Moroccan-Style Lamb Shanks with Apricots


This is a gorgeous, easy and pretty quick version of lamb tagine I made on Valentine's Day. For an authentic feel we ate it with our fingers--it was a complete hit!

2 servings


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds

  • 1 onion, thinly sliced

  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and diced

  • 2 (1 pound) lamb shanks

  • 1 (14.4 ounce) can chopped canned tomatoes

  • 1 ¼ cups chopped dried apricots

  • 1 ½ teaspoons harissa

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds

  • 1 cup quick-cooking couscous

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a heavy pot over medium heat. Add cumin seeds and cook until they release their aroma for about 1 minute. Stir in the onions, garlic, and sweet potatoes. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally so potatoes don't stick.

  2. Put the lamb shanks in the pot and brown on all sides, about 8 minutes. Add tomatoes, apricots, and harissa. Season with salt and pepper. If mixture seems a bit dry, add a splash of water. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and cover. Simmer until meat is tender and falling off the bone, one hour or more, depending on the size of the shanks. Stir occasionally.

  3. Heat a small skillet over low heat and add the slivered almonds. Stir and cook until almonds are lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

  4. Place couscous in a large bowl and slowly pour in lukewarm water until just covered. Let sit until water is absorbed, about 10 minutes. Toss couscous with 2 tablespoons olive oil and toasted almonds. Transfer to a serving dish. Spoon the lamb over the couscous and serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

1249 Calories
55g Fat
120g Carbs
70g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 1249
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 55g 70%
Saturated Fat 13g 67%
Cholesterol 179mg 60%
Sodium 811mg 35%
Total Carbohydrate 120g 43%
Dietary Fiber 15g 53%
Total Sugars 44g
Protein 70g
Vitamin C 55mg 275%
Calcium 228mg 18%
Iron 10mg 54%
Potassium 2433mg 52%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.