Psari Plaki Fish Recipe

A plate of psari plaki
Lynn Livanos Athan
Ratings (22)
  • Total: 60 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
500 Calories
21g Fat
24g Carbs
52g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The term plaki (plah-KEE) in Greek is used to describe a dish that is usually cooked with olive oil, tomatoes, and vegetables in the oven. For example, you can have beans “plaki” style (called Gigandes plaki) or, in this case, a baked fish plaki. (Fish in Greek is Psari, pronounced SAH-ree.)

The recipe works well with any firm white fish--cod, tilapia, halibut, haddock or whatever type you may have available. It also comes out best if you use panko breadcrumbs, which are white bread-based flaky breadcrumbs common in Asian cuisine but now widely popular in Western cooking. They have more body than the basic breadcrumbs and will create a crispier outcome. Alternatively, you can make your breadcrumbs by placing torn-up day-old bread in the food processor and processing until small crumbs form (before it becomes powder). 

This is an easy dish to assemble and results in a flavorful but light and healthy meal. It is delicious at room temperature or even cold. Serve with some feta cheese and crusty bread on the side.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 large onions (thinly sliced)
  • 1 cup celery (diced)
  • 2 to 3 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 5 plum tomatoes (seeded and diced)
  • 1 cup fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 3 lbs. firm white fish fillets (such as cod, halibut, tilapia)
  • Dash salt
  • Dash freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 2 lemons (thinly sliced)
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs (panko works well)

Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

  2. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat and saute the onions and the celery until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about a minute.

  3. Add the diced tomatoes and parsley to the pan and saute until most of the liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and set aside.

  4. Place the fish fillets in a non-reactive baking pan or ceramic baker. Season them with salt and pepper and sprinkle with oregano on both sides.

  5. Top the fish fillets with the onion/celery/tomato mixture and cover each with two or three thin slices of lemon.

  6. In a small bowl, combine the lemon juice and the wine and pour over the fillets and into the pan.

  7. Top each of the fillets with a sprinkling of breadcrumbs and add remaining crumbs to the liquid in the pan.

  8. Bake the fillets uncovered for 30 to 40 minutes or until the fish flakes easily with a fork.