Recipes, Food, Cuisine

Algeria has a great selection of delicious savory meals that are native to the country. Nuts are used extensively in Algerian recipes, as are a variety of aromatic spices. We trust you will enjoy cooking and savoring the flavors of these recipes from Algeria.


Algerian green beans and almonds served as a side dish.

1 lb fresh green beans
4 cups salted water
3 tbsp peanut oil
1 crushed clove of garlic
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 tbsp almonds – slivered

Simmer trimmed green beans in salted water for approximately 30 – 45 minutes until tender. Drain green beans and place in a dish. Place the rest of the ingredients (excluding the almonds) in a pan and cook at a medium heat for 2 minutes whilst stirring. Next, add the almonds, stirring briefly to coat them. Pour contents of pan over green beans and ensure they are well coated. Serve warm.

Lahm Lhalou

A lamb dish served with couscous.

2 lb cubed lamb
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup water
2 tbs oil
2 tbs orange juice
1/3 cup blanched almonds
1 + 1/2 cup pitted prunes
2/3 cup sugar

Sprinkle salt onto the lamb and cook it in oil on a medium heat until browned. Place almonds, sugar and cinnamon in pan after removing the lamb and setting it aside. Stir in water and orange juice. Bring to the boil whilst stirring. Now add the lamb and simmer with a cover for about 1 hour until tender. After 45 minutes add the prunes.

Algerian Fish Soup

A hot meal with an Algerian flare for those chilly days.

2 tbs olive oil

1 large onion

2 cloves garlic
1 can whole tomatoes
1 tsp paprika

pinch of crushed saffron
salt and pepper
2 lrg potatoes
3 stalks of celery – diced
2 cups chicken broth
1 + 1/2 lb firm white fish

Sauté onions in the oil in a large pan. Add in the garlic and tomatoes, simmering until most of the liquid is gone. Now add the spices, potatoes and chicken broth, simmering for a further 10 minutes. Place the fish in the pan and cook until it begins to flake. Puree the soup using a blender or food processor. Simmer for another 10 minutes.

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