Fish in Persian Sweet-And-Sour Sauce

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins

A completely delicious dish of fish baked in a sweet-sour sauce flavored with pomegranate & citrus. Perfect served over Bahraini Sweet Rice (Muhammar). Modified from a recipe found on

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine pomegranate molasses and water, tomato juice, lemon juice and zest, lime juice, sea salt, spices, and honey in a bowl.
  2. In a saucepan heat a few tablepoons of olive oil. Add the scallions and garlic and saute over medium heat until softened, a few minutes. Add the juice mixture and bring to a boil. Taste the sauce: it should be both sweet and sour, add more honey if necessary. Simmer for 2-3 minutes, then set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 450°F Get out a baking dish.
  4. Pat the fish fillets dry and sprinkle with sea salt, then rub flour on the fillets to coat on both sides.
  5. Heat a few spoonfuls of olive oil in a wide pan. Fry the fillets, you want the outside of the fillet to be "sealed" but the inside will not be done.
  6. Place fillets in the baking dish. Pour the sauce over the fish and place in the oven. Bake 7-9 minutes, until the fish is just done. Serve immediately, with recipe#443553 or bread.
Most Helpful

Excellent dish! I struggled a bit to get the right amount of honey, maybe my lemon was too large or the pomegranate molasses too tart (it is not sweetened and quite tart). Actually I ended up with 2 1/2 tablespoons honey, and it still was more on the tart side than sweet-tart, but that was absolutely perfect to go with Bahraini Sweet Rice (Muhammar). Thanks for sharing! :)

Mia in Germany April 25, 2012