This collection of 25+ traditional Moroccan recipes will show you how flavorful and approachable Moroccan food can be! Keep reading to get the rundown on all of my favorite recipes, including many of my family recipes.

8 bowls of Moroccan key ingredients

In this post I’m sharing 25+ of my favorite Moroccan recipes from the blog, plus some tips for success with Moroccan food and cooking in general.

How to develop maximum flavor

Depending on the type of meal you’re eating (entree, side dish, dessert, etc.), you will notice common techniques, flavors and ingredients across many dishes.

Many of the Moroccan recipes I grew up eating around the dinner table were prepared and cooked in a tagine (a clonical shaped clay pot).

While it’s not necessary to buy one to make these Moroccan recipes, it’s definitely a fun tool to add to your kitchen if you’re interested in making tagines!

Here are some of the different seasonings, marinades and flavors that you will find used frequently in these recipes to help develop flavor:

  • Ras el hanout – a classic Moroccan spice blend that’s flavorful, versatile, and often used in tagines, dishes with red meat, and even on veggies.
  • Preserved lemons – these add an incredible depth of flavor to a wide variety of marinades and tagines. Plus, they’re made with just two simple ingredients: lemons and salt!
  • Harissa – this North African hot sauce is made with dried chiles, preserved lemon, and traditional spices. It adds both heat and acidity to a variety of sauces, marinades, and tagines.
  • Chermoula – chermoula is a flavorful marinade made with preserved lemons, fresh herbs, and olive oil. It’s perfect for adding flavor to fish, shellfish, veggies, or just about anything savory!
  • Spices – Moroccans use spices liberally, some of the most popular being cumin, saffron, ginger, paprika, cardamom, cinnamon & turmeric.
  • Herbs – you will notice cilantro, parsley, and mint are used frequently, in addition to a variety of other herbs.
Moroccan ingredients on a tray

Key Ingredients in Moroccan Cooking

I was very lucky to grow up eating lots of Moroccan food, which meant variety in produce, proteins, and grains.

Here are some popular ingredients that are commonly used in Moroccan recipes:

  • nuts
  • honey & dried fruit
  • orange blossom water
  • pickled veggies like olives, peppers, etc.
  • grains like couscous, semolina, & barley
  • bread

Now that you have some background on what to expect, let’s dive in to the recipes:

Chicken Recipes

Moroccan chicken tajine with couscous

Traditional Moroccan Chicken Tajine with Olives and Preserved Lemon

This traditional Moroccan chicken tajine with olives and preserved lemon is one of the best and most flavorful tajines ever! Think juicy chicken thighs marinated in Moroccan spices in a rich sauce served over couscous.

harissa chicken skewers on a plate of couscous

30 Minute Harissa Chicken Skewers

These harissa chicken skewers are loaded with flavor thanks to the North African hot sauce, fresh veggies and traditional Moroccan spices. Served over a bed of couscous or with fresh bread, they make a wonderful meal in just 30 minutes.

Couscous Recipes

Moroccan couscous in a bowl

Authentic Moroccan Couscous (Ahmed’s Version)

This authentic Moroccan couscous is a colorful dish made with perfectly cooked couscous topped with lamb, a variety of stewed veggies and a flavorful broth. My family in Morocco make it every Friday as a way to gather together and pray.

plates of vegetables on top of couscous

Moroccan Vegetable Tagine

This Moroccan Vegetable Tagine is the perfect stew for the colder months, loaded with warm spices and hearty veggies. Served over a bed of couscous or with warm bread, this flavorful vegan meal is bound to warm up the entire family!

Lamb Recipes

grilled lamb chops on a plate

Grilled Lamb Chops with Cumin and Salt

This popular Moroccan street food is as delicious as it is easy to make. These grilled Lamb Chops are packed with flavor and ready in under 30 minutes. Traditionally they are served with a mix of cumin and salt in a cute little ceramic bowl. They remind me of summers spent in my Grandma’s kitchen in Rabat. 

a plate of lamb kebabs

Grilled Lamb Kebabs

These lamb kebabs are marinated with a blend of middle eastern spices, fresh herbs and preserved lemon. They are grilled to juicy perfection and make the perfect meal served with your favorite veggies and bread or couscous.

a plate of Moroccan lamb shank tagine

Moroccan Lamb Shank Tagine (Tangia)

This Moroccan Lamb Shank Tagine originated in my father’s hometown of Marrakech and is packed with flavors of garlic, preserved lemon and lamb. You will love the sauce this dish provides served with a fresh baguette or over a bed of couscous.

