12 Heavenly Foods You Must Try In Morocco

Nothing beats handmade couscous!

Morocco street food

When I went to Morocco years ago, I ate like a pig then suffered big time afterwards (Yuck! Stomach problems aren’t fun in the middle of the Sahara desert!) But I couldn’t resist the vibrant flavors, all those herbs and spices infused in Moroccan cuisine. Every street vendor smelled like heaven, hence I was willing to experiment anything and everything.

The trip began with staying at my friend’s house for a week, in a northern tiny village called: Kenitra, where I learned how to surf. Whenever I reflect upon that week in Kenitra, memories of waking up in the morning with many aunties wearing scarfs over their heads, hands busy rolling couscous around the living room table. Hours later, the entire house would be perfumed in deliciousness. A giant bowl of couscous would be placed in front of us and we devoured each bite, spoonful after spoonful.

Moroccan food Kenitra

Even if you won’t be staying at a friend’s home, even if you won’t encounter local aunties making couscous in the morning; you’ll want to daringly venture and indulge in Moroccan food.

Morocco’s geography provides the country with fresh seafood, so make sure to eat lots of those. Coated in beautiful herbs and spices, mutton and chicken taste like explosive flavors that you’ll want to dive into night after night. If you’re heading to Morocco sometime soon, here are 12 signature dishes you shouldn’t miss out on!

Bon appétit!

1. Couscous

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Moroccan couscous. PHOTO JETSET TIMES

Couscous is originated from Morocco and the motherboard of Moroccan cuisine. It’s basically a dish of granules of durum wheat which is cooked by steaming. Traditionally, it’s served with meat or vegetable stew spooned over it. If you’re staying with a local family, don’t be surprised if you wake up in the morning with lots of Moroccan women making couscous by hand, making the whole house smell incredibly delicious.

2. Ghoulal (snail soup)

Ghoulal snail soup
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Outside of America, pretty much every other country has their own version of snail-something. Soups, grilled, buttered…Snails in cuisine can be considered as a common dish or a delicacy. In Morocco, snail soups are the most popular, and you’ll see street vendors selling them. Pick the meat out with a toothpick, and the broth is lovely!

3. Stuffed camel spleen

Stuffed camel spleen
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Stuffed camel spleen is clearly for those who are experimental eaters. They look like sausages and are typically stuffed with beef, lamb or camel meat. The taste is creamy, soft and gamey. If there’s one thing out of the ordinary to try, this might be it.

4. Spicy sardines

Spicy sardines
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Yummy sardines means that Morocco is the world’s largest exporter of these little guys. So you must have them in sandwiches, fried, grilled or barbecued. The chermoula sauce make them spicy and VERY tasty.

5. Charmoula

Chermoula
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Chermoula is used to coat fish or seafood for grilling or baking. The gorgeous flavor comes from the fusion of: herbs, oil, lemon juice, pickled lemons, garlic, cumin, and salt. Sometimes, you’ll also taste: onion, coriander, ground chili peppers, black pepper, and saffron.

6. Makouda

Makouda
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Makouda is a street food staple, they’re incredible deep-fried potato balls dipped in spicy sauce. If you love anything fried and don’t mind the carbs, this is your dish!

7. Tagine

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Chicken tagine with pears. PHOTO JETSET TIMES

Cooked via tagine clay pots, tagine is the basis of Moroccan cuisine. Beef, lamb, chicken, vegetables all slow cooked with potatoes and vegetables. Lots of spices are also added to the pot, which is placed over coals. This dish will be all over Morocco and you will want it during every meal.

8. Harira

Harira
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Harira is basically Morocco’s version of lentil soup. Ingredients include: tomatoes, lentil, chickpeas, onions, rice and spices. You’ll see the soup being served with hard-boiled eggs sprinkled with salt and cumin, dates and other types of dried fruits.

9. Bissara

Bissara
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Bissara is a thick, rich soup made from dried broad beans. You’ll most likely be eating this during breakfast, and it’ll come with drizzles of fresh olive oil on top with splashes of cumin and bread fresh from the oven. So yum and budgety!

10. Zaalouk

Zaalouk
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Zaalouk is a Moroccan eggplant spread made with paprika, cumin garlic and a little chili powder.

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