African Recipes

These tasty recipes are bursting with spice and flavor. Get the recipes from Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, and more.

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One-Pot Moroccan Shrimp Tagine

Rating: 4.2 stars
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The rich, exotic flavors of Morocco shine through in this delicious, one-pot shrimp tagine dish! Serve over prepared couscous.

West African-Style Peanut Stew with Chicken

Rating: 4.87 stars
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African-inspired spices infuse the peanut butter and tomato base of this hearty one-pot stew starring chicken, sweet potatoes, and collard greens. This recipe, which appeared in Allrecipes magazine's Dec/Jan 2020 issue, comes from Ellie's new cookbook, "Whole in One: Complete, Healthy Meals in a Single Pot, Sheet Pan, or Skillet". This keeps up to 4 days, chilled in an airtight container.

Egyptian Okra

Rating: 5 stars
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Okra, called bamya in Egyptian Arabic, is a popular vegetable in Egypt. It is either prepared as a stew with meat or as a simple vegetable side dish, like in this recipe, where frozen okra is used.

Chtitha Batata (Algerian Potato Stew)

Rating: 5 stars
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This authentic Algerian potato stew is made with dersa, a spicy chile and garlic paste. It's delicious on its own as a vegan or vegetarian main, or served as a side to meat or fish. An easy way to enjoy North African cuisine at home with easy-to-find ingredients!

Cornes de Gazelle (Gazelle Horns)

Rating: 5 stars
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Cornes de gazelle are crescent-shaped cookies that are filled with a sweet almond-orange blossom filling and are topped with crushed pistachios. They popular all over North Africa in Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco and are also known as tcherek, tcharek, or kaab el ghazal.

Moroccan Chicken with Saffron and Preserved Lemon

Rating: 4.79 stars
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Chicken thighs full of spice and amazing scents to take you right to the Mediterranean. Great with quinoa or brown rice and lots green veggies.

Doro Wat: Ethiopian Chicken Dish

Rating: 4.76 stars
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I love Ethiopian food but had difficulty finding authentic recipes online. I ultimately found 3 or 4 recipes and altered them all to incorporate them together in an attempt to capture the flavors. Typically served with injera and some side vegetable dish. I prefer Atkilt, a cabbage and potato dish, but there are many delicious options.

Qumbe (East African Coconut Candy)

Rating: 3.75 stars
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Recently I was planning an African-themed party, and I came across a recipe for a Somali snack by this name. The first version I tried was a little too sweet for me, and the consistency was all wrong for rolling into balls. I made some adjustments in the proportions, and this is the result. Yum!

Best Bobotie

Rating: 4.43 stars
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This South African original is similar to meatloaf, but so much better. A slightly sweet curry flavors ground beef with a milk and egg custard on top. It's delicious!

South African Traditional Vetkoek (Fried Bread)

Rating: 3.87 stars
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These tasty vetkoek (fat cakes) make for a lovely dinner or snack. You can make these vetkoek any size you prefer. They're a great party snack if they are made small and filled with various processed meats, tuna and mayo, syrup, curried minced meat, cheese, or basically anything you feel like. They're fast, easy, and very tasty.

South African Melktert (Milk Tart)

Rating: 4.06 stars
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My 'ouma' South African grandmother's legendary milk tart. It is lip-smacking. The recipe is a real winner. It is a traditional South African tart that is very easy to prepare.

Lamb Tagine

Rating: 4.68 stars
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When I made this dish I left the kitchen window open. The smell attracted several male neighbors, and when my husband came in, he said that it smelled so good, he hoped it was coming from our house and not from someone else's! Serve with my Moroccan Couscous and Cucumber Raita on this site.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Liberian-Style Collard Greens

"I will definitely be making this dish again; I just love finding delicious new ways to eat fish! This was great because it was hearty and filling." – MMMICHELLE

Doro Wat: Ethiopian Chicken Dish

"Delicious. I made it as described with the exception of using chicken thighs instead of chicken breast, and making my own berbere." – Cheryl

Peri Peri African Chicken

Rating: 4.02 stars
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This is a great spicy marinade recipe, a traditional African dish, great for BBQ. Nice with salad and fries, but I like adding it to a pita with salad and garlic Greek yogurt (3/4 cup Greek yogurt and 3 cloves of crushed garlic with finely chopped chives). Don't go on a date though, gives you wicked garlic breath!