Smoky chermoula salmon

Smoky chermoula salmon

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Cooking time

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 15 mins Plus marinating

Skill level



Serves 4

Heart healthy and a good source of omega-3, chermoula will make an exotic addition to this barbecued fish

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Healthy
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving



  • 1 salmon fillet, skin on is essential, weighing about 500g/1lb 2oz

For the marinade

  • 4 garlic cloves
  • bunch coriander, roughly chopped, plus extra to serve
  • ½ tbsp coriander seed
  • 1 tbsp powdered cumin
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • juice 1 lemon
  • pinch saffron strands
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and chopped, to serve

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  1. Tip all the ingredients for the marinade into a food processor and blitz until you have a rough paste. Sit the salmon in a dish and rub the marinade all over the flesh. Leave for 1 hr or overnight in the fridge.
  2. Heat the barbecue and fold a length of foil longer than the fish into a strip and sit the salmon on top, skin-side down. Using the ends of the foil, lift the fish onto the bars of the barbecue – if you have a kettle barbecue, place the lid on. Leave the fish for about 15 mins until it is just cooked through. Using the foil, carefully lift the fish onto a platter and scatter with coriander and chilli. Let everyone pull bits of the fish away, but leave the skin behind. Serve with a simple tomato, red onion and cumin seed salad.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, August 2011

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borumha2's picture

This recipe is downright perfect. Blew us away! Will definitely make again, seriously good for dinner the next day too.

hogiani's picture
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Tried it with the whole side of a salmon. Cooked it on a hot open BBQ and it was top notch..

andrealphus's picture
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Absolutely delicious - completely recommend - absolute piece of cake to make - my 9 year old made the marinade, and we used ground coriander instead of seeds, to avoid 'crunchy bits'! Incredibly moist (although I did check it with a thermometer!) and just the right amount of kick from the cayenne - make sure you use sweet smoked paprika, and not hot though, as I think it might be a bit too spicy with hot! Has a really lovely smoky taste when done on a kettle BBQ with the lid down - yum!!

kwacha's picture

For me the marinade did not brown on the top as shown by the picture. Very tasty and moist. I will grill the top for the last few minutes next time.

helenprout's picture

Did this cooked in the oven, as British weather wasn't up to BBQ!! It was lovely, left it marinading overnight and the salmon was wonderfully moist when cooked. Served it with the suggested tomato and red onion salad, and also a butternut squash and puy lentil salad I also found on the GF site. A very easy but extremely pleasing birthday lunch!

annabellawrence's picture

Have made this a couple of time - it is delicious!