Panfried Sea Bass with Harissa & Rose

Epicurious  | August 2013

by Yotam Ottoloenghi and Sami Tamimi


Panfried Sea Bass with Harissa & Rose recipe

photo by Jonathan Lovekin

Serves 2 to 4

This dish originates from Bizerte, the northernmost city in Africa. It is sweet and spicy and beautifully aromatic. It is adapted from a recipe kindly given to us by Rafram Hadad. Serve it as a main course with some plain rice or couscous and something green, like sautéed spinach or Swiss chard. Dried rose petals are available in Middle Eastern stores and also online.


  • 3 tbsp harissa paste (store-bought or see recipe )
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 4 sea bass fillets, about 1 pound / 450 g in total, skinned and with pin bones removed
  • all-purpose flour, for dusting
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 6 1/2 tbsp / 100 ml red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • scant 1 cup / 200 ml water
  • 1 1/2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp rose water
  • scant 1/2 cup / 60 g currants (optional)
  • 2 tbsp coarsely chopped cilantro (optional)
  • 2 tsp small dried edible rose petals
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper


First marinate the fish. Mix together the harissa paste, the ground cumin, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Rub the paste all over the fish fillets and leave them to marinate for 2 hours in the fridge.

Dust the fillets with a little flour and shake off the excess. Heat the olive oil in a wide frying pan over medium-high-heat and fry the fillets for 2 minutes on each side. You may need to do this in two batches. Set the fish aside, leave the oil in the pan, and add the onions. Stir as you cook for about 8 minutes, until the onions are golden.

Add the remaining harissa, the vinegar, the cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and plenty of black pepper. Pour in the water, lower the heat, and let the sauce simmer gently for 10 to 15 minutes, until quite thick.

Add the honey and rose water to the pan along with the currants, if using, and simmer gently for a couple more minutes. Taste and adjust the seasoning and then return the fish fillets to the pan; you can slightly overlap them if they don’t quite fit. Spoon the sauce over the fish and leave them to warm up in the simmering sauce for 3 minutes; you may need to add a few tablespoons of water if the sauce is very thick. Serve warm for at room temperature, sprinkled with the cilantro, if using, and the rose petals.

Moroccan Salmon Crudo with Yogurt

Epicurious  | May 2013

by The Crew of Pike Place Fish

In the Kitchen with the Pike Place Fish Guys

Pike Place Fish Market

Moroccan Salmon Crudo with Yogurt recipe

photo by Morgan Keuler

Serves 4

One of the secrets to this raw salmon dish from Seattle restaurant Madison Park Conservatory is an amazing Moroccan spice blend called ras el hanout. It’s like a curry powder in that there are a billion unique combinations, with each cook creating his or her own, though most include Moroccan favorites like cardamom, ginger, or mace. The blend is sold in fancy grocery stores or in Middle Eastern markets like the one near us in Pike Place Market that smells like heaven. You can also buy it online. If you can’t find Greek yogurt, let plain yogurt drain a bit in a colander until thick before using.


  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh dill, plus more, coarsely chopped, for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh mint, plus more, coarsely chopped, for garnish
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon ras el hanout spice blend
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 English cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 pound fresh sockeye salmon fillet, thinly sliced
  • sea salt


Combine the finely chopped dill, finely chopped mint, lemon zest, three-quarters of the lemon juice, the ras el hanout, olive oil, and cucumber and mix to make a chunky vinaigrette.

Smear a thin layer of yogurt down the center of a large plate. Layer the salmon thinly on top of the yogurt. Sprinkle the salmon with the remaining lemon juice and a pinch of salt. Drizzle the vinaigrette on top and garnish with the coarsely chopped dill and mint. Serve immediately.

From In the Kitchen with the Pike Place Fish Guys by The Crew of Pike Place Fish, (C) © 2013 Viking Studio


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s