heartiness with deep and well-developed flavors that taste as if it has been cooked in an oven all day. My version takes only a few minutes of hands-on time and about two hours in the oven, making it a shortcut version without sacrificing any of the flavors. No special tagine pot needed!

And for those who swear by pressure cookers and crock pots, you can totally use either to make this lamb stew (see my notes below!)

What Goes in this Flavor-Packed Moroccan Lamb Stew?

This lamb stew recipe with vegetables begins with familiar hearty ingredients: like onions, garlic, carrots, gold potatoes, tomatoes, chickpeas...

But to give it that wonderful Moroccan twist, I use a combination of sweet and savory flavors--from dried fruit to a host of warm spices!

I know you see those dried apricots! Using dried apricots--or other dried fruits like figs or raisins--may sound like an unusual choice, but trust me, it gives a mild, very subtle sweetness to help round out the flavors in the dish without being at all overpowering. And, if using whole apricots still sounds a bit too adventurous, chop them up into small bits using a sharp knife. Mincing the apricot will help it better dissolve in the sauce and give the flavor it needs without being too obvious.

Now let's talk about the warm Moroccan spices...

Ingredients for Moroccan Lamb Stew

The Winning Spice Mixture to Flavor your Moroccan Lamb Stew

This Moroccan lamb stew uses a blend of different spices and flavor-makers such as cinnamon, allspice, bay leaves, and, what I consider the star spice here, Moroccan Ras el Hanout.

Ras el Hanout is a decidedly North African/Moroccan spice blend that includes notes of turmeric, cloves, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg and more! I love it  because of its deep aroma and the layers of warm, deep flavor it adds to dishes, especially in something like lamb stew. You can find Ras el Hanout here at our online shop.

A little bit of Ras el Hanout goes a long way in this recipe!

Spices, garlic, dried apricots, bay leaves and cinnamon for lamb stew

Two Important tips for making this stew

1.What cut of Lamb to Use for Lamb Stew? 

To make the perfect lamb stew, I use boneless leg meat compared to other cuts of lamb. This is a cut that's pretty available in most grocery stores and easy to cut up into pieces.

Although lamb leg is a leaner cut of lamb, stewing (or slow-cooking in a crock pot) breaks it down. And the little bit of marbling dissolves right in during the cooking process, making the lamb buttery and melt in your mouth tender. You can substitute leg meat in this lamb stew recipe for lamb shoulder, or even substitute the lamb completely with beef if lamb meat is not available to you.

2. Braising is the way to go!

If you're wondering what is the best way to cook lamb stew? Braising is where you begin.

Braising starts with searing the meat before stewing it in a little bit of liquid. Essentially, you brown the meat in a little bit of extra virgin olive oil until you get a nice crust and seal in all the juices before cooking in your Dutch oven (or even crock pot) with the rest of the ingredients and broth. Cook until the meat is nice and tender.

Let me just repeat this one tip: don’t skip browning the meat, it is so easy to do and makes a world of difference in developing depth and flavor right off the bat.

Step-by-Step for this Lamb Stew Recipe

  • To make Moroccan lamb stew at home, in a large heavy pot or Dutch Oven (affiliate), saute the chopped vegetables with a little oil. I use Private Reserve Geek extra virgin olive oil.

Vegetables being sauteed

  • Once the vegetables soften, remove them from the pan and add in the lamb with a little bit more oil if needed. This stage is the braising stage where you want each piece of lamb to have that crispy crust from a deep browning that will seal in the juices, keeping the lamb tender and moist. The braising process will likely cause some of the bits to stick at the bottom of the pot—and that’s a good thing. Any browning adds flavor and richness to the sauce.

Diced lamb being browned in pot

  • Once the meat is brown on all sides, add the vegetables back to the pot with the apricots, spices, tomatoes, and broth. Bring everything up to a boil, then cover and transfer to the cook in the oven for 1 ½ hours (check part-way through to add water if needed.) Remove briefly from oven, add in the chickpeas and cook another 30 to 45 minutes.

         Note: Oven braising helps evenly distribute the heat that keeps the meat tender and retains its juiciness.

Lamb stew and vegetables boiling on stovetop

Lamb Stew in the Crock Pot or Pressure Cooker

This recipe is super friendly for crock pots and pressure cookers as well. Here is how you can make it in either:

To make in a crock pot

Follow the directions below by sauteing the vegetables and browning the lamb. Once the lamb is seared, transfer it into a crock pot along with the sauteed vegetables, apricots, spices, tomatoes, and broth. Cook on low heat for 6 hours. Stir in chickpeas, then let cook another 1 to 2  hours (up to 8 hours in total.) Or cook on high for up to 5 hours.

To make in a pressure cooker

Instead of using a Dutch oven or other oven-safe cooking pot, follow the steps below to saute and braise using your pressure cooker.

Then, add in all the ingredients except for the chickpeas to the pot and lock the lid in place. Cook for 30 minutes on high pressure.

