6 Delicious Foods You Must Try In Morocco

Moroccan Food

Much like Morocco itself, its cuisine combines traditional elements with outside influences which reflect the nation’s rich history. The indigenous Berber fare combines with flavours from Southern Europe and the Middle East to create a unique and tasty cuisine. While often imitated around the world, there is nothing like sampling its offerings among the locals, pulling up a pew at the lively Djemaa el-Fna square or grabbing a treat from a street stall. Here are my top 6 Moroccan foods to try on your next visit:

Tagine

No visit to Morocco would be complete without sampling one of its most famous dishes. Cooked in a traditional clay pot from which it takes its name, the tagine has many varieties with beef, lamb and chicken some of the most popular. The dish is cooked over hot charcoals or an open fire and is accompanied by fruit, vegetables and a variety of spices. You can order a tagine everywhere and I would recommend trying a few different versions of the dish, especially if you are going to be travelling around Morocco – the flavours and aromas can vary depending on local ingredients. If you want to blend in with the locals, use the bread to scoop up the food instead of cutlery.

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A lamb tagine in Marrakech

Couscous

While couscous is arguably the most well-known North African food export, there is nothing like tasting it in Morocco. Prepared in a traditional way by steaming the granules, couscous here is very fragrant and is fluffier than you are probably used to at home. Again, there will be a choice of meat to have with your couscous. The portions you get here are absolutely huge and with couscous being so filling, I found it difficult to finish my plate whenever I ordered the dish.

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Chicken couscous at Djemaa el-Fna, Marrakech

Tagine Kefta

Probably one of my favourites in Morocco, tagine kefta combines beef or lamb meatballs with eggs in a tomato sauce. Spices, onions and peppers are added to give the dish a distinct flavour and the sauce can be mopped up with the bread. While different in texture from the other tagines, the kefta is still cooked in the traditional clay pot. While not as ubiquitous as the other tagines or couscous, the tagine kefta can still be found in most restaurants and street stalls.

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Tagine kefta at the Souq Café, Marrakech

Brochettes

For true meat lovers out there. Succulent pieces of beef, lamb or chicken are grilled on charcoals and then skewered and served with olives, bread, grilled aubergine and sauces. My favourite way of eating the brochettes is stuffing a few pieces into the warm bread and adding some chili sauce for a little kick. During my trip I found that in some restaurants it’s necessary to ask for this dish as it might not always be on the menu. A place we dined in at the heart of Fes’ medina offered us either couscous or tagine but when we pressed for alternatives, they were happy to make the brochettes for us.

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Brochettes at Djemaa el-Fna, Marrakech

Grilled Fish

The fishing village of Essaouira, on the shores of the Atlantic, is a great place to escape to from craziness of Marrakech. You can smell the fish market before you see it, the day’s catch lining the sides of the fishing port. The most authentic way to sample the fresh fish on offer is to purchase whatever takes your fancy and get it prepared at one of the grill spots located in the area. Watch as your selection sizzles over the charcoals and enjoy the bread and salad offered up by the stalls. This is also a great spot for people watching as you will be sharing seats with locals as well as cats and seagulls hoping for leftovers.

If that sounds like too much hassle, walk through the archway to Place Moulay Hassan and sit down at one of the open-air restaurants near the square for an equally tasty experience. Just be prepared to share the space with more tourists.

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Grilled fish, Essaouira

Mint Tea

I don’t think I had a single meal in Morocco that didn’t involve a glass of Moroccan mint tea. It is traditionally a gesture of hospitality and friendship as well as the most popular drink in Morocco. You will be offered a glass at practically every turn – in cafes, restaurants, with meals, after meals, even during haggling in the souqs. I am surprised I didn’t turn into a sprig of mint during my trip! One thing to keep in mind is that 9 times out of 10 your drink will contain just as much sugar as it will tea – it’s really that sweet! My advice would be to ask for “no sugar” and add it to taste. You can usually ask for an iced version too.

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Mint tea, Café des Epices, Marrakech

Do you agree? Have I missed anything out? Share your favourite Moroccan food experiences in the comments or drop me a line!

46 thoughts on “6 Delicious Foods You Must Try In Morocco

  1. Angie (FeetDoTravel) says:

    We visited Morocco for our 1st wedding anniversary and it opened my eyes to cous cous and since then, I love it! I remember going on a 1/2 day city tour near where we were staying and that’s when I also tried tangine kefta – goodness me, what a delight for the tastebuds! I’m now salivating reading this post, all I have had for the past couple of weeks is Mie Gorang and now I want to spice things up lol. #feetdotravel

    • Travel Lexx says:

      Haha, Angie I know the feeling VERY well! I totally lived on Mi Goreng throughout our time on Borneo – I was craving for something different at the end of the trip too! Cous Cous is very different in Morocco to what we are used to at home – it’s so so good!

