Welcome to a journey through the delicious world of Egyptian cuisine! From savory meats cooked in aromatic spices to sweet pastries dripping with honey, Egyptian food reflects a rich food history.
Dating back thousands of years, Egyptian recipes have evolved over time, blending traditional ingredients with foreign flavors.
Whether you are an adventurous cook or simply looking to expand your culinary knowledge, this collection of dishes is sure to please. So grab your apron and get ready to discover the tantalizing tastes of Egypt!
1. Ful Medames (Egyptian Fava Beans)
Get ready to dig into Ful Medames, an outstanding fusion of creamy fava beans, spicy jalapeños, and flavorful garlic. An amazing fava bean dip, Egyptian style, it’s absolutely delicious!
Ideal for cozy nights in or get togethers, this dip delivers a fresh and addictive taste with every scoop. And it’s not just any dip. It’s a culinary adventure that’ll keep you and your guests coming back for “just one more scoop” time and time again.
Get the Recipe: Ful Medames
2. Easy Authentic Falafel
A big shout-out to the most iconic Middle Eastern dish, Falafel! It’s a trendy favorite among vegans and vegetarians and you’ll be amazed at how simple it is to whip up at home.
These yummy fried or baked falafel balls are made from mashed chickpeas or fava beans, mixed with awesome spices and herbs. You can toss them on a salad, stuff them in a pita, or dip them in sauces.
It’s one of the iconic Egyptian recipes.
Get the Recipe: Falafel
Moutabal is a classic Middle Eastern eggplant dip. It’s made with creamy roasted eggplant, tangy lemon juice, yogurt, tahini and a generous drizzle of olive oil.
Just a quick roast or grill and that simple eggplant becomes totally addictive and impossible to resist.
Trust us, this amazing Egyptian dip will be an awesome addition to any appetizer spread.
Get the Recipe: Moutabal
4. Kofta Kebab
Get ready for these delectable kebabs straight from the Middle East and Mediterranean, Kofta Kebab! These flavor-packed kebabs are easy to cook and definitely guaranteed crowd-pleasers!
Be sure to make a lot of these awesome handheld meals as everyone will want seconds. And add a simple salad and Tzatziki with pita bread or saffron rice for a full meal.
You’re sure to get loads of compliments with minimal amount of effort. Enjoy!
Get the Recipe: Kofta Kebab
5. Baba Ganoush
Ever tried Baba Ganoush? If not, this creamy, flavorful dip will turn you into an eggplant lover. And once you’ve had a taste of Baba Ganoush, you won’t settle for any store-bought dip for your get-togethers.
With just a few ingredients, you’ve got yourself a fantastic party pleaser. This dip from the Eastern Mediterranean makes eggplant the ultimate superstar.
Get the Recipe: Baba Ganoush
6. Egyptian Hawawshi
You’ve got to try this super popular street food called Egyptian Hawawshi. It’s a delicious and fun one hand dish that’s perfect for a quick meal on the go.
Crispy pita pockets are stuffed with a mouthwatering meat mixture, onions, hot peppers, and fresh herbs. Serve it alone or with a Salata Baladi for a complete meal.
You’ll love this Egyptian version of a supercharged hamburger!
Koshari, a traditional Egyptian dish, is a must-try recipe and a super popular street food!
This yummy national dish of Egypt is loaded with rice, pasta, lentils, and other delicious ingredients. Jazz it up with an awesome spiced tomato sauce and mouthwatering cumin sauce on top. So scrumptious!
8. Loubiya (Egyptian Black Eyed Pea Stew)
Loubiya is an awesome Egyptian Black Eyed Pea Stew that’s both healthy, hearty and delicious.
This amazing recipe has a mix of onions, garlic, and delicious black-eyed peas that are simmered in a flavorful tomato broth.
Give this super tasty plant-based dinner a try! It’s packed with flavor, totally satisfying, and the best part? You can whip it up using affordable pantry staples.
9. Egyptian Cucumber and Tomato Salad (Salata Baladi)
This traditional Egyptian Cucumber and Tomato Salad features crunchy cucumbers, sweet tomatoes, and fresh herbs.
It’s a quick, refreshing, and delicious summer salad that makes the perfect side dish or even a light meal.
It’s a great way to make use of all that fresh summer produce. And it would make a healthy dish for BBQ’s and potlucks!
10. Egyptian Green Bean Stew (Fasooliya)
Get a taste of authentic Egyptian cuisine with this Green Bean Stew with Stuffed Peppers, also known as Fasooliya.
This easy to whip up dish is bursting with flavor, warmth, and nutrients. Plus, it’s gluten-free and vegetarian-friendly!
So join us on a culinary adventure as we celebrate the essence of Egyptian cooking.
11. Bamia: Meat and Okra Stew
Bamia, a Egyptian Meat and Okra Stew, has lots of variations in the Eastern Mediterranean, but this one is simple, yet super satisfying!
Traditionally, lamb or goat are used but beef, chicken, shrimp or fish would do the trick. You also can vary the vegetables according to taste. Either way, this hearty, delicious stew will be your new comfort food. Enjoy!
12. Phyllo Meat Pie (Egyptian Goulash)
Phyllo Meat Pie (Egyptian Goulash) is meat pie that switches things up by using phyllo dough instead of the usual pie crust. So delicious!
Imagine layers of flaky phyllo dough with a yummy ground beef mixture in between. It’s assembled by alternating layers of the phyllo and meat mixture to create a savory, delicious pie. Yum!
13. Umm Ali (Egyptian Bread Pudding)
This amazing Egyptian bread pudding, known as Umm Ali, is super easy to make!
