Moroccan Sardines with Charmoula Recipe

Submitted By: Alia from Monmouth Junction.

Moroccan Sardines with Charmoula Notes

This recipe is very popular in Morocco. Many street vendors and restaurants list Sardines in their menus especially during summer time. Charmoula is a traditional Moroccan marinade that goes very well with fish. It is absolutely delicious.

  • 6 fresh sardines, double filleted or "butterflied"
  • 2 cups flour, for dredging
  • oil for frying
  • Charmoula Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
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Preparation Instructions

1- Prepare the Charmoula by mixing all the ingredients of the Charmoula together. 2- Place one sardine fillet skin-side down and spread the surface with charmoula. Cover with another sardine fillet, skin-side up. 3- On high heat, pour the oil into your pan and let it heat up for 5 minutes. When the oil is hot, reduce the heat. Dredge the stuffed fillets with flour on both sides and fry them in the oil for 5 minutes on each side. 4- Use paper towel to drain the excess oil from the fillets. Serving: Serve the sardine fillets immediately. Squeeze some lemon juice on the fillets for additional flavor.

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