Chermoula Fish: Cook by the authentic recipe of Moroccan

Chermoula Fish is a traditional Moroccan dish that can be served hot or cold. The spicy, fresh marinade is made with garlic, herbs, preserved lemons, olive oil, and cumin. The fish is seasoned and marinated with half of the sauce and then tossed with the remaining half before being baked or broiled. The rest can be used for another purpose, such as mixing into couscous or a salad.

To make the chermoula, you’ll need a bowl and a large tagine. Put the olive oil into the bottom of the large tagine. Place the fillets on top and cover with the chermoula mixture. It can be served with whole fish or fillets. If you’re looking for a simple dinner, try making this dish for your next family dinner by following the authentic recipe provided below.

Chermoula Fish Recipe

Chermoula Fish
The beauty of chermoula fish, captured in every flavorful bite
Chermoula Fish

Chermoula Fish Recipe

Chermoula is a thick marinade for fish and the foundation of many Moroccan and North African fish dishes. This classic chermoula recipe, which is close to relish in texture, is quick and easy to prepare. Adjust the levels of spiciness depending on your preference. 
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Course: Main dishes
Cuisine: African
Keyword: Chermoula fish recipe
CookingStyle: Baking
Prep Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
10 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 24 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 787kcal
Author: Black Pie
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  • Combine the garlic cloves, olive oil, coriander, lemon juice, cumin, salt, paprika, cayenne pepper, and saffron together and mix thoroughly until very smooth (you can use a food processor for this process).
  • Using half a cup of Chermoula, coat the fish fillets thoroughly and refrigerate to marinate for 2 hours.
  • Place a large pan over medium heat and add the potatoes, carrots, and the rest of the chermoula. Mix well and cover with an airtight lid.
  • Cook for 25-30 minutes until the carrots and potatoes are tender and cooked. Stir from time to time.
  • In the meantime, remove the lemon pulp and chop it finely.
  • Divide the carrot and potato mixture into 4 equal parts. Put each portion on a baking sheet. Every piece forms a small nest for fish fillets.
  • Put a marinated fish fillet in each nest of carrots and potatoes.
  • Garnish the fish with the bell peppers and lemon juice, and cherry tomatoes.
  • Sprinkle olive oil (optional) and cover the pan with aluminum foil.
  • Depending on the thickness of the fish fillets, cook in the oven for 12 to 17 minutes.
  • Serve hot with brown rice or bread.



  • Preheat the oven to (400 F) before cooking
  • The chermoula notes: The chermoula is best fresh, but it can be stored for later use. If placed in the refrigerator, add a bit of oil to the top before sealing in an airtight container; it will keep for up to three days. You can also freeze the chermoula; spoon it into plastic bags or ice cube trays and store it for about three months.
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Calories: 787kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 124g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 290mg | Sodium: 412mg | Potassium: 3658mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 10187IU | Vitamin C: 130mg | Calcium: 159mg | Iron: 5mg
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Baked Chermoula Fish Recipe

Chermoula Fish
A journey of flavors, one marinated fish fillet at a time.

To prepare Baked Chermoula Fish, begin by preheating your oven to 375°F (190°C) and positioning the rack in the center. Pat the fish fillets dry with a paper towel and generously season them with salt and black pepper on both sides. In a baking dish, drizzle a bit of olive oil to prevent sticking, then place the fish fillets in the dish. Next, spoon the Chermoula sauce evenly over the fish fillets, using the back of a spoon to spread it out and ensure the fish is well coated. Lay lemon slices over the fish fillets and drizzle the remaining olive oil over the top. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil, creating a sealed packet to allow the fish to steam in its juices and absorb all the flavors. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until the fish flakes easily with a fork. Once done, remove from the oven, garnish with fresh cilantro leaves, and serve the Baked Chermoula Fish with lemon wedges for an extra burst of citrus flavor.

Tips for making Chermoula Fish

Chermoula Fish
Chermoula fish: a canvas of colors, aromas, and delight.

Cooking Tips

Firstly, it’s crucial to choose the freshest fish available. Whether you opt for delicate white fish like cod or robust varieties like salmon, selecting fish that is firm, glossy-eyed, and has a clean ocean scent ensures the best possible flavor and texture in your final dish.

Another tip that I’ve learned through trial and error is to be generous with the Chermoula sauce. This vibrant mixture of herbs, spices, and citrus infuses the fish with layers of flavor and moisture, so don’t be shy when spooning it over the fillets. Trust me, the more Chermoula, the better!

When it comes to baking the fish, one tip I swear by is to create a sealed packet with aluminum foil. This not only helps to lock in moisture but also allows the fish to steam gently in its own juices, resulting in tender, succulent fillets every time.

Lastly, don’t underestimate the power of garnishes. Fresh cilantro leaves add a burst of freshness and color to the finished dish, while lemon wedges provide a zesty, citrusy finish that balances out the richness of the fish and Chermoula sauce perfectly.

Serving Suggestions

Chermoula Fish
The secret ingredient to a perfect evening: chermoula fish.

For a delightful meal featuring Chermoula Fish, consider serving it alongside a light and refreshing Daikon Salad. The crisp texture and subtle sweetness of the daikon provide the perfect contrast to the bold flavors of the fish and Chermoula sauce. Alternatively, pair the Chermoula Fish with a side of fluffy Rice Milk rice, allowing the fragrant grains to soak up the delicious sauce. If you’re in the mood for something heartier, serve the fish atop a bed of creamy Miso Soup, adding depth and complexity to the meal. For a complete experience, pair the Chermoula Fish with a refreshing glass of Soy Milk or a tangy Ponzu Sauce, rounding out the flavors and leaving your taste buds craving more. Whatever you choose, Chermoula Fish is sure to impress and delight your guests with its vibrant colors and bold flavors.

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FAQs about Chermoula Fish

Chermoula Fish
A sprinkle of freshness with a dash of chermoula.
  • Can I prepare Chermoula Fish in advance for a special occasion? Yes, you can marinate the fish in Chermoula sauce in advance to intensify the flavors. Just be sure to refrigerate it until you’re ready to bake.
  • Are there alternative fish choices for this recipe? Absolutely, while white fish like cod or tilapia is commonly used, you can experiment with salmon or trout for a distinct flavor.
  • Can I store leftovers, and if so, how? Yes, store any leftover Chermoula Fish in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat gently in the oven or microwave for the best results.
  • How spicy is Chermoula sauce? The spiciness of Chermoula sauce can vary. Adjust the amount of chili or cayenne pepper to suit your heat preference.
  • Can I make a vegetarian version of Chermoula Fish? Certainly, consider using tofu, eggplant, or cauliflower as a substitute for fish. Marinate and bake them following the same steps for a delectable alternative.


In conclusion, Chermoula Fish is a dish that captivates the senses with its vibrant colors, bold flavors, and delightful textures. Whether enjoyed as a light lunch, a refreshing dinner, or a centerpiece for a special occasion, its versatility and appeal make it a favorite among seafood lovers. At Food And Meal, we believe in celebrating the diversity of flavors and cultures through our recipes, and Chermoula Fish embodies that spirit perfectly. For more delicious recipes and culinary inspiration, be sure to visit Happy cooking!
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