Moroccan Roasted Fish

Roasted Moroccan Fish

I have a long list of blogs I love to read.  As I was browsing one such blog today (The Faux Martha)  I noticed she mentioned “Wordless Wednesday”.  Hmmm…. I like the sound of that.  Could I possibly impose this on my two sassy gals today?  Just kidding! 😉

Fresh herbs, lemon, and smoked paprika make this fish sing!

Instead of imposing wordless Wednesday on my family, I thought I’d use this lovely little term in my blog post today.

I love pairing this dish with roasted fennel and tomatoes

Instead of paragraphs of words I’m sharing pictures of this delicious Moroccan Roasted Fish (recipe follows!) and a few highlights from our glorious hike on Mt. Rainier.  Enjoy!

Mt. Rainier

Trailhead at Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

Hiking Lodge and Trailhead at Mr. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

Hiking toward McClure Rock on Mt. Rainier

Mt Rainier

A breathtaking journey up the mountain


My little friend the Marmot… followed me up the mountain. 🙂

Mt. Rainier

Trying desperately to keep up with Ranger Craig!

Mt. Rainier

Made it to McClure Rock!

Mt. Rainier

Amazed by the beauty that surrounds me

Moroccan Roasted Fish

1 ½ lbs Halibut cut into 4 filets (I love this with Halibut filets but can be used with most any thick fleshed fish)

Cilantro, a handful finely chopped

Italian Parsley, a handful finely chopped

Capers, tablespoon coarsely chopped

Garlic, 2 cloves minced

Smoked paprika, 1 ½ teaspoon

Ginger, 1 teaspoon grated, or a little more if you love ginger

4 thin slices of lemon

Lemon juice of one lemon

3 tablespoons oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Pinch red pepper flakes or cayenne (optional)


Pre-heat the oven to 400F and line a baking sheet with parchment.

I like this hand chopped instead of pureed in a food processer.  Combine all the above ingredients in a bowl and set aside.

Season the fish with salt and pepper and lay the fish skin side down on the parchment.

Spread the herb caper lemon mixture evenly over the top of the fish filets and place a lemon slice on each piece of fish.  Then place the baking sheet in the oven and roast for about 8-10 minutes depending on the thickness of your fish.  For every inch of thickness cooking time is about 8-10 minutes.

When the fish is done, flaky and opaque, take it out of the oven and either place on a platter to serve or individual plates.  Garnish with additional fresh lemon wedges.

I love this dish served with roasted fennel and tomatoes.  Delicious!



  1. We love food and mountains too! We live on the seacoast of NH but have a condo in the White Mountains. Great pics 🙂

    • Katie, what a beautiful place in the world! Ranger Craig and I lived in Norton, Mass many years ago and traveled all over NH, Vermont and Maine. I remember visiting the White Mountains and an old Hotel from the turn of the century. So absolutely beautiful. Enjoy the recipe!

  2. Karista is a genius! This was amazing. The best part it that I made the whole meal in less than 30 min. I cooked a whole wheat pasta to go with and in the water I put basil, oregano, garlic, and two purple heirloom tomatoes chopped up. Then i added the pasta and boom! Super easy and sooooooo good. Thanks Karista again for a great way to make my Halibut delicious.

    • Cory, thank you so much for the kind words! I’m so thrilled you loved this dish. Love how you added the pasta with herbs and heirlooms. Delicious! Thanks for taking the time to let me know how much you liked the recipe. Karista

  3. Fabulous! I’ve seen photos of Mt Rainier in winter, but how beautiful to see it in summer. and you got to see a Marmott too – I’ve seen them in France, but never close enough to photograph. Lucky you !

  4. kristendinedish says:

    Your hiking pictures are insanely beautiful, as is that fish recipe. I hope to try it soon! Thank you!

    • You’re so welcome Kristen! The hiking was breathtaking… literally as well as figuratively. Well for me anyway. My husband is a skilled hiker/climber so it was a breeze for him. Enjoy the recipe and I’ll head on over and check out your blog.

  5. Oh my gosh – your hiking pictures are insanely beautiful! As is that fish recipe. Hope to try it soon!

  6. Yet another saucy wonder. The fish, caper sauce and lemon all compliment each other beautifully. I love the second close up of the fish fillets on the angle, one of my favourite pics here on your blog!

