Smen, Moroccan Preserved Butter

Smen, Moroccan Fermented Butter

  • Author: Azlin Bloor
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes


Smen, a preserved butter found in Morocco and other parts of North Africa, is a tradition that dates back centuries.



  • 450 g (1 lb) unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbsp coarse salt


  • 60ml (1/4 cup) Strong Oregano tea


  1. Mix the salt thoroughly with the butter. If using oregano tea, add it now, and knead the butter until it’s all mixed in.
  2. Spoon into a clean jar and pack it in, pressing down to dispel any air pockets.
  3. Seal tightly and store in a cool place for a month to let it ferment.
  4. It should be ready after a month.
  5. Once opened, store in the fridge and use within a month.

  • Category: Ingredients
  • Method: Easy
  • Cuisine: Moroccan (North African)

Keywords: homemade, moroccan, ingredients