Tangy, Zesty, Lemony: 5 Summer Recipes with Chermoula

Chermoula (or charmoula) is the North African answer to pesto. Made with ground cilantro, garlic, cumin, and lemon, this sauce can be used for everything from marinating fish to drizzling over flatbread.

The LA Times has an excellent basic recipe for chermoula. Make it a few times and then tweak it with smoked paprika, preserved lemons, or wherever your tastebuds take you:

Charmoula from The LA Times

Take a look at these recipes for some inspiration for your summer cooking!

Roasted Lamb Chops with Charmoula and Skillet Asparagus from Epicurious
Chermoula Aubergine with Bulgar and Yoghurt from the UK Guardian
Shrimp Charmoula from Gourmet
Lemony Halibut Skewers with Chermoula from Food & Wine
Grilled Chicken with Charmoula and Corn Salsa from The Food Network

Have you ever come across charmoula in your cooking? How do you like to use it?

Related: Summer Flavor: 10 Ways to Use Pesto (Besides Pasta!)

(Images: Brian Leatart/Epicurious and The Guardian)