    Equally fabulous scenery in mountain ranges there, snow capped mountain tops-wow 🙂

    • Alli you would love this as its similar to a Moroccan Chermoula. Just not as spicy, no saffron but some smoked paprika. I guess it’s slightly like a Chermoula. LOL! And our mountain usually stays snow capped year round. It’s a lovely mountain and a great destination to visit. If you ever head this direction I’ll take you to see it!

  7. I loved that fish and that marmat.. so cute.. but that hunting lodge, i would live there.. true!! c

  8. I love how all the different spices and flavors with Moroccan cooking combine to totally transform a dish. This looks delicious. Also, Mt Rainier looks so scenic and beautiful!

    • Thanks Bill! I love how easy it was to prepare this fish and it was perfect with the roasted tomatoes and fennel. Full of flavor but not too much fuss. My kind of dinner 🙂 Hope all is well in Chicago!

  9. Looks so incredible, Karista. I like the idea of the wordless wednesday… but I feel like my blog would lose a little something if I actually followed through with it.

  10. What a wonderful hike! Like these pictures a lot. Beautiful photography.

  11. I think you hike must have been amazing. I huff and puff just walking the little hills at home. Love your fish recipe…it has to be so flavorful.

    • The scenery was breathtaking Karen. Part Sound of Music, part Wild Alaska. The air so clean and fresh, although I did my share of huffing and puffing trying to keep up with my husband who was always 50 feet ahead of me. 😦 The fish is full of flavor and a nice change to the summer grill menu. Happy Thursday!

  12. I do Wildlife Wednesday – I’m NOT good at the “Wordless” Stuff 😉
    Great hike, amazing fish recipe!

    • Hahaha! I love your wildlife wednesdays! I could probably post a wildlife wednesday as I’ve got some sort of creature digging up my romaine. 😦 And an old cranky racoon that loves to hide under the front deck. But I think I’ll stick to wordless wednesday. Kind of liking this wordless stuff. 😉

  13. What fabulous flavours on the fish and your photos are exquisite, what a fabulous hike!
    🙂 Mandy

    • Thanks Mandy! It was probably the most fun (and hardest) hike I’ve ever done. We wanted to make it to base camp but the weather turned and headed back down after making it to McClure Rock 😦 Next time!

  14. So glad I found this wonderful blog of yours. Will note this recipe right this minute, thank you!

  15. What a lovely dish… Gorgeous photos.. And it felt like a breath of fresh air seeing that snow (don’t tell anyone I said that… It’s finally hot here, lol!) xx

  16. Wow, I was so taken with that fish…and then I saw the amazing images of your hike on Mt. Rainier…now that is a double whammy of scenery my friend! That is some serious hiking, and some seriously good looking fish! 🙂

    • Thanks Betsy! I think its my new fave way to make halibut. We have so much fun hiking and Mt. Rainier was one of our goals this summer. Although we wanted to hike to Camp Muir (base camp) but the weather took a turn and we didn’t have the right equipment. It was a full five hour hike and I could hardly walk by the time we got back to the lodge. hahaha!

  17. This looks absolutely gorgeous – I love how the herb and spice rub turns into almost a bit of a crust after roasting, yum!

  18. Beautiful fish and gorgeous scenery!

  19. Ha! I often think my Hubs might want to impose Wordless Wednesday on me. I don’t think it would go over very well. 😉

    Yum! I haven’t had a great piece of fish in a while. This looks so darn good!

    Lovely pictures. Mt. Rainier is gorgeous!

    • Hahaha! I knew you’d say something about wordless wednesday! You just crack me up Cara. 🙂 I think you’d love this fish dish and its simple and quick to prepare. Can’t remember if you like fish but this herb mixture would be nice over chicken too. Hope you’re doing well my friend!

  20. peasepudding says:

    beautiful Karista, images and recipe

  21. Mt Rainier is stunning, what a beautiful hike that must have been 😀
    Lovely photos!
    Your fish looks so warming and comforting to come home too 🙂

    Choc Chip Uru

    • Thank you! Glad you like the fish dish. Yes, it does look comforting even though it’s fish. 🙂 Mt. Rainier is one of the most stunning places in the US. Truly a breathtaking adventure.

  22. The fish is beautiful!

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