How to Select a Tagine

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Tagines are used to cook, roast or stew food in North African countries. In Marrakesh, couscous, chicken and lamb are most often cooked till juicy and tender. Dried fruit like apricots or prunes are added to sweeten the mixture. Spices like saffron add complexity.


Today, you can take this ancient way of cooking meats and vegetables and bring it to your home kitchen.

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How to Select a Tagine

  • Decide how much you want to spend on a tagine. They can range from $25 for a decorative clay tagine to $300 for a high performance stainless steel and ceramic version. If you just want a decorative tagine, the less expensive tagine would be best for you.

  • Purchase a clay tagine from an authentic tagine supplier from the Middle East if you are looking for an authentic tagine experience. You need to season these tagines with olive oil and they cannot be cleaned in the dishwasher.

  • Purchase an Emile Henry glazed clay tagine if you are looking for an authentic tagine but need it to be dishwasher safe. This model will run about $90, but is very convenient for the home cook at an affordable price.

  • Purchase a stainless steel-ceramic hybrid tagine if you are looking for style and function. These tagines will cost up to $300 but can stand up to 500 degrees in an oven.

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