Top 20 Most Popular Foods In Saudi Arabia

Awis Kilani • 2022 Jul 28


Saudi Arabia makes up a lot of the Arabian Peninsula. It is famous for amazing foods, which are a sign of the culture and heritage of the country. These foods are recognized worldwide, and people from different areas are fond of Saudi dishes. The food is an excellent symbol of hospitality. If you plan to visit some of your friend who has invited you to eat a Saudi meal, it will be a fantastic experience for you as you will see the generous quantity of food on large platters. You might be planning to visit Saudi Arabia, so you ought to know about the top foods to make your trip memorable. 

The article will put light on the 20 most popular Saudi foods. So let's get started. 

Top 20 Most Popular Foods In Saudi Arabia 

Following is the description of the most delicious and famous Saudi foods that attract people from every corner of the world. 

  1. Ruz Al Bukhari 

Ruz Al Bukhari (Al-Fahm) is named on the ancient city of Bukhara. It is a rice dish that is presented with roasted chicken. It includes different spices like cumin and cinnamon, which might differ in various restaurants and areas of the country. Some offer it with tomato sauce, while others are presented with almonds and nuts. 

  1. Muttabaq 

Muttabaq is translated as the meaning of folded. It is an Arabian snack containing a thin layer of bread replete with eggs, meat, and other food items. You can find it fried in some regions, while others have variations like it is baked. This delicious food has a crispy outer layer while yummy inside. People love to eat it with lemon and whole chilies. 

  1. Harees

Harees is an ancient Saudi dish considered essential in the Holy Month of Ramadan. The kind of spices used depends on where you are eating it. However, the main ingredients are wheat, meat, and oil. 

  1. Falafel 

Tamiya is another name used for falafel. It is a trendy dish in Saudi Arabia and other countries in the Middle East like Lebanon, Jordan, UAE, etc. You can buy only falafel or with the Khubz sandwich, including boiled eggs, pickles, and tomatoes. 

  1. Ful wa Tameez 

It is the most delicious Saudi dish, often included in the pre-dawn breakfast in the Holy Month of Ramadan. It consists of thick bread and mashed fava bean.

  1. Shawarma 

Shawarma is also one of the most popular dishes offered in Saudi meals. You can find it in almost every country without any difficulty. It consists of small pieces of meat roasted on a spit and then stuffed on Khubz with spices and sauces. 

  1. Kibbeh 

The word Kibbeh originated from Kubbah, which means ball. It is because the shape of this excellent Saudi food is like a ball. It is made up of bulgur wheat and meat that might be beef or lamb. It is found deep-fried or baked in most regions. 

  1. Mandi 

It is a dish containing meat and rice that traditionally belongs to Yemen but is also trendy in Saudi Arabia. The heart is boiled with different spices, whereas the rice is cooked with other herbs, especially turmeric, which gives it a unique and identical yellow color. 

  1. Gahwa 

Gahwa is an Arabic coffee that is an excellent symbol of hospitality when it comes to welcoming your guests. It contains coffee beans and some other spices like cloves and cardamom. You can find it in the country day and night, but you can have a few centiliters of Gahwa at once. 

  1. Hummus 

It is a Saudi dish that is often eaten with fresh Khubz and contains lemon juice, garlic, and chickpeas. 

  1. Ferek 

The local Saudi person loves to enjoy this great meal, especially in cold months, and it is popular in each region of the country as it combines sweet and savory tastes at once. 

  1. Saleeg

It is a porridge-like dish eaten during special events and cold months. This dish is relatively easy to cook as it contains a few ingredients like rice, meat, butter, spices, and olive oil. 

  1. Kunafah 

It is a sweet pastry in almost every Middle Eastern region in different shapes and sizes. It is a shell made with semolina that is stuffed with creamy filling. 

  1. Dajaj Mashwi 

It is a chicken dish flooded with spices. Chicken breast is usually used in this dish that is first marinated in different spices and then cooked. After that, it is served with garlic sauce, and people also have it with other dishes like rice and soup. 

  1. Maamoul

It is a kind of cookie found in the country that is traditionally served on holidays and different celebrations. 

  1. Fatayer 

This great pie dish is generally served with Hummus and Kibbeh. You can have it with different types of fillings like cheese or spinach. 

  1. Kabsa 

It is the national dish of Saudi Arabia. It is rice, and a roast chicken dish is served on the big platters. 

  1. Sambuca

This great snack is popular in Saudi Arabia and eaten in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. 

  1. Tharid 

The dish is popular as it is said to be the favorite dish of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). It is a lamb and vegetable dish served with regag. 

  1. Arayes 

These are the delicious sandwiches that are stuffed with different meat, herbs, and spices. It is eaten as a snack food that can be baked, grilled, or fried. 


Every region has different kinds of food that make that region unforgettable and identical, and so is Saudi Arabia. The 20 top Saudi foods mentioned can make you feel like your visit has not been ruined.