Chermoula fish with pistachio couscous (low-fat)

Chermoula fish with pistachio couscous (low-fat)

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  • 0:25 Prep
  • 0:05 Cook
  • 4 Servings
  • Advanced

Hearty comfort meets healthy eating in this delicious fish recipe. Plus it’s quick to prepare and kind to your waistline.

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  • 4 x 180g thick white fish fillets, (such as blue-eye)
  • 1 cup (200g) couscous
  • 1 cup (250ml) hot Massel chicken style or vegetable liquid stock
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons pistachios, chopped
  • 400g can chickpeas, rinsed, drained
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, plus wedges to serve
  • Harissa (see note), to serve


  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 small red onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves
  • 1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chilli flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil


  • Step 1
    For the chermoula, process the garlic, onion, herbs, spices and lemon juice in a food processor, gradually adding enough of the oil to form a paste. Spread the paste over the fish, then cover and refrigerate while you make the couscous.
  • Step 2
    Place the couscous in a heatproof bowl and pour over the hot stock. Cover and stand for 5 minutes, then fluff the grains with a fork. Stir in the herbs, garlic, nuts, chickpeas and lemon juice. Season to taste and set aside.
  • Step 3
    Preheat a barbecue or large frypan to medium-high heat. Cook the fish for 2-3 minutes each side until just cooked.
  • Step 4
    Divide the couscous among serving plates, top with the fish and serve with harissa and lemon wedges.

  • Low carb
  • Low fat
  • Low sugar
  • Lower gi


  • 2399 kj


  • 22g

    Fat Total

  • 4g

    Saturated Fat

  • 8g


  • 40g


  • 97mg


  • 548.21mg


  • 3g

    Carbs (sugar)

  • 49g

    Carbs (total)

All nutrition values are per serve


Harissa is a Tunisian chilli paste available from Middle Eastern and gourmet food shops and delis.

  • Author: Valli Little
  • Image credit: Emma Reilly
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