Moroccan Food: Most Popular Articles
The famous Moroccan spice blend, Ras El Hanout, might include 30 or more ingredients. This recipe is a bit simpler but still exotic and aromatic.
Tips for preparing authentic Moroccan dishes in a traditional clay or ceramic tagine.
This easy Moroccan recipe calls for slowly roasting a leg of lamb or whole shoulder until the meat is tender enough to be pulled easily off the bone.
Here's how to make your own chickpea flour.
Saffron, cinnamon, ginger and pepper are key seasonings in this sweet and spicy Moroccan tagine.
Learn which four basic spices are essential to many tagines and stews. Find out what other spices are frequently used in Moroccan cooking.
Authentic Moroccan tagines and other clay cookware should be seasoned before first use. Learn how to use and care for a Moroccan tagine.
This famous Moroccan dish features a mound of steamed couscous topped by stewed vegetables and meat. Very delicious!
This is a great way to use day old bread. Dry seasoned bread crumbs can be used to bread vegetables, fish, poultry and seafood before frying.
Harira is a famous Moroccan soup, and is especially popular in Ramadan. This classic recipe uses fresh tomatoes, chick peas, and lentils.
This is the traditional method of preparing Moroccan Chicken with Preserved Lemon and Olives in a clay or ceramic tagine.
This Moroccan Orange Cake Recipe is quick and easy to make, and delicious without frosting.
Recipe for homemade mille-feuille or Napoleon. Use frozen or homemade puff pastry dough.
Use this easy recipe to make preserved lemons (also called pickled lemons) at home. You'll need to let the lemons sit about a month before they're ready to use.
Moroccan Chicken Bastilla is famous for its savory blend of tastes and textures. Here's how to make an authentic bastilla.
Orange Flower Water – also called Orange Blossom Water – is used in Moroccan cooking. Try making your own with this easy Orange Flower Water Recipe. Use the same method to make Rose Petal Water.
Moroccan zaalouk is a delicious cooked salad made with eggplant (aubergines), tomatoes, garlic, olive oil and spices. It's usually served as a dip with crusty bread.
Serve this spicy vegetarian tagine with bread or on a bed of rice or couscous.
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This classic Moroccan dish combines sweet and savory flavors. Recipe includes directions for preparing in a tagine, pot or pressure cooker.
Recipe for Tagine Kefta Mkaouara – Moroccan meatballs cooked in a spicy tomato sauce. Eggs are an optional but classic addition to this dish.
Moroccans preserve lemons by pickling them in lots of salt and their own juices. They add a salty, distinctive lemon flavor to many Moroccan dishes.
Looking for Moroccan recipes that are simple or easy to prepare? Some of the recipes listed here can be made quickly as well.
Chermoula is an incredibly tasty Moroccan marinade for fish. Add hot pepper to make it as spicy as you like.
This classic Moroccan almond milkshake is easy to make. Use a splash of orange flower water to make it truly authentic.
Kefta is ground beef or lamb, typically mixed with cumin, paprika, minced onion, coriander and parsley. Kefta makes a superb kebab (brochette), and is also the foundation of a number of other Moroccan dishes.
This is a list and description of the different spices you're likely to encounter while making Moroccan foods.
Try using the classic Moroccan spice mix of Ras El Hanout in these Moroccan recipes.
Looking for a change from your usual repertoire of appetizers and dips to set out for a party or gathering? Try some of these Moroccan appetizers, snacks and finger foods.
Chicken with Preserved Lemons and Olives is a classic Moroccan dish, popular as both a family meal and company dinner. This recipe is for conventional stove top preparation.
These spicy North African sausages are easy to make. Shape the mixture by hand or feed into sausage casings.
Easy recipe for basic Moroccan white bread (khobz).
Moroccan lentils can be prepared with or without meat. This is the vegetarian version.
This list highlights essential ingredients and pantry items which are frequently used in Moroccan cooking.
Even a fantastic meal can leave unpleasant smells throughout your home. Try these simple methods for eliminating cooking odors, or leave your own tips for other readers.
A list of online vendors and sites which sell cooking tagines, serving tagines, and other Moroccan items.
Fish, potatoes, tomatoes and roasted peppers are layered in this classic Moroccan tagine made with chermoula.
Fresh beets are naturally sweet, very healthy and a colorful addition to the table. Enjoy them in this easy salad with a lemon vinaigrette.
