Trout baked with pickled lemons Trout baked with pickled lemons Israeli Kitchen Photo: Jacek Chabraszewski/Shutterstock

Lemony baked trout

Lemon for the fish, of course, but also warm, colorful spices and olive oil.

  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Prep time: 30 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes

It's a pleasure to be shopping in the outdoor market and to look in on the fishmonger. He waves you over: "Hey, why haven't I seen you around? Aren't you eating fish lately?"

So naturally, I step up and inspect the beautiful fresh fish laid out in orderly rows, on plenty of ice. Here, thick pink slices of salmon – there, whole grey mullets. In season, little red mullets or fresh sardines. The fishmonger has been to the port at 3 in the morning to buy those fish, I know, then spends the whole day in the market selling them. I once asked him what his wife cooks for the weekend. He turned big eyes on me and simply said, "Fish."

Well gee, what else, I thought. When I asked what he'll be eating that night, he pointed to the fresh, whole trout. OK. What's good enough for him is good enough for me. I brought some of that fresh trout home and this is how I cooked it.

An easy marinade with typical spices, and a brief wait for the fish to take up the flavors. In the meantime, slice lemons to make a bed for that trout to lie on. Bake, and eat hot.


  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 3 pounds fish (I cooked 2 small trouts)
  • 3 lemons


In a bowl, mix up the oil, water, dry spices and coriander.

Pour the mixture over the fish. Spoon a little of it into the cleaned interior of the fish. Allow it to marinate 1/2 hour, turning it over at the 15-minute point.

Slice the lemons thinly.

Put half the lemons on the bottom of the baking dish; lay the fish on top and scatter the rest of them on top of it.

Bake at 425° F (220 °C) for 20 minutes or until done. The fish, that is.

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