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This is a beautiful and tasty dish that I cooked for a group on a getaway weekend at a winery. I was inspired to cook this by the wonderful grilled fish dishes I had almost every night on the greek island of Kos just off the coast of Turkey. This recipe is a bit more elaborate than what I had in Greece, but it is truly delicious. I made this with whole fish purchased and cleaned at a local asian supermarket. However, I think it would also be delicous with fresh fish filets.

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  • 2 pounds whole, white-fleshed fish, cleaned (snapper, bream, barramundi, tilapia, etc.)
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 Tbsp harissa (harissa is red chile paste popular in tunisia and can be found in most middle eastern supermarkets. You can substitute another red chile paste if necessary.)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lemon thinly sliced
  • 1 onion thinly sliced
  • 2 large, firm, ripe tomatoes, sliced
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • For Tahini Sauce
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 3 Tbsp tahini
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp chopped, fresh Cilantro


  1. Preheat oven to 400F (200C). Lightly grease a large baking dish. Make 3 deep diagonal cuts on each side of the fish through the thickest part of the flesh. Liberally season both sides of the fish with kosher salt and pepper.
  2. Combine the garlic, harissa and olive oil in a small dish. Place 2 teaspoons in the fish cavity and spread the remainder over both sides rubbing into the slits you made with the knife. Place 2 lemon slices in the fish cavity.
  3. Arrange the onion in a layer on the baking dish. Top with the tomato, thyme sprigs and remaining lemon slices. Place the fish on top and bake, uncovered, for about 25-30 minutes, until the flesh is opaque.
  4. While the fish is baking, make the tahini sauce by heating the olive oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds, then add the tahini, lemon juice and 1/2 cup water. Stir and cook for 2 minutes then remove from heat and stir in the chopped cilantro. Season the sauce with kosher salt and pepper.
  5. Transfer the onion and tomato to a serving dish and place the fish on top. Season lightly with kosher salt. Pour some of the tahini sauce over the fish and put the rest in a small serving dish on the side. Serve immediately.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 67g
Recipe makes 4 servings
Calories 167  
Calories from Fat 131 78%
Total Fat 15.15g 19%
Saturated Fat 2.12g 8%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 15mg 1%
Potassium 132mg 4%
Total Carbs 7.71g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2.1g 7%
Sugars 1.55g 1%
Protein 2.61g 4%
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  • Pattie Meegan
    John, this looks really flavorful- it's going on my "must make" list!
    xoxo Pattie
    • Orsola CK
      sounds simply delicious.
      I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
      • Nancy Miyasaki
        This is a great dish for a special occassion. We all really enjoyed it!
        I've cooked/tasted this recipe!


        • Janis Tester
          September 6, 2010
          Have to make this as soon as I get to the asian grocery store. This looks incredible!
          • September 6, 2010
            John - I agree with Pattie - definitely going on my "must make" list" - I'll probably try it with fillets, however, I'm usually not very successful grilling whole fish - it's the bones that give me a problem!

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