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Buying a Tagine Pot? Find the Right One For You With These Reviews!

When it comes to buying a tagine pot, there are a few things you need to consider before making your purchase. Not all tagine pots are created equal, and finding the right one for you will depend on a number of factors. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the things you need to keep in mind when shopping for a tagine pot, so you can find the perfect one for your needs.

Tagines are not all the same and they’re not foolproof. If you’re looking for a tagine that’s going to be perfect for everything you want to cook, it may take time to find the right one. Different ingredients and different cooking methods are going to require different types of tagines. There are clay tagines, metal tagines, and even electric tagines. Each type of tagine has its own advantages and disadvantages, so you’ll need to decide which type is right for you.

Black tagine pot on a white background

What is a Moroccan Tagine Pot?

You may notice that I am making it a point to specify tagine pot and not just refer to this as a tagine. There is a simple reason for this. The word tagine has two meanings. A tagine refers to the food cooked inside the pot as well as the pot that is used to cook. You’ll also find them spelled both tagine and tajine pot. The spelling makes no difference.

Traditionally tagine pots are made out of clay. They can be glazed or unglazed, the finish just depends on what the cook likes better. In Morocco, you’ll also see lightweight aluminum tagines. Outside of Morocco, there are more companies are making pots out of other materials like cast iron tagines or even steel tagines.

Moroccan cooking pots come in a variety of sizes. There are small cooking tagines that serve 1 or 2 people, medium for a small family, and a large tagine pot for 6+ people. If the size is a factor the smaller tagines are good but a medium-sized tagine pot is a good investment for long-term use.

Choosing the right Moroccan Tagine for you

Choosing the best tagine pot for cooking has a few factors to consider;

  • what will you be cooking?
  • how much experience do you have using a tagine?
  • how often will you be using your tagine?
  • how much money do you want to spend on your tagine cookware?

Cooking in a tagine requires a little bit of experimenting until you understand how yours works. An unglazed clay tagine will cook a lot differently than a cast iron enameled tagine. For beginners who don’t want to spend a lot of time fussing with traditional clay tagines, it makes sense to opt for the glazed versions. These tend to be more expensive however you can use them to cook many different things with or without the lid.

Those who want a more traditional tagine should look for an unglazed clay tagine. These are very easy to purchase in Morocco and make a great item to pick up if you’re visiting and want to bring something home. They also can be purchased abroad which is a good choice if you don’t want to carry the extra weight.

Where Can I Buy a Tagine Pot?

If you would have asked this question even a few years ago your options would have been very limited. But, thankfully Moroccan food is really making waves in the food scene. Today it’s a lot easier to find and buy a top Moroccan tagine! Loads of places have Moroccan tagines for sale.

As mentioned above, if you’re visiting Morocco this is the best place to buy a traditional tagine. You will see two different types of pots. One is painted on the exterior, and one is plain.

The painted style is a decorative tagine and shouldn’t be cooked in.

Choosing a Tagine Pot for Cooking

When you are shopping you should make sure to double-check if the pot is able to be put on the stovetop and/or into the oven – this is especially the case when purchasing clay tagines.

If you are buying a tagine in Morocco you’ll also want to be aware that some do contain small levels of lead. The makers of the tagines are becoming aware of this and doing more and more to make sure that their tagines are safe however at the end of the day money becomes a factor. If you’re unsure you can purchase an at-home lead test.  You could even bring them along and check before you buy.

Best Moroccan Tagines Comparison Guide

As wonderful as it is that there are now so many tagines on the market, it can be really hard to determine which one is the right one for you. I have chosen some of the top tagines to compare in this post so that you can make the right choice. Here are some of the best places to buy a tagine online.

Large Lead-Free Cooking Unglazed Tagine

Description: This is an unglazed tagine imported from Morocco. It is lead-free and 12″ wide.

Best for Intermediate to Advanced

Safe to Use In: Oven or Stovetop at LOW temperatures

Price Range: under $75

Weight: 6 pounds

XL Traditional Moroccan Tagine Pot (glazed)

Description: This is a glazed Moroccan clay pot tagine that is lead-free and food safe to both cook and serve in. It is an extra large tagine pot so great for groups. If cooking on gas or electric stoves it is best to use with a diffuser.

Best for: Beginner to Intermediate Cooks

Safe to Use In: Stovetop at low heat and up to 350F in the oven

Price Range: under $100

Weight: 15 pounds – 13.3″ diameter

Simple Small Tagine

Description: This is a small, glazed tagine imported from Morocco. It measures 8″ wide and is good for 1-2 people.

Best for: Beginner to Intermediate Cooks

Safe to Use In: Oven or Stovetop

Price Range: under $50

Weight: 6 pounds

Kamsah Hand Made and Painted Tagine

Description: This is a hand-painted, clay tagine. It should be noted that typically tagines that are painted should not be cooked in. It has a much deeper bottom than most Moroccan tagines. The makers of this tagine do state that it can be used to cook directly in.

Best For: Intermediate to Advanced Cooks

Safe to Use In: Stovetop / Serving

Price Range: under $100

Weight: 6 lbs

Emile Henry Tagine

Description: These tagines are made in France and have a 10 year warranty from the manufacturer. They are made from terra cotta and made to be lighter than many other tagines.

