A Moroccan food guide- something I spent so much time googling before we left. I have a severe case of FOMO and knew
Remember the time I ate octopus in Mexico? Still makes me a little nauseous thinking about it! Aaaaanyway, back to Morocco! When we were planning our trip the cuisine was high on the list of things we were most excited for.
Mint tea? YASSSS! Tagine? STAHP! Fresh orange juice? Come to momma!
If you’re looking to answer the question of what to eat in Morocco – keep on reading!
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Our favorite food from Morocco
The two standard and most delicious Moroccan drinks are mint tea and orange juice. If you do literally nothing else in Morocco make sure you drink tea and orange juice!
Upon arrival at our riad, Riad Dar Attajmil, we were greeted with this. How next level is this tea and cookie tray, you guys? All the heart eyes for that teapot. One day when we have a real house I’d like to outfit the kitchen or living room in a Moroccan style and y’all best believe we’ll have poufs and pillows and trays and teapots- OH MY!
And seriously, the mint tea is in a class of its own. I have never had a more incredible tasting tea and I drink tea all the time. It is so good that even when we were walking around the medina dripping with sweat, I would order it from the restaurants. 100 degrees in Morocco? Yeah, I’ll take some boiling hot tea, why not!?
I’ll let you in on a secret, too. This is literally all it is – nothing fancy. Who knew fresh ingredients made the best food? 😉
But the best tea mint tea was made by our Berber guide out in the Sahara. We packed in all the required ingredients and as soon as we found a cozy spot our guide grabbed a few dead branches and had a fire going in about 1.7 seconds.
I’d seriously go back to Morocco solely for the tea.
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Morocco is well known for its oranges and for good reason. The fresh juices were my second favorite thing to drink. I had the standard orange on the first day, but later began mixing it up with other fruits and vegetables – another favorite was orange, carrot, and ginger.
Walk around the square and you’ll see rows and rows of stalls selling juice. You can pay a couple dirhams and drink the juice at the stand, or pay a little more for a to-go cup. Before visiting Morocco I’d seen so much advice on not eating fresh fruit or street food and blah blah blah. I pretty much threw caution to the wind and said: “git in my belly!”
Happily, I never once got sick so I’m pretty sure if the food looks okay then it’s probably fine to eat it. I certainly don’t have an iron stomach.
I was excited to try out the tajine and was under the assumption that tajine meant one thing – either chicken or lamb with vegetables, slow cooked in a terra cotta pot. Like a tajine is a tajine – you just go to a restaurant and order a tajine and you get the same thing. Turns out, many, many things can be cooked in a tajine and are all collectively called tajine. The tajine is just the pot. Ohhhhh, okay. But, Pete likens it to us calling the stock pot our national dish.
Our first meal in Morocco (!!!) we hit up Cafe Kif-Kif which is very close to the Koutoubia Mosque. We had read great reviews of the food, location, and that they had a wicker hat for photo taking. Do it for the ‘grammmm!
We both ordered the chicken tajine with olives, which was just okay – unfortunately, neither one of us were totally stoked over it. If you want to give it, or something else a go, head over to Cafe Kif-Kif at 28 Rue Koutoubia between 10 am and 11:30 pm.
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The following day we were out wandering about and stopped in at Le Jardin Secret which is akin to an oasis in the midst of insane alleyways and persistent speeding scooters. Le Jardin was a beautiful place and we would recommend it over Kif-Kif. We ordered the lamb couscous and vegetarian tajine, of course, both were served in tajines.
We had the kefta meatball tajine (very good) at a restaurant/hotel along the way from the Sahara to Casablanca.
A sardine tajine for dinner at our riad, Dar Attajmil
As well as another meatball tajine at the Desert Luxury Camp
Not pictured was an omelet, obviously made in a tajine. Needless to say, I don’t want to see a tajine for at least another year, haha.
If you’re not sick of tajines when you come home you can actually purchase a Moroccan tajine and a traditional Moroccan food recipes cookbook and then impress everyone with your Moroccan cooking skillz.
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Briouates are wonderful thin filo pastries served with vegetables, meat, or cheese. We had them a couple times, but the ones below from Le Jardin were our favorites.
Appetizers in Morocco are known as salads and these salads are not what they are in the States. A Moroccan salad is an assortment of vegetables with some seasoning, simple but incredible. My favorite salad was the eggplant – it had the perfect amount of salt and the eggplant just melted in your mouth. Others included: tomato, okra, beet, and cucumbers.
This is an absolute must try while in Morocco. We had this along with the camel burger at Cafe Clock. Frothy, cold, and absolutely refreshing. We were plotting ways to make these at home but decided that the cost of almonds would prevent us from doing this often. Maybe real almonds and almond milk? I don’t know. We also joke all the time about opening a food truck and obviously, the almond milkshake would be our signature drink.
Let’s just throw this out there – camel meat is disgusting.
Before we arrived in Morocco, Pete said he wanted to eat a camel and ride a camel- bonus points if they were the same one. We thought that camel would be on menus everywhere, kinda like beef is in the States, but it’s not. We didn’t see camel anywhere and on our last night in Marrakech, we sought it out at Cafe Clock.
Camel is an interesting tasting meat – its pretty gamey, chewy, and a bit dry. Probably exactly how you think it should taste. Honestly, I couldn’t finish the burger. Each progressive bite made me want to gag, but I’m glad I tried it…you know, when in Rome.
Chicken, lamb, vegetables…very similar to what we make here, but the spice rubs were wonderful. We had kabobs a couple times, once at the night market our first night and then again on the way out to the desert at a small roadside restaurant.
Breakfast is something else in Morocco, it was most definitely my favorite meal of the day.
We had fruit, yogurt, bread, pancakes, french toast, granola, jams, honey, juice, coffee, tea, etc.
A lot of our desserts consisted of fruit, particularly oranges. And cinnamon. We did have a date cake one evening after dinner at Nomad, which was pretty good.
Also food related, I recommend taking a Moroccan cooking class.
It’s an incredible way to immerse yourself in the food scene and maybe you’ll remember enough to recreate the meal once you’re back home. We took the class that was offered by our riad and enjoyed it tremendously. Your teacher is the house chef, Fatima, and even though she doesn’t speak much English she is HILARIOUS and so much fun.
The class starts off by choosing two dishes from the menu, venturing out with a guide to the food market, then prepping and cooking the dish. Afterward, you can enjoy your lunch up on the rooftop terrace. We chose to make chicken and orange tajine, bread, and briouates.
And if you’re staying at Dar Attajmil and take both the cooking class and a hammam treatment, Fatima will do both. Jackie of all trades, haha.
Moroccan food is fresh, flavorful, and all cooked from the heart, no matter what you try I can almost guarantee that it will taste incredible.
Has anyone ever tried Moroccan food? What would you add to the list?!
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Founder of Packing for Plenty in July 2017. Along with her husband, Pete, she is on a mission to visit most countries. And wants to take y’all along as well! On PFP Steff provides travel itineraries ranging from a weekend trip nearby to 2 weeks living abroad like a local…detailed destination specific travel tips that aren’t readily available elsewhere…and unique and interesting bucket list worthy experiences.