  2. David says:

    Man, another food post to get me salivating! I was generally surprised in Morocco how common couscous and tagines were, you get them everywhere! Kefta were delicious and brochettes were a nice change of pace occasionally. I also liked the Berber eggs which are cooked similar to a tagine but added some variety. As I was on a tour, our leader bought some fish at the market and we got it cooked up like you said, surprisingly eating with our hands which was different. Definitely covered Moroccan cuisine well Lex.

    • Travel Lexx says:

      Thanks David, we didn’t cook ourselves which was a shame, as I think it would have been another fascinating way to experience some ingredients that we don’t get to see back home. Sounds like you had a great food experience too!

  3. Simona says:

    You should put a disclaimer at the beginning of the article “Do not read when hungry!”. The food looks amazing, especially the tagine kefta and the fish. I wanted already to visit Morocco for its beautiful places, but now I want to see it even more to taste this good-looking food! Great article!

    • Travel Lexx says:

      I will keep that in mind for all my future food posts! The food is amazing and the country is simply beautiful – you’ll love it!

  4. Oana says:

    Your food posts are killing me – I should stop reading it while I am hungry. The Tagine Kefta looks soooo delicious, I wish I could have it in front of me right now. Morocco is on our never ending bucket list, hopefully we can cross it off soon. Thank you for sharing!

    • Travel Lexx says:

      Oh, don’t worry, there are plenty more coming! Having all the amazing food is part of the experience and also my excuse for being less strict with my diet when I am travelling!

    • Travel Lexx says:

      Right!? It’s definitely right near the top of the list for me! Glad you visited Essaouira too – many people don’t even know about it!

  5. Lisa says:

    Food looks absolutely amazing! Would love to try it all especially the lamb dishes. I was just watching a travel show where they showcased making the Tagine Kefta. Would love to visit Morocco one day just seems very intriguing.

  6. Jenn | By Land and Sea says:

    You had me at mint tea! I might have a slight tea addiction and this sounds amazing! Would love to visit here one day and sample all this yummy goodness!

  7. Anna says:

    I haven’t been to Morocco yet, but I’ve eaten at Morocco restaurants before, and I really love the food! I LOVE that flackey chicken pastry thing that they dust with cinnamon and powdered sugar! That must be one of the top 10 best foods I’ve ever had! All this looks soooo good. And I love that sweet mint tea too!

  8. Garth says:

    MMMmm l think we’ve tried all of those at Moroccan restaurants in Brighton and London! I like Tagine dishes the best, but never tried mint tea! that sounds interesting 🙂

  9. Tracy says:

    Probably my favourite cuisine! I was introduced to Moroccan food when I lived in France nearly 30 years ago and always find a Moroccan restaurant when we are in France! Have yet to venture to Morocco itself though!

  10. Diana - MVMT Blog says:

    Everything looks delicious! It’s not too hard to find cous cous here at home, but I’m not sure how authentic it is and how the taste profile compares with cous cous in Morocco. I would love to visit Morocco one day, for so many reasons, but one is definitely the food. Thanks for sharing.

    • Travel Lexx says:

      Thanks Diana – they steam it in special utensils which gives it a distinct texture and taste. It’s so very filling! Hope you get to visit soon!

  11. Kreete says:

    I should have probably eaten before reading this as my stomach is growling at me. Everyone knows couscous, in this you are right, but I have to say I never tried any of the other dishes (eventhough I had a boyfriend once who was half from Morocco). I think if the mint tea wasnt super sweet it would be similar as to what we have in Estonia and the skewers would be a big hit with me too! Yummy

    • Travel Lexx says:

      And there would be plenty for you guys to enjoy such as vegetable tempura or sushi! I may need to include some options for you guys next time I go!

  12. Anna Schlaht says:

    Omg. I almost didn’t want to read this post because Moroccan food is my ultimate weakness, and I really REALLY want to try some authentic food in person (we just need to get to Morocco, dang it). Now I’m hungry. These traditional dishes sound and look so good! 🙂 I know exactly what I need to order whenever we make it there.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Kat says:

    I love Arabic and Middle Eastern food, so experiencing food in Morocco is something that I wanna make sure that I don’t miss! I’d probably enjoy the rich flavours, spices and aroma of their food – just reading your post makes me salivate for my dinner now, haha!

    • Travel Lexx says:

      Thanks Kat – it was definitely a delight trying all the amazing food. You would definitely be engaging all your senses in Morocco!

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