In the Kitchen

Ask Plated: What Is a Tagine?

Find out more about the North African stew known as tagine.

A tagine is a slow-cooked, North African stew of spiced meat or vegetables that’s named after the ceramic pot it’s traditionally cooked in. The cone-shaped lid of the tagine earthenware traps the steam and returns the condensed liquid to the pot, so little water is needed to cook the stew ingredients to tenderness. It’s thought that this type of preparation is the most efficient way of cooking in regions where clean water supply may be scarce.

Learn how to cook a tagine with our Winter Vegetable Tagine with Couscous recipe.



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