Bring the flavours of Morocco to your kitchen with a tagine! This stew pot not only looks beautiful on your stovetop, but it also takes your guests on a culinary journey. Whether you’re making a meat, fish or vegetable stew, a tagine is the perfect stew pot. Although the tagine is native to North Africa, it is also perfect for preparing stews from all over the world. Some less experienced chefs can sometimes be hesitant to try using a tagine, however, it is actually incredibly simple to use. So keep reading to get inspired by the endless culinary possibilities of a tagine!
A tagine is made up of a base dish and a conical lid. In some cases, the tagine lid is spherical. Whether spherical or conical, a tagine lid is essential when cooking with a tagine. Stewing produces steam, which condenses on the lid of the tagine and then drips back into the dish, retaining its flavour and moisture. The name tagine refers both to the stew pot itself and the stew it is used to prepare, which can cause some confusion. The tagine originates in Berber culture, but it is now predominantly recognized as a Moroccan dish.
If you are using a tagine for the first time, it is a good idea to first soak it in cold water for 24 hours. This will make your tagine more heat-resistant, thus reducing the chance of it cracking. To make this as good as nil, we recommend using a heat diffuser. After soaking, grease the base dish of the tagine with a layer of vegetable oil. Then keep the tagine on a low heat until all the oil is absorbed. This will create a natural non-stick coating and the tagine will be ready for use.
The French brand Le Creuset puts a modern spin on the traditional tagine. Tagines used to be heated on fire or coals. Nowadays, induction tagines are also availalble. Le Creuset produces cast-iron tagines that can be used on all heat sources. Another benefit of the Le Creuset induction tagine is that it retains heat for longer than traditional tagines. These tagines are available in various sizes and bright colours, so you’re sure to find a Le Creuset tagine that best suits your needs and style. Get inspired by our wide range of Le Creuset tagines at Cookinglife!
Tip: For an earthenware tagines, such as a Sareva tagine, you can use an induction plate!
Are you looking for an authentic-looking glazed stew pot? Then an Emile Henry tagine is your best bet. This tagine is far simpler to use than the traditional tagines, making it ideal for newcomers to the tagine world. Because no pretreatment is required, the Emile Henry tagine can be used right away. However, it's a good idea to heat the tagine ahead of time to avoid it cracking! An Emile Henry tagine is also available in a range of colours and sizes, so every amateur cook is sure to find their perfect Emile Henry tagine in our range.
You can prepare just about anything in a tagine. The most popular and well known dishes are chicken tagine and lamb tagine, however, vegetarian tagines are also becoming increasingly popular. Chicken tagine is especially popular in Moroccan cuisine. Try it with candied lemon, for example. When cooking with a tagine, there are endless possibilities. So get experimenting and find out for yourself which tagine recipe you like best!
You can order your very own tagine online at Cookinglife! We have the highest-quality tagines, ranging in size, colour and style. This means you’ll be able to find the perfect tagine to match your unique taste and kitchen design in our wide selection of cookware. As well as an inspiring range of tagines, we offer fast delivery. That means you can start experimenting with Middle Eastern cuisine in no time! Looking for something a bit simpler for the time being, or would just prefer to stick to what you know? You can also find a wide range of high-quality casseroles for stewing too