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Hazelnut-Cilantro Chermoula

This North African-style sauce is also delicious spooned over yogurt or eggs for breakfast, or simply tossed with any roasted vegetable for a flavor-packed side.

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  • Yield: Makes 1 1/4 cups

Photography: Bryan Gardner

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2016


  • 1 cup skin-on hazelnuts (5 ounces)
  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons whole cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon whole coriander seeds
  • 1 1⁄2 cups packed cilantro
  • 2 wide strips orange zest, finely chopped (1 tablespoon), plus 1⁄4 cup fresh juice
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
  • Kosher salt
  • 1⁄4 cup extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Roast hazelnuts on a baking sheet until fragrant and skins loosen, about 10 minutes. Let cool briefly, then rub off skins with a clean kitchen towel (do not worry about getting them all, just what comes off easily). Let cool completely.

  2. In a small skillet over medium-high, toast cumin and coriander seeds until dark brown and fragrant, about 3 minutes. Finely grind in a spice grinder, or crush with a mortar and pestle.

  3. Pulse hazelnuts in a food processor until texture resembles coarse meal. Add spices, cilantro, zest, garlic, and 1 teaspoon salt; pulse to combine. Add oil and orange juice; pulse to combine. Chermoula can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 1 week.


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