Charmoula (Spicy Moroccan Herb Sauce)

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"Imagine the spices of Morocco, the freshness of Italian pesto, and the acidic tang of French vinaigrette. Put them together and what you get is charmoula. This bold Moroccan table sauce traditionally accompanies seafood, but it's equally tasty with grilled chicken, lamb, beef, even vegetables. Best of all, you can use it simultaneously as a marinade, baste, and table sauce, enjoying a triple blast of its evocative North African flavors. From Steven Raichlen. Use in every which way with just about everything, as a marinade, baste, and sauce. Use with chicken, beef, pork, lamb, seafood, and vegetables. Makes 1 cup"

Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (79.5 g)
  • Calories 372.4
  • Total Fat - 40.8 g
  • Saturated Fat - 5.6 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 589.3 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 3.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.1 g
  • Sugars - 0.5 g
  • Protein - 0.7 g
  • Calcium - 26.6 mg
  • Iron - 1.2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 18.3 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Combine the parsley, cilantro, and garlic in a food processor and finely chop.

Step 2

Add the salt, spices, lemon juice, oil, and water and process to a coarse puree, running the machine in short bursts.

Step 3

Correct the seasoning, adding salt and/or lemon juice; the charmoula should be highly seasoned. Like most sauces made with fresh herbs, charmoula tastes best served within a few hours of making.

Step 4

1 cup is enough to serve 4.


No special items needed.

3 Reviews

Karen E

we really liked this, I would happily eat it with a spoon :D it didn't last long. would go well with so many things, but I served it with roasted eggplant, delicious, thankyou! Spicy but not overly, wonderful lemon tones. yum.


review by:
(27 Aug 2019)


Very good Chermoula! The only thing I changed is to add a bit of dried mint, but this was absolutely delicious! I served it to guests that I thought might not be very adventurous, but they kept asking to "pass the sauce"! To me, that's worth 10 stars! Made for SWT 2019 - The Traveling Tastebuds


review by:
(19 Aug 2019)


This Charmoula did not disappoint. Tasted when I first finished making and thought oh no this will be too hot / spice for the hubs. but it mellowed while and made dinner and he was fine. I severed over oven roasted chicken breast and roasted eggplant for a healthy, low carb, very filling dinner. Thanks for the post.


review by:
(17 Aug 2019)

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