Best for: Beginner to Advanced Cooks

Safe to Use In: Oven or Stovetop or BBQ Grill

Price Range: under $150 (some under $100!) 

Weight: 8.2 pounds

Le Creuset Moroccan Tagine

Description: Made with an enamel interior, cast iron tagine base and stoneware lid this tagine combines the traditional cooking methods of the tagine with the properties Le Creuset cookware is known for. It also has a lifetime warranty for anyone who is cautious about purchasing a tagine in fear of it cracking.

Best for: Beginner to Advanced Cooks

Safe to Use In: Oven or Stovetop

Price Range: under $300

Weight: 7.2 pounds

This tagine has a higher price point however the lifetime warranty means you won’t need to purchase another one ever!

Uno Casa Cast Iron and Ceramic Tagine

Tagine Pot

Description: This 3.65qt tagine has an enameled cast iron base and ceramic lid and is fire red. It’s a sturdy piece that won’t oxide or rust giving you the best of both worlds. The bottom of this tagine is quite high giving you plenty of space for filling up with meat and vegetables. This tagine also comes with a double oven mitt so you can take your tagine from stovetop to table with ease.

Best for: any level cook but especially beginners

Safe to Use In: Can be used up to 500F on gas, electric, and ceramic stovetops or in the oven.

Price Range: under $65

Weight: 11.5 lbs

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Bruntmor Enameled Tagine

Description: This 4qt tagine is an enameled cast iron piece that is available in 5 different colors (blue, red, green, purple and yellow). Both the top and the bottom are cast iron so it is incredibly sturdy. The bottom of the pot is just cast iron while the top cone part is enameled. One point to consider is that while it claims to be 4qt tagine people have mentioned that it is actually closer to 3qts.

Best for: any level cook but especially beginners

Safe to Use In: Anywhere! This is a great all purpose tagine it can go into 500F ovens, on stovetops, on a grill – really anywhere.

Price Range: under $75

Weight: 11.2 lbs

Clay Coyote Tagine

Description: An all-purpose tagine made from culinary grade ceramic. Material is safe for oven, stovetop, microwave and dishwasher. Each tagine is handmade in the USA. 

Best for: Beginner to Advanced Cooks

Safe to Use In: Oven and stovetop. Can also be used in microwave.

Price Range: under $200

Weight: 11 pounds

Kook Cast Iron and Ceramic Tagine

Description: This tagine is made from two different materials; the bottom is cast iron while the top is ceramic. It can be used in the stove or on the stovetop and thanks to the durable base it won’t crack like a clay tagine might. This size is a 2.5qt tagine that will serve 2 people.

Best for: Any ability cook

Safe to Use In: Oven or Stovetop

Price Range: Under $75

Weight: 9.5 pounds

Cooks Standard Steel Tagine

Description: This tagine model comes both with and without handles but the handled version is a great option for more stability. Materials are stainless steel with an aluminum core that makes cooking time faster. Includes a tempered glass lid and is dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.

Best for: Beginner to Intermediate Cooks

Safe to Use In: Induction compatible; Works on gas, electric, glass, ceramic, halogen heat as well as oven safe up to 500F.

Price Range: under $150

Weight: 10 pounds

Avg $
Best ForUse WeightLink
Large Unglazed $75Intermediate
6 lbsBuy
Large Glazed $100Beginner IntermediateOven
15 lbsBuy
Small Tagine$30BeginnerOven
6 lbsBuy
Emile Henry$150AnyAny8.2 lbsBuy
Le Creuset$250AnyAny7.2 lbsBuy
Clay Coyote $200Intermediate
11 lbsBuy
Cooks Standard Steel $150Beginner
Any10 lbsBuy
Kook Cast Iron and Ceramic$75BeginnerAny9.5 lbsBuy
Kamsah Hand Made and Painted$100AnyServing6lbsBuy
Cast Iron Bruntmor $75BeginnersAny11.2 lbsBuy
Uno Casa Tagine$65BeginnersAny11.5 lbsBuy

One final opinion. Many people have asked me which tagine I would buy. I’m lucky to have a zillion traditional style tagines out my door (literally there’s someone across the street that sells them). I’ve used traditional tagines for years.

But, if I were buying one new and didn’t live here, I’d choose the Le Creuset tagine.

It’s a sturdy, versatile tagine that you’ll be able to use for years and they have amazing customer service if something ever did go wrong.

How to Season a Tagine

If this is the first tagine you will be buying then you may need a few pointers on how to make the best use of it. When getting started it will depend on the tagine you choose.

For clay tagines you should always season/prime it to begin with. This may sound like an arduous process but if you want to keep your tagine from cracking it is very important. Not only does it strengthen the clay from cracking but can help remove some of the clay taste that comes naturally.

  1. Soak the lid and the base of the tagine in water for a minimum of 2 hours.
  2.  Drain the water and air dry the tagine. For an unglazed tagine, rub the entire vessel (interior and exterior) of the lid and base with olive oil.
  3. Put the pieces into a cold oven and turn the heat to 150C/300F for 2 hours.
  4. Turn off the oven, and leave the tagine to cool.
  5. Wash the cooled tagine by hand, and coat the interior again with olive oil before storing or using it.

