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Haddock in Chermoula Sauce

Updated: May 4, 2023

Chermoula is a North African sauce usually served with fish, seafood or vegetables. This light and easy sauce packs a delicious flavorful punch with fresh herbs, cumin, garlic and olive oil, you won't be disappointed! #seafood


For fish and vegetables

  • 1 pound medium red boiling potatoes

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 green or yellow bell peppers, cut into 1/4-inch-wide strips

  • 2 medium tomatoes, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices

  • 3 lbs. haddock or cod fillets, skinned and cut into 6 pieces

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

For chermoula sauce

  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • 5 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped

  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice

  • 2 teaspoons sweet paprika

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne

  • 1/2 cup olive oil


Prepare fish and vegetables:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.

  2. Prick each potato once with a fork, then rub potatoes with 1/2 tablespoon oil. Roast on a baking sheet in middle of oven until just tender, about 25 minutes. Cool to room temperature and cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Leave oven on.

  3. Heat remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then sauté bell peppers, stirring, until just tender, 6 to 8 minutes.

  4. Spread potato slices evenly in an oiled 13- by 9- by 2-inch glass baking dish and season with salt and pepper. Top with peppers, then tomatoes and fish, seasoning each layer with salt and pepper. Sprinkle fish with lemon juice.

Make chermoula sauce:

  1. Purée all sauce ingredients except oil in a food processor or blender. With motor running, add oil in a slow stream.

Bake fish and vegetables:

  1. Pour sauce evenly over fish and bake in middle of oven until fish is just cooked through, 25 to 30 minutes.

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