pressure cooker lamb tajine
Sweet and savory combine with spices we don’t usually associate in a meat dish to create a classic Moroccan Tajine – a dish usually prepared in a conical ceramic pot (larger than the one photographed) that operates a bit like it’s own pressure cooker!

You can serve this dish, with a cardamom-infused Basmati rice. Just make your rice in the usual way, and throw in a few crushed cardamom pods.

Pressure Cooker Accessories Pr. Cook Time Pr. Level Open
3L or larger None 25 min. High (2) Natural

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Moroccan Lamb Tajine - pressure cooker recipe
Recipe type: pressure cooker
Cuisine: Moroccan
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  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon powder
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger powder
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin powder
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2.5 lbs (1.2 kg) lamb shoulder, cut into pieces
  • 10 oz (300g) pitted prunes, soaked - or a mix of dried apricots and raisins
  • 1 cup (250ml) Vegetable Stock
  • 2 medium onions, roughly sliced
  • 1 bay laurel leaf
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • 3.5 oz (100g) Almonds, shelled, peeled and toasted
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  1. Mix the ground cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, cumin and, garlic with 2 tablespoons of olive oil to make a paste, cover the meat with this paste and set aside.
  2. Put the dried prunes in a bowl, and cover with boiling water cover and, set aside.
  3. In the preheated pressure cooker, with the lid off on medium heat, add a swirl of olive oil (about a tablespoon) and onions and let them cook until softened (about 3 minutes). Pour out the onions, and set aside. Add the meat, and brown on all sides (about 10 minutes). Then, de-glaze the pressure cooker with the vegetable stock, ensuring to scrape the bottom well and incorporating any brown bits into the rest of the sauce. Then, add the onions, bay leaf and cinnamon stick.
  4. Close and lock the lid of the pressure cooker.
  5. For electric pressure cookers: Cook for 30 minutes at high pressure.
    For stove top pressure cookers: Turn the heat up to high and when the cooker indicates it has reached high pressure, lower to the heat to maintain it and begin counting 25 minutes pressure cooking time.
  6. When time is up, open the pressure cooker with the Natural release method - move the cooker off the burner and wait for the pressure to come down on its own (about 10 minutes). For electric pressure cookers, disengage the “keep warm” mode or unplug the cooker and open when the pressure indicator has gone down (20 to 30 minutes).
  7. In the pressure cooker, with the lid off on medium heat add the salt, rinsed and drained prunes, honey and reduce the liquid (about 5 minutes). Fish out the bay leaf and cinnamon stick.
  8. Sprinkle with toasted almonds and sesame seeds and serve.


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  1. Just made this and it was lovely! I have a Pressure King Pro and it worked perfectly. Thank you very much.

  2. This recipe was absolutely delish!! I’ve been to Morocco, but have never cooked Moroccan food. My husband love it as well. I didn’t have any zucchini, but I did have butternut squash. Cooked them to pressure for 10 minutes after cooking the meat. Also, my honey was hard, so i looked in the fridge and found fig apricot preserve and used it as a substitute. Thank you for the wonderful recipe. It’s a keeper!!

  3. I have made this 4 times this month, absolutely love it, I mistakenly used cayenne pepper instead of normal pepper, but really loved it, so ive kept doing this as my own addition. Just dont overdo the cayenne as I did once.

    1. What a lovely accident! Great to hear you’re loving this. I’m not a big lamb fan, but somehow it just tastes better with the tarty dried fruits.



      1. I made the recipe using beef instead of lamb and it was delicious. I added some preserved lemons as well to the pot to give it some zip. Served it with lemon, garlic, parsley couscous.

  4. This was the first recipe I made in my pressure cooker. IT’S MOUTH WATERING. The best thing I ever tasted. I have since made it many times.

  5. This is delicious. Pepper is mentioned in the ingredients but nowhere in the recipe. Do you add it to the marinade in the beginning? Or with the vegetable stock when deglazing?

  6. Can you double this recipe in the instant pot?

    1. It depends on the size of your Instant Pot! For a 6L or larger, you can safely double this recipe!



  7. Love this recipe. I have been making it for a couple of years now and is STILL probably my favorite lamb dish.

  8. Grazie Laura per tutti i tuoi suggerimenti!
    A casa abbiamo deciso di fare un “giro del mondo” nelle nazioni e, onestamente, non sapevo come sostituire la pentola tajine con quella a pressione (giusto per usare il tajine una o due volte non mi sembra il caso di acquistarla).
    Inoltre ho trovato tra le tue pagine fantastici segreti e ricette, che sicuramente usero’.
    Ti posso linkare dal mio umile blog?

    Buona giornata


    1. Certo Barbara, sono contenta che hai trovato informazioni utili!!



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