The 10 most famous Turkish dishes in the world

Turkish cuisine; It has gained admiration in Anatolia as well as in other geographies in terms of its taste and nutritional value, and has become one of the leading culinary cultures of the world. Therefore, dozens of flavors can be mentioned that originate from these lands and whose fame has spread around the world. You can find the most striking of these in our list of the most famous Turkish dishes.

Doner Kebab

Doner is one of the most well-known dishes in the world, where it is possible to find it wherever you go. Although there are many different types of kebab coming to mind of everyone living in our country when “kebab” is mentioned, “döner” comes to the fore in the minds of foreigners.

In addition to the taste of doner, which should definitely take the first place in the list of the most famous Turkish dishes, the way it is prepared is one of the details that attract the attention of foreigners. The sweet smell of doner kebab, which is placed in a bottle and turned slowly in a vertical position, can be considered as another point that highlights this taste.


Baklava is undoubtedly one of the first tastes that comes to mind when it comes to Turkish cuisine. Baklava, the king of sherbet desserts, is a very popular recipe in Turkey as well as abroad.

For this reason, it is possible to taste baklava in many countries from Europe to Asia. On the other hand, it opened thin, crowned with complete consistency of syrup, the right address for baklava with pistachios added to the flavor, of course, Turkey.

Shish Kebab

Although there are both red meat and chicken meat varieties of shish kebab, a Turkish food classic, its version made with chicken is more widely preferred abroad. In addition, with the effect of having a common history and close geographies, there is a shish kebab recipe in Arabic and Greek cuisine. However, Turkish style shish kebab differs from its counterparts with its sauces, rice and specially prepared pita.


Lahmacun, which can be listed among the famous Turkish dishes, is often referred to as “Turkish pizza” in foreign societies. Although it is likened to pizza due to its circular form, lahmacun, which has little to do with pizza in terms of content and dough, is sometimes included in the menu of restaurants abroad with the phrase “pide”.

Lahmacun, which has a unique eating ritual because it is served with minced meat, greens, lemon and spices, is one of our delightful tastes that impress everyone with its crispy dough and taste.

Iskender kebab

İskender Kebap, named after a butcher from Bursa; of our traditional flavors served with pita, thinly sliced meat, tomato sauce, butter and yogurt. Iskender Kebap, which is appreciated by foreigners who visit our country, is definitely on the menu of many Turkish restaurants because it is in high demand abroad.

Olive Oil Wrapped

Grape leaves with olive oil, a recipe for thousands of years, conquers the hearts of every taste with its flavor. The olive oil stuffed grape leaves, prepared with the method of wrapping the stuffing made with rice, spices and onions between the vine leaves, is another of the Turkish dishes whose fame has spread around the world.


almost every region of unique varieties of dumplings each in Turkey, though in general in the world “meatballs” are taken under the roof. Like other kebab varieties, it is possible to see meatballs served with greens, rice and pita in the restaurants of foreign countries under the name of “Turkish meatball”.


One of the most special flavors of Southeastern Anatolian cuisine, künefe appears as one of our delicacies, whose reputation goes beyond the borders of the country. Cheering the palates with its delicious string kadayıf, special cheese, pistachio decoration and consistency sherbet, künefe is generally preferred to make a perfect final after tasting delicious Turkish dishes.


Another famous recipe is mantı, which is prepared for service by boiling small pieces of dough filled with spicy and meat filling, then adding yogurt and special sauce. Although similar to the Italian recipe for “ravioli”, differentiating with its original presentation, mantı is one of the tastes that are in demand in many parts of the world.

Baked Potato

Baked potato flavor, which is quite a popular street in Turkey, sees interest by foreigners. For this reason, the most distinctive and most interesting feature of the baked potato that we want to list among the famous Turkish dishes is that it is served by adding different side dishes according to the taste.

We know that there is much more to traditional Turkish cuisine than what is on our list. However, unfortunately, in our thousands of years of history, some recipes have not survived until today, so they have not found their deserved place in the world gastronomy literature. However, we have the potential to spread all the colors of Turkish cuisine to the world, full of delicious, nutritious and pure recipes.

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