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Middle Eastern Recipes and Dinner Ideas

The Middle East has a rich culinary history and it shows in the bold, spicy flavours of their most loved dishes. Our selection of Middle Eastern recipes mixes traditional dishes with fusion recipes, all designed by the expert cooks at HelloFresh.

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Our Middle Eastern recipes are packed with nutritious goodness thanks to hearty grains, colourful veggies and flavour-packed protein.

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Middle Eastern Chicken Recipes

Middle Eastern food is full of flavour and spices, which is why chicken is cooked so deliciously in this cuisine.

Middle Eastern Lamb Recipes

Lamb is a staple ingredient in Middle Eastern cuisine which is why there are a whole host of recipes that cook this tender meat to perfection.

Middle Eastern Couscous Recipes

Couscous is another favourite in Middle Eastern cooking because its fluffy texture and mild taste can be paired with a range of ingredients and flavours.

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What is Middle Eastern Food?
Comprising recipes from Turkish cuisines, Lebanese, Iranian, Moroccan and many others, Middle Eastern food is characterised by its bold and aromatic use of spices, herbs, and seasonings. Staples like hummus, falafel, and couscous are all popular Middle Eastern foods, loved for their versatility, flavour and texture. Meanwhile, olive oil, tahini, yoghurt and spices such as chermoula and ras-el hanout are frequently used to flavour Middle Eastern food, which is why recipes are so flavourful and creamy. Family gatherings and communal dining are integral to Middle Eastern culture and so there are many family friendly recipes in the cuisine. Many dishes complement one another too and can be served as a delicious Middle Eastern feast. Think bowls of fluffy couscous, hearty chickpea stews, melt-in-the-mouth falafels and a rainbow of spiced veggies and salads.
Easy Middle Eastern Dinner Ideas
From the aromatic spices of cumin and coriander to the rich flavours of tahini and olive oil, Middle Eastern recipes incorporate a variety of delicious tastes and textures. Its combination of spices may be complex, but actually, the recipes are so easy to make. If you’re looking for simple yet tasty midweek meal inspiration, these are some of the easiest and most popular Middle Eastern recipes you can whip up in no time:
  • Halloumi and couscous bowl - Not only are halloumi, couscous, veggies and Middle Eastern spices so easy to cook together, but they also provide a nutritious and satisfying meal. Be sure to get a good golden brown sear on your halloumi, as this will complement the light and fluffy couscous wonderfully.
  • Chermoula-spiced lamb - Lamb and chermoula are a match made in heaven because the earthy flavour of lamb beautifully complements the vibrant, herby taste of the Moroccan chermoula marinade.
  • Moroccan honey-glazed salmon and couscous - Honey is used in Middle Eastern cooking to balance the strong herby flavours that the cuisine is known for. This is particularly delicious in salmon dishes because the honey caramelises the fish to create a melt-in-the-mouth texture.
  • Middle Eastern chickpea stew - Chickpea stew is a popular Moroccan meal due to its quickness and heartiness. The nutty flavour and creamy texture of chickpeas pair perfectly with spices such as cumin, coriander, and paprika and can be simmered with tomatoes, onions and garlic.

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