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Sea Bass Crusted with Moroccan Spices

Randy Mayor; Jan Gautro
Yield 4 servings
The coast of the southern Mediterranean yields a rich bounty of fish that's prepared in numerous ways. One constant in Morocco, however, is the use of chermoula, a combination marinade and spice rub. It typically contains an acid-based marinade (we used lemon juice) and a spice rub made from black pepper, cumin, coriander, and paprika.

Ingredients

  • Marinade:
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4 (6-ounce) sea bass fillets (about 1 inch thick)
  • Spice rub:
  • 2 tablespoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Remaining ingredients:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Lemon wedges (optional)
  • Cilantro sprigs (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 210
  • caloriesfromfat 30 %
  • fat 7.2 g
  • satfat 1.4 g
  • monofat 3.4 g
  • polyfat 1.7 g
  • protein 32.1 g
  • carbohydrate 3.2 g
  • fiber 0.7 g
  • cholesterol 70 mg
  • iron 2 mg
  • sodium 267 mg
  • calcium 48 mg

How to Make It

  1. To prepare marinade, combine first 5 ingredients in a large zip-top plastic bag; add fish to bag. Seal and marinate in refrigerator 45 minutes. Remove fish from bag; discard marinade.

  2. To prepare spice rub, combine coriander and the next 5 ingredients (coriander through salt) in a medium bowl. Rub fish with spice mixture to coat.

  3. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the fish; cook 6 minutes on each side or until the fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Garnish with lemon wedges and cilantro, if desired.

Cook's Notes

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