Moroccan Tagine Pot

Moroccan Cooking Tagine For Sale

Tagines (also called tajines or tangines) are essential kitchen utensils in Moroccan cuisine and the kitchens of Morocco. Growing up in Morocco, we had at least 5 Moroccan tagine pots in our house of different types, sizes, and for different uses and occasions.

Today, even thousands of miles away from Morocco, I still can’t imagine a cooking routine that doesn’t include tagine cooking utensils. And believe me, once you start cooking with these utensils, you won’t be able to stop with all the delicacy they allow you to create.

If you are new to the tagine, this guide will show you exactly where to buy an authentic and traditional Moroccan tagine and where to find the one that will suit you and your family, depending on how you intend to use it.

Why buy a tagine jar?
The advantage of buying and cooking in a tagine jar comes from the shape (cone) and composition (clay) of the tagine jars. These two elements contribute to the condensation of the aromas and the slow cooking of the ingredients, which gives them delicious flavors.

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Thanks to the slow cooking process, vegetables and meat cooked in a tagine will be very tasty, deeply impregnated with herbs and spices.

Oh, and don’t even tell me about the delicious aftertaste of smoke and roasting, due to the cooking in the clay tagine.

Moroccan tagine cooked in a tagine pot
Typical Moroccan tagine, cooked and served in a traditional tagine
Cooking in a tagine pot is truly an extraordinary experience. Even though some tagines can be a little expensive, they are really worth it with all the options and cooking possibilities they offer. They open your taste buds to a whole new range of previously unknown flavors.

What’s more, clay tagines are one of the healthiest and safest kitchen utensils you can use in your kitchen!

Tip: if you are visiting Morocco, check out my guide to shopping in Morocco where I go through the markets and souks of the country. This guide is very useful for buying cooking utensils, handicrafts and souvenirs in Morocco.

Where to buy a tagine jar?
Not all the tagine pots available on the market are worth your money, and you have to find the best tagine pot for you according to your needs.

The most important points to check before buying a tagine jar are the size of the tagine jar, the composition of the tagine jar (some tagine jars contain lead which is toxic), and the type of your tagine jar (glazed or unglazed). Here are all the details you need.

What size tagine should I buy?
The correct size of your tagine pot depends on the number of people you will serve it to.

A small tagine jar with a base measuring between 8 and 10 inches will be perfect for two people.

If you are hosting more people, choose a larger tagine jar. For example, for a meeting of 3 to 4 people, a large tagine jar with a base of about 12 inches is the one to choose.

Don’t forget that if your tagine is to be part of a diversified menu (with a few starters or side dishes for example), a small 8 to 10 inch tagine may be enough even for a meeting of 4 people.

Iced, unglazed and serving tagines
Glazed and unglazed tagines are different types of tagines that offer different uses and options. Thus, depending on what you plan to do with your tagine (cooking or serving only), it is important to choose the type of tagine that suits you.

Serving tagines
Tagine pots for decoration and service are quickly spotted. They are shiny with beautiful paints and bright colors.

Moroccan tagine pots for decoration and service
Moroccan tagines of service and decoration
Decorative tagines are perfect as a serving bowl for paellas, chili peppers, pasta and salads. I do this all the time and my guests always love the attention. The tagine lid will help your dish stay warm, while the tagine style will add a nice exotic touch to your dressing.

For an 8-inch tagine at a modest price, this $38 tagine is really a bargain.

If you are looking for a larger tagine, prices can become very high and at this point, it is better to invest in a kitchen tagine that converts into a serving tagine (we will see that later).

Small pots of service tagine
What we also like to do in Morocco is to use several small tagine jars as small serving dishes for sauces, dips and side dishes to add color and a nice touch to the table.

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What is a tagine jar?
You may notice that I try to clarify the term “tagine jar” and not simply call it “tagine”. There is a simple reason for this. The word tagine has two meanings. A tagine refers to the food cooked inside the pot as well as the pot used for cooking.

Traditionally, tagine pots are made of clay. They can be glazed or not, the finish simply depends on what the cook prefers. In Morocco, you will also see lightweight aluminum tagines. Outside of Morocco, more and more companies are making tagines in other materials such as cast iron or even steel.

Tagines are available in different sizes. There are small kitchen tajines for 1 or 2 people, medium tajines for a small family and large tajines for 6 or more people. If size is a factor, small tagines are good, but a medium-sized tagine pot is a good investment for long-term use.

Choosing the right Moroccan tagine for you
The choice of the best tagine for the kitchen must take into account a few factors;

what do you want to cook?
what is your experience of using a tagine?
how often will you use your tagine?
how much money do you want to spend on your kitchen tagine?
Cooking in a tagine requires a bit of experience until you understand how yours works. An unglazed terracotta tagine will cook very differently than an enameled cast iron tagine. For beginners who don’t want to spend a lot of time playing with traditional clay tagines, it makes sense to opt for the enamelled versions. These tend to be more expensive, but you can use them to cook many different things, with or without the lid.

Those who want a more traditional tagine should look for an unglazed terracotta tagine. They are very easy to buy in Morocco and are an excellent take-away item if you are visiting and want to take something home with you. They can also be bought abroad, which is a good choice if you don’t want to carry the extra weight.

Where can I buy a jar of tagine?
If you had asked this question a few years ago, your possibilities would have been very limited. But fortunately, Moroccan food is really making waves in the food world. Today, it is much easier to buy tagines!

