Ghermoula Fish Marinade

In North Africa, there is a marinade that is especially great with fish. Chermoula is the marinade and it has quickly become a very popular fish marinade here in the United States for chefs in restaurants as it’s a quick, easy and not to mention cheap way to add a ton of flavor to otherwise bland fish cuts.

This recipe adapts well to most types of fish cuts. I prefer swordfish, halibut, and haddock. I have recently tried this on catfish and found it to be amazing! Enjoy!

Chermoula Marinade for Fish
Serves 6
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  1. 6 to 8 medium halibut steaks, each weighing about 6 ounces
  2. 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  3. 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  4. 1 tablespoon ground sweet red pepper paprika, more to taste
  5. 1 tablespoon fresh crushed dried red pepper flakes
  6. 1 tablespoon fresh ground cumin, or more to your taste
  7. 1 teaspoon sea salt
  8. 8 garlic cloves, crushed
  9. 1 large bunch of flat-leaf parsley
  10. 1 large bunch of fresh cilantro
  1. Chop the cilantro and parsley together into a very fine mince. This should yield about 1 cup of minced herbs. Transfer the herbs to a sauce pan.
  2. In a mortar and pestle crush the garlic with the salt to form a paste. Stir in the cumin, dried pepper, paprika, olive oil and the lemon juice. Add this lemon-salt mixture to the herbs in the sauce pan and mix well.
  3. Place the fish steaks in a baking dish that is large enough to hold all of them in a single layer.
  4. Place the herb mixture over a medium high heat and allow it to warm until it is very hot, but it has not come to a boil. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Pour the marinade over the fish. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to set aside for at least an hour, no more than four.
  5. You can either back the fish in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees F, or you can grill the fish.
  6. If you are baking the fish, please baste the fish every 5 minutes or so with the marinade. If you are grilling, you can baste - just wait until the last 5 minutes of cooking.
Adapted from Gordon Ramsey
Adapted from Gordon Ramsey
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