Samak bi Tahini: Fish With Tahini

Crispy fish with tahini yogurt and herby walnut salad

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  • Total: 40 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Yield: 2 pounds (4 to 6 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
750 Calories
44g Fat
88g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 pounds (4 to 6 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 750
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 44g 57%
Saturated Fat 26g 131%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 128mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 88g 32%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Protein 6g
Calcium 99mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Fish with tahini is easy and perfect for the seafood lover! It is called samak bi tahini in Arabic and is a local favorite in many Middle Eastern regions.

You can use any type of fish for this dish. Tilapia does very well and is readily available at most markets.

This recipe contains tahini, a sesame seed paste. Tahini is easy to make at home, or can be purchased at Middle Eastern grocers, or at gourmet markets.


  • 2 pounds of fish
  • 1/2 cups tahini
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons water (warm)
  • 1 large onion (sliced)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Pinch of salt

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Drizzle olive oil and salt on fish and bake in baking pan at 350 F for about 12 to 14 minutes, or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

  3. Remove from oven and set aside.

  4. In a medium bowl, combine tahini, olive oil, and water. Mix until sauce forms, adding more water and lemon juice as needed.

  5. Spread sauce over fish and cover with onion slices.

  6. Bake for 25 minutes at 325 F.

  7. Serve immediately or place in refrigerator and serve cold. Serve fish with tahini with white rice and lemon wedges.