I know, you’re like ‘Kristina, wtf is chermoula? And how do we even pronounce that word?’. I know you’re thinking it because I wondered the same thing when I first came across a recipe for it! It’s actually a North African term, but it’s much less complicated and way more familiar than it sounds. I promise! It is typically a sauce or marinade for fish that containers lemon, olive oil, garlic & cilantro. See, simple! Which is probably exactly why I love it so much.
As you can see, I used mine as a topping for some…salmon…because really, what else do I ever eat for seafood?! But for real, it was perfect! The flavors are so delicious and Nick & I both gobbled this salmon right up! It has a hint of smokiness that I really enjoyed from both the smoked paprika, which I’ve used on salmon before, and the chili powder, which I haven’t used on salmon before but definitely will again in the future!
I served this salmon over my Chickpea & Olive Salad and it was seriously to dieeeee for! The flavors all worked so darn perfectly together and I could easily eat this for dinner multiple times a week (which says a whooooole heck of a lot, because if you know me, you know I tend to despise repeat meals within like a month of each other haha).
Of course, it also had to be 21 Day Fix friendly, right?! So I counted this as 1 red (for the salmon) and 1/2 of an orange container! Then the chickpea salad that I served it with counted as 1 yellow and the other 1/2 of the orange container! I also served this with a big, old bowl of steamed broccoli, which isn’t pictured but definitely rounded out the meal and made it super filling! Sometimes, you just don’t have room in the picture for everything…ya feel me?!
Salmon marinated with chili, paprika, cilantro & lemon.
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 2 Tbs minced fresh parsley
- 2 Tbs minced fresh cilantro
- Zest of 1 lemon (aboout 1/2 Tbs)
- 1/4 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp chili powder
- 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 2 Tbs oil
- 1/2 lb wild caught salmon
In a bowl, stir together the garlic, herbs, lemon zest, spices & oil.
Pour marinade over salmon and marinate at least 1 hour or up to 8.
When ready to cook, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place salmon on non-stick baking sheet and be sure to pour the extra marinade on top. Bake 12-15 minutes or until salmon is cooked through.
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