Morocco is known for many things. The North African country has an impressive landscape, interesting culture, and a wonderful community of people.
That’s not all though! Morocco is also known for its delicious cuisine.
Moroccan food is packed with delicious combinations of ingredients, unique flavors, and plenty of colors. In fact, as far as aromatic and colorful spices go, Morocco is pretty hard to beat.
In today’s post, we want to show you just how much Moroccan food has to offer. We’ve listed 13 delicious Moroccan recipes you should try.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a big foodie looking to try something new, or someone looking to impress guests with a mezze feast, we’ve got something for you.
Let’s get started, shall we?
We’ll start our list with a simple Moroccan recipe that allows you to bring a wide range of tasty herbs and spices into your family’s life.
The best thing about this flavorful tagine recipe is that you can use any summer veg you like.
A popular choice is squash, courgettes, and soft peppers. The vegetables taste great but it is the sauce made from stock and tomatoes that gives this recipe its rich flavors and spicy kick.
A great meatless option is a Moroccan lentil soup.
This particular soup is a carrot and red lentil soup. Packed full of flavor, this recipe calls for strong spices such as paprika, cinnamon, coriander, cumin, and turmeric.
When we made this soup, we found that this mixture of herbs and spices gave the carrots, and lentils a great balance.
The soup isn’t too savory, too sweet, or too hot, instead, it’s just right. It’s worth noting that this soup is deliciously creamy too.
Next, we have a tasty breakfast recipe. Mediterranean frittata is a popular breakfast dish in Morocco. It is rich in flavor, healthy, and surprisingly filling, all things we need to start the day right.
To make this recipe, eggs are baked with a variety of vegetables and harissa paste. This combination of ingredients is then topped with parsley, green onion, and feta cheese.
Personally, we love how smooth, creamy, sweet, tangy, and earthy these frittatas are.
You can probably already tell that Moroccans love a good tagine.
Tagine is a traditional stew that can be made to suit vegetarians or meat eaters. This recipe is a stew that features chicken and vegetables.
Alongside the protein, potatoes and green onions are added to the stew. This gives the dish more flavor and heartiness.
Vibrant in color, flour is used to create a thick broth for this stew before it is slow-cooked to allow the meat and veggies to infuse with strong flavors from the seasoning.
The next recipe on our list shows you how to make Moroccan khobz.
Moroccan khobz is a white bread typically served with most African meals, the tagine above being one. It also goes by the name agroum and kesra.
It is a type of flatbread made using sugar, salt, white flour, yeast, olive oil, water, and cornmeal.
To prevent the bread from being too filling it is only ever an inch or so thick. You’ll love how crisp it is on the outside and how soft and tender it is in the middle.
If you need a delicious side dish but find yourself in a pinch, give this roasted carrots recipe a try.
Moroccan roasted carrots are a simple, sweet, and spicy side dish that can be made in less than 50 minutes. The carrots offer the dish a natural sweetness, whilst the cumin is added to give the dish a kick.
To add an extra layer of flavor to this colorful side dish, cinnamon and orange are also thrown into the mix. This gives the carrots a slightly fruity, spiced flavor.
If you plan on serving a Moroccan mezze to your guests, it’s only right that you make a traditional Moroccan beverage to go with it. Moroccan mint tea is a solid choice.
Easy to make and very refreshing, Moroccan mint tea is fragrant and aromatic. You only need mint tea, mint leaves, hot water, and a teapot with an infuser to make this beverage.
For the best experience, make sure you serve the mint tea alongside a sweet dessert.
This is another classic Moroccan recipe. Like most Moroccan recipes, it comes packed with freshly roasted vegetables and a variety of herbs and spices.
This recipe serves roasted vegetables with chickpeas, almonds, and couscous.
This is a versatile recipe that can be added to easily. We can add any veggies we like and our choice of meat.
To ensure the dish has plenty of flavors, make sure you include garlic, sweet bell peppers, dates, and almonds.
You’ll love how the dish is given an exciting crunch by the almonds, whilst the couscous offers a unique blend of spices that will leave your mouthwatering.
Also known by the name fava bean dip, bessara is made by pureeing dried fava beans.
It’s a very simple, yet effective dip that when mixed with cayenne pepper, olive oil, and cumin becomes pretty impressive.
Packing a punch, this smooth, almost creamy dip can be enjoyed alongside fish dishes or fresh crusty bread. This dip is primarily served in Northern Morocco, where it is eaten with breakfast and dinner.
10. Preserved Lemons
Those of you that already know a thing or two about Moroccan cuisine will know all about preserved lemons. Preserving lemons in Morocco is a big deal.
If you’re given lemons, you simply have to preserve them.
Most Moroccan dishes call for preserved lemons so it only makes sense to preserve some now. Lemons can be preserved in brine.
The preserving process gives the lemon a more intense flavor that is perfect for stews and sauces. This recipe shows you how to preserve your lemons perfectly.
Healthy, vibrant, and very easy to make, this Moroccan salad recipe gives cauliflower a new lease of life.
The first step to making the most amazing Moroccan cauliflower salad is to roast it with the right spice blend. This recipe uses a classic ras el hanout blend.
Secondly, you need to add some flavorful ingredients to give the salad more flavor and texture. This can be done with nuts, dried cranberries, pomegranate seeds, and dates.
This gives the dish more crunch and sweetness.
Finally, smother the salad with a generous serving of tahini and mint dressing.
The combination of chickpeas and carrots doesn’t sound that exciting, but you can’t knock it until you’ve tried it.
We did, and we couldn’t believe how good it was. Aromatic spices and vibrant colors bring this salad to life.
Super healthy, this salad is packed with grated carrots, chickpeas, almonds, and currants. This simple combination of ingredients amazingly creates a delicious medley of flavors.
To give the salad even more flavor honey, garlic, and orange juice are added. This gives the salad a warming spice flavor that will satisfy your hunger.
Zaalouk is one of the best dunking dishes you can make. In Morocco, it is traditionally served as a side dish. A lot of people like to dip their fresh flatbread in it.
Once you’ve tried this dish, you’ll understand why.
Zaalouk consists of roasted aubergines, chopped tomatoes, and an array of herbs and spices such as paprika, cumin, and garlic.
This particular recipe enhances this dish by adding some salty grilled halloumi too.
What’s not to like?
Are Butter Beans Used in Moroccan Cuisine?
Butter beans are indeed used in Moroccan cuisine, adding a delightful touch to various traditional dishes. From hearty stews to flavorful salads, these nutritious legumes are prized for their rich, creamy texture. Explore the vibrant flavors of Moroccan gastronomy with delicious butter bean recipes that will impress your taste buds and transport you to the enchanting streets of Marrakech.
Frequently Asked Questions
Most people associate Moroccan cuisine with couscous.
This is the dish most people are familiar with. Another hugely popular Moroccan dish is tagine. Tagine is a versatile dish that can be made with or without meat.
Most Moroccan food is made from very simple ingredients. These ingredients tend to be tomatoes, olive oil, peppers, herbs, spices, honey, couscous, eggs, legumes, and pumpkin.
Generally speaking, most Moroccans eat bread with jam, butter, olive oil, and tea for breakfast. Moroccan frittata is also a popular choice.
Moroccan cuisine is absolutely delicious. It is a healthy cuisine that consists mostly of roasted vegetables and tasty sauces.
In today’s post, we’ve taken you on a journey through Moroccan cuisine, showing you the simple dishes you can make at home to impress your friends and family.