This easy tagine recipe is particularly delicious when prepared with a free range chicken (djaj bildi).
Recipe for the dough used to make Moroccan msemen (rghaif). Links to step-by-step photos and instructions for folding and cooking the msmemen.
Many Moroccan cooks can turn out amazing food from even a modestly equipped kitchen. My own kitchen, however, reflects what you might find in a modern, urban home that still dishes up traditional meals. Here's a list of tools and equipment which I find most useful to Moroccan food preparation.
Whole chicken is slow-roasted with Moroccan spices and served with a savory onion sauce with preserved lemon and olives. A great do-ahead dish for serving a crowd.
This wonderfully zesty Moroccan recipe is easy and versatile. Serve it as a side or main dish.
A list of traditional, home style dishes and street food appreciated as Moroccan comfort food.
Chopped feggous or cucumber is mixed with tomato and a light vinaigrette.
Savory, saffron-infused Moroccan chicken is easy to prepare, and delicious on a bed of steamed rice. Also serve it in Seffa Medfouna, concealed in a mound of steamed vermicelli or couscous.
Recipe and instructions for making Moroccan Mint Tea. Green tea is steeped with spearmint leaves to make this classic Moroccan beverage.
Learn about Moroccan traditions surrounding the Festival of the Sacrifice, Eid Al-Adha. It's the most important Islamic holiday of the year.
Dried fava beans, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil are used to make a tangy Moroccan dip called bessara. Hummus lovers will like this!
Recipe for making harissa, a fiery North African condiment of chili peppers and garlic. Serve it with Moroccan tagines, brochettes, eggs and other dishes.
Step-by-step photos showing how to make mille-feuille, also known as Napoleons. Although time-consuming, the end result is well worth the effort.
Make these stewed white beans as spicy as you like. Tomatoes, olive oil and Moroccan spices blend together to form a tasty, zesty sauce for this vegetarian dish.
Step-by-step photos showing how to make traditional Croissants aux Amandes, croissants filled with almond cream.
Cardoons (khorshuf or khorchouf in Arabic) need to be pared and cleaned before they're cooked. Here's how to do it.
Harcha (also spelled harsha) is a Moroccan pan-fried flatbread made from semolina, butter and milk. It's similar in appearance to an English muffin, but more like cornbread in texture.
This light, fine-textured lemon cake gets delicious flavor from lemon zest and fresh lemon juice.
An easy Moroccan chicken recipe to slow-cook in an authentic clay or ceramic tagine. If using a conventional pot, watch your liguids carefully while cooking.
No need to frost these rich, moist cupcakes. Leave out the chocolate chips for a basic vanilla cupcake.
An easy recipe for Moroccan Rice pilaf with saffron and Moroccan spices.
Spice mix for making merguez, a popular sausage in North Africa.
Chicken is stewed in a spicy, fragrant sauce with chickpeas and raisins. Dried apricots can be substituted for the raisins.
To make Moroccan mint tea the traditional way, follow the steps in this photo tutorial. Other herbs are sometimes used in place of the mint.
Moroccan Semolina bread – khobz dyal smida – is easy to make. It's perfect for sandwiches, breakfast, tea time or serving with tagines.
Mint tea is a Moroccan tradition. Read about the Moroccan tea ceremony. Links to a recipe for Moroccan Mint Tea.
You'll need two fresh oranges for this easy orange dessert sauce. Delicious on crepes, cake, ice cream and other desserts.
Get traditional tagine flavor in your standard baking dish! This easy baked Moroccan chicken recipe is fragrant with Moroccan spices, olives and optional preserved lemon.
Also called Rfissa Medhoussa or Tride, this classic Moroccan chicken and lentil dish is served atop a bed of shredded msemen, meloui or trid pastry.
An easy Moroccan recipe for slow-cooking in a traditional tagine. Beef or goat may be substituted for the lamb.
Easy, delicious recipe for grilled lamb chops marinated in Moroccan spices, garlic, cilantro and mint.
An easy, satisfying tagine for family dinners.
This creamy avocado milkshake recipe is quick, easy and nutritious.
Beghrir are cooked only on one side. They're easy to make, but in order for the bubbles to form properly, the batter must be the right consistency.
Harira is Morocco's famous lentil and tomato soup.
Moroccan tagines make delicious family meals, yet the presentation is impressive enough for company. Try this basic Chicken Tagine with Potatoes and Carrots.
