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Grilled Fish with Moroccan Chermoula Sauce and Zucchini Couscous

October 2010
Grilled Fish with Moroccan Chermoula Sauce and Zucchini Couscous

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Makes: 4 servings

  • 4 7- to 8-ounce fish steaks, such as halibut or another firm whitefish
  • Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO), plus more for drizzling
  • 1 fresh red chile, finely chopped
  • 2 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup each chopped fresh mint, cilantro and flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sweet smoked paprika (about 1/2 palmful)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin (about 1/3 palmful)
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander (about 1/3 palmful)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Juice of 1 lemon or lime, plus 1 teaspoon grated peel
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small zucchini, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 cups couscous
  1. Preheat a grill or griddle pan over medium-high heat. Season the fish with the Old Bay and drizzle with EVOO.
  2. Using a food processor, finely chop the chile, garlic, mint, cilantro, parsley, paprika, cumin and coriander; season with salt and pepper. Add 1/4 cup olive oil and the lemon or lime juice and peel; pulse into a thick paste.
  3. In a large saucepan, melt the butter. Add the zucchini and cook over medium-high heat for 5 minutes; season with salt and pepper. Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Stir in the couscous, cover and turn off the heat. Let stand for 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork.
  4. Grill the fish, turning once, until firm, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a platter, spread with the chermoula sauce and let stand for 5 minutes to absorb the flavors. Serve with the couscous.