This Ras el Hanout spice mix is a fragrant blend of spices often used in Moroccan cuisine. It is made with coriander, cumin, ginger, cardamom and more.

small bowl with homemade ras el hanout spice blend with spoon to scoop.

During our recent trip to Morocco, we fell in love with Ras el Hanout. It is an aromatic blend of spices that varies from region to region in the northern countries of Africa—Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria—most often used to season tagines, meats, vegetables, and stews.

In Arabic, ras el hanout translates to “top shelf,” originating from North African spice dealers who would blend the very best of their spices, to create their own “signature” blend—sometimes upwards of 30-40 spices!

Wondering where to find Ras el Hanout? Look no further, you probably have all the spices to make this fragrant blend of spices at home!

Why You’ll Love This!

  • Having homemade Ras el Hanout at the ready will bring bold, aromatic flavor to your dishes.
  • You likely already have everything you need on hand!
  • This version was more typical of what we found in Morocco, with warming spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom.

Ras El Hanout Ingredients

Ingredients will vary from region to region. Many can be quite light and floral with the addition of rose petals or even lavender. Most typically include some combination of the following spices:

  1. Coriander
  2. Cumin
  3. Cinnamon
  4. Nutmeg
  5. Allspice
  6. Ginger
  7. Cardamom
  8. Cloves
  9. Black pepper

Now, if you’d rather just buy it, we have this lovely Villa Jerada Ras El Hanout at our Bowl and Pitcher Store – it is made in Seattle, and it is the best I’ve had here in the States!

homemade ras el hanout spice blend in small bowl with spoon.

How to Make Ras el Hanout

  1. Quick and Easy Version: Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl, and store in a sealed jar for up to 6 months.
  2. Elevated version: For an increased intensity of flavor, use whole spices, lightly toasted in a dry skillet. Let cool, then finely grind with a mortar and pestle, coffee grinder or spice grinder.


  • For a lightly floral flavor add dried crushed rose petals (food grade)
  • For a more savory flavor, add turmeric, extra cumin, onion or garlic powder, paprika, or chile powder.
  • For added heat, add a pinch of cayenne.


Ras el haout will keep for 3-6 months in a sealed jar or container. To revive the spice if left too long, gently heat in a dry skillet over low heat until fragrant.

Ras El Hanout Uses

Try ras el hanout in this Grilled Moroccan Chicken Recipe, Meltingly Tender Eggplant or the Moroccan stuffed sweet potatoes!

  1. To season tagines, stews, and soups
  2. To season rice or couscous
  3. To season roasted chickpeas
  4. As a rub for grilled meat, like lamb, and vegetables
  5. Eggplant Chickpea Tagine
  6. As a marinade in Grilled Moroccan Chicken 
  7. Slow roasted Moroccan Eggplant
  8. Sweet Potatoes with Ras El Hanout 


What is ras el hanout made of?

The spice blend is traditionally made with more than a dozen different spices, including the ones we’ve listed here. Our version is a bit more simplified but still packs a flavor punch.

What does ras el hanout mean?

Ras el hanout is Arabic for “head of the shop,” which means “top shelf.” This refers to the best spices a shop has to offer.

How long does homemade ras el hanout last?

Once blended and sealed in a jar, ras el hanout will last in your pantry for up to six months.

What are some other spices not listed that could go in this recipe?

Star anise, coriander seeds, nigella, caraway, turmeric, garlic powder, paprika, or cayenne pepper. If you wish to grind whole spices, you can include any color peppercorns and cardamom pods. Sort through your spice rack and see what you have!

homemade ras el hanout spice blend in small bowl with spoon.

I hope you enjoy this Ras el Hanout Recipe, let me know what you think in the comments below.


More Spice blends you may enjoy!

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Ras el Hanout Recipe

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An aromatic recipe for Moroccan Ras el Hanout – an aromatic blend of spices used in Moroccan cooking to season tagines, meats, vegetables and stews.




