Sunday Supper: Lamb Chops Rubbed with Ras El Hanout Recipe

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Sunday Supper: Lamb Chops Rubbed with Ras El Hanout Recipe

[Photograph: Sydney Oland]

Ras el hanout is a Moroccan spice blend that varies widely between the business, and families who produce it. This version contains many of the traditional ingredients, and one or two on the non-traditional. Ras el hanout is perfect with grilled lamb, but would also be delicious in a tajine or braise.

  • Yield:4
  • Active time: 15 minutes
  • Total time:25 minutes


  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed saffron threads
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot paprika
  • 2 pounds lamb chops


  1. 1.

    Combine nutmeg, salt, black pepper, allspice, cinnamon, saffron and paprika in a small bowl and mix well. Rub on lamb chops and let sit for at least an hour, but overnight would be better.

  2. 2.

    Preheat grill or grill pan over medium high heat, and cook until meat reaches 150[°] for medium, about 3 minutes per side. Serve with some lightly dressed couscous and a medium bodies red wine.