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Simple & Delicious Charmoula Sauce

What is charmoula sauce? Magic. Pure magic. It’s a simple, no-cook sauce made by combining fresh herbs, chilies, garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil.

charmoula in a white bowl with a spoon

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This recipe first appeared in The Lazy Gourmet, the book I wrote with my dear friend and former co-blogger, Juliana. We first developed the recipe as a sauce for lamb burgers.

It was so crazy delicious that we realized we had to suggest other ways to use it, like dolloping it into our Moroccan Chickpea Stew and tossing it with cooked pasta. Or spoon it over Lamb Kofta Kebabs or Air Fryer Lamb Chops.

Ingredients for making charmoula including lemon, jalapeño, cilantro, mint, spices, garlic, olive oil

How do you use chermoula?

Charmoula is so versatile that it can be used as a finishing sauce for cooked meat, poultry, fish, or vegetables; a marinade for meat, poultry, and fish; a dipping sauce for bread or vegetables; a flavorful garnish for soups and stews; or a salad dressing. I mean, really, what CAN’T chermoula do?

vertical shot of charmoula in a white bowl with a spoon and cilantro and radishes on the side

Charmoula, also called chermoula, comes from North Africa—Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia. You can also find versions of it across the Mediterranean Sea in the South of France.

This bright green sauce is loaded with flavor. I like to use it as a finishing sauce for grilled steak or fish. It completely transforms a bowl of lentil soup or stewed white beans.

You could use it as a dip for fried or roasted vegetables, or even tofu strips (yes, it can even make tofu outrageously delicious).

charmoula in a white bowl with a hand lifting a spoonful of the sauce

Make a batch of this spicy, tangy, herby sauce and keep it in the refrigerator. It will last up to a week and you’ll find a million ways to use it.

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Charmoula Sauce

Robin Donovan
Charmoula is a magical no-cook sauce that combines fresh herbs, chilies, garlic, lemon juice, & olive oil. Spoon it on meat, fish, veggies, or grains.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Sauce Recipes
Cuisine African
Calories 58 kcal


  • 6 garlic cloves peeled
  • 1 large jalapeño chile stemmed, seeded, and finely minced
  • ½ cup tightly packed fresh cilantro (leaves and thin stems)
  • ½ cup tightly packed fresh mint
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup lemon juice from about 1½ lemons
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil


  • Mince the garlic, jalapeño, cilantro, and mint by hand or in a food processor and place them together in a medium bowl.
  • Stir in the paprika, cumin, and salt and then the lemon juice and olive oil. Stir to mix well.
  • Let stand for at least 30 minutes before using.


Store charmoula sauce in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to a week.


Serving: 1Calories: 58kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 1gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 269mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1g
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By on November 25th, 2019


Hi, I’m Robin! I am a full-time food blogger, recipe developer, and cookbook author. I spend my days cooking, writing about, and photographing food.

I’m the author of more than 50 cookbooks, including Ramen for Beginners5 Ingredient Cooking for TwoSushi at HomeThe Baking Cookbook for Teens, and the bestselling Campfire Cuisine.

My food writing has also been featured in major print and online pubications including Cooking Light, Fitness, San Jose Mercury News, San Francisco Chronicle, and others. → More about Robin

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