Tajine bil hoot (Fish Tagine)

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Not a tagine in the true sense of the word as this recipe from Libya is baked.

Tajine bil hoot (Fish Tagine)
Servings:Serves 6
Calories per serving:465
Ready in:1 hour
Prep. time:20 minutes
Cook time:40 minutes
Difficulty:Average difficulty
Recipe author:JuliaBalbilla
First published:19th January 2013

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Funky fish dish


(funky dish too)

Paul R Smith

Served with rice


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Mise en place

  • Preheat the oven to 180° C (350° F - gas 4)


  1. In a lightly greased casserole dish, layer the fish steaks.
  2. Mix the parsley, celery, garlic, cumin and salt and sprinkle the mixture evenly over the fish.
  3. Arrange the onion rings, potatoes and tomatoes on top and sprinkle with the oregano.
  4. In a small pan, mix the oil, tomato purée, lemon juice and water and bring to the boil.
  5. Pour over the fish and bake the casserole at 180° C (350° F - gas 4) for about 30-40 minutes until the fish and potatoes are cooked.
  6. Transfer the fish slices to a large serving dish, spoon the vegetables over them and pour on the sauce.

Serving suggestions

Serve with rice or couscous.


Other more unusual fish you could use include marou, ombrine, daurade, pagre, angel shark or hannasha. We tried this with tuna steaks because they were the only fish steaks we had to hand. If, like my husband, you do not like fruit with savoury dishes, substitute the lemon juice with 2 tbsp of wine vinegar or cider vinegar, although it is less authentic. I suspect it would also go against Muslim principles regarding alcohol.

Chef's notes

If you are using a traditional earthenware tagine to make this recipes, place the pre-seasoned tagine, with its contents, into a cold oven and only then turn on the heat. This will help to prevent it from cracking. You will need to increase the cooking time by about 10 minutes, or however long it takes your oven to get 180° C (350° F - gas 4).

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