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Moroccan Fish with Cilantro and Lemon

Quick to make and packed with flavor, this Moroccan fish recipe is a great way to add more lean protein to your recipe rotation!
moroccan fish on a blue plate with a lemon wedge

This is a variation of our roasted fish base recipe. Quick to make and packed with flavor, this Moroccan fish recipe is a great way to add lean protein to your recipe rotation! Add it to wraps, bowls, or tostadas for a fun twist on classic recipes!

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Culinary Tips for the Best Moroccan Fish Recipe

Should you cook fish with the skin on or off? For this recipe, it doesn’t matter. When you roast/bake fish in the oven with the skin side down, the skin doesn’t get crispy, so it’s not very appealing to eat. However, it does separate easily from the fish once cooked (and is a great treat for good dogs!). 

Remove small pin bones before cooking using fish bone tweezers; these are no fun to bite into!

A good fishmonger at your local grocery store can help you with the pin bones and skin. Don’t be shy to ask for help!

Blot the fish dry with a paper towel before rubbing on spices to remove excess moisture and to prevent steaming.

For maximum flavor development, let the spice blend sit on the fish for ~15 minutes before cooking.

Cook the fish to an internal temperature of 145ºF for food safety.

Ingredient Substitutions

  • Cod: substitute any fish of your choice – arctic char, rainbow trout, salmon, mahi mahi, barramundi, tilapia, etc.
  • Spices: substitute 2 teaspoons ras el hanout in place of all of the spices.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil: substitute avocado or canola oil.
  • Cilantro: substitute Italian parsley, but note that the flavor will be different. A mixture of herbs, such as dill, mint, and parsley would also be delicious!

Recipe Variations

Change up this recipe by varying the fish, spices, or herbs.

Want some fish recipe inspiration?

Use our roasted fish base recipe as a guide, or try out these flavor variations!

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Health Benefits of Moroccan Baked Fish

The American Heart Association recommends eating two, 3.5-ounce servings of fish per week, and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend 8 total ounces per week for the general population. This Moroccan fish dish features cod, spices, and cilantro.


Fish is a quality source of protein that is rich in vitamins and minerals. While cod is not considered a fatty fish (which contain beneficial omega-3s), it contains almost no saturated fat, making it a lean protein choice.


The Moroccan spice blend adds flavor and nutrition to this recipe. Using spices decreases the need for salt, which may help reduce hypertension risk and therefore promote heart health. Additionally, these spices contain powerful antioxidants which may help reduce inflammation in the body. Learn more about the benefits of spices in this article!


Leafy green herbs, such as cilantro, are rich in essential vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals that promote health and help fight diseases.

Learn more about health benefits of different foods in our book, To Your Taste!

Serving Suggestions

Serve Moroccan fish as the main protein for wraps, bowls, or tostadas. Or serve alongside roasted vegetables and a whole grain to make a beautiful Whole Life Plate!

Serve leftover fish cold on top of a green salad or reheat in the microwave.

Storage Tips for Leftover Moroccan Spiced Fish

Cool leftover cod completely, then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.

You can also freeze leftover fish. Place in an airtight container and freeze for up to 6 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before heating. When ready to heat and serve, place on a pan and cover. Place in a cold oven, then preheat the oven to 350ºF. Once the oven reaches 350ºF, check the internal temperature of the fish. If it is 145ºF or above, it’s ready to serve. If it is not yet 145º, continue cooking for a few more minutes.

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moroccan fish on a blue plate with a lemon wedge

Moroccan Fish with Cilantro and Lemon

This is a variation of our roasted fish base recipe. It is perfect for wraps, bowls, or tostadas. Quick to make and packed with flavor, this Moroccan fish recipe is a great way to add lean protein to your recipe rotation!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Moroccan
Servings 4 servings


  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • teaspoon cayenne
  • teaspoon black pepper*
  • ~1 pound cod (whole or individual filets)
  • Drizzle extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • Lemon wedge


  • Preheat oven to 400° F. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper, nonstick spray, or a light brush of oil.
  • In a small bowl, combine spices.
  • Place cod on baking sheet, skin side down (if skin on). Blot the cod dry with a paper towel to remove excess moisture. Rub spice blend on top and sides. For maximum flavor development, let the spice blend sit on the cod ~15 minutes before cooking. Drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil.
  • Roast 10 minutes for every inch of thickness. Fish should flake easily with a fork and internal temperature should reach 145ºF.
  • Sprinkle with fresh cilantro and lemon juice. Enjoy!


*Substitute 2 teaspoons ras-el hanout in place of all of the spices.
Keyword Moroccan Fish

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