Tilapia with Sumac

Tilapia with Sumac

Tilapia with Sumac

In the west, most people probably know sumac as a plant that gives you a rash. There is another form of sumac though that is popular in the Middle East. It’s a deep reddish/purple in color. It’s used to impart sour flavor. It’s somewhere in the realm of a not so sweet cranberry with a touch more natural sweetness. My introduction came at a Persian restaurant where sumac was available in a shaker right next to salt and pepper. I like this on fish because it’s a fun variation from the classic lemon-butter combination.

Cook Time: 10 minutes
Prep Time: 1 minute


2 pieces fish such as tilapia
1 t sumac
1 t garlic
1 t butter
cayenne to taste
salt to taste
pepper to taste

Preheat a pan to medium low with a touch of butter. Season fish with all slices. Cook for about 2-3 minutes each side depending on thickness. Serve hot with rice.

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