Top 5 Authentic Moroccan Appetizers to Try

You and your guests will love these 5 finger-licking Moroccan appetizers! We've got different variations of recipes. Moroccan appetizers never disappoint.

Moroccan cuisine is a treasure trove of flavors, aromas, and colors, reflecting the rich history and vibrant culture of North Africa. At your next gathering, why not venture beyond the familiar and introduce your guests to the exotic world of Moroccan appetizers? These dishes, ranging from hearty soups to delicate skewers, are not only a feast for the senses but also a celebration of traditional Moroccan cooking. With ingredients like aromatic spices, fresh herbs, and a variety of vegetables and meats, Moroccan appetizers are sure to add an exciting twist to your menu. Whether you’re sipping on mint tea or enjoying crusty bread dipped in a delicious sauce, these recipes offer a delightful preview of Moroccan cuisine’s depth and diversity. So, let’s embark on a flavorful journey and discover five Moroccan appetizers that will make your next event a memorable culinary adventure.

Don’t settle for the same old recipes at your next gathering; take your taste buds on a flavorful journey and spice up your menu with Moroccan appetizers.

5. Moroccan Spiced Lentil Soup

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In Morocco, where cold weather is prevalent, they commonly served lentil soup as a main dish or appetizer. Not only is it comforting and easy to prepare, but it’s also suitable for our vegan and vegetarian friends as a high-fiber, high-protein meal.

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While the recipe for Moroccan lentil soup is almost the same as any standard one, spices are the key to making it unique. If you love saucy, smoky lentils, give Minimalist Baker‘s version a try, which features a tantalizing blend of paprika, turmeric, coriander, and pepper. To add even more depth of flavor, she creates a savory tomato sauce by blending onion, red bell pepper, and tomato paste, resulting in a subtly spiced and tender lentil soup that will have your guests begging for seconds.

Moroccan Lentil Soup Recipe – A Cedar Spoon

4. “Ketbane” – Skewers

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Skewers hold a special place in Moroccan hearts, and with good reason! Known as “Ketbane” or “Kebab,” they’re usually cooked with lamb, chicken, or ground beef. The beauty of skewered meat is that it’s effortless to cook and produces mouth-watering barbecue.

Lamb skewers are typically associated with Morocco’s religious celebration called Aid Al Adha (Sacrifice Feast), a special time for families to come together and enjoy a BBQ like no other. Jamie Oliver captured the spirit of Moroccan lamb Kebab, and we’re adopting his genius twist by using rosemary branches as skewers to add an earthy and herby flavor.

If you’re more of a chicken lover, try What’s Gaby Cooking’s Moroccan Chicken Skewers . As she says, “The most delicious recipes come when proteins or veggies are marinated and then grilled – that’s the recipe for success.” We couldn’t agree more.

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Lastly, don’t forget about the Kefta Kabab. Mixing ground beef with onion, chili, garlic, parsley, olive oil, and spices, guarantees a flavor explosion!

When cooking skewers, you’ll bring a taste of Morocco to your kitchen or yard, conjuring up the vibrant atmosphere of Jamee El Fna, Marrakech.

P.S.: While skewers are classically an appetizer, they also served them as a main dish, so if you indulge too much, keep going!

Recipe for chicken “Ketbane”

3. Marinated Vegetables and Olives

This Moroccan appetizer recipe is the easiest and healthiest salty-and-sour snack. Simply marinate a mix of green, yellow, and red bell peppers, olives, carrots, cherry tomatoes, or cauliflower in olive oil, a pinch of salt, pepper, cumin, salt-preserved lemon slices, and lemon juice. Let it sit overnight to enhance the flavors, and you’ve got yourself a delightful Moroccan Olives dish!

For added taste, try the authentic Chermoula marinade sauce by adding finely chopped cilantro, coriander, and chilli. Not only will you have several yummy side dishes, but you will also add a pop of color to your table! A win-win!

2. “Briouate”: Spring Rolls

Let’s get our appetizer game on! Treat yourself to some crunchy and dip-ready Moroccan spring rolls, or “Briouate” as the locals call them. What’s even better? They are easy on the pocket and big on taste, unlike those $6 per roll ones you see around.

The best part is that you don’t have to be held to any recipe. Get creative and use whatever you have on hand: spinach and cheese; ground beef and tomato; a mix of fresh veggies; potatoes mixed with tuna. Really, there are no limits!

Moroccan Kefta Briouat Recipe

1. Couscous Salad

Visiting Morocco and not tasting couscous is almost an impossible feat. Missing out on the delightful couscous salads would likewise be a great loss!

For a quick meal on a spring/summer day, the fresh couscous veggie salad is a perfect choice. Jamila Cuisine‘s Tabouleh is a fine specimen that requires only a few minutes to prepare, yet plenty to savor! The salad boasts couscous wheat grains, parsley, onion, and tomato, adding to its wonderful flavor.

If you lean towards a more hearty appetizer, then Moroccan Couscous with Roasted Vegetables Chick Peas and Almonds by Cooking Classy is a must-try. Her detailed recipe stays true to Moroccan authenticity, elevating the crispy couscous with added texture through roasted veggies, crunchy almonds, chewy raisins, and soft chickpeas.

Fun fact: Moroccans customarily serve Couscous as a main dish on every Friday of the week.

Recipe Moroccan Couscous Salad

Exploring Moroccan appetizers is more than just preparing food; it’s an invitation to immerse yourself in the essence of Moroccan culture and its culinary traditions. From the savory depth of spiced lentil soup to the crunch of “Briouate” spring rolls, each dish offers a unique taste of Morocco’s rich culinary heritage. Incorporating fresh herbs, warm spices like ras el hanout, and a mix of vegetables and meats, these appetizers are perfect for any occasion, be it a special celebration or a cozy gathering. By serving these Moroccan dishes, you not only treat your guests to good food but also introduce them to the aromatic and colorful world of North African cuisine. Whether you’re enjoying Moroccan meatballs, savoring a couscous salad, or dipping crusty bread into an eggplant dip, these recipes are a testament to the traditional and contemporary flavors that define Moroccan cooking. So, let Moroccan appetizers take center stage at your dinner table, and enjoy the vibrant, warm, and inviting flavors that are sure to make your event a standout.


Five Moroccan appetizers