Turkish Fish Stew


A non-traditional variant of Turkish fish stew that blends various other Mediterranean influences.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
4 servings


  • 3 cups water

  • 1 ½ cups dry couscous

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 small white onion, chopped

  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 cup marinated artichoke hearts, liquid reserved

  • 2 teaspoons capers, liquid reserved

  • 12 small green olives

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can chopped stewed tomatoes, drained

  • 2 tablespoons white wine (Optional)

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 cup water

  • 2 teaspoons sumac powder

  • 1 ½ teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

  • 1 teaspoon cumin

  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger root

  • ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 pound tilapia fillets, cut into chunks


  1. In a medium saucepan, bring 3 cups water to a boil, and stir in the couscous. Remove from heat, cover, and let sit 5 minutes.

  2. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat, and saute the onion and green pepper about 5 minutes, until tender. Mix in the garlic, and continue to cook and stir about 2 minutes. Mix in the artichoke hearts with reserved liquid, capers with reserved liquid, and olives. Stir in the tomatoes, wine, lemon juice, and 1 cup water (or enough to attain desired thickness). Season with sumac powder, red pepper, basil, cumin, ginger, and pepper.

  3. Bring the mixture to a boil, and mix in the fish chunks. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes, or until the fish is easily flaked with a fork. Serve over couscous.

Cook's Note:

You can use cod, scrod, or any other mild white fish in place of the tilapia.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

456 Calories
12g Fat
53g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 456
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 42mg 14%
Sodium 762mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 53g 19%
Dietary Fiber 6g 23%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 33g
Vitamin C 46mg 228%
Calcium 135mg 10%
Iron 4mg 20%
Potassium 942mg 20%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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