Moroccan Chermoula Sauce Recipe

This beautiful green Moroccan Chermoula Sauce is a great and healthy alternative to basil pesto as it does not need cheese.  I love making it in early spring when my parsley and cilantro are abundant.  This sauce is great on grilled fish, chicken, roasted winter vegetables such as cauliflower and squash.  I also stir a tablespoon into couscous, wheat berries, faro, and some soups.  It also freezes well.


This delicious Moroccan Sauce recipe, comments, and photos were shared with my by Karen Calanchini, Food Stylist and Photographer, of Redding, CA.


Moroccan Chermoula Sauce


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Moroccan Chermoula Sauce Recipe:
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Moroccan
Keyword: Moroccan Chermoula Sauce Recipe
Servings: 1 cup
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves (smaller tender stems are fine to use)
  • 2 cups parsley leaves (Italian)
  • 3 to 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika (sweet or smoked or some of each)
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes or 1/2 jalapeno chile pepper (seeds and membrane removed)
  • 1 large pinch saffron
  • 1/3 cup olive oil, extra-virgin
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice, freshly-squeezed (about 1 large lemon)
  1. In a food processor, add all the ingredients listed above; pulse until a thick paste forms.

  2. Store the prepared Chermoula Sauce in a glass container with a tight-fitting lid for up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator. Stir before using.

  3. To freeze, drop spoonfuls into an ice cube tray that has been sprayed with a non-stick olive oil spray.  When frozen solid, remove from Ice cube tray and put into a freezer bag. You can now use the individual cubes as needed.

  4. Yields: 1 cup of sauce.

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