Chermoula-marinated mackerel

Chermoula-marinated mackerel

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Cooking time

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 15 mins

Skill level

Moderately easy


Serves 2

Chermoula is a North African marinade, used to flavour fish. The recipe varies, but this one contains paprika, making in Moroccan

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  • 2 whole mackerel, scaled, gutted and cleaned
  • olive oil, for brushing
  • lemon wedges, to serve

For the filling

  • 1 garlic clove, roughly chopped
  • 2 tsp fennel seeds
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp saffron
  • 1 red chilli, roughly chopped, seeds in or out - up to you
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

For the chermoula

  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • pinch chilli powder
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 50g coriander, roughly chopped
  • 3 tbsp light olive oil

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  1. Pound the ingredients for the filling together using a pestle and mortar. Make 3 diagonal incisions along both sides of each mackerel, then push in the filling. Chill for up to 2 hrs before cooking.
  2. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. For the chermoula, place the garlic, spices, lemon juice, coriander and a pinch of sea salt into a blender. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil, blending.
  3. Brush the mackerel with a little olive oil on both sides, then place on a hot griddle or frying pan and sear for 2 mins on each side. Carefully transfer to an oven tray and bake for about 10 mins, or until the mackerel is cooked through. Drizzle with some of the chermoula and serve with the Carrot, olive & lemon couscous (recipe, below), lemon wedges and the remaining chermoula on the side.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, August 2010

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iamsnakes's picture

This was really different. An interesting dish. I would agree with earthy. For me the Chermoula was the key, and the cous cous was tasty

greenjade6's picture
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I have made this twice so far - 2nd time without the chermoula. Personally I would recommend not making the chermoula and just enjoying the marinated fish. Delicious!

susankguthrie's picture

Absolutely delicious. The fish takes on a warm, earthy flavour (even after the 10 minutes I gave it to marinate), and the drizzle gives it a strong punch. I also made the couscous recipe as suggested, which was an excellent addition and complimented it well. This meal was nice and light, but filling. I found it pretty easy to make (but gave it longer than the 10mins to bake - Scottish mackerel get pretty fat). Cook it to impress someone!

alisondefries's picture
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This is a delicious recipe. I made it with the carrot,olive & lemon couscous and the crisp za'atar bread that was featured in the August 2010 magazine.



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