Merguez Sausage Spice Blend

Although of Tunisian and Algerian origin, spicy merguez sausages are quite popular in Morocco. Some butchers boast their own signature merguez spice blend, while others prepare the sausages with a commercial mix instead. Here is a traditional merguez blend recipe.

Merguez Sausage Spice Blend

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Servings: 1
Author: The Cook


  • ¼ cup sweet paprika
  • 2 tablespoons ground fennel seeds
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¾ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 teaspoons icing sugar (powdered sugar), optional, for a sweet contrast


  • Measure all ingredients into a bowl and stir to combine. Sift once, stir again and transfer to an airtight container for storage.


Once combined, store the mixture in an airtight glass or plastic container for up to six months. Use this spice blend when making Merguez Sausages.
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