Alexandrian Fish



-1 large fillet of fish (preferably white fish) bones removed.

-1 Tbsp olive oil (more for preparing pan)

-1 tsp cumin

-1 tsp coriander

-1 tsp chili powder

-4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

-salt and black pepper (to taste)

-1 tomato, roughly cut

-1 green pepper (or 3 stalks celery), roughly sliced

-1 small red onion, thinly sliced

-3 key limes, thinly sliced into medallions.

-fresh lemon or lime (optional)




  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking pan, large enough to allow fish to lay flat, with tin foil and use olive oil to prevent fish from sticking. Lay fillet of fish in the pan skin side down.


  1. Drizzle olive oil over the meat of the fish. Spread cumin, coriander, chili powder, salt and pepper evenly over the meat and add the tomato, green pepper and onion. Lay lime slices carefully over everything.


  1. Bake in oven for 20-30 minutes, watching carefully so as not to over cook. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes.


  1. Serve on a large platter with fresh lemon or lime.

Alexandria is a seaport and was traditionally a Greek city. There are countless great seafood restaurants there and they all prepare fish like this. It likely comes from a Greek tradition.

April 2021