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Chermoula fish skewers with vegetable couscous

Total Time
30 min
20 min
10 min
Take your tastebuds on holiday with this North African-inspired dish. Fresh herbs, tangy spices and filling couscous create an exotic flavour combination


Ground paprika

1 tsp, (sweet)

Ground cumin

1 tsp

Dried chilli flakes

½ tsp


2 clove(s), crushed

Olive oil

3 tsp

Ling, raw

600 g, cut into 2cm pieces


2 medium, halved lengthways, thinly sliced


½ medium, cut into 1cm-thick slices

Chicken stock

¾ cup(s), (salt-reduced), (185ml)

Dry couscous

¾ cup(s), (150g)

Preserved lemon

1 tbs, (rind) finely chopped

Fresh flat-leaf parsley

¼ cup(s), coarsely chopped

Fresh mint

½ cup(s), coarsely chopped

Oil spray

1 x 3 second spray(s)


  1. Combine paprika, cumin, chilli, garlic and oil in a medium bowl. Add f ish and toss to coat. Thread f ish onto 4 large metal or wooden skewers (see tip p65).
  2. Preheat a barbecue or chargrill over medium-high heat. Lightly spray zucchini and eggplant with oil. Cook, turning, for 3–4 minutes or until golden and tender. Cook skewers, turning, for 5–6 minutes or until cooked through.
  3. Meanwhile, bring stock to the boil in a small saucepan over high heat. Place couscous in a medium heatproof bowl. Add hot stock and stir to combine. Cover and set aside for 3–5 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Scrape with a fork to separate grains. Add grilled zucchini and eggplant, preserved lemon, parsley and mint and stir to combine. Serve chermoula fish skewers with vegetable couscous.


SERVING SUGGESTION: Tomato and cucumber salad, drizzled with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and tossed with chopped parsley.TIP: You can use ling, snapper or blue-eye trevalla for this recipe.