Baked Shrimp and Kale with Chermoula

~ Shrimp, Kale, Chermoula, Oven ~

It’s not fair to say that this recipe is all about the chermoula sauce. After all, shrimp and kale are no slouches when it comes to ingredients. It’s just that the chermoula does something wicked to this dish. Let me first tell you what chermoula is: a North African paste including cilantro, parsley, lemon, paprika, cumin and garlic. Typically chermoula is used as a marinade for fish, but I’ve used it with beef, chicken, thick slices of eggplant and cauliflower steaks; it always tastes good. So good, you might be tempted to eat it with a spoon or swipe a hunk of bread through it and call it a snack. In the case of this recipe, I dropped chermoula-coated shrimp over a bed of kale and popped the whole lot in the oven. It was almost too easy considering how good it turned out.

Baked Shrimp and Kale with Chermoula

For a smokier version, substitute the paprika with smoked paprika. Serves 4.

Chermoula:
1/2 cup fresh cilantro sprigs, chopped
1/4 cup fresh Italian parsley leaves, chopped
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 large garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 pound large shrimp, deveined, shells removed
1 bunch lacinato kale, tough ribs removed
Extra-virgin olive oil for drizzling

Heat oven to 375 F.  Combine the chermoula ingredients together in a large bowl. Mix well. Add shrimp and toss to coat. Tear the kale leaves into large pieces. Lightly oil a 9-by-13-inch rectangular baking dish. Arrange the kale in one layer in the baking dish. Lightly drizzle with olive oil. Dump the shrimp into the baking dish and arrange in one layer over the kale. Spoon any remaining chermoula over the kale and shrimp. Bake until the shrimp are bright in color and just cooked through, 20-25 minutes. Serve with crusty bread.

If you like this, you might enjoy these TasteFood recipes:
Grilled Sriracha Chicken Skewers
Moroccan Lamb Stew
Coconut Shrimp Curry

13 responses to “Baked Shrimp and Kale with Chermoula

  1. Delicious! An amazing combination. Moroccan flavors are wonderful.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  2. I am new to chermoula – already a convert and I haven’t even tasted it!

  3. eastofedencook

    The chermoula is an enticing pairing for shrimp and kale! What a scrumptious dinner!

  4. I’ve never heard of chermoula before but it sounds like it would be great (even though I don’t like cilantro). may have to give it a try!

  5. I love shrimp and I only bake them in one recipe. This looks amazing. So vibrant.

  6. What a fantastic dish. Sounds very tasty and yep, I’d smear that paste on bread and call it a snack for sure!

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  8. I’ve got a spoon in one hand, and a hunk of crusty bread in the other….let me at that chermoula!

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  10. I just made this and it is amazing! I had shrimp and kale on hand and
    was searching the web for a new dish & I found it! Served it with lemon and herb quinoa. Fantastic flavors! Will certainly be checking out more of your recipes.