Cooking · Eating

Maahi Kebab – easy fish kebabs

Welcome back to my little corner of the internet!

If you are like me and prefer fish to meat, today’s recipe is perfect for you. When we visited Iran already 2 years ago, after 3 weeks of meat kebabs, we were very happy to find some fish.

For my kebab I used salmon, which I find is easy to work with, but any type of fish works, really.


500 g salmon

4 tbsp flour

a few threads of saffron diluted in 1 tbsp of water

juice and zest of 1 lemon

1 tsp za’atar

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp paprika


vegetable oil for frying

First, cut the fish into 2 cm cubes (approximately 1 inch). Remove any bones, if you feel there are some.

In a bowl, mix the flour, saffron, lemon juice and zest, za’atar, turmeric, paprika and season with a bit of salt.

Coat your pieces of fish in the spice mixture.

Heat up some oil in a skillet and fry your fish for a few minutes on each side. Make sure the oil does not get too hot, which would lead to the fish to char. If you are like me and prefer to flip the fish with your fingers, make sure your hands are wet, but not dripping. I feel I have more control over the items when using my hands…

Once done, remove from the oil and drain on some kitchen paper. Serve with some sabzi polo, or steamed rice with saffron, butter, parsley, coriander and dill.

Have you ever tried fish kabobs? What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.



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