Enjoy these flavorful chicken or turkey breast kebabs at a cook-out, picnic or family meal.
Fruit milkshakes are very popular in Morocco. Try this quick and easy apple and banana shake recipe for a light and nutritious snack.
This Moroccan recipe shows how to make authentic Couscous Tfaya with either chicken or lamb. Tfaya refers to a dish prepared with sweet and spicy caramelized onions and raisins. Some versions also include chick peas.
Usually served on special occasions or when entertaining, this beautiful Moroccan Salad Plate features a variety of delicious and colorful Moroccan salads.
Classic croissant pastry recipe.
Sanouj is the Moroccan Arabic word for nigella seed, which has both medicinal and culinary uses.
Sliced carrots are boiled then marinated with Moroccan spices, herbs, lemon juice, garlic and olive oil. Serve warm or cold.
If you're just starting to explore the Moroccan food landscape, these classic tagine recipes should be on your must-try list.
This Moroccan spiced coffee recipe is well-suited for brewing in an automatic drip maker, stovetop moka, or French coffee press.
This sweet and spicy Moroccan tagine is traditionally prepared with lamb in the days following Eid Al Adha, or Eid Al Kabir. Other meat can also be used.
An easy recipe for basic, vanilla-flavored creme patissiere.
Wondering how to make mayonnaise? This whole egg mayonnaise recipe is quick and easy with the help of a food processor.
Khobz is the Arabic word for bread.
If you want to serve authentic Moroccan couscous, steaming is the way to prepare it. Follow the photo tutorial, and see how easy it is to steam couscous.
Beef, lamb or goat is stewed in savory Moroccan spices and then topped with caramelized onions and tomatoes.
These Moroccan dishes are traditionally prepared Eid Al-Adha. Although lamb is most popular, the meat dishes may also be made with beef or goat.
A sweet, spicy tagine topped with dates in a cinnamon and honey syrup.
This Moroccan vegetable tagine is healthy and very easy to prepare. Use either argan oil or olive oil.
Try this method for seeding pomegranates and removing stray bits of pith from the seeds.
The American counterpart to French beignets is making its appearance in Moroccan bakeries and coffee shops. Here's how to make light, airy donuts at home.
These delicious Moroccan-style beans are stewed with tomatoes, onions, garlic and Moroccan spices. Easy
Easy Moroccan recipe for chicken cooked with potatoes and olives. Preserved lemon is optional.
Candied peanuts are a popular Moroccan snack and very easy to make.
Why bake from a mix? This Moroccan Chocolate Cake recipe is quick and easy to prepare.
A list of Moroccan cookie recipes and sweets which use almonds or homemade almond paste.
These delicious cinnamon sugar cookies are easy to prepare. Perfect for tea time or with a glass of milk.
Savory saffron chicken, lamb or beef is hidden within a dome of steamed couscous or broken vermicelli (chaariya). Ground fried almonds, cinnamon and powdered sugar garnish this delicious Moroccan dish.
Look through this list when looking for ideas on how to use preserved lemons in your cooking.
Like other fruit tagines, Moroccan Tagine of Meat and Quinces features a savory combo of spicy and sweet.
Although Kaab el Ghazal literally translates from Moroccan Arabic as "gazelle ankles," these crescent-shaped
Grilling is a terrific way to cook organ meat. Try these zesty Moroccan heart kebabs (brochettes) for a change from meat and chicken.
Zaalouk is a cooked salad of eggplant and tomatoes. This version includes roasted peppers, including a little minced chili.
Sweet and savory, this easy chicken tagine works well as either a family dinner or special occasion dish.
Step-by-step photos showing how to make richly layered croissant pastry dough and fold it into a traditional crescent shape.
How to toast sesame seeds for use in recipes.
Moroccan Fried Liver and Onions Recipe
Slaouia – also known as bottle gourd, calabash, cucuzza, dudhi and white gourd – is used in Moroccan cooking. Here's how to clean and prep bottle gourd for use in Moroccan recipes.
Recipe for classic puff pastry dough, called pate feuilletee in French. Links to photo tutorial.
These Moroccan recipes may all be served as part of a traditional Moroccan breakfast.
Ramadan is the Islamic holy month of fasting. Each evening, Moroccans break their fast with an appealing spread of traditional food.
Fava beans are delicious and nutritional. Try them in the Moroccan recipes listed below.
Whiting is very popular in Morocco and especially delicious fried. Select smaller fish for the best flavor.
