How to Make Merguez - Tunisian Recipe

How to Make Merguez

You won’t complete your culinary experiences in Tunisia without the Merguez recipe. The spicy sausage from Tunisia is a classic street food throughout the Middle East, particularly in Morocco. So, if you want to make the flavorful and aromatic Merguez, follow the instructions in this post. Read on!


  • One pound of sausages
  • A half teaspoon of cumin seeds
  • A half teaspoon of fennel seeds
  • A half teaspoon of coriander seeds
  • One pound of ground lamb
  • Two tablespoons of finely chopped cilantro
  • Two cloves of minced garlic
  • One or two teaspoons of kosher salt
  • One teaspoon of paprika
  • A half teaspoon of cayenne pepper – this is optional
  • Olive oil for cooking
  • And harissa for serving – this is optional
  • One teaspoon of paprika


  1. Toast coriander, cumin, and fennel seeds in a small skillet
  2. Set the temperature to medium-low heat
  3. Toasting should be no more than 1-2 minutes
  4. Transfer warm spices to the grinder and mix well
  5. You can also use mortar and pestle
  6. Now combine all ingredients in a large bowl
  7. Create lamb mixture into one-inch thick and five-inch-long cigars
  8. You can also make cylindrical or patty shapes
  9. Use oil to brush sausages and grill them until a brown texture is achieved
  10. Serve with more harissa and cilantro on the side