Lebanese Spicy Tahini Fish – Samke Harra

Lebanese Spicy Tahini Fish – Samke Harra

November 17, 2020 Lebanese recipesMain Dishes 0

1 1/2 kg of fresh seabass
8 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup of Tahini paste
1/2-1 teaspoon hot chili powder
1cup of raw pine nuts
1/2 bunch fresh Parsley (finely chopped for garnish)
3/4 cups Freshly squeezed Lemon Juice
2 cups of water
1 tablespoons of salt (to taste)
2 tablespoons of ground coriander
Olive Oil
Preparation Method
Cut slits in fish
Rub fish with a tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle some lemon juice on it. Insert lemon slices inside the fish for flavoring.
Place fish on olive oil-greased cooking tray and bake at 150 degrees C for 30-35 minutes.
In a small pan, mix 1 cup of pine nuts with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and cook on medium heat for about 3 minutes or until lightly browned. Be careful as they can burn very fast.
Take half of the pine nuts and grind them with a mortar and pestle and keep the remaining ones for garnishing.
Crush or mince the garlic then add to a pot with 3/4 cups of lemon juice, the Tahini paste, water, salt, coriander and chilli pepper.
Heat on stove to medium/high, stirring constantly (very important so they don’t stick or burn). The sauce should have a rather liquid consistency, and should have a nice balance of Tahini, garlic and lemony flavors. If the sauce is too thick, add a cup of water and a bit more of lemon juice.
Bring the sauce to a boil while keeping on stirring non-stop and then lower heat, add the smashed pine nuts then keep on cooking on low heat and stirring until you reach about 20 minutes of total cooking time for the sauce to thicken.
Once the fish is baked, lay it out on a serving platter that is at least 1 inch deep, pour the cooked tahini sauce on top of the fish, garnish with finely chopped parsley and browned pine nuts, serve hot with pita bread and and a side of Hummus and Tabbouleh Salad and enjoy.

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