Samak Tahini
(Perch Baked with Sesame Seed)

Serve this with Moroccan Herbed Olives, Pocket Bread or hot cooked rice for a simple meal.


  • 1 medium red onion, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup sesame seed, toasted
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Dash of ground red pepper
  • Olive or vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons dry bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons snipped parsley
  • 1 pound perch fillets
  • Parsley
  • Ripe olives


  1. Cook and stir onion in oil until tender.
  2. Mix sesame seed, water, garlic, salt, lemon juice and red pepper.
  3. Lightly brush an 8-inch square baking dish with oil; sprinkle with bread crumbs and parsley.
  4. Pat fish dry; arrange in baking dish.
  5. Pour sesame seed mixture over fish; top with onion.
  6. Bake uncovered at 400 degrees F until fish flakes easily with fork, 20 to 25 minutes.
  7. Garnish with parsley and ripe olives.