10 Delicious Moroccan Dishes You Need to Try This Year

by Kristine Cannon
Feb 2, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. ET

If you have yet to dive into the culinary world of Moroccan food, then you’re in for a real treat.

To give you an idea of flavor, Moroccan food is pretty generous with its spices — from cinnamon, cumin and cloves to turmeric, saffron and paprika and more. As far as herbs go, you’ll commonly find mint, parsley, sage, caraway, verbena, coriander, peppermint and marjoram in its recipes. Moroccan cuisine is all about an abundance of flavor, which you'll soon see (and taste).

One thing you’ll always want to keep in mind when eating Moroccan food is this (and it's pretty important): Eating is a social ritual, meaning when you cook a Moroccan meal, you’re cooking for several people to share. It’s considered fundamental to most Moroccans’ way of life, so why not do the same?

Ready to dig in? From chickpea flatbreads to a slow cooker lamb stew, here are a few Moroccan dishes you’ll want to try with the whole the family.

1 /10: Crispy Moroccan Chickpea Flatbreads

1/10 :Crispy Moroccan Chickpea Flatbreads

Who doesn't love a good flatbread? This particular one is sweet, spicy and vegetarian. Plus, you can eat this healthy dish, topped with chickpeas and drizzled with honey, for lunch or dinner.

2 /10: Slow Cooker Moroccan Lamb Stew

2/10 :Slow Cooker Moroccan Lamb Stew

Here’s a recipe perfect for winter. And with just a 10-minute prep, it’s easy to make. Just throw all the ingredients in the slow cooker, and six hours later, you’re left with juicy, tender lamb with potatoes and chickpeas.

3 /10: Moroccan Couscous With Roasted Vegetables

3/10 :Moroccan Couscous With Roasted Vegetables

If this colorful plate isn't grabbing you, then the taste of it will — not only with its blend of Moroccan flavors, but also with the mix of textures thanks to the crunchy almonds and soft veggies. Plus, the list of ingredients will have you salivating — so many veggies!

4 /10: Moroccan Orange Salad With Cinnamon

4/10 :Moroccan Orange Salad With Cinnamon

When you think of salads, you likely don't think of, well, this one. It's a traditional Moroccan dish and really highlights one of the most popular Moroccan spices: cinnamon. 

5 /10: Moroccan Chicken Tagine

5/10 :Moroccan Chicken Tagine

It doesn't get more traditional than this. To make a tagine, you must have a tagine (a little confusing, we know). Tagine has two meanings: It's a type of North African cookware made of clay or ceramic, and it also refers to a stewlike dish slow-cooked in the cookware. In this particular recipe, you'll need lots of delicious veggies, including red onions, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, yellow squash, zucchini, carrots and green beans.

6 /10: Moroccan Sweet Potato-Lentil Soup

6/10 :Moroccan Sweet Potato-Lentil Soup

Mmm, another slow cooker recipe perfect for sharing with the family on a cold winter day. Aside from sweet potatoes and lentils, this fragrant, filling soup has carrots, onions, celery, red bell pepper, garlic and tons of spices. 

7 /10: Moroccan Fish Tagine With Ginger Saffron

7/10 :Moroccan Fish Tagine With Ginger Saffron

Is this not the most stunning dish you've ever seen? This tagine recipe includes fish fillets marinated in a mixture of olive oil, paprika, saffron, ground ginger, lemon juice and minced cilantro and parsley. Throw in layers of vegetables, pour over the marinade and top it with lemon slices, and you have this work of art.

8 /10: Moroccan Cigars

8/10 :Moroccan Cigars

Moroccan cigars make for great appetizers, and hummus is known to be best to pair with these eggroll-like finger foods. With a crunchy, crispy exterior and a warm, flavorful filling (which includes chickpeas, eggplant, mushrooms, garlic, honey, apricots, peppers and olives, these cigars are hard to beat.

9 /10: Moroccan Meatball & Egg Tagine

9/10 :Moroccan Meatball & Egg Tagine

Another traditional dish, kefta mkaouara is also made in a tagine. For this dish, meatballs (your pick of lamb, ground beef or a combination) simmer in a spiced tomato sauce. It isn't 'til the last few minutes of cooking that the entire dish is topped with eggs. 


10 /10: Spring Veggie & Lemon Moroccan Chicken Skewers

10/10 :Spring Veggie & Lemon Moroccan Chicken Skewers

More lemons. More mint. More chicken! Finally, we've reached the kabob. This recipe has all the staples of a Moroccan dish, and it's super-simple to make. Plus, the minted goat cheese yogurt makes for a perfect dipping sauce.