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Fish Cooked in Sesame Sauce [Samak Tajeen or Samak Bi Taheeni]:
Submitted by: Rosa | Date Added: 18 Jul 2010
Listed in: Lebanese Fish

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added by: Madame Fahimeh 
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• 1 fish weighing about 2 Ibs.
• 1 1/2 cups tahini (sesame oil)
• 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
• 1 cup olive oil
• 3/4 cup lemon juice
• 1 1/4 tsp. salt
• Water

• Clean and salt fish.
• Refrigerate for several hours.
• Allow it to return to room temperature, sprinkle with olive oil and bake in moderate oven until flesh seems to flake apart easily under a fork.
• Meanwhile fry onions in olive oil until yellow.
• Beat lemon juice and water slowly into the tahini, adding more lemon juice to taste if necessary.
• The tahini sauce will become very creamy.
• Mix onions into sauce, pour over the baked fish and return it to the oven.
• Bake about 20 minutes in moderate oven.
• Some of the sauce will be absorbed into the fish and the onions will be very well cooked.
• Serve this dish cold.
Additional Notes
Its a good idea to have multiple pans going at one time to make the cook ... otherwise the 2 hours could turn into a half a day. :)