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Middle Eastern recipes that’ll transport your guests to far away lands with culinary delights that are a fusion of Cypriot, Egyptian, Israeli, Lebanese, Moroccan, North African, Persian and Turkish cooking influences, to name a few.

Middle Eastern cuisine is known for its warm, aromatic flavours and careful blending of spices including Baharat, cardamom, cumin, saffron and sumac.

Some of the most popular dishes in Middle Eastern cooking are heaven on a plate for vegetarians. Think grilled halloumi, filling falafel wraps, stuffed aubergine and hearty quinoa, chickpea and herb salads.

When it comes to dinner party entertaining, choosing Middle Eastern themed dishes will take the stress out of hosting, as most of the recipes in our collection take minutes to prepare and can be made ahead of time too. Picture our tantalising meze for sharing; homemade houmous topped with sesame seeds, baba ganoush and olives served with toasted pitta bread strips - simple to make and impressive too!

And while your hungry guests dive in, you could quietly slip away to dish up the main course. A slow cooked Moroccan-style tagine that you can leave to simmer away for hours before serving is the perfect choice for a main course.

Imagine the look of delight on your guests’ faces as you present a steaming hot pot of meltingly tender lamb chunks, laced with fresh green herbs and scarlet pomegranate seeds. Not only is it going to look impressive, it will smell divine too. Then onto dessert, the perfect end to a perfect meal…

We have a variety of mouth-watering Middle Eastern desserts to choose from, such as sticky Turkish baklava made with crisp layers of filo pastry, pistachios and syrup, or try delicately fragranced ice creams, like Persian cook, Ariana Bundy’s wild orchid ice cream.

Your guests will be talking about your Middle Eastern-themed dinner party for weeks!

Delicious Middle Eastern recipes

Baklava

Baklava

Made with filo pastry and crunchy pistachios, this sticky Baklava is also lightly scented with orange blossom water

Ariana Bundy's Wild Orchid Ice Cream

Ariana Bundy's Wild Orchid Ice Cream

A delicious Persian ice cream, delicately fragranced with wild orchid powder, called salep

Middle Eastern Roast Chicken with Sumac, Lemon and Rosemary

Middle Eastern Roast Chicken with Sumac, Lemon and Rosemary

Try this delicious chicken recipe for a Middle Eastern twist on the traditional roast

Honey and Rose Baked Plums

Honey and Rose Baked Plums

The Middle Eastern flavours in this dish, create a lovely, fragrant pudding that's perfect after a heavy meal

Harissa and Yogurt Marinated Leg of Lamb

Harissa and Yogurt Marinated Leg of Lamb

Roast leg of lamb, soaked overnight in a Middle Eastern marinade of harrisa and yogurt

Seafood and Fennel Salad

Seafood and Fennel Salad

Fennel, fresh herbs and chillies add Middle Eastern flavour to this vibrant seafood salad of squid, prawns and scallops

Middle Eastern Salad

Middle Eastern Salad

The torn pitta, bulgur wheat and fresh herbs make this Middle Eastern Salad a filling meal on its own, or delicious served with grilled lamb

Middle Eastern Spiced Prawns with Cherry Tomatoes

Middle Eastern Spiced Prawns with Cherry Tomatoes

A quick and simple prawn recipe that's full of Middle Eastern flavour and spice

Middle Eastern Spiced Lamb

Middle Eastern Spiced Lamb

Middle Eastern spiced lamb makes a sweet, spicy recipe that's easy to make

Imam Bayaldi

Imam Bayaldi

A Turkish-style dish of aubergines stuffed with chopped tomatoes, garlic and parsley

Middle Eastern Chicken

Middle Eastern Chicken

Marinated chicken with Middle Eastern flavours of cumin, chilli and lemon. A delicious dinner party dish you can prepare ahead

Orange and Almond Cake

Orange and Almond Cake

Orange, honey and almond cake makes a gluten and wheat-free delight full of Middle Eastern flavours

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Moroccan Recipes

Moroccan Recipes

Moroccan recipes are big on flavour - they're famous for their tagines, couscous recipes, lamb and stew recipes. Have a look through our favourite Moroccan recipes for something delicious to cook tonight