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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

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

Slow-roasted Lamb Salad with Freekeh and Pomegranate

Slow-roasted Lamb Salad with Freekeh and Pomegranate

A delicious Middle Eastern slow-roasted lamb dish, made with the supergrain, freekeh

Middle Eastern Spiced Lamb

Middle Eastern Spiced Lamb

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

Lamb Cutlets with Harissa and Pomegranate Molasses

Lamb Cutlets with Harissa and Pomegranate Molasses

These lamb cutlets with harissa and pomegranate molasses fuse sweet and savoury in a super style

Falafel with Houmous and Grains

Falafel with Houmous and Grains

This falafel with humous and grains is a ticket to health, via exceedingly tasty!

Roasted Squash with Middle Eastern Spices

Roasted Squash with Middle Eastern Spices

This roasted squash with Middle Eastern spices really does taste as good as it looks!

Chicken Shawarma Salad

Chicken Shawarma Salad

Chicken shawarma is traditionally made into a wrap, but this recipe works fab in a salad for a recipe that's both tasty and super simple to make

Spicy Lamb Meatballs

Spicy Lamb Meatballs

These spicy lamb meatballs work really well with the rice salad to make a delicious dinner everyone can enjoy with a bit of a Middle Eastern feel to it

How to make baklava

How to make baklava

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

Duck With Pomegranate And Walnuts

Duck With Pomegranate And Walnuts

Middle Eastern-inspired duck with pomegranate and walnuts is rich in flavour with the perfect sweet and sour from the molasses

Middle Eastern Lamb with Fresh Figs

Middle Eastern Lamb with Fresh Figs

Make Middle Eastern lamb with fresh figs with spices you'll find in your storecupboard with mouth-watering results and tender meat

Middle Eastern recipe collections

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