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Fish Fillets with Za'atar Tomato Relish

Here is an easy and delicious way to use Canaan Za’atar. This recipe works with simple side dishes – sautéed spinach, sliced cucumbers or crisp salad, and bread, rice or couscous. You need to start about 30 minutes before cooking the fish.

Measurements are approximate; you can use more of anything, or substitute your favorite fish or onion. Only the Za'atar is indispensable!


  • 4 white fish fillets (about 450 grams)
  • 1 tsp + ½ tsp Canaan Za’atar
  • 1 small shallot or other sweet onion, chopped fine
  • 1 large tomato, chopped coarse
  • 3 tsp olive oil
  • fresh-ground pepper to taste

Method (serves 2-4 people)

  • Pat fish fillets dry and sprinkle both sides with Za’atar, rub in. Cover loosely and refrigerate for up to 2 hours.
  • Meanwhile, mix the onion, tomato, olive oil, reserved Za’atar, and pepper to taste. Let sit for 30 minutes while flavours blend.
  • To cook the fish, heat 2 tsp olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add fish, presentation side down, and cook 2 minutes. Gently flip fish and cook about 2 additional minutes, until fish flakes.
  • Serve with Za’atar tomato relish on top, or on the side, and pass extra at the table.

"Sahha ow Afyeh": Bon Apetit!

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