Fish Taouk

This is one of those dishes, which after eating you give yourself a pat on your back n say ” Well done !”. I’ve eaten Chicken taouk, lamb n beef taouk but Fish taouk ? Never ! So I wondered how’d it be … and trust me when I tell you this … its bloody delicious ! The thing is you needn’t be fancy to make a delicious meal. I think the tastiest of foods are the simplest. This recipe takes hardly any time to prepare but the results are so rewarding. I used my most favourite fish ( well one of my most fav :)) – Tilapia. Its a very popular fish here in Ghana, and think its ideal for grilling, its a fresh water fish and the flesh is firm and its not too bony like the snapper. You can start ahead by preparing the taouk spice mix. Honestly I’ve made this marinade before even without it and it tastes gr8 even without the spice mix, but hey a little extra flavour never hurt right 🙂 The spice is a blend of White pepper, grated nutmeg, ground cloves, corriander power, onion powder, salt, cardamom, and red paprika.

Fish Taouk BBQ


Serves 2

  • 1/4th cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons good quality tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoons taouk spice
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 3 fat cloves of garlic grated
  • salt to taste

Clean and gut the fish. Make gashes and lightly salt it. Smother the fishes liberally with the marinade and keep at room temperature for about an hour. When ready set them on the bbq and cook till done. Serve with pita bread and Lebanese pickles. East isn’t it ?!?

Fish Taouk Plate

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* A must try for me!!

The two fish do look bloody delicious!!! YUM YUM YUM!!!!!


Roselle, whats stopping you then :)) Go for it !

Kenny … 🙂 🙂 🙂

Just looking to that 2 delicous looking fish makes me drool and drool. Oh i wish i had this for lunch. ABd done on barbacue, oh i wish also we had summer here.

Looks lovely! Fish is so hard to photograph i find! We have a fish dish in Lebanon that brings a lot of these flavors and is called spicy fish/samkeh harrah where it is drizzled with a spicy tomato and tahini sauce. This is super cool and I can imagine tastes divine- I’ll give it a go.


F , thanks 🙂 save it for later when summer is in .

Bethany, n next time i’ll try drizzling it with some tahini 🙂

The fishes looks fab! a must try!

I’m a sucker for a good marinade/spice blend on anything..this looks good Kate! Love the texture on the fish.

That dish looks absolutely delightful! Fish prepared in that way is to die for…



We love our Tilapias. That is a gorgeous one. The spice mix itself is making me drool.

Grilling is my favorite way to cook the fish. Your spice blend is a must to try recipe.

Those fih look happy on your plate. The flavors are so enticing. Have a great weekend!



I don’t know taouk spice but it sure looks so good. Yummy!

Would still love you to guest post on RM, if you have time. 🙂


I love tilapia, although funny enough it is hard to come by a whole tilapia here as we mainly seem to be able to find tilapia filet, but I do think it’s a great fish and very versatile and this just makes me long for warm summernights and lots of BBQ’s!

It is really easy — and I love whole Tilapia too. I love how deep-red the paste is!

Peachkins 🙂 let me know if you do

Peter, same here, a good marinade can just make your job so easy.

Rosa, thanks 🙂

Soma – 2 thumbs up for Tilapias !

Elra, yup i agree 🙂

Nisrine, thanks, my weekend was lovely, hope you had a good one too 🙂

Bee, honey i would love too, mail you soon :))

Simone … the best part of summer is the BBQ ! and beaches of course 🙂

Mark 🙂 🙂 🙂 I like most of my fishes off the bone. So much more flavour.

Always nice to find fish recipes I can make on the grill during the warm months.

Oh my Kajal! Those photographs are absolutely spectacular! If I could, I seriously would bound all the way to Ghana to taste those fishies. (Sorry, after spending a complete day with the toddler, everything is cutie-fied :D) Lovely, lovely flavors … can’t wait to try this! Have an award waiting for you over at my blog!

That looks very delicious. Can’t wait for summer to be here to include this for BBQ…mmm. Thanks for sharing.

Lovely recipe..

What are those tiny pink bits besides the fish?


Oh, grilled fish! Makes me long for summer!

waw!! What a tasty fish dish!! Just look at the endresult: georgus grilled fish!

Those fish look sooo delicious on the grill, I’ve just told my cook to make grilled fish for dinner 😛 😛

That really looks amazing! I love the spicy marinade you have going on there – and your photos are gorgeous!


This looks really delicious. Do you have a recipe for taouk spice mix?

I just love the versatility of tilapia.I’m saving this recipe to make it soon.If you won’t mind, I’d really love to guide foodista readers to your site. Just add your choice of Foodista widget at the end of this blog post and you’re all set. Thanks!

great post as usual!


I love grilled fish and this looks just mouth-watering. Your blog is great, your pics fantastic.

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