Photo: Jan Smith
6 servings (serving size: 3 ounces steak and 1 1/2 tablespoons sauce)

While you can use touch to determine steak doneness (see "Keep in Touch," above), sight is also a useful tool. As steak passes from rare into medium rare, red juice beads begin to form on its surface. The juice flows more and turns pink as the steak heads toward medium. Steak cooked beyond medium releases brown juice. Chermoula is a versatile North African herb-and-spice sauce. Use a cast-iron grill pan for this dish, as a nonstick grill pan can't handle high heat.

How to Make It

Step 1

To prepare sauce, place the first 11 ingredients in a food processor; process until finely chopped, scraping sides of bowl occasionally.

Step 2

To prepare steak, sprinkle steak with 1/4 teaspoon salt and black pepper. Heat a cast-iron grill pan over high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Cook steak 4 minutes; turn and look for red beads forming on the surface to indicate the steak is approaching medium rare. Cook 4 minutes or until desired degree of doneness. Let rest 5 minutes. Cut steak diagonally across the grain into thin slices. Serve with sauce.

Step 3

Wine Note: As far as wine is concerned, flank steak is a pretty easygoing partner--many red wines would work well--but the chermoula is a different story. Garlic, lime, paprika, cumin, cilantro, and coriander are all dominant seasonings that make this dish sizzle. But they can also make wine fizzle. Best bet: a soft, thick, fruit-driven red that will act to "cushion" all the spice. Try Geyser Peak's 2001 Shiraz from Sonoma County, California ($18). -Karen MacNeil

Ratings & Reviews

Debbie17's Review

April 27, 2014
This was good and pretty simple. I threw it into a grill pan and sliced up some zucchini and grilled that with salt and pepper.

singforjoy's Review

November 04, 2012
The chermoula alone deserves 5 stars! This sauce is so versatile! We love it as a spicy shrimp dip, a garnish for chicken, condiment for a burger, or even a topper for backed potatoes. So much flavor packed into so few calories.

d99507's Review

June 18, 2012

SunnyAnderson's Review

May 16, 2012
The sauce is amazing! I was looking to try something new and different from what I usually make for the husband, and this totally did the trick. The fresh herbs, spices, and garlic make for some really fabulous flavors (I might kick up the red pepper next time, just to add some extra bite). Like a previous reviewer mentioned, it seriously doesn't matter how you cook the steak, or even what cut you use, because it's the sauce that makes this dish!

Marcymarie102's Review

November 15, 2011
The chermoula is amazing, it's a taste explosion in your mouth! I used the grill instead since I did not have the pan. It's the sauce that makes the dish, you can cook the meat however you want!

EllenDeller's Review

September 13, 2010
This might be one of the best recipes I've ever made, and it's so simple! The sauce is fabulous, and we practically drank it. In fact my husband and I ate almost all the sauce ourselves. It's strong, pungent, and garlicky. Not everyone will like it, but we sure did!

MelBel's Review

July 28, 2009
This was fantastic! I've made this a few times and love it every time. I made it for my best friend and he loved it. My boyfriend hated it, but I still give it 5 stars. This sauce is for some one with sophisticated taste- if you are a burger and fries type this isn't for you. But if not, Enjoy!