As mentioned above, if you are visiting Morocco, this is the best place to buy a traditional tagine. You will see two different types of jars. One is painted on the outside and the other is plain. You cannot cook in the decorated tagines.

Choosing a tagine jar for cooking
When shopping, make sure that the jar can be put on the stove and/or in the oven – this is especially the case when buying clay tagines.

If you buy a tagine in Morocco, you should also be aware that some contain small amounts of lead. Tagine manufacturers are becoming aware of this and are making more and more efforts to ensure that their tagines are safe, but in the end, money becomes a factor. If you are not sure, you can buy a lead test at home. You can even bring them with you and check them before you buy. https://amzn.to/2M8CleX

Guide to comparing the best tagines
As wonderful as it is, there are now so many tagines on the market that it can be very difficult to determine which one is right for you. I have chosen some of the best tagines to compare in this post so that you can make the right choice for you.

Large unglazed lead-free firing tagine

Description: This is an unglazed tagine imported from Morocco. It contains no lead and has a width of 12″.

Ideal for: Intermediate to advanced

Safe to use: Low temperature oven or stove

Price range: less than 75

Weight: 6 pounds

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Extra large iced tagine

Description: This is a lead-free iced tagine that is safe for cooking and serving food. If you are cooking on gas or electric stoves, it is preferable to use it with a diffuser.

Ideal for : Beginner to intermediate cooks

Safe to use: On the stove at low temperatures and up to 350F in the oven

Price range: less than 100

Weight: 15 pounds – 13.3″ diameter

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Small simple tagine

Description: This is a small iced tagine imported from Morocco. It measures 8″ wide and is suitable for one or two people.

It is ideal for : Beginner to intermediate cooks

Safe to use: Oven or stove

Price range: less than 30

Weight: 6 pounds

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Tajine Kamsah handmade and painted by hand

Description: This is a hand painted clay tagine. It should be noted that painted tagines should not be fired inside. It has a much deeper bottom than most Moroccan tagines. The manufacturers of this tagine claim that it can be used to bake directly indoors.

The best for : Intermediate to advanced level cooks

Safe use: Stove / Service

Price range: less than 100

Weight: 6 pounds

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Emile Henry Tagine

Description: These tajines are made in France and come with a 10 year warranty from the manufacturer. They are made of terracotta and designed to be lighter than many other tagines.

The best for : Beginner to advanced cooks

Safe to use: Oven, stove or barbecue

Price range: less than $150 (some less than $100!)

Weight: 8.2 pounds

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Moroccan Tagine Le Creuset

Description: Made with an enameled interior, a cast iron base and a stoneware lid, this tagine combines the traditional cooking methods of the tagine with the properties for which Le Creuset cookware is known. It is also guaranteed for life for anyone who would hesitate to buy a tagine for fear it might crack.

Safe use: Oven or stove

Price range: less than $250

Weight: 7.2 pounds

This tagine has a higher price, but the lifetime guarantee means you’ll never have to buy another one!

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Uno Casa Tajine made of cast iron and ceramics
Tagine pot
Description: This 3.65qt tagine has an enameled cast iron base and ceramic lid and is fire red in color. It is a sturdy piece that does not oxidize or rust, giving you the best of both worlds. The bottom of this tagine is quite high, which leaves you plenty of room to stock up on meat and vegetables. This tagine also comes with a double kitchen glove, so you can easily carry it from the stove to the table.

Recommended for: any cook, but especially for beginners

Safe to use: Can be used up to 500F on gas, electric and ceramic stoves or in the oven.

Price range: less than 65

Weight: 11.5 pounds

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Bruntmor cast iron tagine

Description: This 4qt tagine is an enamelled cast iron piece that is available in 5 different colors (blue, red, green, purple and yellow). The top and bottom are made of cast iron, which makes it incredibly sturdy. The bottom of the pot is made of cast iron while the upper part of the cone is enamelled. A point to consider is that although it claims to be a 4qt tagine, people have mentioned that it is actually closer to 3qt.

Ideal for: any cook, but especially beginners

Safe to use: Anywhere! This is an all-purpose tagine that can be used in 500F ovens, on stoves, on a grill – really anywhere.

Price range: less than 75

Weight: 11.2 pounds

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Description : An all-purpose tagine made of culinary quality ceramic. This material can be used in the oven, stove, microwave and dishwasher. Each tagine is hand made in the United States.

Ideal for : Beginner to advanced cooks

Safe to use: Oven and stove. Can also be used in the microwave.

Price range: less than 200

Weight: 11 pounds

Kook’s cast iron and ceramic tagine

Description: This tagine is made from two different materials; the bottom is cast iron and the top is ceramic. It can be used in the stove or on the stovetop and thanks to its durable base, it will not crack like a clay tagine. This size is a 2.5qt tagine that will serve 2 people.

It is ideal for : Any type of cook

Safe to use: Oven or stove

Price Range: Less than 75

Weight: 9.5 pounds

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Cooking a standard steel tagine

Description: This tagine model is available with or without handles, but the version with handles is an excellent option for more stability. The materials are stainless steel with an aluminum core that makes the cooking time faster. It is equipped with a tempered glass lid and is dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.

Ideal for : Beginner to intermediate cooks

Safe to use: Compatible with induction; works with gas, electricity, glass, ceramic, halogen heat and oven up to 500F.

Price range: Less than 150

Weight: 10 pounds

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