If you’re wondering what to serve with your tagine, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 14 of the most popular side dishes for tagine.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best side dishes for tagine include pomegranate couscous, Moroccan flatbreads, mint tea, and buttered saffron rice. You can also serve dishes such as crusty bread, roasted butternut squash, and tabbouleh salad. Try roasted cauliflower, cucumber raita, or carrot salad for a light accompaniment to a tagine.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
Pomegranate couscous salad
A pomegranate couscous salad is a must-have with a tagine.
The sweet, tart pomegranate pairs perfectly with the savory spices in the tagine.
And it’s light enough to leave you feeling satisfied without weighing you down.
This salad is easy to prepare and requires just five ingredients – plus, it only takes 10 minutes!
You don’t even need a dressing with this recipe from hintofhealthy.
Tagines are often served with lots of different salad dishes for the guests to pick from.
And one of the most famous Moroccan salads is a carrot salad.
Traditionally, the carrots are cooked until soft and then tossed in a simple vinaigrette with your choice of herbs and spices. Here’s a great recipe.
(although I like to undercook my carrots slightly so they’re still crunchy.)
You can also use raw carrots like in this moroccan carrot salad recipe.
Crusty olive bread
Crusty bread is perfect for scooping up all the juices from a tagine, so not a single drop of flavor will go to waste.
Any crusty bread will do, but I think adding a touch of saltiness with the olives works really well with tagine.
Go for something with a nice thick crust so the bread doesn’t get too soppy.
Want to bake your own bread? Olivia’s cuisine will teach you how.
Lemon quinoa salad
Lemon quinoa salad is a great side dish for a Moroccan tagine.
It’s healthy and bright, but will also make sure no one leaves hungry.
The lemon adds just the right amount of tanginess, and the quinoa adds a nutty flavor.
You can serve this lemon quinoa salad warm or cold – warm for winter and cold for summer!
Are you looking for a side dish that’s easy to prepare but not boring?
Try these roasted garlic parmesan cauliflower bites.
Cauliflower is a really underrated vegetable in my opinion. And roasting it helps deepen the earthy flavors.
Add a crispy parmesan cheese coating for texture, and you have a side that’s guaranteed to wow your guests.
Mint tea is a staple in Morocco and is served with pretty much everything.
You’re Moroccan feast wouldn’t be complete without it.
The cooling mint will cleanse your palate from the spices of the tagine, and leave you hungry for dessert (check the last item on this list for my desert suggestion!).
Check out this traditional recipe from my moroccan food.
Buttered saffron rice
Buttered saffron rice is another staple side dish for many Moroccan meals.
The saffron gives it just the right amount of spice so it can hold its own against the tagine, but not overpower it. And the butter adds a little bit of richness.
The rice will soak up all the sauce from the tagine and make every bite delicious.
So next time you’re making a tagine, don’t forget to add some buttered saffron rice.
Cucumber raita is normally reserved for spicy curries, but it can work really well with a tagine too.
Its slightly sour taste will cut through the spices in the tagines and leave you feeling refreshed.
You also serve it cold, which gives a nice temperature contrast to the hot meat.
Try this easy raita recipe – it can be whipped up in minutes.
The last salad on this list, but perhaps my favorite.
Tabbouleh salad is a delightful way to liven up your tagine.
The mint and parsley give it a bright color and flavor. It will definitely be one of the most attractive dishes on the table.
So if you’re going to make a tagine tonight, don’t forget to make some tabbouleh.
Tagines are best served with something you can use to scoop up all the meat, vegetables, and sauce with.
And Moroccan flatbreads fit this bill.
The bread is light and fluffy, but it’s also sturdy enough to hold up to multiple dippings.
It also absorbs all the flavors beautifully.
One of my favorite flatbread recipes is from Tarasmulticulturaltable. It’s delicious.
Roasted butternut squash
Roasted butternut squash – the perfect autumnal side.
Roasting the squash until it’s tender and caramelizing will give it a rich flavor that compliments the meat in your tagine.
It will mix really well with the vegetables already in the tagine.
Give this roasted butternut squash a try. You won’t be disappointed.
Tip: you can also mash it up into a creamy puree and serve it that way.
Parmesan zucchini sticks
Normal potato fries and tagine aren’t a match. But that doesn’t mean you have to forget fries all together.
Parmesan zucchini sticks are sweet and salty, which pairs well with the savory flavors of the tagine.
They’re great for dipping and will make your guests feel like they’re dining in a five-star restaurant.
Try a side of focaccia bread with your next tagine.
It’s soft, fluffy, and airy. And it’s the perfect vehicle for wiping plates clean.
There are loads of different flavors too.
I like sun-dried tomato focaccia – but if you want something super simple follow this recipe for ridiculously easy focaccia bread, there are only 10 minutes of hands-on prep.
Sweet baklava with almonds
Baklava is my go-to dessert for tagine.
I’m always surprised by how many people haven’t tried it, so it’s always an exciting thing to have on the menu.
Each person only needs a small slice, because it’s VERY sweet (but some mint tea helps wash that away!).
If you’ve never had baklava before, now’s your chance.
The best side dishes for tagine
- Pomegranate couscous salad
- Carrot salad
- Crusty olive bread
- Lemon quinoa salad
- Roasted cauliflower
- Mint tea
- Buttered saffron rice
- Cucumber raita
- Tabbouleh salad
- Moroccan flatbreads
- Roasted butternut squash
- Parmesan zucchini sticks
- Focaccia bread
- Sweet baklava with almonds
What To Serve With Tagine
- 1 portion tagine
- Prepare your tagine according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: pomegranate couscous salad, carrot salad, crusty olive bread, lemon quinoa salad, roasted cauliflower, mint tea, buttered saffron rice, cucumber raita, tabbouleh salad, moroccan flatbreads, roasted butternut squash, parmesan zucchini sticks, focaccia bread, and sweet baklava with almonds.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!