Food can represent the rich customs and traditions of a nation, and eating a delicious local meal can create a sweet memory for the tourist. Thus, most of the people are interested in trying traditional dishes when they travel to a new destination. Kish Island is one of the top tourist destinations in Iran, which combines tradition and modernity. The indigenous people of this island have delicious local food that shows their antiquity and ancient culture.
Moreover, traditional Kish food is a symbol of the region’s geographical and coastal location. On the one hand, most of these foods are made from fish and other seafood. On the other hand, since the original natives of the island are mostly Arabic-speaking, spicy Arabic foods are among traditional Kish dishes.
Here we, as locals, introduce you to the different kinds of traditional Kish food, their ingredients, and approximate prices.
Also, you can get more information about the most popular Iranian dishes and their approximate prices on the Persian Food and Drink page.
Kish Food & Drinks Menu
* The prices are rough and based on a qualified dish served in a popular traditional restaurant in major cities. Usually, the prices are a little lower in casual dining restaurants and in small towns.
- Samak Mashwi $6
Fresh Fish, Arabic Spices
- Margoog (Marqooq) $4
Lamb Meat, Potatoe, Carrot, Hot Green Pepper, Eggplant, Tomato, Onion, Garlic, Special Spices
- Mazroobeh $4
Fish, Garlic, Local Herbs
- Hariseh (Harissa or Harees) $2
Wheat, Meat, Cinnamon, Butter, Sugar
- Berenj-e Mahboos (Magboos) $4
Rice, Fish or Meat or Chicken, Onion, Tomato, Coriander Seeds, Fennel, Cumin, Black Pepper, Cloves, Cinnamon Stick, Cardamom, Turmeric
The trace of Arabic cuisine is evident in Kish’s traditional cuisine. Accordingly, one of the most popular Kish food is Samak Mashwi, which is considered an Arabic dish. The main ingredient of this dish is fresh fish of the gulf, which is prepared grilled or fried. As the island’s inhabitants cook this food with Arabic spices, it has a wonderful flavor for those who love spicy foods.
Ingredients: Fresh Fish, Arabic Spices
Margoog is a delicious dish of the island, which is originally an Arabic stew of this region. You can try Margoog only in Kish. This authentic Kish food contains a variety of fresh vegetables. To prepare this local stew, they first cook the meat and vegetables separately and then mix them. In the end, they add small balls of Sangag bread dough to the dish. Like other Iranian stews, Margoog is served with rice.
Ingredients: Lamb Meat, Potatoe, Carrot, Hot Green Pepper, Eggplant, Tomato, Onion, Garlic, Special Spices
Fish is a fundamental ingredient in preparing diverse kinds of traditional Kish food. In this regard, Mazroobeh is a traditional dish in this region that contains fish, garlic, and local herbs. To prepare this dish, the locals fry fresh fish with garlic and a unique herb that can be found only in this region. Do not forget to try this local dish when you are on Kish island.
Ingredients: Fish, Garlic, Local Herbs
Hariseh (Harissa or Harees)
Hariseh, traditional Kish food, is the popular dish of Arabs of the Persian Gulf and belongs to the 10th century. This traditional dish is a kind of Halim that is the popular Persian porridge containing wheat and meat.
To prepare this traditional Kish food, the locals cook the meat and the soaked wheat and stir it until the ingredients are mashed. Then they squish the mixture and add some butter and cook until it becomes thick. Finally, they garnish the dish with cinnamon, sugar, and butter. Traditionally, they cook Hariseh during the month of Ramadan for Iftar, and in other months it is a popular breakfast.
Ingredients: Hariseh – Harissa – Harees
Berenj-e Mahboos (Magboos)
Mahboos or Magboos is an Arabic dish that is a mixture of pilaf, chicken, and various spices.
In Kish, this food is called Berenj-e Mahboos, which is served in ceremonies. This delicious Kish food is prepared with special Arabic spice and can be cooked with meat, chicken, or fish. You can find this popular dish in most local restaurants in Kish. Its recipe is not so difficult. They put the pieces of meat, fish, or chicken in a pot and season with special spices such as cloves, black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, and local spices. Next, they grate the tomatoes and add to the pot. Finally, they serve it with rice after.
Ingredients: Rice, Fish or Meat or Chicken, Onion, Tomato, Coriander Seeds, Fennel, Cumin, Black Pepper, Cloves, Cinnamon Stick, Cardamom, Turmeric