Transform your kitchen into a Moroccan bazaar with this Moroccan Spice Mix! It’s an exotic blend of ginger, white pepper, coriander, turmeric, allspice, and cinnamon. It’s the secret to authentic Moroccan dishes!
I’m a huge fan of cooking with spice mixtures and blends. It’s a fantastic way to add extra flavor and aroma to your meals without increasing fat and calories. Cooking with spice blends also makes it easy to transform a tried-and-true recipe into something entirely different.
Ethiopian Berbere seasoning can elevate a plain chicken breast. Seasoning a piece of white fish with Greek or Cajun mix creates two distinct flavor profiles. You can do the same with these Moroccan spices. If you need a Moroccan spice recipe to try this mix on, check out this Slow Cooked Moroccan Apricot Chicken recipe!
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What is Moroccan Spice Mix?
Moroccan blend spices, often referred to as Moroccan Spice Mix or Ras el Hanout, are a combination of spices commonly used in Moroccan cuisine. The composition can vary significantly, but it typically includes a mix of spices that define the unique taste of Moroccan dishes. Common ingredients in a Moroccan spice blend may include cumin, coriander, cinnamon, paprika, turmeric, ginger, allspice, cardamom, cayenne pepper or chili powder, and cloves.
Reasons to Love This Moroccan Spice Blend
- This Moroccan Spice Blend offers a rich tapestry of tastes, blending sweet, spicy, and earthy notes harmoniously.
- It’s versatile and can be used in a variety of dishes, such as Moroccan tagines, stews, grilled meats, and vegetable preparations.
- Spices like turmeric and ginger in the mix have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
- A convenient, all-in-one spice solution, eliminating the need to measure out individual spices.
- Moroccan Spices brings a genuine taste of Moroccan cuisine, making international dishes more accessible.
- Ginger: Offers a warm, slightly spicy, and sharp flavor.
- Coriander: Brings a citrusy, nutty taste that’s subtly sweet. Its light, powdery texture mixes easily, adding depth without overpowering other flavors.
- White Pepper: Adds a sharp, pungent heat that’s more refined than black pepper. Its fine texture disperses quickly, spreading its warmth throughout the dish.
- Cinnamon: Provides a sweet, woody aroma with a hint of warmth. Its fine texture and strong flavor profile contribute significantly to the mix’s overall taste.
- Allspice: Tastes like a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, adding complexity. Its fine texture ensures it integrates well with other spices.
See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.
- Use Ceylon Cinnamon: Instead of regular cinnamon, use Ceylon cinnamon. It offers a sweeter, more complex flavor profile.
- Ground Cumin Variation: Include ground cumin to add an earthy, warm undertone.
- Use Smoked Paprika for a Smoky Twist: Adds a subtle smokiness without altering the fundamental flavor.
- Add a Pinch of Ground Cloves: For a deeper, more aromatic flavor, add in a small amount to maintain balance.
How to Make Moroccan Spice Mix
Step #1: Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix thoroughly using a whisk. Makes a little over one tablespoon.
If you plan on using the Moroccan spice mix regularly, consider making a large batch. You can store it conveniently in Simple Houseware 12 Square Spice Bottles (4oz) with a label set. This not only keeps your spices fresh but also helps in organizing your kitchen efficiently, with each bottle clearly labeled for easy identification. This method is particularly useful for those who love to cook and want their spices readily accessible.
Store your Moroccan spice mix in an airtight container, preferably in a cool, dark place like a pantry or cupboard. It will stay fresh and retain its flavor for up to one year.
Homemade Moroccan Spice Mix Recipe
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 1/2 tsp ground white pepper
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp allspice
- 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
- Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix thoroughly using a whisk. Makes a little over one tablespoon.