Fried Fish & Zucchini With Spicy Tomato Sauce

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins

This attractive, spicy fish dish is very popular in Tunisia. Small cubes of salted eggplant can be substituted for the zucchini.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Wash & dry the fish fillets, season with salt & pepper then sprinkle with the juice of 1 lemon, set aside. Mix the flour, bread crumbs, & paprika together in a bowl.
  2. Peel the zucchini & slice into 1/4 inch thick rounds. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan. Coat the zucchini with the flour mixture then fry on both sides until brown. Place on a plate covered with paper towels to remove excess oil.
  3. In the same oil cook the onion until soft. Add the tomato sauce, harissa, garlic, salt & pepper. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the juice of the remaining lemon to the tomato sauce.
  4. While that is cooking heat 1/2 inch of canola oil in a skillet. Dip the fish fillets in the flour mixture, beaten egg, & in flour mixture again. Fry in the hot oil until the fish is done, should be flaky. Drain on paper towels.
  5. Place the fish & zucchini in a shallow serving dish & top with the sauce.
Most Helpful

This was the first fish dish I've ever tried to pass off onto the family. I must say I was pleasantly surprised with how good it really was. I followed the recipe exactly except to omit the harissa since kids would be eating. Served with a side of Spiced Potato Cakes which tasted GREAT dipped in the tomato sauce. Even tho I'd be more likely to use chicken next time, the recipe is still a keeper!

Michelle_My_Belle August 22, 2008

This was a lovely dish. I'm not normally a fan of white fish, but the spiciness and a flavour of the tomato really makes up for it. It's a pretty looking dish and the zucchini balances the meal really well. Served with rice or pasta or on thickly sliced fresh bread, this is a lovely meal. Reviewed for photo tag 2008

Luschka August 07, 2008