These Are a Few of My Favorite Things: Ras el Hanout

Ras el Hanout is a spice blend from the Middle East and North Africa. Spice market vendors all claim their version to be the best, and some people consider the seductive blend of spices to be an aphrodisiac.

At the very least, any food in which you include Ras el Hanout will inspire diners to kiss the cook, so you’ve got that goin’ for you.


Ras el Hanout

Makes 1/4 cup | Prep 5 minutes | Whole30 compliant

  • 2 (level) teaspoons salt

  • 2 (heaping) teaspoons cumin

  • 2 (level) teaspoons ginger

  • 2 (conservative) teaspoons black pepper

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon coriander

  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 teaspoon allspice

  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves

  • 1/4 (slightly rounded) teaspoon nutmeg

  • optional: 1 teaspoon saffron threads


Blend all spices together in a bowl and store in an air-tight container. For vegetables and meats, add 1-2 teaspoons per pound.

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