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Lebanese Fish Tagine

dedemed's picture
Fish tagine, as it is called in Lebanon is often served as an appetizer in the meza course of the meal. It is served with toasted or fried pita. It makes use of the abundant fish that is caught in the Mediterranean. The creaminess of the tahini sauce combined with the sweetness of the caramelized onions are complimentary to the fish.
  Tilapia fillets/Any white fish 3 Medium
  Flour 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Olive oil 5 Tablespoon
  Butter 2 Tablespoon
  White onion 1 Cup (16 tbs), chopped
For the sauce
  Tahini paste 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
  Lemon juice 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Greek yogurt 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Garlic 1 Tablespoon, minced
  Water 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Fresh cilantro 1⁄4 Teaspoon, chopped
  Cayenne pepper 1⁄8 Teaspoon
  Black pepper powder 1⁄4 Teaspoon
For the topping
  Pine nuts 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), toasted
  Fresh parsley 2 Tablespoon, chopped finely
For serving
  Pita bread 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), toasted (chips)

1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
2. FOR SAUCE: In a bowl mix together the tahini paste, lemon juice, yogurt, garlic, water, cilantro, 1/2 tsp salt, cayenne pepper, black pepper, mix well. Set aside.
3. In a deep dish or bowl mix flour and 1/2 tsp salt.

4. In a shallow sauce pan, heated to medium heat, add olive oil.
5. Dredge fish in flour, put it in the oil and brown on both sides, or about 2 minutes on each side.
6. Place fish in a casserole dish and pour tahini sauce over it.
7. Bake it in the oven for around 20 minutes or until sauce is bubbling.
8. While the fish is cooking, in a shallow pan, saute the onions in butter for 10 minutes over medium heat until brown caramel color. Set aside.
9. Remove the fish from the oven.

10. In a serving plate, serve the fish garnished with the sautéed onions, pine nuts and parsley with pita chips.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
30 Minutes
Ready In: 
40 Minutes
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tanya3286's picture
This is a great recipe!! we have tilapia often...but i'm eager to try this out... i don't think we get pine nuts I'll get peanuts instead...lovely recipe!! :)
perceptiveeye's picture
This seems to be a simple one! can you tell me pine nuts substitute or is it ok if I don't use it?? I am eager to try this fish tagine very soon...thanks :))
perceptiveeye's picture
Just wanted to tell you that yesterday I tried this fish recipe without pine nuts and it was good...however, I feel if pine nuts were there in the recipe, the taste would have been much better. thanks Dedemed :)
foodpsychologist's picture
Thanks for this best fish tangine. Its so simple yet looks very tasty.