Moroccan Potato Fritters (Maakouda)

These potato fritters are a super popular Moroccan street food. They are zesty. Quite zesty. I used plenty of cayenne pepper to season them, and I think you’ll love me for that. I fried them until crunchy and served them with a generous squeeze of lime juice. They’re also wonderful with a side of yogurt sauce.

Do give them a go.




Yield: 8 patties

Prep Time: 10 MIN

Cook Time: 12 min


3 medium Russet potatoes, peeled, coarsely grated and drained

2 eggs, beaten

6 sprigs parsley, chopped

6 sprigs cilantro, chopped

4 garlic cloves, minced

½ teaspoon paprika powder

½ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

Salt and freshly ground pepper

½ cup all purpose flour

About 1 cup canola oil for frying


Soak the shredded potatoes in a bowl of water for 2 minutes. Drain in a colander. Dry the potatoes in a kitchen towel to remove moisture. In a medium bowl, Mix the shredded potatoes with the eggs, parsley, cilantro, garlic, paprika, cayenne, salt, pepper and flour. Roll the mixture into balls and flatten to form patties.

Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Carefully deposit the patties in the pan and fry them until golden and crispy, 6 to 7 minutes per side. Drain them on absorbent paper towels.

Serve with lime wedges or yogurt sauce.


11 Responses to “Moroccan Potato Fritters (Maakouda)”

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    Eha — 04/20/2013 @ 6:43 pm

    These surely look tastier than many of the European ones for which I have recipes. Did not know Moroccans actually appreciated potatoes – another lesson learned tho’ i rarely eat them :) !

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    Lail | With A Spin — 04/22/2013 @ 4:12 am

    Great combination of spices. Sounds and looks delicious.

    • Nisrine replied: — April 23rd, 2013 @ 11:00 am

      Thank you, Lail.

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    Sues — 04/22/2013 @ 5:37 am

    These look so flavorful and delicious!

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    Joanne — 04/25/2013 @ 6:19 am

    These fritters sound super tasty! I love the Moroccan flavor profile in them.

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    Andi Houston — 04/29/2013 @ 7:00 am

    I love latkes, these look delicious! Great photo.

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    Nisrine — 04/29/2013 @ 7:44 am

    Thanks, Andi.

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    Annette — 05/08/2013 @ 2:42 pm

    OMG Nisrine that looks and sounds delicious…and sounds even better with the idea of yogurt sauce!

    • Nisrine replied: — May 9th, 2013 @ 8:00 am

      Thank you, sweetie. I hope you and the little one are well. We should meet up and cook together sometime.

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    Mohammed — 05/10/2013 @ 12:42 am

    Salamo alaikom Nisrine

    I am proud of you bent bladi. I wish you all the success.
    My wife loves your website.

    I miss Maakouda. I have not eaten it since I left Morocco in 2004.

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    Chloe — 07/31/2013 @ 11:37 am

    I made these and I thought they were delicious with the yogurt sauce. My friend ate about six of them in one sitting!

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