This easy fish fillet recipe is a little treat from the shores of the Mediterranean in Egypt. Spiced fish fillets cooked in a sauce of fresh tomatoes and peppers. A one-skillet dinner that comes together in 30 minutes!

Fish fillet cooked with tomato sauce and served shakshuka style in a braiser

Most people who are familiar with shakshuka only think of it as the popular North African breakfast--eggs poached in a sauce of fresh tomatoes, peppers and a number of Middle Eastern spices.

But to the people of Port Said and Alexandria, Egypt's Mediterranean cities, shakshuka is more of a cooking method than in it is a specific dish. There, they also have saucy seafood and fish shakshuka dinners.

Cod fish fillet cooked with tomato sauce in braiser, served next to a bowl or rice

The spices I use in this fish fillet recipe are slightly different from what's in the egg dish; still, the fish fillets are cooked similarly in the spicy fresh tomato sauce, shakshuka-style. And mainly because of its dense, flaky texture, I decided to use cod here.

This light, yet hearty fish fillet dinner is best served in bowls, with lots of the shakshuka sauce and Lebanese rice or your favorite crusty bread, challah or pita.

Here is the step-by-step for today's fish fillet recipe:

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If you plan to serve this fish fillet with rice, make the Lebanese rice according to this recipe (this step is optional, you can also serve this fish fillet with bread)
In a small bowl, combine the coriander, sumac, cumin, dill and turmeric to make the spice mix. Set aside until needed.
In a large, deep skillet (with a cover like this one) heat 2 tablespoon olive oil. Saute the onions for 2 minutes then add the garlic and jalapeno. Cook on medium-high, stirring regularly, until fragrant and golden in color, about 2 more minutes.

 

Diced onions, jalapenos and garlic sauteed with olive oil in a hot skillet
Now add the tomatoes and only ½ of the spice mix (you will use the rest of the spice mix later). Add the tomato paste, lime juice, water, salt and pepper. Stir to combine.

Skillet filled with diced onion, jalapenos, garlic and tomatoes, mixed with spice mix

Bring to a high simmer, then turn the heat down to medium-low. Cover and cook the tomato mixture for 10 more minutes; stir occasionally.

Sauce for fish fillet cooked to a simmer in a braiser
Meanwhile, season the fish fillets lightly with salt and pepper and coat on both sides with the remaining ½ of the spice mix.

Cod fish fillets seasoned with salt and pepper on both sides
Gently add the fish fillets to the tomato mixture, nestling the fish pieces nicely in it. Cook on medium-high briefly, then reduce the heat to medium.

Fish fillets cooked with the sauce mixture

Cover and cook for another 10-15 minutes until the fish is cooked through (it should be flaky). Remove from heat and top with the fresh parsley and mint leaves. Serve immediately in bowls with Lebanese rice or your favorite crusty bread.

 

Fish fillet once cooked with the tomato sauce in the braiser

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Fish fillet cooked in tomato sauce in a braiser, served shakshuka stule

Mediterranean Fish Fillet Recipe, Shakshuka Style


Description

An all star Mediterranean fish fillet recipe. Fish fillets prepared shakshuka-style in a sauce of fresh tomatoes, peppers and spices. 30 mins; tutorial


Ingredients

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For Lebanese Rice see this recipe

For the Fish Fillet Recipe

  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp sumac
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dry dill weed
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 large yellow onion (or sweet onion), chopped
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, chopped (or 1 green bell pepper if you prefer mild)
  • 5 medium ripe tomatoes, diced or chopped
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 lime, juice of
  • ½ cup water
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 lb cod fillet cut into large 4 to 6-ounce pieces
  • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley for garnish
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh mint leaves for garnish

