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Lebanese Sumac Spiced Fish

Gently spiced pan fried fish with sumac and crispy skin

Course Main Course
Cuisine Lebanese
Keyword Easy, Healthy, Quick
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 2
Author Zaatar and Zaytoun


  • 2 fillets of white fish
  • Regular olive oil
  • teaspoon of turmeric tiny pinch
  • teaspoon of paprika tiny pinch
  • ¼ teaspoon of sumac
  • Pinch of salt


  1. In a large plate add a drizzle of regular olive oil, a pinch each of turmeric, paprika, sumac and salt. Mix well
  2. Dab the fish fillets with kitchen towel then rub in the spice mix on the plate, both sides.

  3. Heat up a wide non stick pan for around five minutes on medium high heat. Add a drizzle of regular olive oil, swirl around then add the fish skin side down.
  4. Allow the fish to crisp up by not moving it, then turn down the heat to medium as it continues to cook for 2-3 minutes
  5. Then flip the fish with a wide spatula and finish cooking for 1 minute.

  6. Transfer to a plate and sprinkle another pinch of sumac on top.
  7. Serve with chips or salad, or both!

Recipe Notes

You can also use sea bass, tilapia or haddock