Our version of the classic North African herb paste known as chermoula serves as both a marinade and a sauce for this richly flavored salmon. If it is too cool to grill outdoors, you can roast the salmon at 450°F for 12 to 15 minutes.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, Spring 2004




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  • Stir together yogurt, parsley, cilantro, lemon juice, oil, garlic, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Reserve 1/4 cup for sauce; cover and refrigerate. Place salmon fillets in a large sealable plastic bag. Pour in the remaining herb mixture, seal the bag and turn to coat. Refrigerate for 20 to 30 minutes, turning the bag over once.

  • Meanwhile, preheat grill to medium-high.

  • Oil the grill rack (see Tip). Remove the salmon from the marinade, blotting any excess. Grill the salmon until browned and opaque in the center, 4 to 6 minutes per side. To serve, top each piece with a dollop of the reserved sauce and garnish with lemon wedges.


Tips: Keeping the skin on when grilling salmon helps hold the fish together and protects the delicate flesh from the searing heat. Once cooked, the skin slips off easily.

To oil a grill: Oil a folded paper towel, hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. (Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.) When grilling delicate foods like tofu and fish, it is helpful to spray the food with cooking spray.

Fish on foil: Fish that flakes easily requires a delicate touch to flip on the grill. If you want to skip turning it over when grilling, measure a piece of foil large enough to hold the fish and coat it with cooking spray. Grill the fish on the foil (without turning) until it flakes easily and reaches an internal temperature of 145°F.

Nutrition Facts

287 calories; protein 24.5g; carbohydrates 3.4g; dietary fiber 0.7g; sugars 1.5g; fat 19g; saturated fat 4g; cholesterol 62.7mg; vitamin a iu 868.8IU; vitamin c 13.5mg; folate 39.7mcg; calcium 56.8mg; iron 1mg; magnesium 38.3mg; potassium 514.2mg; sodium 228.4mg; thiamin 0.3mg.

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Your version of this classic is yummy CHOUKRAN! its wonderful aroma and flavour brought back fond memories of N.Africa's best sights smells and tastes... Charmoula/Shermula is perfect for other uses too absolutely yummy on lamb chicken... salmon or tuna steaks... grilled veggies etc. Read More
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Everyone I've cooked this for has loved it!! I have three non-fish eaters in the family and they love this dish as well. I have prepared it numerous times for family and friends and it's always a hit with many going back for seconds. I would recommend preparing extra sauce as many enjoy it over a side dish of brown/wild rice. Pros: Easy to prepare and cook. Read More
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Delicious! The combination of flavors and aromatics made this one of the best salmon recipes I've ever tried and one I will definitely repeat. Read More
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My husband liked this but said he wouldn't want it multiple nights in a row. I was no fan of this recipe. It's got intense flavor which is great but I just didn't love it. I did put it in the oven instead of grilling and it worked out great--perfectly cooked. Read More