Chermoula

chermoula madebyjayne.com

Chermoula is one of my favourite marinades, it’s a blend of coriander (cilantro), garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and spices. A very popular seasoning for grilled meat or fish in Morocco, it’s incredibly flavourful and zingy. Your taste buds will get such a blast! I use it most weeks through the summer as a marinade for white fish. It couldn’t be easier to make, all of the ingredients go into a food processor and get blitzed together to form a slack paste which can be spread onto chicken or fish.

There are many versions of Chermoula, some with onions, some containing harissa or smoked paprika but this I think is the simplest version and I love it! It is so easy to make and use. I usually make it at the weekend and store it in a Tupperware to make a fast dinner during the week. The Chermoulah can also be used as a marinade but I usually just spread it on just before the end of the cooking time to save a little time.

With recent issues about blogging others recipes I must declare that I do not know the origination of this! I have a folder full of recipes torn from magazines, many are years old and its impossible to know where they came from. I have adapted the original recipe but can not give credit to the recipe creator.  I will just have to hope you believe me when I say I have no wish to cause offense to anyone when posting a recipe!

Chermoula

  • A large bunch of Coriander, rinsed and chopped roughly in half
  • Approximately 2 tbsp Flat leaf Parsley, rinsed
  • 3 large garlic cloves, peeled, chopped in halves
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder (this is quite a hot version, do use less chilli powder for less heat)
  • 1tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp ground Cumin
  • 1/4 cup, 60 ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  1. Put all of the ingredients into a food processor and process until blended, stopping to scrape the sides of the processor a couple of times to incorporate all of the ingredients.
  2. To use, pan fry or grill your fish, firm fish portions are best to avoid breaking up. When the fish is almost cooked spread on the Chermoulah and finish cooking.

I am linking this up with a blog hop called Herbs on Saturday held by Karen at her lovely blog Lavender and Lovage.

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  1. #1 by lizthechef on March 11, 2012 - 15:49

    I have never heard of this! Larry is not a fan of cilantro but I bet parsley would work…

    • #2 by Jayne on March 11, 2012 - 18:27

      I’m always shocked when people dont like cilantro! It would be very different with parsley, I should try that!

  2. #3 by Wendy Read on March 12, 2012 - 02:52

    I love your new blog name!! This looks yummy, we too have a hard time with cilantro, so I would try with flat leaf parsely too :) Thanks so much for the great post Jayne.

  3. #4 by Charlotte Pike on March 13, 2012 - 07:30

    What a great recipe Jayne! I love coriander! I also echo Wendy’s thoughts and love your new blog name!!

    Charlotte x
    @gofreecakes

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