295 – Baked Fish with Moroccan Charmoula Recipe / سمك بالفرن مع شرمولة المغربي

Healthy and delicious baked fish Moroccan style! A recipe that will become part of your family menu!

Ingredients

 

  • 1 whole fish (preferably Rouget or Peagot) around 2 pounds / 1 kg
  • 4 medium-sized tomatoes
  • Decoration: 1 lemon and 1 tomato for decoration
  • Charmoula ingredients:
  • A bunch of cilantro (around 60 grams)
  • 4-5 large garlic cloves (peeled)
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon red hot chili pepper (to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil and 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons water

Directions

 

Step 1: Preparing the Charmoula
1- Place all the charmoula ingredients in a blender and mix until well integrated. You should get a smooth thick marinade.

Step 2: Marinating the Fish
1- We are using a whole fish (of course the inside of it is cleaned up and the fish scales are scraped. Also make sure the eye of the fish is removed as it adds a little bitter taste of the dish).

2- Make a deep cut in each side of the fish. Use the sharp pointy edge of the knife to stab the inside of the fish, so the marinade gets inside.
3- Take ½ of the charmoula marinade and pour all over the fish. Make sure that the fish is completely covered with the marinade.
4- Place the fish in a baking pan.

Step 3: Preparing the Tomato Sauce
1- Cut the tomatoes in half. Grate the inside part of the tomatoes using the large “eyes” of the grater. Discard the tomato skin.

2- Mix the grated tomatoes with the rest of the charmoula.
3- Pour the tomato mixture around the fish.

Step 4: Baking the Fish
1- Preheat the oven to 360 F / 180 C.

2- Slice the lemon and tomato into thin slices.
3- Place the slices on top of the fish (alternating between a tomato slice and a lemon slice).
4- Pour whatever is left from the charmoula on top of the tomato and lemon slices.
5- Place the fish in the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes or until done (you can test the fish meat, it should be cooked and soft). Do not overbake or the fish will become dry.
Serve immediately. Bon appetit!