Moroccan cuisine is grounded in centuries of influence from Arab and Mediterranean flavors. Having centuries perfecting their cuisines flavors it’s almost impossible not to salivate at the smells that fill the streets of Morocco. We’re here to guide you through what foods to eat in Morocco.
Moroccan Cuisine: 8 Foods To Eat When Visiting Morocco
To be crystal clear, Tajine is not a type of food but a dish/vehicle in which food is cooked and served.
A Tajine is typically made of clay and is the heart of Moroccan cooking.
The food is steamed and slow cooked in the tajine and pulled straight from the stove and placed on your table.
Typical tajines are lamb and chicken served over a bed of veggies. The protein is fall of the bone perfect and the spices have saturated every veggies and piece of meat giving you a flavor packed fist punch to your mouth.
2) Beghrir and/or M’smmen (Moroccan Pancakes)
Beghrir and M’smmen are two types of Moroccan pancakes and another breakfast option for you to start your day.
The first pancake, Beghrir, is a small spongy pancake typically served with honey, butter or jam.
The second pancake, M’smmen, can come two ways – stuffed with meat (Khlli) or eaten plain.
3) Khlea/Khlii Tajine
A tasty way to start your day is with a Khlea/Khlii Tajine for breakfast.
Khlea/Khlii spiced and cured beef or lamb baked in with onions and eggs and served piping hot out of a tajine. A wholesome, filling meal to fuel you up for your day or sightseeing.
4) Salads & Khobz
Moroccan salads or what we may think of as appetizers are an assortment of small plates that are stuff with tasty veggies like beets, carrots, lentils and so on.
The flavors are amazing and our a great little warm up for main meal!
In addition to salads, Khobz is served as well. Khobz is simple. It’s delicious white, thick bread that comes in the form of a circle.
Khobz is served with every meal or used as sandwich bread for some killer minced meat sandwiches.
Couscous is a starch that is steamed with almonds, veggies and adding protein is optional.
In Morocco, couscous comes a tad sweet with spices like cinnamon. It’s a hearty meal and usually served at lunch or dinner.
This delicious little sweet pie is a freaking treat! The dough is flakey (really similar to phyllo dough) and the inside is filled with meat or seafood.
It’s essentially a sweet meat pie that makes for a perfect dinner entree and my oh my, it is super good!
7) Mint Tea
The welcome drink of Morocco is Mint Tea. Mint Tea is offered in every Riad, Dar and café in Morocco. Mint Tea is a green tea with mint leaves packed into the glass. Typically served with sugar but having it without sugar is possible, just ask.
8) Orange Juice
You can’t pass up the fresh squeezed orange juice when visiting Morocco. It’s sweet, refreshing and a great way to start your day or end it.
Basically, in Morocco, anytime is orange juice time.
About Moroccan Cuisine
First things first, understand pork is not a protein option in Morocco. Since Morocco is predominantly Muslim, you’ll find no pork on the menus.
Instead, you’ll find proteins like goat, lamb, chicken and plenty of vegetables and fresh fruit. Lots of dried fruits too – perfect for snacking!
In terms of a spice profile, expect to find spices like cumin, cinnamon, turmeric and coriander in your dishes. Someone told us, “if you don’t like cumin, you’re not going to like Moroccan food.” Good thing we like cumin 🙂
Also, bread is in abundant. Served at dinner and also in tasty, sweet pastry and pancake form for breakfast. The wheat used for baking the fresh bread is the same what used to create couscous.
In terms of beverages, Alcohol is a no go in Morocco. Instead, on every table you’ll find Mint Tea, a staple in Moroccan culture.
Where To Stay In Morocco
From Marrakesh to Fes to Chefchaoun and all the other amazing cities and towns there are to experience in Morocco, check out the latest places and prices below to secure an unforgettable Moroccan accommodation.
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