If you love tasty food and like trying new dishes, you will surely be fulfilled and happy in Morocco. In fact, many ask about what to eat in Morocco? Well, trying traditional Moroccan food is for sure one of the best things to add to your life to-do list.
Moroccan cuisine is known for offering one of the best and finest dishes in the world. Maybe you have heard of Moroccan Couscous, Moroccan tagines, Moroccan mint tea, or maybe Moroccan pastries? Well, these are the most famous traditional Moroccan dishes. And there is a good chance you can find them in Moroccan (or sometimes Mediterranean) restaurants in your country.
However, as I always point out, Moroccan restaurants located outside of Morocco can be held by non-Moroccan chefs who don’t know how to exactly cook authentic Moroccan dishes. That’s why sometimes the experience can be very deceiving. In fact, for years, I tried many Moroccan restaurants in France or in the US and was rarely satisfied.
Whether you already had the chance to taste Moroccan dishes or know completely nothing, here I will give you a list of traditional Moroccan food you might want to try. These dishes are basics and are served in most Moroccan restaurants. And make sure you pin this article to have it handy for your next trip to Morocco 😉
And if you like cooking and want to cook traditional Moroccan food yourself, I will make sure to post as many easy Moroccan recipes as possible, straight from my mother’s cookbook.
5 – Morocco Food you must try
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Couscous is one of the most known Moroccan dishes around the world. It is usually made every Friday in Moroccan homes and is traditionally eaten after Friday’s mid-day prayer.
Traditional Moroccan Couscous is made of steamed semolina cooked for hours in a special pot and served with a delicious stew.
Depending on regions and occasions, Couscous can be either salty or sweet. Salty versions include Couscous with vegetables and meat, and Couscous with fish. The sweet version is often served during ceremonies and is made of caramelized onions and raisins. The most common recipe is the 7 vegetables Couscous, cooked traditionally with the week’s vegetables leftovers.
Tagines are almost an everyday meal in Morocco. It is a slow-cooked stew made with aromatic spices, meat, vegetables and sometimes fruits. The result is a heavenly delicious sauce and tender meat and vegetables.
They are called tagines because they were originally cooked in tagine clay pots. That is still the case in some restaurants or families, but for everyday cooking, tagines are not practical as they need time and patience. That’s why modern pots are widely used in Morocco and work pretty well. But still, clay tagines pots give the best results. So if you are visiting Morocco, make sure to shop a small tagine pot.
Each Moroccan city is known for a special type of tagine. Marrakech, for example, is known for a meat tagine cooked in traditional oven ashes for hours, called Tangia. The result is a heavenly delicious stew all Moroccans swear by.
In Chefchaouen, the specialty is goat meat tagines, as the region is known for its healthy and good quality goats.
There are also vegetarian tagines, salty tagines, sweet tagines, and even tagines mixing sweet and salty ingredients like the famous tagine with prunes. So make sure to try as many tagines as possible as you will for sure fall in love with at least one of them.
Harira is a traditional soup in Moroccan cuisine often served with dates after Ramadan fasting.
Authentic Moroccan Harira is made of chickpeas, lentils, tomato, broth, onion, ginger and other spices. Some families add beaten eggs, meat or lemon, and the result is a very delicious and nourishing soup.
Although it can seem easy to make, Harira has a special technique and needs a little bit of experience, unlike tagines which can be prepared quite easily.
It is also one of the cheapest Moroccan dishes you can order in Moroccan restaurants. So if you are traveling on a budget, you can have some Harira and dates at diner and save some cash!
I may need a whole book to talk about Moroccan pastries but I will try to be brief and to the point.
Traditional Moroccan pastries are amongst the best-tasting pastries in the world. Really!
They are often made with nourishing ingredients like almonds, pistachios, coconut, honey and most of them will melt in your mouth. Some are a little bit high end, served mostly during ceremonies (like Gazelle corns, Ghriyba or Briwates), and others are incorporated into everyday meals and served with Moroccan mint tea (like Baghrir, Fakkas or Harsha).
As I said, it will take me a lot of time to go through all traditional Moroccan pastries. So if you travel to Morocco, I would recommend trying as many different pastries as possible and why not bring back some home. But be aware that they are high in calories, so if you are on a diet or have diabetes, make sure you watch your consumption.
Moroccan Mint tea
There is a big chance you already heard of Moroccan Mint tea. In fact, Moroccan mint tea is probably the most famous Moroccan drink.
In Morocco, it can be served at any time of the day, alone or with sweet pastries, and remains “the” symbol of gathering and welcoming.
The ingredients are fresh mint, gunpowder tea, water, and sugar. Depending on Moroccan regions, Moroccan tea can be very sweet and/or bitter. In Southern regions, for example, they like Moroccan tea sweet and bitter.
Like Moroccan pastries, authentic Moroccan mint tea is high on calories. So if you have a special diet watch your consumption or ask the waiter to reduce or remove sugar.
What makes Moroccan Mint tea special is the technique used while preparing it. It is not hard to make believe me! Once you have the right ingredients and tools, you can make authentic Moroccan mint tea in a matter of minutes.
Maybe one of the main things that will make your Moroccan mint tea experience authentic and unforgettable would be to prepare your tea using a traditional Moroccan teapot and appreciate it using a traditional Moroccan cup.
If you want to give it a try, here is just for you, my mother’s authentic Moroccan mint tea recipe with the detailed technique and ingredients.