Fish With Sesame Seed Sauce

"This tasty fish dish comes from Lebanon. Time does not include 1 hour in the refrigerator."
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  • Sprinkle the fish with sea salt & refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  • Mix the olive oil, salt & 1/2 cup of water in a nonstick skillet. Cook the onions in the skillet for 10 minutes or until the onions are soft & the water has evaporated.
  • Allow the onions to slowly turn golden brown, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic & cook for another minute or two.
  • Meanwhile, steam the fish over a pot of boiling water until the flesh is barely flaky. Cool & break into small pieces. Mix the fish in with the onions then spread into the baking dish.
  • Combine the tahini & 1/4 cup water by beating well in a mixing bowl. Gradually stir in the lemon juice until smooth & creamy.
  • Pour over the fish mixture & cook in the oven for 15 minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature.
  • Serve cool or chilled, garnished with fresh parsley.

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  1. i don't eat fish, but my husband really loves this dish. he eats it warm with pita bread.
  2. No one liked this except me. I didn't get any specifics about why, though. My husband thought I should have added some spices with the onions, and said the finished dish was bland. I did quadruple the recipe. I had a hard time with the onions caramelizing - they took forever and were too oily and mushy. Maybe rather than a straight conversion I should have reduced the oil and water a bit. I did serve this warm over brown rice. I realize that it is not meant to be served warm and I apologize if this affected my results.
  3. Delicious! Delicious! This recipe is going in my Zaar *6* Stars cookbook and into my everyday rotation! Super simple to make with very satisfying results. It also fits the bill for comfort food, yet it is nothing like I had ever eaten before. Thanks so much for sharing!! I used the ingredients exactly as listed & didn't feel anything was missing in the final product -- As I was making it I was wondering if I should add cayenne or more garlic etc -- but no! Don't touch the balanced ingredient list :) I recommend making this as is with no reservations. I had no way to steam the fish in step 5, so I baked it & it worked just fine. Yummy at room temp and chilled. Served with my Tomato Cucumber Scallion salad {ooh, which I need to put up on zaar for everyone!} & it made a perfect dinner!! [Made & reviewed for Healthy Choices Tag]


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