What's a tasty dish without an accompanying dip? We know not every meal needs a sauce, but we know that those that do give us an elevated dining experience. Whether you're making Italian, French, or Thai, sauces add sensuality, flavor, and complexity.
Every type of different cuisine has their own set of spices and sauces they are known for, and Moroccan is no different.
Here are 5 Moroccan Condiment You Need to Try:
1. Chermoula Sauce
Chermoula sauce is a combination of chiles, garlic, onions, cumin, and olive oil and can't be classified as just one thing. This sauce is excellent to use as a salad dressing to spice up a light lunch or to use as a marinade for fish and meat.
If you decide to use it as a marinade, it pairs better with fish but will work with other meats too. Just rub the chermoula on the surface of the meat and leave to marinate for 30-60 minutes before roasting. Want some extra flavor? Stuff some inside the protein, too.
To use as a salad dressing, we recommend adding more oil along with two tablespoons of white wine. Heat in a pan for a few minutes and enjoy. Other ways to incorporate this sauce in your meals is by stirring it into rice, mix with sour cream and spread on a baked potato, or use it as a garnish.
No matter how you decide to use this sauce, the heat and flavor will leave you wanting more.
2. Tahini Sauce
Originally a condiment of eastern Mediterranean cuisine, Tahini sauce worked its way into Moroccan food and has made quite an impact. Though it isn't traditionally from Morroco, tahini is often served and made in Moroccan dishes.
Tahini is a creamy, brownish paste made from toasted sesame seeds and is typically served with pita bread as a dipping sauce with drizzled olive oil on top. It can also be used as a condiment for lamb and other protein. If you want to try it with something different, use it as a topping for sandwiches, wraps, or as an appetizer with salads.
3. Harissa Sauce
Harissa sauce is a heated sauce which is a primary flavoring agent in Tunisian cuisine. Despite it sitting on the hotter side, it is easy to add to a variety of dishes.
Use it as a condiment for grilled fish or meat, top roasted vegetables with it, or stir it into soups and stews. Add it to a Moroccan dish of couscous or rice. Though it is meant to stay hot, if you need to adjust the heat you can do so by reducing or increasing the number of chiles you add.
4. Spicy Moroccan Tomato Sauce
Did you know other types of cuisine have recipes for tomato sauce? It looks like Italy didn't monopolize it after all!
This spicy Moroccan tomato sauce can be served cold or warm adding uniqueness to the recipe. It pairs best with chicken or as a dipping sauce. Side dishes or mixing it with couscous are other great options when eating this tomato sauce.
5. Yogurt-Lemon Sauce
Typical Moroccan dishes are hot and spicy, but this yogurt-lemon sauce cools down the tongue and goes well with a range of dishes. Make it with chicken and harissa sauce and watch as the lemon enhances the flavor.
Top 5 Moroccan Sauces to Try
There are so many Moroccan dishes to try. Adding traditional Moroccan sauces make that experience for your taste buds more exciting and sumptuous.
Check out some of our other blog posts to learn more about Moroccan recipes. Want to try traditional and well-made Moroccan food? Come to the restaurant! We are open every day from 4pm-10pm. Check out our menu to get your stomach growling.