Moroccan Lamb Meatballs

Flavored with a Moroccan-inspired blend of spices and fresh herbs and simmered in tomato sauce until tender, these tasty lamb meatballs make a nice change from their Italian-style counterparts. We like to serve them for dinner over steamed white rice but they can also be made smaller and served as an appetizer, using the tomato sauce for dipping.

Moroccan Lamb Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Moroccan Lamb Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Seasoned with a Moroccan-style blend of fresh mint, cinnamon, coriander and cumin and simmered in tomato sauce, these tender lamb meatballs make a flavorful change from their Italian-style cousins.


  • 1 lb ground lamb
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 clove garlic, very finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons panko crumbs
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

For the tomato sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, very finely chopped
  • 2 cups diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Combine the lamb, egg, garlic, panko, mint, parsley, cinnamon, coriander, cumin, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Form the mixture into 16 to 18 meatballs about 1-1/4-inches in diameter.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs and cook until lightly browned on all sides, about 3 minutes total. Transfer the meatballs to a plate, drain the excess fat from the pan and return it to the stove.
  3. To make the sauce, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until soft and translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic and continue cooking until fragrant, 1 minute longer.
  4. Stir in the tomatoes. Add a 1/2 teaspoon each of cinnamon and coriander and season to taste with salt and pepper. Cook for 2 minutes, then taste again and adjust the spices as desired.
  5. Return the meatballs to the pan and turn several times to coat them with the sauce. Cover and simmer slowly until the meatballs are cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes.
  6. Transfer the meatballs and sauce to a serving dish, garnish with parsley and serve with steamed white rice.

Moroccan Lamb Meatball Recipe