Basic Chermoula Recipe

Oct 23, 2013 3:30 pm

Make this classic Moroccan sauce for any protein

Photo: John Valls
Photo: John Valls
Chermoula is a marinade that is popular in Moroccan cooking. It is commonly used to flavor fish.

Scott Snyder is chef-owner at Portland's incredibly popular Levant, where his signature chermoula, a classic, tangy-savory Moroccan condiment and sauce, is a best-seller. Marinate your favorite protein in this simple preparation, or use it as a finishing sauce (especially if freshly grilled sardines are involved).  

Says the chef:

"I researched and have been making it for years at home.  For the more adventurous, use a mortar and pestle to blend, otherwise a food processor works fine. Work your garlic to a paste, add herbs, spices and oils and finish with lemon juice. If you're using as a marinade instead of a sauce, thin the consistency with chicken stock. You can keep chermoula in the fridge in a sealed container topped with a layer of olive oil (like you would with pesto) in the fridge."

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Servings: 8 -12


1 bunch parsley
1 bunch cilantro
10 cloves garlic
3 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons hot smoked paprika
2 teaspoons cayenne
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
3 tablespoons ground toasted cumin
pinch of saffron
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup capers
3 anchovies, cleaned and filleted
  1. Chop parsley, cilantro and garlic. Combine with paprika, hot smoked paprika, cayenne, black pepper, toasted cumin and saffron.
  2. Steep in water, lemon juice and olive oil. Add capers and anchovies.
  3. Blend with a food processor or mortar and pestle and serve.

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