When the timer is up, allow the pressure to safely release for about 10 minutes before using quick-release according to the manufacturer’s directions. Add in the chickpeas and cook for another 5 minutes. Allow the pressure to release again according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Lamb stew in pot, a ladle ready for serving

Make-Ahead and Storage Instructions

As with many stews, Moroccan lamb stew can be made ahead and stored in the fridge or freezer  without sacrificing any of the flavor.

To Make-Ahead and Refrigerate: If you’re planning a dinner party and want to work a bit in advance, you can make this lamb stew a day or two ahead of time and keep in the fridge. It helps to bring it closer to room temperature before reheating in the oven (be sure to add more liquid as well for reheating.)  a day or two and then reheated in the oven, making a great option for dinner parties or preparing for a busy night.

To Freeze Cooked Lamb Stew: This stew can also be frozen for those who meal prep.Cool the stew to room temperature and store in a freezer-safe airtight container for up to one month. Thaw in your fridge overnight and reheat in oven.

What to Serve with this Moroccan Lamb Stew 

This lamb stew is pretty hearty on its own, and does not require much else to complete the meal. I occasionally serve it with challah bread, or any crusty bread. It's also great, ladled on top of some beautiful Lebanese rice or plain couscous. For starters, I often serve a bright salad like fattoush and these Moroccan carrots.

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Moroccan Lamb Stew with Vegetables in large pot

Easy Moroccan Lamb Stew Recipe


  • Author: Suzy Karadsheh
  • Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6 to 7 1x

Description

If you’re looking to make the best lamb stew, this recipe is all you need! Comforting, fall-apart tender braised lamb with loads of veggies, chickpeas and warm Moroccan flavors. You can make this in your crock pot or pressure cooker; instructions included for both!

Be sure to check out my tips above and watch the video for how to make this lamb stew.


Ingredients

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  • Private Reserve Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 carrots, cubed
  • 6 Yukon gold potatoes (or any small potatoes), peeled, cubed
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 2.5 lb boneless leg of American lamb, fat trimmed, cut into cubes (Or American lamb shoulder, bones removed, fat-trimmed)
  • 3 large garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup dried apricots
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 ½ tsp ground allspice
  • 1 ½ tsp ras el hanout Moroccan spice blend (find it here)
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 6 plum tomatoes from a can, cut in halves
  • 2 ½ cups low-sodium beef broth
  • 1 15-oz can chickpeas

Instructions

  1. In a large Dutch oven (affiliate) or heavy oven-safe pot, heat 2 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat until shimmering but not smoking.
  2. In the heated oil, saute the onions, carrots, and potatoes for 4 minutes or so. Add the garlic and season with salt and pepper. Remove from the pot and set aside briefly.
  3. In the same pot, add more oil if needed, and deeply brown the lamb on all sides. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Turn heat to medium-high and return the sauteed vegetables to the pot. Add the dried apricots, cinnamon stick, bay leaf and spices and stir to coat.
  5. Add the plum tomatoes and broth and bring everything to a boil for 5 minutes or so.
  6. Cover the pot and place in the 350 degrees F heated-oven for 1 ½ hours (check partway through to add water or broth if needed). Now stir in the chickpeas, cover and return to the oven for another 30 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven and serve hot with your choice of Lebanese rice, couscous, pita bread or your favorite rustic bread.
  8. A simple Mediterranean salad like Fattoush makes a great starter for this hearty meal. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Crockpot Instructions: If you prefer, after step #5 is completed, transfer the lamb stew to a large slow cooker insert. Cover and cook on low for about 6 hours, then stir in chickpeas and cook another 1 to 2 hours (total of up to 8 hours.) Or cook on high for 4 to 5 hours in total.
  • Pressure-Cooker Instructions:Instead of using a Dutch oven or other oven-safe cooking pot, follow the steps below to sauté and braise using your pressure cooker.Then, add in all the ingredients except for the chickpeas to the pot and lock the lid in place. Cook for 30 minutes on high pressure.When the timer is up, allow the pressure to safely release for about 10 minutes before using quick-release according to the manufacturer’s directions. Add in the chickpeas and cook for another 5 minutes. Allow the pressure to release again according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Recommended for this Recipe: Private Reserve Greek extra virgin olive oil; all-natural Ras El Hanout spice blend; and ground allspice.
  • Visit Our Online Shop to browse our olive oils and all-natural and organic spices.
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 2 hours 15 mins
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Stewed
  • Cuisine: Moroccan

Keywords: lamb stew, Moroccan Lamb Stew

*This post first appeared on The Mediterranean Dish in 2017 and has been revised with new information and media for readers' benefit. Enjoy! 

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  1. Can this be made on a stovetop? I love your recipes but don't have a dutch oven or pressure cooker. Thanks!

