Morocco was full of flavors that were new to us. We put together a list of 21 Moroccan foods we think are worth trying while visiting Morocco (depending on how adventurous you eat).
When we visited, we were serious newbs. We didn’t even know what a tagine was before we went on our Contiki trip.
Moroccan dishes are influenced by Berber, Jewish, Arab, and French cultures.
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Last Updated: January 3, 2023
21 Moroccan Foods to Try While Visiting Morocco
We had tagine multiple times while in Morocco. It’s a clay cooking pot with a conical lid with multiple types of dishes slow cooked inside (beef, lamb, chicken, veggies, etc). You can get it practically anywhere, at roadside stops, cafés, and nicer restaurants.
We want to try making this at home, anyone have a good recipe?
2. Couscous (National Dish of Morocco)
Couscous is originally from Morocco and typically served with meat or vegetable stew. Traditionally, they prepare couscous on the Muslim holy day (Friday) and for special occasions, but you can find it at most restaurants and cafes.
6. Bastilla (Chicken or Pigeon Pie)
If you love the mix of sweet and salty flavors than you definitely need to try bastilla (also spelled pastilla). This flaky pie is traditionally made with pigeon, but more commonly served with chicken now.
This crusty bread is typically baked in communal wood-fired ovens and served with a lot of meals. Also, be sure to check out all the other breads in Morocco, like the harcha (a buttery bread), rghaif (a flaky flat bread), or baghira (spongy crumpet). Yes, give me all the carbs!
9. Steamed Sheep Head
During the festival of Eid al-Adha, everyone slaughters a sheep and then steams the head for hours. You can typically purchase a half or whole head and enjoy it with cumin, salt, and chili. The whole head is edible, but the best parts are the tender cheek meat and tongue. Would you try it?
11. Mint Tea
Everyone has his or her own version of mint tea, which is the drink of choice in Morocco. It’s a green tea base with lots of mint leaves and sugar.
13. Crumbed Liver
This is one of the Moroccan foods you can try with a side of fries or in a sandwich, but the smooth and buttery calves’ livers is a delicious fried dish.
15. Aubergine or Moroccan Eggplant Fritters
Aubergine, or eggplant, is common in a few different dishes in Morocco, but be sure to try the fritters. They slice the eggplant then dip them in a paprika batter before deep-frying them for a delicious side dish.
16. Snail Soup
Snail soup is a Moroccan dish you can find all over the country. Use a toothpick to pick out the snails from the shells then slurp up the soup. Locals believe the broth is good for digestion and fever.
17. Stuffed Camel Spleen
Taking on the form of a sausage, stuff camel spleen is soft and creamy. It’s usually filled with beef or lamb, olives, spices, and a bit of hump fat. It’s typically served in a sandwich.
19. Kaab el Ghazal
Kaab el Ghazal, or gazelle horns, are crescent-shaped pastries have almond paste scented with orange flower water and cinnamon.
21. Shebakia or Chebakia
Another delicious dessert, shebakia is a flower-shaped, fried sesame cookie dipped in honey. You’ll usually find bees all over them in the markets, and they just shoo them away before serving them to you. It’s all part of the experience.
Pro Tip: Don’t Forget Your Imodium
It doesn’t matter how strong you think your stomach is. It’s better to be safe than sorry, friend. We’re no strangers to eating random street foods in the countries we visit, but it’s always a good idea since bacteria species can vary based on diet and geography. I’ve never taken Imodium before. On this trip, a third of our tour got sick after our first night, including me, and that Imodium came in really handy!
More Moroccan Foods to Try
- Baba Ghanoush
- Chicken with Preserved Lemon and Olives
- Chickpea Stew
- Kefta Meatball Tagine
- Nuts and Olives
- Lamb or Beef with Prunes
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Would you try sheep’s head, pigeon pie, or snail soup? Which of these Moroccan foods do you want to try the most? Are we missing anything on our list that we need to try on our next trip?
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