Easy Ras El Hanout

Easy Ras El Hanout Recipe
The Spruce
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 10 mins
Servings: 36 servings
Yield: 1/4 cup
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
3 Calories
0g Fat
0g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 36
Amount per serving
Calories 3
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 0g
Calcium 2mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Ras el hanout is a complex, aromatic spice blend that's famously associated with Moroccan cuisine—it always makes the list of foods to bring back from a trip to Morocco. The literal translation of ras el hanout from Arabic to English is “head of the shop," implying that this mix of spices is the very best offering in a spice shop. Due to its liberal use in mrouzia, a lamb and honey dish with intense seasoning, ras el hanout is also sometimes called mrouzia spice.

No two versions of this spice blend are the same, so if sampling ras el hanout from different sources, you'll notice slight flavor variations. Most recipes include cardamom, nutmeg, anise, mace, cinnamon, ginger, various peppers, and turmeric, and a total of 30 or more ingredients might be used in varying quantities.

The blend is typically prepared by grinding together whole spices, dried roots, and leaves. This recipe, however, keeps things extra simple by using ground spices you may already have at home. If you'd like to try making a lengthier, more complex and robust version, try this authentic ras el hanout recipe.

Note that relatively few Moroccans use this spice blend in daily cooking; instead, the majority reserve it for specialty dishes. Check out these Moroccan recipes with ras el hanout to get an idea of how to season with it. If making your own spice blend just isn't for you, you can always buy ras el hanout online.


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  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cardamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground mace
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground anise seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients. 

    Easy ras el hanout ingredients
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  2. Measure out all of the spices into a bowl, then stir to combine evenly.

    Mix ras el hanout ingredients in a bowl
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  3. Transfer the spice mix to a glass jar and store in a dry, cool place away from heat and sunlight.

    Ras el hanout in a container
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  4. Enjoy.


  • ​Use ras el hanout as desired to season tagines, stews, meat, poultry, fish, and vegetables.
  • Ras el hanout keeps well for several months stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.
  • Garam masala, another aromatic spice blend, is sometimes confused with ras el hanout. While they both add great flavors to dishes, they cannot be used interchangeably.
  • There are no easy substitutions for ras el hanout. However, adding a mixture of as many spices as called for will get you as close as possible.