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Spicy Moroccan Fish.

Updated on October 18, 2013

A little history

The traditional Friday night main course is fish. In Hebrew it is called "Dag Chai." Translated it means live fish. Usually, you pick your carp from a fish pool. The fishmonger will then kill it and prepare it however you like it. Of course, this was a new experience for me! My kids loved going with me and in the beginning I needed them there for moral support! After awhile, it became just another Thursday errand for Shabbat (Sabbath) The fish is usually sliced in about 3 inch slices with the skin left on and the head and tail are both cooked, also. One is the most coveted piece, the other because we waste nothing! This can be very spicy but you can make it as spicy as you want. Miriam slits the peppers to make it crazy hot. I use my Matbucha instead of tomato sauce. It already has so much flavor. You can even leave out anything spicy and it is still a delicious recipe! I do not do cook the whole fish. I buy a filleted white fish. For this recipe, I used Tilapia but you can use any sturdy fish that you like. Of course, one of the things missing in eating filleted fish is the whole experience of eating whole fish. No skin to peel away, no bones to pick. No cut hands for the ones clearing the table. No million cats gathering outside waiting for the skeleton! (but still 4 of them watching the stove for any leftover tidbits!) Oh, well. No fears of choking on bones either!

please let me know what you think of this recipe

5 stars from 2 ratings of Spicy fish

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 1 hour 30 min
Ready in: 1 hour 40 min
Yields: serves 4 people


  • 16 ounces Tilapia, my preference
  • 3 tablespoons Olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Tomato sauce, or some of my Matbucha!
  • 4 slices tomatoes
  • 4 slices onions
  • 4 cloves garlic, you can adjust this to taste
  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot paprika, you can adjust this to your tolerance
  • 2 annaheim peppers
  • 1 tablespoon chicken soup mix/bullion
  • 1/8 teaspoon turmeric


  1. put 2 tablespoons of olive oil mixed with one tablespoon of tomato sauce in the frying pan.
  2. Line the pan with the fillets.
  3. put one onion slice and one tomato slice on each fish.
  4. sprinkle the paprikas over it along with the chicken soup.
  5. put the peppers in and the cilantro over everything.
  6. mix the remaining oil and tomato sauce with one cup of water. Pour all over the fish. Then add water to just cover the ingredients.
  7. Put on high heat until it comes to a rolling boil. Turn heat to low, cover and continue to cook until almost all of the water boils down, leaving a nice red gravy
Ready to cook!
Ready to cook! | Source
time to cover and turn down the heat.
time to cover and turn down the heat. | Source
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 4 servings
Calories 208
Calories from Fat108
% Daily Value *
Fat 12 g18%
Carbohydrates 4 g1%
Protein 23 g46%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
The finished product of my adaptation!
The finished product of my adaptation! | Source

A final Note

Some people say the way to a man's heart is through food. Or anyone's heart, for that matter. I agree with this statement. Cooking is a labour of love. If I invite you to my home, I am honoring you. I cook because I love to cook. I share my food with you because I love you.

B'tayavon! (Hebrew for Bon Appetite!)


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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Never offended! Well, maybe a little. I'll try not to take it personally! I do love to cook but a recipe hubber I am not. The thoughts about the food and the emotions evoked, pour out of me byut the actual writing of the recipes, almost treacherous. lol Thanks for you support. It's always appreciated!

      Shalom, my friend!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Carol, so nice to see you here! I have been a bit remiss. Work got a little crazy! Eating is fun at my house! Come on down and try it out! We'd love to have you! Thank you!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Shalom, Randi!

      OMG..."Hub 13 is on the stove as I write this"????

      THAT is freaking hilarious - i wish i could..'cook up' good hub ideas by putting a pot on the stove!

      Sadly, i'm beyond 'beige' in my food choices - soooo boring - zzzzzzzzzz...

      I pass a lot of these recipes onto my daughter - who is, believe it or not - a great chef!

      I'd be honored to be invited to your home for a meal, dear - but you have to promise to not be offended if i don't eat everything on my

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Denise! I cannot tell a lie. I do not eat this myself but I love to cook it and and I love that my family loves it. I enjoyed the smiles on their faces as they each walked in the door today and smelled the fish cooking! Thank you for the votes! Last one on it's way!

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Ooohhh, I can hardly wait to try this one. I love Moroccan food, but rarely get a chance to eat it. :)

      UP/A/I sharing.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I have been off line all day. due to computer issues. Eating at your house has to be a true wonderful experience.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Bill! It was really like that! And I really meant the closing. You and Bev are always welcome at my table! I anm going to try to get some family pics for tonights meal (next hub!)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      The opening photo was very cool and the closing prayer was very beautiful. Lovely hub, filled with memories and love. Thank you, Randi!