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Pan-seared Moroccan Snapper with Zesty Spinach & Raisin Fregola Salad

This tasty Moroccan-inspired dish features zesty lemon and juicy, sweet raisins tossed through baby spinach and fregola, topped with beautifully pan-seared Moroccan spiced Snapper. Ready in under 30 minutes, it'll have your senses tingling. 
25 mins
4 people


  • 720g of snapper fillets

  • 2 ½ tablespoons of Moroccan paste

  • 400g of fregola

  • 1 carrot, grated

  • ¼ cup raisins

  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced

  • 2 cups baby spinach leaves

  • ¼ cup + 1 tablespoon olive oil


  • lemon, cut into wedges

  • cracked pepper

  • sea salt


  1. Arrange the snapper fillets on a plate. Using 2 tablespoons of Moroccan paste, brush each side of the fillets generously till well coated. Set aside to marinate.

  2. Bring a pot of salted water to the boil and cook the fregola as per the instructions on the pack. Drain and toss with a dash of olive oil to prevent sticking.

  3. In a large serving bowl add in grated carrot, raisins, lemon zest and baby spinach leaves and gently toss.

  4. To make the salad dressing, in a small bowl whisk together lemon juice, ¼ olive oil and the remaining ½ tablespoon of Moroccan paste. Season well with salt and pepper.

  5. Pour the cooked fregola and salad dressing into the large serving bowl with the salad mix and toss well to combine. Set aside.

  6. Heat a non-stick pan on medium-high heat and add in 1 tablespoon of olive oil. When the oil is hot, place in the marinated snapper fillets and sear for 2-3 minutes each side until just cooked through and opaque.


Divide the fregola salad between serving plates and gently place over the seared snapper fillets.

Garnish with a squeeze of lemon and season with cracked pepper and sea salt.


This fregola salad is a great dish that lends itself to adding in whatever ingredients you have on hand such as green beans, kumara, or kale. Our favourite additions are creamy feta and toasted pine nuts.

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