Soup Recipes

a bowl of bisarra with bread

Bisarra (Moroccan Fava Bean Soup)

This Moroccan fava bean soup (Bisarra) is creamy, full of flavor, and uses just a few simple ingredients before being pureed. This traditional fava bean soup recipe is naturally vegan and gluten-free.

A bowl of Moroccan harira soup

Moroccan Harira

Today we’re making my dad’s famous Moroccan Harira, a soup made to break the fast during Ramadan in Morocco.

Salad Recipes

A bowl of tomatoes, onion and herbs for Classic Moroccan Tomato Salad.

Classic Moroccan Tomato Salad

Today we’re making a classic Moroccan tomato salad that’s loaded with juicy tomatoes, fresh herbs, and traditional Moroccan spices.

a bowl of Moroccan lentil salad

Classic Moroccan Lentil Salad

One of my goals for the new year is to share more family recipes, starting with this Classic Moroccan Lentil Salad made with O-Live & Co. Organic olive oil. 

A plate of Moroccan beet salad

Classic Roasted Moroccan Beet Salad

This classic roasted Moroccan beet salad is made with roasted beets, vinegar, olive oil, parsley, salt, and pepper. It comes together in under an hour and is delicious served cold as a side salad or snack. 

A bowl of Moroccan carrot salad

Moroccan Carrot Salad

Today we’re making a popular Moroccan Carrot Salad that’s vegan, gluten free and requires only 4 ingredients.

a bowl of roasted pepper salad

Moroccan Roasted Pepper Salad

Today we’re making a Moroccan pepper salad made with roasted bell peppers, tomato, spices, olive oil and vinegar. This healthy side dish is wonderful served with bread or with any protein.

a plate of Moroccan eggplant dip

Zaalouk (30 Minute Moroccan Eggplant Dip)

Today we are making one of my favorite vegan dishes, Zaalouk. This Moroccan eggplant dip is made with fresh eggplant, tomato, spices, and olive oil. It’s fabulous served as a salad, in a tagine, or as a dip with bread.

A plate of cucumber salad

15 Minute Authentic Moroccan Cucumber Salad

This authentic Moroccan cucumber salad is bright, refreshing, and comes together in just 15 minutes. Made with Persian (or Armenian) cucumbers, mint, and a simple vinaigrette, it’s the perfect vegan and gluten free salad to serve as a side dish or snack.

roasted eggplant in a bowl

30 Minute Moroccan Roasted Eggplant

This roasted eggplant is made with Moroccan spices, tossed with a drizzle of olive oil and fresh herbs. It’s a wonderfully flavorful side dish to serve with any main dish or protein.

a bowl of spicy potatoes

Spicy Potatoes: my Moroccan grandma’s version of potato salad

Join me in making my grandma’s spicy potatoes that are seasoned with preserved lemon, Moroccan harissa paste, garlic, parsley and spices. Table of Contents Popular Moroccan Salads Ingredients Moroccan Spices & Condiments How to Make Spicy Potatoes What to Serve with Your Potatoes This post may contain affiliate links; this means if you purchase an

Breakfast Recipes

shakshuka in a pan on a white counter

30 Minute Shakshuka (Moroccan Style)

This Moroccan-style shakshuka is made with eggs poached in a tomato red pepper sauce and comes together in just 30 minutes. It’s the perfect dish to serve with a crusty loaf of bread and works as a breakfast, lunch or dinner. 

a stack of Moroccan pancakes

Baghrir (Moroccan Semolina Pancakes)

Baghrir are light, spongey Moroccan pancakes made with semolina flour. When cooked correctly, they are covered with tiny holes that are perfect for filling with melted honey and butter.

