Sea Bass Crusted with Moroccan Spices

Randy Mayor; Jan Gautro

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.

Yield: 4 servings
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 210
  • Calories from fat: 30%
  • Fat: 7.2g
  • Saturated fat: 1.4g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.4g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.7g
  • Protein: 32.1g
  • Carbohydrate: 3.2g
  • Fiber: 0.7g
  • Cholesterol: 70mg
  • Iron: 2mg
  • Sodium: 267mg
  • Calcium: 48mg

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)

Preparation

  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.
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