Fish with Baharat and Lemon

Fish with Baharat and Lemon is an exotic yet easy recipe. Bahārāt is a blend of finely ground spices used in Middle Eastern and Turkish cuisine; it is the Arabic word for “spices”.  It is often used to season chicken, lamb, beef and fish; it is savory-sweet and there is no heat element to it.  Fish with Baharat and Lemon is a very simple dish to prepare but yields a very complex flavored fish which even fussy eaters will enjoy.  Pair this delicious main course with Middle Eastern Roasted Cauliflower for a tasty and healthy dinner.

Fish with Baharat and Lemon

Prep Time: 5 minutes, Total Time: 20 minutes Serves 2.

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  • 2 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbs Unsalted Butter*
  • 2 Tbs minced Shallot
  • ¼ tsp coarse Sea Salt*
  • 1 tsp + ½ tsp Baharat*
  • 1 ½ lbs firm white fish fillets (Tilapia, Cod, Swai, Rockfish), drained of any excess liquid
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • Additional Lemons for serving


  1. Add the extra virgin olive oil and butter to a wide, shallow frying pan, large enough to contain all the fish fillets in a single layer. Over a medium heat, melt the butter into the olive oil, swirling them together in the pan.
  2. Mince the shallot and add to the pan, sauté uncovered over a medium high heat until the shallot softens.
  3. Mix the seasonings (sea salt and 1 teaspoon of baharat) together in a small bowl.
  4. Once the shallot has softened, sprinkle the seasonings evenly into the pan and sauté for 1 minute.
  5. Add the fish fillets to the pan in a single layer and sauté uncovered until lightly browned on the bottom.
  6. Very gently, turn the fish fillets over to brown the other side and sprinkle ½ teaspoon of Baharat over the fish.
  7. When the fish fillets are lightly brown on both sides, pour the lemon juice over the fish and sauté for 1 minute.
  8. Remove the pan from the heat, transfer the fish to a platter, pour the pan juices over the fish and serve immediately with lemon wedges.

Fish with Baharat and Lemon


  • If using salted butter, omit the sea salt.
  • Baharat is available in Middle Eastern markets and on-line.

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