About this recipe: This Turkish inspired stew is healthy and packed full of flavour. Tilapia fillets are simmered with pepper, capers, olives, artichokes and tomatoes in a Middle Eastern spiced stock. Enjoy over couscous.
Sumac can be found in Middle Eastern speciality shops or online. Alternatively, you can use lemon zest and salt in its place.
This is an excellent recipe. I unfortunately learned the hard way--the recipe calls for a LOT of couscous compared to how much sauce there is. However, it's still pretty good this way. Changes I made: Used more garlic, flounder instead of tilapia, diced fresh tomato, cayenne pepper (not too much) instead of red pepper, more red wine and less water. In the future, I think I'll use even more garlic and cut out the ginger. I like ginger, but I personally don't like it with these spices. What I like about this is that the fish isn't the star of this dish--I think there's as much fish in here as vegetables; you could add more fish to this or cut it out completely and it would still taste good. This seems like a good recipe to experiment with, change around, have fun with. - 22 Feb 2007 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
I made this last night with some substitutions for my wife and daughter. We all thought it was a great meal. My wife loved the spicy kick while my daughter thought it was too spicy. She put some mild cheddar cheese on it to reduce the spiciness. It worked and she loved it. My wife put some "Red Hot Chile Lime Hot Sauce" on her serving. This added even more good flavor to the dish so I'd recommend that as well. Substitutions: 1) Marinated artichoke hearts with frozen artichoke hearts thawed in cold water. Chopped in food processor before adding to stew. 2)2 tbls of wine with 1/2 cup of wine as recommended by other reviewer. Great idea! 3)1 tsp of cumin with 1/2 tsp chili powder. We had no cumin but websites noted that chili powder has cumin as an ingredient and advised that we use half of the requested amount. Omitted: 1) Green Olives - Didn't have any available but would have been omitted anyway due to high sodium content. 2) Sumac Powder - This will be added to my grocery list so that I can experience how this powder actually impacts the dish. If you have kids, I would recommend reducing the red pepper flakes to 1/2 tsp instead of the 1 1/2 requested or just omit. You would then be able to put the amount of flakes you desire on your own serving without having to worry about the spiciness. - 22 Apr 2008 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
Wonderful, tasty dish that's easy and quick to make.And it's great as leftovers! I followed others' recommendations and made just a few changes. First, unless you can handle a whole lot of heat, I would strongly advise cutting the crushed red pepper down significantly. I cut it from 1 1/2 tsp to 1/2 tsp, and it was still pretty intense so I now reduce to 1/4 tsp and leave crushed red pepper on the table for others to use if they'd like more heat. Usually no one adds any. Second, add more wine, if it's available. Third, throw in a handful of golden raisins at the end. Fourth, reduce the couscous by half to keep a reasonable ratio of couscous to stew. Fifth, use veggie stock instead of water in both the couscous and the stew. Sixth, for fish, I have had success with various flaky white fish: tilapia, perch, cod, haddock, and flounder. I have no preference; I simply choose what is fresh and wild caught. - 25 Aug 2010 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)