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Easy Chermoula Spice Mix

Chermoula spice mix is a North African seasoning that’s perfect for Moroccan tagines, lamb dishes, and BBQ chicken. Versatile and incredibly flavorful, this homemade seasoning blend is a great substitute for Moroccan spice mix and one that’s incredibly easy to make. With its balanced blend of aromatic herbs and spices, you can effortlessly adjust it to suit your taste preferences, transforming your dishes into authentic and delectable North African creations.

Chermoula spice blend on a wooden board.
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What is chermoula?

Chermoula is a North African marinade and sauce commonly used in Moroccan, Algerian, and Tunisian cuisines. It is known for its vibrant flavors and is typically used to season and enhance the taste of various dishes, particularly seafood, but also meats, vegetables, and grains.

Chermoula is often used as a marinade for grilling, roasting, or frying meat, or as a finishing sauce to add a burst of flavor.


  • Cumin – Cumin is a key spice in North African cuisine, adding earthy and aromatic notes to dishes
  • Parsley – Parsley is a ubiquitous herb in North African cuisine, used generously in dishes like couscous, tagines, and salads to impart freshness and vibrant flavor.
  • Coriander – Coriander plays a central role in chermoula, providing the sauce with its distinctive fresh, citrusy, and herbaceous flavor.
  • Paprika – Sweet paprika powder adds a rich, smoky depth to this spice blend.
  • Cayenne – Cayenne pepper brings a fiery kick to the mix, infusing it with a bold, spicy heat that balances the other flavors.
  • Cinnamon & Ginger – Ground cinnamon and ginger impart warm, sweet-spicy notes, adding complexity and depth to this North African spice mix.
  • Turmeric – The mix gets its vibrant color and earthy flavor thanks to turmeric.
  • Garlic – Garlic is a fundamental ingredient in North African cuisine, adding robust flavor and aroma.
  • Lemon salt – Lemon salt provides a bright and zesty citrusy element, adding a refreshing and tangy flavor to this Chermoula mixture.


  • Taste it: Before finalizing your spice mix, take a small pinch and taste it. Adjust the proportions if necessary to achieve the desired balance of flavors.
  • Storage: Make sure the container is clean and dry before adding the spice blend.
  • Label it: Label the container with the name of the spice mix and the date it was made.
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Easy chermoula recipes

Simply add a chermoula dry rub to meat including lamb and chicken, vegetables, grains, or combine it with oil and other condiments to create easy North African marinades and sauces.

  1. Chermoula grilled fish: Marinate your favorite fish fillets (such as salmon, cod, or snapper) in chermoula spice mix for at least 30 minutes. Grill the fish until cooked through and flaky.
  2. Chermoula roasted vegetables: Toss vegetables (such as bell peppers, zucchini, and red onion) with chermoula spice mix and olive oil before roasting in the oven.
  3. Moroccan roast chicken: Rub a whole chicken with chermoula spice mix, both on the outside and under the skin before roasting.
  4. Chermoula-marinated grilled lamb chops: Marinate lamb chops in chermoula spice mix for a few hours before grilling them.
  5. Chermoula-spiced Moroccan lamb shanks: Add a generous amount of chermoula spice mix to the lamb shanks before slow-cooking them.


Is chermoula spice mix hot?

Chermoula is more about the blend of herbs and spices that contribute to its unique taste profile, rather than being a particularly spicy mixture.

Is chermoula spice mix the same as Moroccan seasoning?

Chermoula spice mix and Moroccan seasoning are distinct blends, with chermoula being specific to North African cuisines like Moroccan, Algerian, and Tunisian, while Moroccan seasoning typically refers to a blend associated specifically with Moroccan cuisine.

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Chermoula spice blend in a wooden bowl which sits on a wooden board.

Chermoula Spice Mix

Caro Jensen
Chermoula spice mix is a must-try North African seasoning blend. Perfect for Moroccan tagines, lamb dishes, and BBQ chicken.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Staples
Cuisine Morrocan, North African
Servings 6 tablespoons
Calories 18 kcal


  • 2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 tsp ginger powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp lemon salt


  • In a small bowl, combine 2 tbsp ground cumin, 1 tbsp dried parsley, 1 tbsp ground coriander, 1 tsp sweet paprika powder, 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, 1 tsp cinnamon powder, 1/2 tsp ginger powder, 1/2 tsp turmeric powder, 1 tsp garlic powder, and 1/2 tsp lemon salt.
    2 tbsp ground cumin, 1 tbsp dried parsley, 1 tbsp ground coriander, 1 tsp sweet paprika powder, 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, 1 tsp cinnamon powder, 1/2 tsp ginger powder, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp lemon salt, 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • Thoroughly combine the spices with a spoon or small whisk.
  • Transfer the spice blend into a sterilized, lidded jar and use as directed in your favorite Moroccan or North African recipes.



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Calories: 18kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.4gSodium: 588mgPotassium: 90mgFiber: 1gSugar: 0.2gVitamin A: 233IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 36mgIron: 2mg
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