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15 Moroccan Dishes for Your Instant Pot!

Have you tried the Instant Pot yet? This handy appliance has become all the rage recently. If you read cooking blogs, you have undoubtedly stumbled upon people talking about the Instant Pot by now. It has become incredibly popular of late, and with good reason!

What is it? The instant pot basically does the job of seven different appliances. With the push of a button, your Instant Pot becomes a yogurt-maker, a steamer, a slow cooker, a rice cooker, a warming pot, a saute pan, or a pressure cooker. Comparably priced with appliances that do half as much, the Instant Pot seems to gain a bigger fan base every day. I have long loved slow cookers (even though MarocBaba doesn’t share my fondness), and my trusty pressure cooker gets a regular workout, too.

Before we moved to Morocco my dad gave me an earlier version of today’s Instant Pot and I swore by it. Do you have an Instant Pot? I’d love to hear what you think about it! And whether you have an Instant Pot or a regular pressure cooker, I offer you the following recipes for some delicious taste adventures you can take without leaving home!

NOTE: For recipes that are using a pressure cooker the standard conversion is if the meat dish cooks in eight hours on low or four hours on high in the slow cooker, it will cook in 25-30 minutes in the Instant Pot.

Marrakechi Tangia

Marrakechi Tangia

Tangia is a traditional Marrakech meat dish that is unbelievably delicious. Seasoned meat is cooked until it is falling off the bone and eaten with bread. Traditionally, this dish was cooked up by men on Friday (the Muslim holy day). Check out my post about Making Marrakechi Tangia at Home to learn how you can make it yourself!

Moroccan Lamb and Fig Tajine

Lamb, Fig, and Almond Tajine Side

After enjoying this delicious dish in a local restaurant here in Marrakech, I simply had to try this at home. The trickiest part was obtaining Turkish figs, a personal preference of mine. Depending on your location, it might not be easy to find lamb at certain times of year. But when you find it available, I highly recommend that you give this tajine recipe a try!

Moroccan Fava Bean Soup – B’ssara

Moroccan Fava Bean Soup Bssara

This simple and delicious recipe for our favorite winter staple – b’ssara – is made even easier in the instant pot. This dish is vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and incredibly healthy. Typically eaten as a snack or breakfast in Morocco, drizzle with good olive oil, sprinkle with cumin and combine it with some nice bread so you can scoop up every last drop!

Beef Tajine with Prunes

Beef tajine with prunes is one of my favorite dishes. Traditionally served at special occasions like weddings, including my own, this meal is unbelievably delicious. Normally made with lamb, it is also amazing with beef. It’s always served with bread so that you can scoop up all the delicious bits!

Chicken Tajine with Potatoes and Green Olives

Chicken and Potato Tajine

With preserved lemons, tart olives and creamy potatoes, this chicken tajine is delicious, comforting, and tantalizes you with amazing flavors. If you’ve been to Morocco you’ll instantly recognize this tajine served in nearly every restaurant you would have visited.

Tajine of Beef and Apricots

I understand that my recipe for Beef Tajine with Apricots might sound a little odd if you aren’t accustomed to Moroccan cuisine. But combining both fruits and vegetables with meat is actually quite common. And once you taste how good it is, you’ll be a believer, too!

Instant Pot Moroccan Lentils

A very simple Moroccan dish that’s often eaten as a main dish but also makes an easy side dish. The ingredients are basic and you likely have it all on hand. What makes this stand out is the use of spices to make the lentils come to life.

Beef and Artichoke Tajine

whole artichoke

The first time I made this, I wasn’t sure if I actually liked artichokes or not. Turns out, I love them. Try this delicious Beef and Artichoke Tajine and find out how much you love them, too!

Beef Tajine with Cauliflower

I love to make a good Tajine. There are so many amazing flavor combinations you can put together. This delicious Beef Tajine with Cauliflower is the perfect example. Cook it up in your pressure cooker so the meat is falling apart tender and add vegetables and spices for a healthy, comforting meal.

