Mozambique boasts a vibrant culinary scene, influenced by its rich history and diverse geography. From fresh seafood on the coast to hearty stews inland, the flavours are simply unforgettable. Here’s a glimpse into some traditional Mozambican dishes you shouldn’t miss.

Nalikilal, Frango a Zambeziana acompanhado de Salada e Batatas Fritas, CC BY-SA 4.0

Staples for Every Meal

Xima, a stiff maize porridge, is the foundation of many Mozambican meals. It’s often served alongside rich stews like matapa, a peanut and cassava leaf stew with a creamy coconut base. Rice and cassava are also common staples, providing a base for exploring a variety of dishes.

Seafood Delights

Mozambique’s coastline provides an abundance of fresh seafood. Piri piri prawns, sizzling with a spicy peri peri sauce, are a national favorite. Don’t miss out on grilled or steamed fish, lobster, and calamari, all bursting with ocean freshness, found at restaurants in Mozambique at properties such as Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort.

Flavourful Stews

Matapa, as mentioned earlier, is a true Mozambican gem. Another must-try is “cachule,” a hearty bean stew often incorporating vegetables and meat. Don’t forget to explore regional specialities – Galinha Zambezi, a flavorful chicken dish cooked with lime and peri peri, is a delight in the Zambezia province.

A Touch of Portugal

Mozambique’s colonial past with Portugal leaves its mark on the cuisine. “Rissóis de camarão” – crispy fried shrimp croquettes – are a delicious example. Bread lovers will appreciate “pãozinho,” freshly baked rolls perfect for mopping up stews or enjoying with savoury spreads.

Sweet Endings

End your culinary adventure on a high note with “doce de mamão,” a sweet and tangy papaya jam, or “bolinhos fritos,” deep-fried dough balls dusted with cinnamon and sugar.