Thinking of heading to Morocco? Then you’re in for a gastronomical treat! Known for its vibrant culture, buzzing souks and stunning landscapes, Morocco is also famed for its delicious food. Fusing Arabic, North African and Mediterranean flavors, Moroccan cuisine is anything but ordinary, making it an ideal destination for food lovers.
To help you get started, we’ve listed out our five best Moroccan dishes below which we recommend you sample during your stay.
Moroccan tagine is perhaps best known for the clay dish in which it is traditionally cooked and named after. Consisting of slow-cooked meat, vegetables, dried fruits, olives and preserved lemons, you’ll find this comforting Moroccan stew in dining rooms fit for a Sultan and street food stands alike.
Eat it like the Moroccans do by dipping large hunks of bread, or khobz, into the tagine to soak up all those delicious flavors!
A staple in many Moroccan homes, couscous dates back all the way to the 13th century, making it one of the most traditional Moroccan dishes. Piled high with stewed chicken, lamb or beef, vegetables and dried fruit, couscous is usually served in a large dish for the whole table to share and enjoy.
It’s worth bearing in mind that in some restaurants, and particularly in the family home, Moroccan dishes such as couscous are eaten using hands and bread rather than cutlery. To be polite, always use your right hand to eat, especially when you are sharing a dish such as couscous.
The most famous of Morocco’s savory pies, the Bastilla (or Pastilla) is the official dish of the city of Fez. Traditionally, the Bastilla is made using pigeon which is cooked with ginger, pepper, cinnamon and saffron before being layered with flaky pastry and fried almonds scented with orange water. These ingredients combine to make a sweet and savory style dish which is considered one of the most opulent in Morocco.
Moroccan Street Food
OK, we cheated slightly here, but there are too many great Moroccan street food dishes to pick just one. Suffice to say, street food in Morocco is not to be missed. Take a walk through one of the food markets across Morocco and expect to see some of the country’s more unusual dishes, such as snail soup and stuffed camel spleen.
And for the really adventurous, the sheep’s head is a must! A Moroccan delicacy, the sheep’s head is steamed before being seasoned with cumin, chili and salt. Although almost all of the meat is edible, the tender cheek and tongue is particularly recommended.
And finally, get your sugar hit with a Shebakia! These flower-shaped sesame cookies are deep-fried before being dipped in honey. Need we say any more?
So there we have it, our list of the very best Moroccan dishes that you simply can’t miss during your visit. Looking for somewhere to stay? Check out our fantastic hotels in Morocco here.