Salmon with Chermoula Sauce and Couscous

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
What better way to use up cilantro and parsley in the fridge, than making a spiced and flavorful herbaceous sauce! This Moroccan sauce gets paired with earthy spices like cumin and coriander, making it an easy go-to coating and marinade for many proteins. In this recipe, it's pulsed in a food processor and gets spooned over salmon filets. This chermoula also calls for adding juice of lemon and the zest, but you can try it with preserved lemons for a nice relish.



  1. Make the chermoula: Combine the cilantro, 1/4 cup parsley leaves, the garlic, 1 teaspoon cumin, 1 teaspoon coriander and the lemon zest and juice in a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped. While the machine is running, slowly drizzle in 1/4 cup olive oil and process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and the zucchini and cook, stirring, until crisp-tender, 1 minute. Add the harissa, 1 1/4 cups water and a big pinch of salt and bring to a boil. Stir in the couscous, then cover, remove from the heat and wait 5 minutes; fluff with a fork. Stir in the 2 tablespoons chopped parsley; season with salt.
  3. Season the salmon with the remaining 1 teaspoon each cumin and coriander and a few pinches each of salt and pepper. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the salmon and cook until browned, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Divide among plates and top with the chermoula. Serve with the couscous and lemon wedges.