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.
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.
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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.
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:
- honey & dried fruit
- orange blossom water
- pickled veggies like olives, peppers, etc.
- grains like couscous, semolina, & barley
Now that you have some background on what to expect, let's dive in to the recipes:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Moroccan Carrot Salad
Today we're making a popular Moroccan Carrot Salad that's vegan, gluten free and requires only 4 ingredients.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!Print