Slow-cooked beef tongue Moroccan style

Moroccans have 2 majors ways of cooking the tongue: steam and serve with salt and cumin or cook it “mchermel-style”. The latter dish is bolder and there are days where I can’t just have it any other way.


Slow-cooked Moroccan beef tongue. – Credit @Nada Kiffa

Can I convince you to give this recipe a go? You could be fighting off with your brain which command you to feel squeamish about tongue or any offal for that matter.

If you like pulled meat, tender and falling off the bone, then Moroccan slow-cooked tongue fits the bill.


Ways of cooking Moroccan beef tongue recipe

Moroccan beef tongue recipe required slow-cooking in a dutch oven (2 hours), a well sealed Tangia-style clay urn (up to 4 hours) or a pressure cooker (1 hour).

Moroccan slow-cooked beef tongue

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Moroccan
Servings 4


  • Dutch oven


  • 1 kg tongue beef's tongue, trimmed
  • 2 tbsp coriander chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves grated or crushed
  • 1 onion Spanish or brown, small, chopped
  • 1 tomato grated and only pulp kept
  • 1 tsp ground ginger or slightly more
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp sweet paprika paprika paste will do
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp harissa to taste, optional

For finishing and garnishing

  • green olives
  • ¼ preserved lemon only the skin/rind
  • 1 ½ tsp white vinegar


  • Watch the video for all steps to cook Moroccan beef tongue with chermoula



Moroccan slow-cooked beef tongue keeps well in the freezer. 
You could also substitute the tongue for oxtail or the neck. They require less cooking time and are equally flavoursome.
Keyword Offal, slow-cooked


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