Egyptian Recipes

Take advantage of over 5,000 years of cooking experience, and explore Egyptian recipes like falafel, kofta, and koshary.

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Rating: 4 stars 23
Kofta is a popular dish made from grilled ground beef that is served throughout the Middle-East. This is a wonderful and simple version I picked up in Egypt. A great accompaniment is saffron rice.


Rating: 4.5 stars 58
Koshary is pretty much Egypt's staple street food. You can find anything from a 2-story koshary restaurant to a man with a cart on the side of the street. It has no meat, but even the biggest of carnivores don't miss it. Filling and healthy, come see Egypt's most famous dish! Instead of French-fried onions, I use my black pepper onion rings on here. I also caramelize about 4 large onions in butter and brown sugar for about 45 minutes and have both kinds of onion on there. It really makes it over the top, but a little too much to call it the real street food of Egypt, more like the home-style kind. I hope you enjoy!

Umm Ali

Rating: 4.5 stars 24
Umm Ali is a delicious traditional Egyptian dessert equivalent to North America's bread pudding. You can serve it warm with a scoop of French vanilla ice cream.

Egyptian Feta Cheese Omelet Roll

Rating: 4 stars 47
This omelet is juicy with this cheese - everyone that tried it, loved it, and they never expected it to turn out this good. Make sure pan is well greased, or else sides will stick and you won't be able to roll it.
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Fried Cauliflower (Egyptian Style)

Rating: 4.5 stars 28
The smaller the florets the crispier and yummier! To get even crispier florets, add a couple of teaspoons cornmeal to the batter.

Egyptian Lahma Bil Basal (Beef in Rich Onion Sauce)

Rating: 5 stars 15
This is AMAZING! Very popular, simple dish made in Egyptian households. Once you make it, it will become a favorite for sure. When finished, you should have super tender beef with a thick oniony sauce. The onions will have cooked down to a thick rich sauce.

Fava Beans in Tahini Sauce

Rating: 4 stars 15
A delicious recipe I learned from an Egyptian friend. If you don't want a strong garlic taste, feel free to cook the garlic with the onion. You can stuff this mixture into a pita, add a dollop of plain yogurt, and enjoy!


Rating: 4.5 stars 44
An Egyptian spice blend that is wonderful. The more you eat it the more addictive it becomes. Serve with toasted crusty bread (Turkish bread is great for this), and olive oil. Dip bread into olive oil, then into the hazelnut mixture and enjoy this unique and addictive mix.

14 Favorite Egyptian Recipes

The food traditions of Egypt encompass about 5,000 years worth of cooking experience. 
By Carl Hanson

Egyptian Koshary

Rating: 4.5 stars 30
This recipe is one of the most famous recipes in Egypt. It's a traditional food that is delicious and savory.

Couscous with Olives and Sun-Dried Tomato

Rating: 4.5 stars 57
A delicate, flavorful dish that will satisfy vegans and carnivores alike! Inspired by my family's deep Coptic Orthodox Christian tradition, this is a great meal alternative during strict fasting times. It contains no animal products or fats, but has enough flavor and visual impact to make you feel like you're not sacrificing a thing! I hope you will enjoy this recipe. Add chicken or prawns to make this vegan dish a carnivorous delight!

Om Ali

Rating: 4.5 stars 26
This Egyptian dessert contains phyllo dough or puff pastry, milk and nuts. Use any kind of nuts that you would like and eat it with a spoon. Legend has it that Om Ali was the first wife of the sultan Ezz El Din Aybek. When the sultan died, his second wife had a dispute with Om Ali, resulting in the second wife's death. To celebrate, Om Ali made this dessert and distributed it among the people of the land.

Inspiration and Ideas

Ta'ameya (Egyptian Falafel)
Rating: Unrated 11
Love chickpea falafel? You have to try this Egyptian version with fava beans.
Om Ali
Rating: Unrated 26
This Egyptian dessert delivers on authenticity and richness. It's easy to boot!
Egyptian Lentil Soup
Rating: 4.5 stars 45

This is a traditional hearty soup usually eaten in the winter time, but can be eaten any time of the year. My recipe has absolutely NO FAT! Enjoy!