Spicy, tasty and easy to make. Serve Deep Fried Cubed Potatoes with Moroccan Spices as a side to tagines, eggs, grilled meats, or sandwiches.
Photographs and instructions for how to fold and cook msemen, square-shaped Moroccan pancakes.
Day old bread or stale bread can be used in a variety of ways. Here are some ideas for using bread that's no longer fresh.
An easy Moroccan side dish with zesty Moroccan seasoning. May also be served as a vegetarian main course.
Moroccan stewed lentils with meat is a flavorful main or side dish. Here is a traditional recipe that can use either lamb or beef.
Helba is the Arabic word for fenugreek.
Making authentic Moroccan Chicken Bastilla is easier than you think. The Bastilla Recipe and step-by-step photos will show how to assemble, bake and decorate Morocco's famous chicken pie.
Tender cuts of lamb or beef should be used in this traditional Moroccan kebab (brochette) recipe.
Meloui are round Moroccan pancakes (rghaif) that are shaped by rolling a strip of dough up like a rug, and then flattening the upright coil into a circle. They can be eaten plain or with syrup made from butter and honey.
Dried chickpeas are an essential ingredient in Moroccan kitchens. Learn how to soak, peel, cook and freeze chickpeas for use in recipes.
These Moroccan cookies are traditionally shaped into piped sticks using a wide fluted tip attached to a hand crank meat grinder. A pastry bag or cookie press may be used instead.
Photo tutorial showing how to peel prickly pears – also called cactus fruit, cactus figs, Indian figs, barbary figs, and tuna.
Sfenj are Moroccan doughnuts or fritters made by frying plain, unsweetened yeast dough. Eat them plain or dusted with sugar.
Semolina is a grain which is milled from hard durum wheat. All of these Moroccan recipes use semolina as an ingredient.
Try this easy method for making homemade warqa, which can be used to make bastillas, briouats and sweet pastries.
Eggplants are cooked with olive oil, garlic and spices until tender enough to mash. Tangy and spicy.
Amlou is a delicious Moroccan dip made from toasted almonds, argan oil and honey. It's very easy to make, and usually served for breakfast or tea time.
Chopped spinach is steamed and then sauteed with spices, preserved lemon and olives.
Ground beef (kefta) meatballs are seasoned with Moroccan spices and cooked in a skillet with saffron-flavored rice. An easy one dish meal.
Moroccan potato cakes are seasoned with cumin, onions, garlic, and cilantro. Serve these potato fritters as a side, appetizer or as a sandwich filler with eggs.
Adjust the amount of whole wheat flour to your personal preference when making Moroccan wheat bread (khobz dyal zraa').
Batbout (also known as mkhamer, toghrift and matlou') is a soft Moroccan bread that is cooked stove-top. Like Middle Eastern pita bread, it has a pocket that can be stuffed with sandwich fillings.
Slabs of lamb spareribs are coated with a butter and spice rub, and then slow roasted to buttery tenderness.
Most Moroccans make their pasta sauce from scratch with fresh, ripe tomatoes. Here's a basic recipe for Moroccan style spaghetti sauce with optional meatballs.
This easy side dish uses fresh green beans, or string beans. The beans are seasoned with garlic, cumin and a pinch of cayenne.
Moroccan cuisine includes some delicious cooked salads which are eaten as dips. This zesty tomato and green pepper salad is known as taktouka in some parts of Morocco.
A list of Moroccan recipes with kefta (ground beef and/or ground lamb).
An easy traditional recipe for dates stuffed with a homemade almond paste flavored with orange flower water and cinnamon.
Step-by-step photos showing how to prepare Moroccan Stuffed Spleen. It can be fully cooked, sliced and frozen until single servings are needed.
Looking for recipe ideas for afternoon or evening tea? This list features popular and traditional offerings on a Moroccan tea time table.
Ghoribas with Coconut are similar to macaroons. Semolina is a perfect complement to the coconut.
Cinnamon and honey are surprisingly delicious additions to this Moroccan chicken and tomato tagine.
Halwa Chebakia (also spelled chebbakia and shebakia) is a Moroccan sesame cookie which is folded into a flower shape, fried and then drenched in honey. It's traditionally served during Ramadan and for special occasions.
Chicken or turkey breast is marinated in yogurt with Moroccan spices, lemon juice and garlic then grilled or stir-fried. Serve it atop pita with yogurt tahini sauce and other toppings.