Moroccan Meatball Recipes Your Whole Family Will Love

Learn about what makes Moroccan meatballs unique, as well as a variety of ways to make your own.

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    What's So Special About Moroccan Meatballs?

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    Yes, of course, we serve meatballs in tomato sauce in Morocco, but we think ours are more fun to eat because traditionally kefta mkaoura are often shaped small – very small, as in marble-sized or cherry-sized. Trust me, it's not only kids who like that petite form!

    Adding to their appeal is the fact that Moroccan meatballs are robustly seasoned with Moroccan spices such as paprika and cumin, as well as lots of fresh herbs.

    As further temptation to your palate, know that tomato sauce is only one treatment given to delectably seasoned boulettes de viande. The following recipes will serve as both a sampling and mealtime inspiration.

  • 02 of 06

    Mini Moroccan Meatballs in Butter Sauce

    Moroccan Meatball Tagine with Saffron and Lemon Butter Sauce
    Photo © Christine Benlafquih

    These savory little gems are cooked in a fragrant sauce laced with just the right touch of saffron and lemon. No need for a fork or spoon, because traditionally we scoop up all that goodness with pieces of Moroccan bread or khobz as it's known to us in the Maghreb. 

  • 03 of 06

    Classic Moroccan Meatball Tagine in Tomato Sauce

    Moroccan Meatball Tagine
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    This is perhaps the most famous of all Moroccan meatball dishes. Zesty seasoning, a full-bodied tomato sauce, and poached eggs make for fabulous comfort food. If you have a traditional tagine be sure to use it, as the clay will impart an extra layer of flavor to the homemade sauce.

  • 04 of 06

    Moroccan Mini Meatballs With Fava Beans and Potatoes

    petite Moroccan meatballs with fava beans and potatoes
    Christine Benlafquih

    This dish has milder seasoning which won't compete with the delicate flavor of fava beans. The meatballs are shaped in petite fashion and simmered with fava beans in a saffron- and ginger-infused broth. Potatoes are optional, but your kids will thank you.

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  • 05 of 06

    Moroccan Style Pasta Sauce With Meatballs

    Moroccan Tomato Sauce with Mini Meatballs
    Photo © Christine Benlafquih

    We can't overlook a worldwide favorite such as pasta with meatballs and tomato sauce. This is how it's done in Morocco: We start with ripe, fresh tomatoes, lots of garlic and fresh herbs, and add classic Moroccan seasoning. Serve over spaghetti or any other pasta that your family loves, then garnish with parmesan, or Edam cheese.

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    One-Dish Moroccan Meatballs and Saffron Rice

    Moroccan Meatballs with Saffron Rice
    Photo © Christine Benlafquih

    Time to move on to something larger: golf-ball sized meatballs. This easy, one-dish meal can be prepped ahead of time and left in the fridge until you're ready to cook it. Once the meat has been seasoned and shaped, the meatballs are cooked in a skillet with saffron-flavored rice. Easy, satisfying and delicious.