Chermoula fish kebabs with couscous

Chermoula fish kebabs with couscous

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  • 1:30 Prep
  • 0:10 Cook
  • 4 Servings
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Try our Moroccan inspired feast of spicy fish kebabs on a bed of fluffy couscous.

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  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/3 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chilli flakes
  • Pinch of saffron threads
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) olive oil
  • 3 loosely packed cups coriander leaves (from 2 bunches)
  • 800g thick skinless blue-eye fillets (or other firm white fish), cut into 3cm cubes
  • 2 cups (400g) couscous
  • 4 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 16 fresh bay leaves (see note)
  • 1 red capsicum, cut into 3cm pieces
  • 1 yellow capsicum, cut into 3cm pieces
  • Plain yoghurt (optional), to serve


  • Step 1
    Place onion, garlic, parsley, ground coriander, paprika, chilli, saffron, lemon juice, oil and 2 cups coriander leaves in a food processor with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Process to a coarse paste. Remove and set 2 tablespoons aside. Coat the fish in the remaining mixture, then cover and marinate in the fridge for 1 hour.
  • Step 2
    Meanwhile, place couscous in a bowl with reserved paste. Pour 400ml boiling water over. Stir to combine. Cover loosely with a tea towel. Set aside for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork, then stir in spring onion and remaining coriander leaves.
  • Step 3
    Preheat a chargrill or barbecue to medium-high. If using bamboo skewers, soak in boiling water for 10 minutes.
  • Step 4
    Thread a bay leaf onto each skewer, then alternate fi sh and capsicum. Finish each skewer with another bay leaf.
  • Step 5
    Cook kebabs for 6-8 minutes, turning, until the fish is cooked through and lightly charred. Serve kebabs with the couscous and yoghurt, if desired.

  • Low sodium
  • Low sugar


  • 3064 kj


  • 21g

    Fat Total

  • 3g

    Saturated Fat

  • 8g


  • 54g


  • 196mg


  • 168.75mg


  • 4g

    Carbs (sugar)

  • 77g

    Carbs (total)

All nutrition values are per serve


Fresh bay leaves are available from selected greengrocers.

  • Author: Valli Little
  • Image credit: Mark Roper
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