It’s made with crispy puff pastry, topped with a sweet cream and milk mixture, which is then generously sprinkled with nuts, raisins, and coconut!
It’s absolutely delicious and the perfect dessert for any get together.
14. Egyptian Pea Stew (Basilla wa Roz)
Egyptian Pea Stew is a super easy and absolutely delicious combo of everyday ingredients!
This dish features the humble pea with sauteed onion, garlic and flavorful spices swimming in a thick, savory tomato broth.
You will love this vegetarian delight that will leave you satisfied without weighing you down, Enjoy.
15. Homemade Hummus
This creamy, luscious dip is seriously the best. And it’s not just our favorite, it’s everybody’s favorite!
The richness of tahini and chickpeas mixed with tangy lemon juice, a hint of garlic, and some toasty pine nuts is hard to resist. So get ready to scoop up this Egyptian dip with some pita or crunchy snacks… yum!
It’s not only delicious, it’s also super easy to make.
Get the Recipe: Hummus
16. Bechamel Pasta Bake (Macarona Bechamel)
Macarona Bechamel is famous in the Middle East for being the best pasta casserole of all times. And it’s also the ultimate Egyptian comfort food!
This super comforting dish is seriously delicious and made with simple ingredients. You’ve got the pasta and the meat sauce, but the real magic happens when you pour a silky Bechamel sauce on top. It’s absolutely mouthwatering.
17. Egyptian Molokhia
Egyptian Molokhia is an amazing Middle Eastern dish that’s a cross between a soup and a stew. It’s amazingly delicious and surprisingly nutritious too!
A dish that is centuries old, this recipe uses lamb shanks, molokhia leaves, lemon juice, garlic, onion, bouillon, spices and ghee. Serve over rice or vermicelli with a simple fresh salad.
18. Egyptian Mint Tea
Learn how to make this authentic Egyptian Mint Tea, Shay Bil Nana, enjoyed in Egypt and other parts of the Middle East!
This tea is a super comforting and easy to make mint tea. All you need are four simple ingredients: water, black loose-leaf tea, fresh mint, and sugar or honey.
19. Chicken Shawarma
Treat your taste buds and whip up this super easy Chicken Shawarma recipe. The flavors and aromas from the incredible blend of spices are seriously amazing!
Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or a total hit with friends and family!
So, go ahead and make a big batch as it’s great for meal prep too.
Get the Recipe: Chicken Shawarma
20. Egyptian Hamam Mahshi
Egyptian Hamam Mahshi, stuffed squab, has been a beloved dish for centuries across various cultures, including the Egyptians.
Traditionally, squabs are stuffed with an interesting grain called freekeh, which is a cracked green wheat known for its unique and slightly nutty flavor.
So, go shopping in your local Asian market and simply follow this easy recipe for a fabulous meal!
21. Traditional Baklava Recipe
The Traditional Baklava Recipe is a crowd-pleaser, no doubt! It’s not too sweet, but so rich and satisfying!
Imagine buttery phyllo layers filled with a delicious nut mixture – hands down, the best baklava ever!
You can easily make this ultimate recipe at home, which is decadent and nut-loaded with just a few ingredients. Yum!
Kunafa, also known as Knafeh, is a Middle Eastern dessert that’s super easy to make.
It’s has a yummy cream filling (Ashta) sandwiched between crispy shredded dough (Kunafa). Oh, and don’t forget the sweet syrup and pistachios on top!
You can enjoy it hot or cold—it’s delicious either way. Enjoy!
23. Ruz Sayadeya (Seafood Rice)
Ruz Sayadeya is an awesome Egyptian seafood rice recipe, known for its deep amber color and unique caramelized and spicy flavor.
It’s the perfect sidekick to any Egyptian fish or seafood dish. Plus, it’s super easy to make and adds a unique recipe to your rice collection.
Made with Egyptian short-grain rice, it’s delicate and cooks super fast. You can have a pot of rice ready in just 10 minutes.
24. Rice Kofta
Rice Kofta is a beloved Egyptian dish that brings together ground meat, cilantro, crushed rice, parsley and dill cooked in a delicious, well-seasoned sauce.
In Egypt, it’s typically served with white rice, pasta, or bread. And it’s a fantastic choice for parties, pot lucks or special occasions.
And the best thing about this dish? It’s made with simple ingredients.
25. Mahshi (Rice stuffed veggies)
Mahshi is a delicious family of stuffed veggies that’s super popular in the Mediterranean region.
In vegan Egyptian Mahshi, rice is cooked with onions, tomato sauce and paste, spices and herbs. The mixture is stuffed into the veggies of your choice and then cooked in a pot. Once you get the hang of it, you can stuff almost any veggies you like!
Give it a try. It’s quite addictive.
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- 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil + more for serving
- 1 jalapeño or serrano, diced
- 2-3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 1 large tomato, diced
- ½ tsp cumin
- 2 15oz cans fava beans
- salt to taste
- Heat extra virgin olive oil in a skillet or pan over medium heat. Add garlic and jalapeños and sauté for a minute.
- Add chopped tomatoes along with salt and cumin and cook for 6-8 minutes, or till tomatoes are broken down.
- Add fava beans along with canning liquids and mix well. Cook for 10-15 minutes. Using the back of a spoon, mash about half of the fava beans to a smooth, creamy texture. (If they are getting very dry, add a splash of water). Taste and adjust for salt.
- Transfer the fava beans to a serving bowl. Add a generous drizzle of olive oil all over. Top with fresh parsley and diced tomatoes. Serve with warm pita bread.
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