Seafood is an important part of the Middle Eastern diet with many Arab countries bordering on the sea.
When going to the fishmonger’s I am met with a wide variety of fish from all over the region, even salmon from Norway.
I always think how interesting it is that different parts of the world have different fish, and other deep sea creatures.
I haven’t cooked with octopus yet, but there is always octopus for sale.
I will need to do my research for a cooked recipe for a tasty octopus with a Middle Eastern twist.
Fish is relatively straightforward and easy to cook, and very good for you as well.
The goal with baked fish is to be sure that you don’t overcook it.
A lot depends on the kind of fish you are cooking as the best way to prepare it.
This recipe takes gutted fish and stuffs them with herbs, while the fish are rubbed with spices.
A very easy way to go if you don’t mind the head and tail on your fish.
I lived in North Carolina in the US for a long time and used to fish off the coast.
I recall one time going deep sea fishing with a good friend of mine.
It was one of those experiences where you find yourself on a fishing boat departing at 6am, and somehow you are having a beer by 7am as you arrive at your fishing destination for the day.
We caught sea bass on that occasion, and someone even caught a baby shark.
The best thing about those trips is that when you are headed home, the people working the boat clean your fish for you, so by the time you are back you can immediately start cooking.
I like fishing, it’s a very relaxing pastime.
As a kid when we would visit relatives in Michigan, we would go to a family friend’s farm.
He had ponds and creeks that had fish in them, and we’d fish.
I remember my little sister catching a fish with her makeshift fishing rod and throwing it up in the air out of fear that something evil was happening with the stick she was holding!
But it proves the point that just holding the rod is fun and a nice experience even if you never catch a fish, especially if you are with other people.
I tried fly fishing once.
It was a lot of work, and I don’t think I caught any trout that day, even if I had I would have had to throw it back according to the catch and release laws in Colorado.
But I really enjoyed wading into the river with my waders, which are nothing more than a big rubber suit.
Definitely worth it though!
My dad joined us that year, and he is the only person I know who waded in the water from shore with a net and actually caught fish!
He brought them onshore and put them in a bucket where they swam around delighting the children who were so impressed with their grandfather’s abilities.
The good feelings they had soon turned to horror as grandfather began taking the fish out of the bucket and whacking them on the head!
They didn’t realize that he was making dinner.
A few herbs and spices, and voila, dinner for everyone!
Herb Stuffed Baked Fish
Nutrition Per Serving