  1. Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl, and store in a sealed jar.
  2. For an increased intensity of flavor, feel free to use whole spices, lightly toast in a dry skillet, let cool, then finely grind.


Optional additions: dried damask rose petals, saffron, mace, lavender, or ground fennel seeds


  • Serving Size: 1 teaspoon
  • Calories: 6
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 195.4 mg
  • Fat: 0.3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 1.1 g
  • Fiber: 0.4 g
  • Protein: 0.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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  1. Oh my gosh! I am new to WFPB eating. I started mid December 2023 due to my high cholesterol and I have not looked back! I got introduced to your site after telling a friend what I was doing with my diet and she made your corn chowder vegan for me. I wanted to make everything after she sent me your link.
    I am so glad I have made this change at this time. Because of chefs like yourself, who are making your recipes available in such an easy to prepare way. I never knew eating healthy good foods was so easy and enjoyable.


  2. I made this and it was delicious but it yielded just a bit over 2 TBSP, and not 1/3 c. as noted in recipe.

    1. Sorry about that Karen! I have updated the recipe. I miscalculated big time! I think it is better now. 🙂

  3. Hello Sylvia, is it the green or black cardamom? If I were to add fennel, how much should I add? And it should be in grounded form, correct?

      1. Thank you, Sylvia! Just one more question – how many teaspoons for the fennel seeds? Looking forward to making the Eggplant chickpea tanging.

  4. Great seasoning combo! I made extra to use for seasoning my stews. By the way, can I add some curry powder to this mix when making sweet potatoe and Butternut squash stew?

  5. Didn’t have cardamom so added a bit more nutmeg and cinnamon. Also added smoked paprika and a touch of turmeric. Great spice blend , authentic flavour, chicken was very moist as I marinated overnight. A must try

  6. Hi love your recipes.
    The chick pea one caught my eye and I just kept reading.
    I have broken my arm so someone needs to do the chopping🤣

  7. I blended the Moroccan spiced mix & added a slow cooked pan fried eggplant in 15 mm slabs to the mix.
    (Left out the couscous)
    Pan fried aquaponic rainbow trout on top & it went down real well!
    Great recipe thanks:)

  8. Hi,
    I haven’t tried your recipe yet as I have a Moroccan stew recipes which required ras el hanout PASTE.
    How do I make your spice mix into a paste please?


    1. I suppose you could mix the spice blend with a little olive oil. Maybe add a clove of minced garlic?

      1. Hi I’m new to your site so it may be wrong to answer an old post but what I’ve found that works well is to use a red onion in the food processor with your spices to make a paste. About 50 years ago while in India a very nice family let me camp on their farm and invited me to supper and while she was cooking she showed that to me.

  9. Do you have a recipe for Harissa, please. My friend brought me some from Morocco in a clay pot It was so good I can not find that I like. Thanking you in advance.

    1. Not really, unless you are at a gourmet grocery store- a co-op or Wholefoods, etc. Check the bulk spices area too. 🙂

  10. This recipe was delightful! I made it last night and it will be added to my repertoire! I made my own Ras el Hanout and added saffron, lavender, and fennel seeds. Next time I’ll add a little cayenne for a little heat (I noticed several other recipes for Ras el Hanout call for cayenne). The “smoked” yogurt was amazing with this.

      1. Hey Melissa, not sure if you have a smoker, but you can cold-smoke yogurt in a smoker. Place yogurt over ice. 🙂

    1. I just got my first mix from Rainbow, an organic shop in San Francisco. My daughter-in-law brought it to me and it is similar to your list but had paprika in it. (I prefer sweet hungarian paprika).

  11. Love this recipe! We use it for many things. I season chicken or pork with it. I also blend it with cream cheese and dried cherries and make a dip or sauce depending on what is in season. I add a little more cayenne to give more heat to grilled fruit or veggies. Very versitile!

  12. We love this recipe. Toasted the cumin, coriander and peppercorns and ground them. Very fragrant and complex flavors!

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