Chermoula Lamb

Chermoula Lamb

Chermoula is a popular North African marinade which is usually used to flavour seafood and meats; it is a good replacement for those who do not like hot marinades but want to enjoy the robust flavours of North African Spices.  Usually it is a made out of herbs like mint (if used for lamb), parsley and coriander (for other meats) combined with spices such as cumin, smoked paprika and turmeric.  Additional ingredients are also added like oil, lemon juice, garlic, onion and salt to give it a refreshing flavour.  Then for some people who like it hot cayenne pepper can also be added.

For best result marinate the meat or fish 30 minutes before cooking.  It is suitable for pan-grill, pan fry and open grills.


6 pcs lamb chops
1/2 cup olive oil
juice of 1 lemon
1 onion, finely chopped
1 handful mint, roughly chopped
2 tsp parsley, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp turmeric
3 tsp coriander
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp salt


  1. In a deep bowl mix all ingredients together.
  2. Massage each lamb chop with the marinade and set aside for 30 minutes.
  3. Pan grill the lamb chops and serve with salad or light pasta.


9 Responses

  1. kiwidutch says:

    We LOVE lamb… I am SO saving this recipe for our summer BBQ’s (especially our New Zealand ones where Lamb is so much cheaper than here in The Netherlands)
    That ingredient list is very much up our alley… Thank you!

  2. I love using fresh herbs. Sadly, lamb is extremely expensive here in Mauritius so we only have it very occasionally.
    Your recipe sounds absolutely heavenly.
    🙂 Mandy

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  4. Judy says:

    This spice combination sounds like it would be good on chicken too–ideal for an overnight marinade, I think. Look forward to trying it.

  5. The spice combination looks wonderful! So funny, I just made lamb the other day. I wish I had your recipe. I definitely need to go and purchase more lamb now!

  6. purplebirdblog says:

    My family grew up eating lamb on special occasions… so good!

  7. This looks so delicious and easy to make. Thanks for the comment earlier — I hope to go to Malaysia someday! Great blog and photos 🙂

  8. Tita Beng says:

    Omg! This lamb chop really looks so mouthwatering! I miss having lamb chops. Sa Subic lang kasi kami nakakabili ng lamb chops before. Kaya pag napunta kami dun, we always see to it that we have our small cooler with us para makapamili ng more than enough na hindi masisira yung meat on the way home.

    Now, you made me crave for lambs again! Maybe I can settle now for any kind of steak. Hard to find kasi ang lamb dito e, unlike dyan sa NZ!

    Have a great sunday Raymund!

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