Chermoula is a vibrant North African pantry staple. It comes in a red and a green variant, and it’s the red variant I’ll be focusing on in this blog post. Red chermoula is often made from sun dried tomatoes, herbs and preserved lemon, ready to take your taste buds on a thrilling journey through the spice markets and bustling kitchens of North Africa. Chermoula is incredibly versatile and can be used in various ways, such as a marinade for meats (especially chicken and fish), a dressing for salads, a dip for bread, or a condiment to accompany grilled vegetables.
Here are some of the ways you can incorporate chermoula into your cooking adventures:
Chermoula-Marinated Grilled Chicken
Fire up that grill and get ready for a flavor explosion! Marinating chicken in chermoula is a game-changer. Just coat your chicken pieces (thighs, breasts, or drumsticks) with chermoula, let them soak up the goodness for a couple of hours, then throw them on the grill. The combo of herbs, spices, and citrus in the chermoula will take your chicken to a whole new level.
Toss your veggies —think bell peppers, zucchini, or cauliflower— in chermoula before roasting. Then roast them in the oven until they’re tender and bursting with chermoula’s aromatic charm.
Chermoula as a Dipping Sauce
This is my favorite way to enjoy chermoula! Mix a tablespoon or two of chermoula into some creamy Greek yogurt, and you’ve got yourself a tangy, herbaceous dip that pairs perfectly with pita bread, chips, or veggie sticks. It’s a great appetizer for any gathering or a tasty snack just for you:)
Chermoula Couscous Salad
Cook your couscous as usual, then mix in some chermoula, chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, and fresh herbs like parsley and mint, and you’ve got yourself a lively, colorful salad that’s bursting with textures and flavors.
Chermoula Drizzled Seafood
Drizzle chermoula over your favorite fish fillet or shrimp before grilling or baking. The chermoula’s bright and zesty notes will infuse your seafood with a taste of the Mediterranean.
Chermoula Tofu or Tempeh
Marinate tofu or tempeh in chermoula and discover how the aromatic spread complements the earthy flavors of the plant-based proteins. Pan-fry or bake for a satisfying meatless meal.