Offal is both tasty and nutritious.

16 March 2020

Why You Should Try Offal at a Marrakech Restaurant

The foodie who is well versed in various cuisines will be no stranger to Offal. This is a scrumptious dish that contains the viscera and internal organs of a butchered animal. Any organ of the animal can be thrown into an Offal medley as long as it’s not bone or muscle. While some cultures see offal as taboo, others see it as a delicacy. 

Here in Marrakech and throughout Marrakech, the locals and travellers alike enjoy offal for its flavour and aroma. The meats that go into this hearty dish can vary depending on the time of year, but we recommend all foodies who visit Marrakech to taste Moroccan offal. 

It is both a rich and healthy dish.  

Moroccan Offal Variations and Profiles

The typical offal dish served at a Marrakech restaurant consists of kidneys, liver and heart cooked in traditional spices. We serve this variation here at our Le Trou Au Mur restaurant and is a popular choice considering the positive reviews it has garnered. 

Our chefs season offal with pepper, cumin, garlic, coriander, preserved lemon and parsley and serve the dish with dipping bread. Each organ meat adds a unique texture to the dish. The liver, for instance, adds tenderness while the heart adds richness to counter the softness of the liver and other meats. This isn’t the only way to prepare offal, however, and it’s not uncommon for it to be served in different variations. 

Variations of Moroccan Offal

The manner in which the meats are prepared can vary as well. For example, meats can be grilled (such as liver), slow-cooked (calf/lamb trotters) or prepared in a pan (spleen). 

Offal Does the Tastebuds and the Body Good…

Organ meats may very well join the ranks of cilantro – people either love or hate them. With that said, an argument can be made for both parties to either start or continue eating offal. Offal is a nutritional powerhouse full of proteins, vitamins and minerals. They were once consumed by many cultures around the world, but the practice of eating organ meats has generally declined. 

Nutrition Benefits of Offal 

Moroccan Offal – Not to be Ignored

Offal might not carry the same appeal as traditional meat dishes such as chicken tagine, mechoui and kefta. But the eclectic mix of soft and rich textures, along with its zesty seasonings make offal a must-try for all foodies visiting Marrakech. 

It can be a great meal for travellers who are familiar with Moroccan cuisine and want to explore some alternatives. It also doesn’t hurt that it can have significant nutritional value. We can say with utmost confidence that diners who eat a plate of offal will not be disappointed. 

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Why You Should Try Offal at a Marrakech Restaurant