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A Nowruz (Iranian New Year) meal wouldn't be complete without Persian-style fried fish. Serve mahi sorkh shodeh with sabzi polo (green herb rice).


Recipe Summary

15 mins
35 mins
20 mins
4 servings


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Crush saffron threads to a powder in a small mortar and pestle. Transfer to a small bowl with 1 tablespoon boiling water. Stir, cover, and set saffron water aside.

  • Combine flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, turmeric, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder on a large plate.

  • Dry fish well with paper towels. Cut into 3-inch long pieces and season with salt. Dredge fish in the flour mixture on all sides.

  • Heat oil in a large pan over medium to medium-high heat. Add fish and fry on one side until nice and golden, about 7 minutes. Flip fish, drizzle saffron water over top, and fry the other side until golden and fish flakes easily with a fork, about 5 more minutes.

  • Transfer fish to a serving platter. Squeeze orange juice over top and serve with orange and lime wedges.

Cook's Notes:

Typically, this dish is prepared with white fish, but easier-to-find cod or halibut also work great.

If you can find fragrant Seville oranges, use them here for their intoxicating scent and flavorful juice.

Nutrition Facts

300 calories; protein 31.6g; carbohydrates 9.3g; fat 14.9g; cholesterol 62.4mg; sodium 841.7mg. Full Nutrition