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Savor the rich and aromatic flavors of Ethiopian cuisine with our Ethiopian Delight—Samak Tibs. This dish, inspired by the culinary traditions of Ethiopia, features pan-seared fish seasoned with a blend of fragrant spices and herbs. With its delightful combination of heat, earthiness, and freshness, Samak Tibs invites you to experience the unique taste of East African gastronomy.
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Samak Tibs is a flavorful and aromatic dish that showcases the diversity of Ethiopian cuisine. Samak Tibs, which translates to "fish pan-fried," features fish fillets seasoned with a blend of spices such as berbere, garlic, and ginger. The dish is pan-seared to perfection, creating a harmonious fusion of heat, earthy undertones, and the freshness of herbs. Samak Tibs is a celebration of Ethiopia's culinary heritage and the vibrant flavors that define East African cooking.


4 fish fillets (tilapia, catfish, or your preferred white fish)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon berbere spice
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon paprika
3 cloves garlic, minced
1-inch ginger, grated
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt and black pepper to taste
Fresh cilantro or parsley for garnish
4 Servings

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In a bowl, combine olive oil, berbere spice, ground cumin, ground coriander, paprika, minced garlic, grated ginger, lemon juice, salt, and black pepper. Mix well to create the marinade.


Pat the fish fillets dry with paper towels.


Place the fish fillets in a shallow dish and coat them evenly with the prepared marinade. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to infuse.


Heat a skillet or pan over medium-high heat.


Add the marinated fish fillets to the hot skillet, cooking for approximately 3-4 minutes per side or until the fish is cooked through and easily flakes with a fork.


Baste the fish with any remaining marinade during cooking for added flavor.


Once the fish is cooked, remove it from the skillet and place it on a serving platter.


Garnish the Samak Tibs with fresh cilantro or parsley.

Tips for this recipe

Adjust the level of spiciness by adding more or less berbere spice to suit your taste. Serve Samak Tibs with injera (Ethiopian flatbread), rice, or a side of vegetables for a complete and satisfying meal.

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