Saturday, August 24, 2013

Samak bil Tahini

And now for a quick evening meal, using white fish fillets from the freezer.

Samak bil Tahini is a Lebanese dish of white fish baked with onions and a garlicky tahini sauce.

  • Frozen white fish fillets - allow 1-2 per person depending on size.
  • Onions - allow 1 small per person.
  • Olive Oil.
  • Lemon Juice.
  • Garlic - about 2 cloves per person.
  • Tahini - allow about 1/4 jar per person.
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste.
Preheat over to 190C.
In a shallow baking dish, lay out the frozen fish fillets in a single layer, and drizzle with a little olive oil and lemon juice. Season.
Pop into the oven to bake for about 10 minutes.
Whilst the fish is baking, peel and slice the onions and saute these in a little more olive oil until golden.
Whilst the onions are cooking, peel and crush the garlic cloves into a small bowl. Stir in the tahini and then stir in 4 or 5 tbsp of lemon juice. This will cause the tahini to  thicken into a paste.
Now continue to stir the tahini, adding water 1tbsp at a time until it loosens again to form a thick creamy sauce. Season to taste.
Take the baked fish out of the oven, and spread the fried onions over the fish.
Now spoon the tahini sauce over the fish, to cover it completely.
Return the dish to the oven for another 15-20 minutes until the tahini sauce is bubbling at the edges and browning on top.

Serve with lots of salad, and some crusty bread to mop up the juices.