Being American, I didn’t learn to prepare fish until I persued ethnic cuisines. This is better fish than I’ve had at 5-star restaurants. I made modifications for easily found ingredients keeping true to the flavor of the original dish.

  • Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients (12)

  • 1 1/2 lb Fish (I’ve used whole and fillets of sea bass and Snapper)
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 small onion
  • small bunch cilantro
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 6 Tbs olive oil
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 large tomatoes
  • 1 cup sliced green olives (I use blue cheese stuffed olives)


  1. Crush garlic with salt. Combine with onion, and spices. Add olive oil and lemon juice. This is a chermoula paste. (I prepare it in a mortar lightly crushing the onion.)
  2. Slash sides of fish and rub with the chermoula. If using whole fish, coat the cavity. Marinate 2-4 hours. (I’ve had success without marinating.)
  3. Bring fish to room temp and place in a baking dish that just fits or place in a foil ‘boat’. Cover with chopped cilanto reserving some for garnish. Heat oven to 375.
  4. Thinly slice tomatoes and overlap a bit covering the dish. Scatter with sliced olives and pour any remaining sauce/paste over the top. (I slightly thin the paste with water)
  5. Cover with foil and bake until fish easily flakes, about 30-40 minutes. Garnish with left over cilantro.