Halal Recipe For Moroccan Seafood Pastilla

Halal Recipe For Moroccan Seafood Pastilla

I’m happy to show you how to prepare one of my most preferable meals – a phyllo pastry stuffed with seafood and a typical recipe that is highly regarded as a national dish of Morocco. Enjoy!

Halal Recipe For Moroccan Seafood Pastilla pastilla fruits mer

Seafood Pastilla



For the filling :

  • 1 lb of fresh medium sized shrimp, shelled, cleaned and with tails removed.
  • 1 lb of fresh squid cleaned and cut into medium pieces.
  • 1 lb white meat fish (talapia or swordfish).
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 4 tbs of chopped parsley
  • 3 heads of garlic cloves
  • 3 oz of mushrooms sliced
  • ¼ cup of olive oil
  • 5 oz of Chinese vermicelli
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of cumin
  • 1 tsp of paprika
  • ½ tsp of black pepper
  • ½ tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp of saffron
  • 1 tsp of harissa
  • Lemon juice (one lemon)

For the wrap :

  • 1 lbs phyllo dough
  • Melted butter
  • 2 eggs yolk

For decoration:

  • 1 lemon sliced
  • Shrimp unshelled

Preparation steps:

Filling steps:

  • Use a large pan on a medium high fire. Add olive oil, mushrooms, onion, garlic, parsley, salt and spices, saffron, harissa. Sauté the mixture for about 7 minutes.
  • Add water to a medium pot. Bring it to a boil and add the squid first and cook it for 10 minutes, after that add the white fish meat and shrimp to boil for about 5 minutes. Strain the contents and make sure you save the water.
  • Boil the vermicelli in the same water from the previous step then cut it into small pieces.
  • Add the cooked fish (squid, shrimp, white fish) to the pan, add the lemon juice, mix and cook the ingredients for 10 minutes on a medium high fire then add the vermicelli to the pan and mix.

Wrapping steps:

  1. Grease a round baking dish with melted butter
  2. Then place 4 sheets phyllo dough in the dish
  3. Overlap them to 1/3 outside the dish
  4. Brush them with melted butter
  5. Add another one in the center, also brush it with melted butter
  6. Add all the filling to the dish
  7. Brush the edges with melted butter and egg yolk
  8. Bring the edges of the sheets to the center to cover the filling
  9. Add one more sheet on the top
  10. Brush the surface with melted butter and egg yolk.
  11. Bake it in the oven for about 20 minutes and 350 F.


Place the pastilla on a serving dish and decorate it with some lemon slices and some fried shrimp on the top.


Lamyaa Essousy

The author is from Tangier Morocco, she moved to USA in August 2013. She is a law school graduate with Master’s degree in Family Law from ABDEL MALIK ESSAADI University in Tangier. She comes from a conservative and religious family, and she concerns about the Islamic way of life in the USA. She is pleased to see the freedom of the country offers to minorities. Her hopes are to be able to work with non Arabic speaking Muslims especially newly converts and kids to help them learning Arabic, Quran, and the teachings of the prophet Mohamed (SAAWS). Also she would like to get an equivalent of her degree in an American University.

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