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Lamb Stew With Lemon and Figs

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“To me this like a meal in North Africa. It's homey and exotic at the same time and something special. The mint yogurt is a personal option. This is a make ahead dish (up to two days)and the best side is couscous.”
2hrs 40mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Set strainer lined with double layer of cheesecloth over medium bowl.
  2. Place yogurt in strainer; cover and chill 3 to 5 hours to drain.
  3. Transfer yogurt to small bowl.
  4. Stir in mint; season with salt and pepper. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Chill.).
  5. Place 1/2 cup warm water and saffron in small bowl; let stand at least 20 minutes to infuse.
  6. Sprinkle lamb with salt and pepper.
  7. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat.
  8. Working in batches, cook lamb until brown on all sides, adding more oil as needed, about 5 minutes per batch.
  9. Transfer lamb to large bowl.
  10. Pour all but 1 tablespoon fat from pot (or add 1 tablespoon oil if dry); heat pot over medium heat.
  11. Add onions; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Sauté until beginning to brown, about 5 minutes.
  12. Add lemon, garlic, ginger, cinnamon, and cayenne.
  13. Stir 1 minute.
  14. Add saffron mixture; stir, scraping up browned bits.
  15. Add tomatoes with juice, figs, and lamb with any juices to pot.
  16. Stir to coat.
  17. Add 2 1/2 cups broth.
  18. Bring stew to boil.
  19. Reduce heat to medium-low, then cover with lid slightly ajar and simmer until meat is tender, stirring occasionally and adding more broth by 1/4 cupfuls as needed if dry, about 1 1/2 hours.
  20. Season to taste with salt and pepper (Can be made 2 days ahead.
  21. Cool slightly.
  22. Refrigerate uncovered until cold, then cover and chill, skim off any fat.).
  23. Bring stew to simmer, thinning with more chicken broth if necessary.
  24. Divide stew among 6 plates; top each serving with dollop of minted yogurt.

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