Dessert Recipes

gazelle horn cookies on a sugar dusted pan

Gazelle Horns (Moroccan Almond Cookies)

Gazelle horns (also known as Cornes de Gazelle) are a classic Moroccan cookie made with an almond filling and thin pastry shell.

Drink Recipes

a glass of mint tea

Moroccan Mint Tea

Learn how to make Moroccan mint tea, one of the nations most popular beverages made with fresh mint, gunpowder tea and sugar. 

A cup of Moroccan coffee

Authentic Moroccan Coffee (10 Minutes)

Learn how to make this authentic Moroccan coffee that’s infused with warm, sweet spices like cardamom, cinnamon, and nutmeg in under 10 minutes.

A glass of orange juice

Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice

Fresh squeezed orange juice is such a refreshing drink to make in the cold Winter months. Citrus is in season so grab a bag of your favorite oranges let’s go! If you’ve never made this treat before, you’ll be surprised by how easy it is to make with 0 sugar added or fancy gadgets. All

an avocado smoothie in a glass

Avocado Smoothie (3 Ingredients!)

This avocado smoothie is made with fresh avocado, plant based milk and honey for a super creamy and naturally sweet treat.

Staples

a bowl of preserved lemons

Preserved Lemon Recipe (A Traditional Moroccan Staple)

Preserved lemons are a Moroccan cuisine cooking staple. This recipe for preserving lemons is quick and easy, and adds a great depth of flavor to a wide variety of Moroccan marinades, tagines, salsas, sauces and more! Prepped within 10 minutes, this recipe yields 6 preserved lemons.

a jar of homemade harissa

Homemade Harissa (A Moroccan Cooking Staple)

Allow me to introduce you to your new favorite Moroccan cooking staple, Harissa. This North African hot sauce is made with dried chiles, preserved lemon, and traditional spices. 

a spoonful of ras el hanout spice blend

5-Minute Ras El Hanout Spice Blend Recipe

This DIY recipe for Ras El Hanout, which translates to ‘top shelf’, is so good! It’s a classic Moroccan spice blend that’s flavorful, versatile, and used often in Moroccan cuisine.

a bowl of chermoula

Chermoula (The Perfect Marinade)

Chermoula is a flavorful marinade made with preserved lemons, fresh herbs, and olive oil. It’s perfect for adding flavor to fish, shellfish, veggies, or just about anything savory!

I hope you found some inspiration in this list of Moroccan recipes! While this isn’t a complete list, I think it captures just how special the cuisine is. If you make a recipe please reach out on Instagram or leave a comment below and let me know what you think!

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Moroccan ingredients on a tray

Authentic Moroccan Recipes: Mint Tea

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  • Author: Salima Benkhalti
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups of tea 1x
  • Category: Beverages, Drinks
  • Method: Boiled
  • Cuisine: Moroccan
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Learn how to make Moroccan mint tea, one of the nations most popular beverages made with fresh mint, gunpowder tea and sugar. 


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 tbsp gunpowder tea
  • ½ tbsp sugar
  • ½ cup fresh mint leaves
  • 2 cups water

Instructions

  1. In a teapot add the gunpowder tea pellets. Heat your water in a tea kettle until hot and boiling.
  2. Pour about a half a cup of this hot water over the gunpowder tea, cover and let sit for a few minutes. Pour the water out of the teapot, through a strainer (if your teapot doesn’t have one) and into a small glass, set aside (this is our spirit – it has all the flavor!)
  3. Pour an additional cup of the hot water over the gunpowder tea, covering and letting it steep for another 2-3 minutes. Pour this water into another cup through a strainer and discard.
  4. Finally, add the sugar, mint leaves, and first glass to the bottom of the teapot over the gunpowder leaves. Fill the teapot to the top with hot water, cover and steep for a 5-10 minutes.
  5. If your teapot doesn’t have a built in strainer for the gunpowder tea, strain it before pouring into a glass. Then, pour this glass back into the teapot. Repeat this process a few times to mix the tea with the caramelized sugar. Strain, serve and enjoy!

Bismillah,

Salima written in cursive