Instructions

  1. Make the Lebanese rice first, according to this recipe (optional)
  2. In a small bowl, combine the coriander, sumac, cumin, dill and turmeric to make the spice mix. Set aside until needed
  3. In a large, deep skillet (with a cover) heat 2 tablespoon olive oil. Saute the onions for 2 minutes then add the garlic and jalapeno. Cook on medium-high, stirring regularly, until fragrant and golden in color, about 2 more minutes.
  4. Now add the tomatoes and only ½ of the spice mix (keeping the remainder of the spice mix for later use). Add the tomato paste, lime juice, water, salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Bring to a high simmer, then turn the heat down to medium-low. Cover and cook the tomato mixture for 10 more minutes; stir occasionally.
  5. Meanwhile, season the fish fillets lightly with salt and pepper and coat on both sides with the remaining ½ of the spice mix.
  6. Gently add the fish fillets to the tomato mixture, nestling the fish pieces nicely in it. Cook on medium-high briefly, then reduce the heat to medium. Cover and cook for another 10-15 minutes until the fish is cooked through (it should be flaky).
  7. Remove from heat and top with the fresh parsley and mint leaves. Serve immediately in bowls with Lebanese rice or your favorite crusty bread.

Notes

  • You can use 1 green bell pepper in place for the jalapeno for a milder-tasting dish. You can also use a bit of both peppers, if you like.
  • Visit Our Shop to browse olive oils and spices used in this recipe.
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: Seafood
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Keywords: Mediterranean seafood recipe, shakshuka

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  1. Hello!
    Just a quick question. If I don’t have any jalapeños in the house, would you recommend substituting red pepper flakes or a can of diced green chili’s?
    I am planning on making this today for dinner.
    Thank You

  2. I had a dish like this in a restaurant years ago and had been trying to recreate this ever since. This was excellent! I used a bit less heat (for kids) and didn't have sumac so skipped that and the dil weed (not a fan) and added extra lime. I cooke the tomato mixture for closer to 30 mins but am sure 10 as the recipe reads would be fine. Everyone in the family loved it and it made perfect leftovers. This will be on heavy rotation at our house.

  3. This recipe was easy and delicious! I did not have the jalapeno or sumac, added very little salt and did not do the garnishes. It was still excellent! We ate almost all of it, although I had hoped for leftovers.

    1. Yes, Jean. You can make the sauce the night before and then cook the fish when you're ready! Great question

  4. I’ve made this now at least 5 times. One of my absolute favorites! I cut my fish smaller and add shrimp or even seafood mixture! Thank you so much!

  5. Fabulous! The only change I made was to substitute a pablano pepper for the jalapeño, as I don’t like spicy. But I think next time I will try the jalapeño (just a little bit, lol), as it was very mild. I picked up the sumac at Penzey spice. Very easy to make and enjoyed by all. Thank you for a great recipe!

  6. I just made it, it was delicious, but was missing one ingredient, sumac, I couldnt find it. But it was really goood ,

  7. YUM! This recipe was so delicious and easy to make. It is the perfect mid week dinner or dish to serve to impress guests. I will definitely be cooking it again soon.

  8. This receipe is insanely good and I cook it at least once every two weeks. Have done at dinner parties and always goes down a storm. love love love. Thank you 🙂 ????????

  9. This was soooo goood! I followed the recipe, but added clams to it as well. Everyone loved it!

  10. OMG, this was over the top! A wonderful dinner, if you doubt me you've got to ask my cats and my dog. I had to fight for my portion. thank you..Oh, yeah, the kids have moved on, their tough luck. hahaha!!

  11. Hi, this looks amazing! How much salt and pepper do you recommend? I didn’t see measurements in the ingredient list.

    1. Hi Sara. Salt and pepper measurements are really to your taste, that's why I don't specify here.

      1. Thanks, I made it last night. So Amazingly Delicious! The flavor is incredible! Wow. I had some for lunch and already want more for dinner! Can you recommend another type of fish (or two) that might be suitable for this recipe? I don’t cook/eat fish often so anything you can offer is appreciated!

      2. Awesome, Sara! i would say a white fish fillet...sea bass, halibut, cod...all work in this kind of recipe. And I would watch cooking time depending on the thickness of the fish.

  12. Am from gambia 1st time to make for my wife birthday..the taste is so out this world