Indian Fish Kebabs

Course : Fish
Serves: 4
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1 pound monk fish -- or other firm fish
1 medium yellow squash
1 medium green bell pepper
1 medium red bell pepper
3 medium cherry tomatoes
12 pieces bay leaves
3 Cup cooked brown rice or pita bread
1 medium lemon wedges
1 sprig mint
4 small garlic cloves -- minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon sweet Hungarian paprika
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
1 dash saffron
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

Preparation / Directions:

This is a very colorful and tasty arrangement of marinated and then skewered and grilled vegetables and fish. The marinade, called chermoulla, is a blend of fragrant seasonings, oil, and lemon juice. In this version I've suggested my favorite vegetables for kebabs. You should choose your own favorites; some other good choices are eggplants, mushrooms, and onions. special equipment: skewers (if you are using bamboo skewers, soak them in water for 1/2 hr. and fill them out to the ends so the skewers won't burn) Combine the ingredients for the chermoulla. Cut the fish into 1-inch cubes. Similarly, cut the vegetables into 1-inch cubes. Place the fish and vegetables in the chermoulla and marinate, refrigerated, for 2 hours. When you are ready to assemble the kebab, soften the bay leaves in boiling water for several minutes. Alternate the tomatoes, peppers, yellow squash, and fish on skewers. Place a bay leaf occasionally on the skewers next to the fish. Reserve the chermoulla. Cover the broiler pan with foil and place the kebabs on it about an inch apart. Broil for 15 to 20 minutes, basting with the reserved chermoulla, and turning frequently to cook evenly. Serve on rice or in pita bread and garnish with lemon wedges and sprigs of mint. From Sundays at Moosewood Restaura

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