Lamb with Rice

Slow-Cooker-Lamb-and-Rice (2)

Looking for something a bit different? Try this Moroccan Tagine Lamb Roast with Mandarin and Pine Nut Rice. You can use your instant pot for the tajine and for the rice! I think you’ll really like the flavors here and it’s something really different.

Moroccan Instant Pot Loubia

Another simple bean dish this is often served as the main course. It incorporates the flavor of cumin and tomatoes and you can make it a little spicier by including a hot pepper. Best of all it cooks fast in the instant pot!

15 Moroccan Instant Pot Recipes

Beef Tajine with Argan

Many people know argan oil as a beauty treatment. But it is also quite delicious, nutritious, and adds a distinctive nutty flavor to food. I decided to try some with beef in this Beef Tajine with Argan and I was quite pleased with the results.

Lentils with Caramelized Onion

If you enjoy lentils, you owe it to yourself to give this recipe for Lentils with Caramelized Onion a try. Lentils are cooked until very soft in Morocco, and the tomatoes, garlic, onion and seasonings adds a taste delight you just have to try for yourself. It’s also a perfect recipe for vegans and vegetarians!

One Pot Beef and Quince Tajine

If you’ve never had a Quince, I hope you get the chance to try one. When cooked, this fruit tastes a bit like a happy marriage between a sweet potato and an apple. It can be tough to find, especially in the Midwestern United States. But when you do, you’ll want to be sure to give this One Pot Beef and Quince Tagine a try!

Beef and Chickpea Tajine

Rich and delicious, Beef and Chickpea Tajine is easy to make in a pressure cooker. The heartiness of the chickpeas combined with meat that is falling apart tender makes my mouth water every time. Serve with a crusty loaf of bread for an amazing meal.

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Tuesday 18th of May 2021

Hi, thank you for the recipes that bring back lovely memories of the years I lived in Morocco! I was wondering if you have any suggestions on how to make raib in the instant pot?

Amanda Mouttaki

Wednesday 19th of May 2021

Oh that's a great question. I can't say I've tried BUT I'm writing it down as a project in the next months!


Monday 9th of September 2019

Can you tell me where to purchase a Tanjia in the US? One that has been tested lead free? Thanks. Terry

Amanda Mouttaki

Tuesday 10th of September 2019

Are you looking for a tanjia (the urn) or a tajine? Clay Coyote has tajines that I know are 100% safe - https://www.claycoyote.com/product/clay-coyote-tagine/ . Clay Tanjias are a lot harder to find in the US.

Marie lucas

Thursday 10th of January 2019

Hi there when I was in Morocco last time I bought a tagine and the pottery stand to cook it on outdoors, I have never had chance to use it before but have recently moved to papau New Guinea and I can cook outdoors! Can you recommend what you would use? Maybe charcoal? And how long would you leave it to cook for? Can’t wait to try it out! Thank you for taking me back to Morocco every time I read your page!! There’s a part of me that will always be in Morocco!! Thank you xx

Amanda Mouttaki

Friday 11th of January 2019

Yes I'd use charcoal for sure. Cooking time really depends on what you're cooking! Everything should be tender with sauce remaining in the tajine but not watery. Usually it takes 90-120+ minutes depending what you're cooking.

Kristin Winterson

Thursday 11th of October 2018

please add the hyperlink for the Pan Fried Chicken Breasts with Zucchini Coins

I am really enjoying this site - in preparation of my trip to Marrakesh in December.

Amanda Mouttaki

Friday 26th of October 2018

Hi Kristin - in updating my site this post was deleted by accident. Apologies!


Sunday 1st of October 2017

These look amazing, but the recipes are for pressure cookers and not the Instant Pot. I imagine they could be made in the Instant Pot with some modifications (for example, there is no "medium" pressure on IP, just low and high) and the cook time for these is longer than it would be in an IP. Is there a modified version for the IP? Thanks!

Amanda Mouttaki

Sunday 1st of October 2017

Hi Elizabeth - to be honest I guess I didn't realize that there were different IP's because mine operates very similar to a pressure cooker. I've made them both in my IP and an on stove pressure cooker using similar instructions. Perhaps because I have an older version and the newer IP's are different? I will have to see if I can find someone else who has a newer version to test them.