Region or stateMaghreb
Main ingredientsCumin

Chermoula (Berber: tacermult or tacermilt, Arabic: شرمولة) or charmoula is a marinade and relish used in Algerian, Libyan, Moroccan and Tunisian cooking.[1][2][3][4] It is traditionally used to flavor fish or seafood, but it can be used on other meats or vegetables.[5] It is somewhat similar to the Latin American chimichurri.


Common ingredients include garlic, cumin, coriander, oil, lemon juice, and salt. Regional variations may also include preserved lemons, onion, ground chili peppers, black pepper, saffron, and other herbs.[6]


Chermoula recipes vary widely by region. In Sfax, Tunisia, chermoula is often served with cured salted fish during Eid al-Fitr.[7] This regional variety is composed of dried dark raisin purée mixed with onions cooked in olive oil and spices such as cloves, cumin, chili, black pepper, and cinnamon.

A Moroccan version comprises dried parsley, cumin, paprika, and salt and pepper. The Libyan version of charmoula is served as a side dish in the summer; It contains olives, tuna and a variety of green herbs.

See also


  1. ^ Gary Allen, author of Sausage: A. Global History (2019). Sauces Reconsidered Après Escoffier. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 93. ISBN 978-1-5381-1514-5. ((cite book)): |author= has generic name (help)
  2. ^ Randy Shore, Darcy Shore (2017). Home and Away Simple, Delicious Recipes Inspired by the World's Cafes, Bistros, and Diners. arsenal pulp press. p. 160. ISBN 978-1-55152-674-4.
  3. ^ Shulman, M.R. (2014). The Simple Art of Vegetarian Cooking. Rodale. p. 144. ISBN 978-1-62336-130-3. Retrieved November 3, 2017.
  4. ^ "The Art of Moroccan Cuisine | Fes Cooking and Cultural Tours". 10 October 2007. Retrieved 2013-11-06.
  5. ^ Poon, Linda (8 August 2014). "Chermoula: From North Africa To The White House To Your Table". NPR. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  6. ^ Monaghan, Gail (23 March 2012). "Magic-Carpet-Ride Chermoula". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Recette de cuisine : La Charmoula Sfaxienne | 🐙 Kerkennah". July 14, 2015.