Fresh herbs and hot spices are combined to make the charmoula marinade that is used to flavour this delicious Moroccan style dish. Crusty bread makes a good accompaniment.
675g / 1 1/2lb white fish, such as haddock, cod, sea bass or monkfish
sunflower oil, for frying
500g / 1 1/4lb potatoes, sliced
1 onion, chopped
1-2 garlic cloves, crushed
5 tomatoes, peeled and chopped
375g / 13oz fresh spinach, chopped
lime wedges, to garnish
For the charmoula
6 spring onions (scallions), chopped
10ml / 2 tsp fresh thyme
60ml / 4 tbsp chopped flat leaf parsley
30ml / 2 tbsp chopped fresh leaf coriander (cilantro)
10ml / 2 tsp paprika
generous pinch of cayenne pepper
60ml / 4 tbsp olive oil
grated rind of 1 lime and 60ml / 4 tbsp lime juice
Cut the white fish into large even size pieces, discarding any skin and bones. Place the fish in a large shallow dish.
Blend together the ingredients for the charmoula. Season with salt. Pour over the fish, stir to mix and leave in a cool place, covered with clear film (plastic wrap), to marinate for 2 – 4 hours.
Heat about 5mm / 1/4in oil in a large heavy pan, add the potato slices and cook, turning them occasionally, until they are cooked right through and golden brown. Drain the friend potatoes on kitchen paper.
Pour off all but 15ml / 1tbsp of the oil from the pan and add the onion, garlic and tomatoes. Cook over a gentle heat for 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally until the onion is soft. Place the potatoes on top and then add the spinach.
Place the marinated fish pieces on top of the chopped spinach in the pan and pour over all of the marinade. Cover the pan tight;y and cook for 15-18 minutes. After about 8 minutes of the cooking time, carefully stir the contents of the pan with a wooden spoon, so that the pieces of fish at the top are distributed throughout the dish.
Cover the pan again and continue cooking, but check occasionally – the dish is cooked once the fish is just tender and opaque and the spinach has wilted. Serve the dish hot, with wedges of lime and plenty of warm crusty bread, if you like.
More Fish With Lime Recipes
She Simmers – Steamed Fish with Lime, Garlic, and Chilies
BBC Food – Hot fish with chilli and lime
Food.com – Lime Baked Fish