Why is this important?  

Clay and ceramic tagines will crack when put on high heat. They also can easily crack if put on any heat with nothing in the vessel so you should always take care to never do this. You should always use the lowest burner setting on a stove top and the oven unless you have chosen a tagine that specifically states it has a higher temperature point.

Tagine Pots for Electric Stoves

Using a clay pot on an electric stove is generally not a good idea. You need to have something between the coils and the clay so that it doesn’t crack. A good way to protect your terra cotta tagine is to use a heat diffuser. This is a really inexpensive, simple instrument that you can purchase.

To use you just put the diffuser between the stovetop heat source and your tagine.

Really, that’s it! I’ve found that for those who are afraid of cracking their tagine this is an easy way to ease into using them. You still need to keep the temperature low but it does add an extra layer of protection.

Pick up a heat diffuser for your tagines

If you’d rather not worry about cracking your tagine, then choose a tagine for electric stoves. I have a post that specifically talks about these tagines and can be very helpful in your shopping quest. 

Best Tagines for Electric Stoves

Tagine Cookbooks

Once you’ve gotten your tagine and prepared it, it’s time to start cooking! There are countless tagine recipes out there so where should you start? You can browse my site for several different recipes. There are also a few cookbooks that I really love and think you will too.

Get my list of Moroccan cookbooks I love here.

Tagines for Induction Cooktops

If you have an induction cooktop not all tagines will work. If you’re wondering if you can use a clay tagine on an induction hob chances are no. Because of how these stoves work you will need to purchase a tagine that specifically works for this. I have another post that shares some of the tagines that will work for these types of stoves. 

Best Tagines for Induction Stovetops (Induction Hobs)

Once you start cooking with a tagine you will discover how easy it really is. I highly recommend investing in a piece that you can have for several years. Even though it may seem like another piece of cookware it has so many uses!



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Tuesday 27th of July 2021

Hi Amanda, I have just recently begun cooking in a tagine and really enjoy it. I have an unglazed one. I have cooked in it 4 times on top of my electric range with a diffuser. The last time I cooked with it , a couple of darkened areas appeared inside it. Previously, no blackened marks appeared after cooking. The blackened areas did not come off easily when I washed it with hot water. They are not crusty or loose. They are tightly adhered to the terra cotta. Should I leave them in the tagine or should I scrub them off? I know that we want our tagines to become more and more seasoned over time, but I am not sure if this blackening of the inside is part of that seasoning or not. Thanks! Cathy

Amanda Mouttaki

Thursday 29th of July 2021

Hey Cathy that can happen - sometimes it's just from the food that's soaking into the clay (it's hard for me to tell what it is without seeing it). But if it bothers you, you could try letting it soak for awhile and then scrubbing it out with a brillo pad. You don't want to use any kind of soap on a clay tajine but a good scrub with an abrasive sponge could do the trick.


Sunday 25th of July 2021

Hello. Thank you so much for all this information. I have recently purchased two tagines locally in the US. They are unglazed, Moroccan made tagines. What I'm curious about is that the inside of the base has ridges, as opposed to being flat. I assume this is to prevent foods from sticking. Have you seen this before? Are there pros and cons to this design? Thanks!

Amanda Mouttaki

Monday 26th of July 2021

This can just be from the creation of the tajine. Sometimes there are small ridges below where the lid would sit. Shouldn't affect anything.


Wednesday 20th of January 2021

Hi, thank you for your article most informative. I had a Emile Henri tagging which unfortunately slide out of the oven "caput" Friends have bought me a clay glazed everywhere but the bottom. Can I use this the same way after preparing it as you suggest. What is the main difference?

Amanda Mouttaki

Thursday 21st of January 2021

Hi Pamela - if it's glazed over most you can use it in the oven. the main difference is really just how food will cook in it. With an unglazed tajine the clay is porous, food can stick a bit easier and cooks slightly different. Think of it like the difference between a cast iron pan and a (mostly) nonstick pan. I've never actually soaked and prepared my glazed tajines but it won't hurt if you do.


Monday 4th of January 2021

Hello! thanks for your article! My tajine is of terracotta and is glazed on the exterior but not glazed on the interior of the lid. Also, glazed inside and around the base but not on the bottom where the stove would be. How do I treat this?

Amanda Mouttaki

Wednesday 6th of January 2021

It would be treated as a glazed tajine. This type of glaze is common. You can always soak it and treat it for the first time as a glazed tajine, it won't hurt it and would just be an extra precaution.


Thursday 3rd of December 2020

Hi. Wich tajine u would recommend for a family of 8. . I believed a 30 cm is to small?

Amanda Mouttaki

Thursday 3rd of December 2020

Hi - To feed 8 is quite large. I would say 40cm diameter but for 8 I would almost say go for 2 30inch tagines instead - depending on the age of the people eating. Also it will depend if you go with the more shallow tagines or the ones that have higher rims (and can fit more).