  2. It’s totally awesome! I made it in my cast iron 6 quart and it was a easy recipe. Didn’t have the Ras El Hanout spice but, went to the trusty internet found the ingredients and made my own. Super good flavor.!!!

      1. I prepared this stew yesterday and refrigerated it over night, any idea how long it will take to reheat an entire 6 quart pot of this?

        Thanks

      2. Hi, Jimmy. That's hard to say off the top of my head. It's not something that I've specifically timed before.

    1. Delicious and easy to make. Thankyou Suzy. My family loved this stew. I used lamb steaks cut in cubes.
      Christine

  3. I've been wanting to try this recipe since I first saw it a few months ago but I didnt have the necessary ingredients. Bought some Ras El-Hanout, then couldn't remember which recipe required it! Once I'd tracked it down, I realised that I also needed apricots - my Mum gave me a part-used pack this weekend, and I had lamb in the fridge, so today was the day1
    What a delicious meal! I made it in my electric pressure cooker and the meat was melt-in-the-mouth. The stew was ful of flavour and very warming. I served it with Yorkshire Puddings, which worked well.
    My sister is following a vegan diet, so I wonder whether this recipe would work without the meat? I shall certainly suggest she give it a try.

    1. Hi, Dawn. I'd imagine this would still be a pretty delicious stew without the meat, but I've never tried that myself. Would love to hear what your sister thinks if she gives it a try!

  4. Followed the recipe really carefully and had high hopes for this as we love Mediterranean cooking but didn't enjoy it at all. The stew was very dry and the meat (really good leg meat) tasteless. The potatoes were mushy and the tomatoes disappeared! I'm normally a good, adventurous cook and usually receive many compliments but not this time.
    Not sure why this was the case but I won't be cooking it again
    Very disappointed.

  5. I made this tonight. I have IBS and can’t eat garlic, onions or chickpeas, so I did them separately (sautéed onions & garlic, added chickpeas and a little broth) to add in to my husbands serving. OMG! This is a truly fabulous recipe!! I was say “yum” after every bite and my husband was blown away with it.
    Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe and making me look like a much more talented cook than I am. Lol

  6. I've been making so many of your recipes lately but I had to come and write a comment on this one because OH MY GOODNESS this is so tasty!!! Instant favourite, will be making it over and over again. Thank you!

  7. Delicious! Sweet, divine, dreamy. I didn’t have chickpeas sadly, hopefully will make this with chickpeas next time.

  8. Thank you for this tasty recipe, full of warm flavours and pleasing the whole family! Served with plain couscous, it was perfect!

    1. Love this recipe...but realized at the end my oven doesn't work! Lol. Simmering on the stove and it smells fantastic.

  9. What a great recipe. Bought some lamb shoulder meat by accident and didn't know what to do with it. This stew was a great idea. Couldn't find the Moroccan spice but substituted an Ethiopian spice blend which had most of the same ingredients and it worked well.

  10. I have recently started cooking so thought I'd stretch and make this dish. Your instructions were great and the dish came out great! Everyone loved it very much. I will make it again but have a question. When I went to sear the lamb, I threw it all into the pot and it really didn't sear. It browned and released a lot of juice. Should I sear it in a separate pan in smaller bunches? I don't know if it matters as it really was delicious as it came out.

    1. Hi, Fernando! As long as it is all browning a bit, it should be fine. If you crowd the pot too much, though, you won't get a good sear on everything. In that case, you may want to try searing in smaller batches.

      1. Thanks Suzy!! I know I'll make it again it was so good and I'll keep your pointers in mind. Loving following you and trying all your recipes!

      2. I actually seared the lamb on a charcoal grill outside first. Then made the rest of the dish as described. Honestly this is the best Moroccan stew I have ever made. Cant wait to check out more dishes on this site.

  11. I have some bone IN lamb stew meat. Will this work just as well? Should I adjust the cook time?
    Can the lamb become overcooked? What textrue are we waiting for with the braising.

  12. I just made the recipe and it taste delicious. I made it a day ahead so it’ll probably even better tomorrow. My question is would it hurt it if I thickened it a little bit so it was more like a stew than a soup? Thanks

  13. I live at elevation over 7000'. Pressure cooking this recipe for 30 minutes was too long. The potatoes were mushy but the flavor is fantastic! I made it again today and only pressure cooked it for 12 minutes which was sufficient. I used canned organic fire roasted diced tomatoes with green chilies instead of the plum tomatoes and organic vegetable broth. I'm sharing this 5 star recipe with all my family. Thank you so much!

  14. Wonderful! I left out the chickpeas, because they don’t agree with me. I made my own Raz Al Hanout, from a Epicurious recipe but also added turmeric, nutmeg and cardamom which their recipe didn’t include, it was absolutely delicious. Will definitely make again.

  15. Wow! Talk about a mouth-watering sensation to the taste buds. Easily makes my top 3 in dishes to make. The ras el hanout was definitely the star and the while definitely second string, the apricots shined. Definitely a must have in your repertoire.