Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins
A delicious way to serve halibut or other firm fleshed white fish with a distinct Mediterranean flavor! ***Note:Harissa is a Tunisian hot red sauce made from chile peppers, spices, and sometimes tomatoes.
- 2 lbs thick fish fillets (any white fish)
- salt and pepper, to taste
- flour (for dusting)
- olive oil (for frying)
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- 1⁄2 teaspoon harissa
- 1 medium bay leaf
- 1 cup pitted kalamata olive
- 1 fresh lemon, juice of, about 1-2 tablespoons
- fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)
- Season fish with salt and pepper.
- Dust with flour and fry in hot olive oil until golden brown on all sides.
- Transfer fish to a side dish. Add onion and garlic to the skillet and cook for a few minutes.
- Add tomato sauce, harissa, bay leaf and 1/2 cup water. Cook for 10 minutes.
- Add olives and fish fillets and continue cooking, uncovered, until the fish is tender and the sauce thick.
- Add lemon juice to taste. Discard the bay leaf.
- Serve, sprinkled with parsley.
Very easy to make...I added 2 tbsns of harissa to give it a kick but wasn't spicy - just tasty! My fish was too flaky so fell apart, but was yummy nonetheless.
I don't know whether my harissa is extremely weak or not, but the 1/2 teaspoon didn't seem to flavor anything (of course, the sensitivity of the person eating also needs to be considered - I prefer to eat hot, spicy food). I added more harissa, to get about a tablespoon, total. That was all I had, but I was still not so happy with it. And then, instead of lemon juice and parsley, I decided that chopped coriander was what this recipe needed. It was okay. As you can see, I changed the recipe all around, so do not feel comfortable assigning stars. I do think I'll seek out recipes with more promise of fire. Thank you for the experience.
Extremely delicious, and so easy to make! I used cod fillets and canned organic tomato sauce with some finely chopped vegetables in it, and it was so absolutely wonderful. Will definitely make this again, thanks for sharing!<br/>Made for A Diabetic Summer Trip / Diabetes Forum June 2013