Chermoula

Chermoula is like a pesto, used in North African cooking as a marinade to flavor fish or seafood, but it can be used on other meats, vegetables or stirred into couscous.

Chermoula is a sauce, similar to a pesto, used in North African cooking as a marinade to flavor fish or seafood, but it can be used on other meats, vegetables or stirred into couscous.

Chermoula is like a pesto, used in North African cooking as a marinade to flavor fish or seafood, but it can be used on other meats, vegetables or stirred into couscous.

Last week I had a Grilled Shrimp Chickpea Salad at Lana’s in Charleston, SC (I will be sharing that recipe tomorrow) that was flavorful and healthy, I asked Chef Ondo for the recipe.  Since this sauce can be used in so many ways, I thought I would share it on it’s own first as I know I plan on using the rest in other dishes this week.

 

Chermoula is like a pesto, used in North African cooking as a marinade to flavor fish or seafood, but it can be used on other meats, vegetables or stirred into couscous.

I scaled this down from his original and reduced the olive oil a bit to lower the calories. I’ve seen other recipes that use a combination of cilantro and parsley, but I really love the mint in his version. This is a great use for those extra herbs you may have in your fridge, it will stay refrigerated about 7 days in an air-tight container. Note, Ras el Hanout  is a Moroccan spice blend. You can make it yourself or purchase it from brands such as McCormick or Frontier.

Chermoula

Chermoula is similar to a pesto, used in North African cooking as a marinade to flavor fish or seafood, but it can be used on other meats, vegetables or stirred into couscous.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup packed cilantro
  • 1/2 cup packed mint leaves (no stems)
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 2 small cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Ras el Hanout
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Directions:

Combine all the ingredients and puree in small blender (I used my magic bullet) until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl. If necessary add a drop of water of it’s too thick.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 6 tablespoons, Serving Size: 1 tablespoon

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Smart Points: 3
  • Points +: 2
  • Calories: 86
  • Total Fat: 9g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 3mg
  • Carbohydrates: 1.5g
  • Fiber: 0.5g
  • Sugar: 0g
  • Protein: 0.5g