Sunday, May 27, 2012

Tunisian Fish Tagine Recipe

Photo:Tunisian Fish Tagine Recipe

The Hummus Recipes Kitchen (The home of Hummus Recipes & Delicious Middle Eastern Recipes) invites you to try Tunisian Fish Tagine Recipe. Enjoy the Middle Eastern Cuisine and learn how to make Tunisian Fish Tagine.

Total Time:    1 hr 0 min
Prep    10 min
Cook    50 min

Yield:    serves 4


4 teaspoons cumin seeds
2 fresh red chiles
5 tablespoons olive oil
700 g (1 lb 6 oz) potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 cm (1/2") cubes
1 1/2 teaspoons tumeric
2 medium onions, sliced into thin rings
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
4 Kaffir lime leaves, optional
2 teaspoons paprika
a pinch of saffron threads infused in 1 1/2 tablespoons warm water
4 x 150-170 g (5-6 oz) fish steaks, cod or hapuku
salt and pepper
2 x 400 g (14 oz) cans Italian tomatoes, pureed and sieved (about 2 cups)
large handful of cilantro to garnish


Toast the cumin seeds in a dry pan for 2-3 minutes over low heat. Grind to a powder in a mortar and pestle or in a spice grinder and set aside.

Seed the chilies and cut into julienne strips.

Place half of the olive oil in one large frypan and half in a nonstick pan with a lid. Put the potato into the nonstick pan. Add the tumeric and fry, tossing and turning the potatoes.

At the same time in the other pan, fry the onion and celery, stirring occasionally. When the onion begins to soften, add the garlic, lime leaves, chiles, cumin, paprika and saffron. Cook for a further 2-3 minutes, then season lightly with salt and pepper and turn off the heat. Leave in the pan while the potatoes finish cooking.

As soon as the potatoes are cooked, season the fish steaks with salt and pepper and put them on top of the potatoes. Spoon the onion mixture over and around the steaks and pour over the tomatoes. Bring to boil over a medium-high heat, immediately lower it and cover. Cook gently for 7-10 minutes or until the fish is just cooked. Taste and season.

Serve in large warmed bowl, sprinkled with cilantro.

Recipe courtesy Everyday Epicurean by Catherine Bell (Ten Speed Press, 2000); Photograph by Kieran Scott

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Chicken, sweet potato and grape tajine
Chicken Fatteh Recipe
Chicken Frike Stew
Artichoke Gratin with Minced Lamb

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