Whitefish steak (Kokoye mahi sefid)

The Persian New Year (Norooz) dinner is a must! It consists of Whitefish that is served together with Persian herb rice, grilled tomatoes, spring onion etc.

But this year I wanted to renew the dish a little bit – so I decided to make steaks (or burgers) made of smoked whitefish, it was amazingly delicious! It is also easy to make.
If you want more crunchiness you can add chopped walnuts or whole pine nuts. If you want some more acidity in the steaks you can add some berberis. I did not use nuts nor Berberis since in my opinion the breading gives enough crunchiness and the acidity is achieved by serving lemon wedges with the dish. Ingredients for 6 steaks or burgers:

200 grams of meat from smoked whitefish
80 grams of chopped spring onions
1 egg
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon chopped dill
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1 big tablespoon of natural yogurt
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon of flour


Milk – egg mixture – bread crumbs

1 – Clean the fish from skin and bones – measure 200 grams of fish meat and place it in a bowl. Be sure to remove all bones!

2 – Add the rest of the ingredients and form 6 burgers. To get some crispness, you can mix in chopped walnuts or pine nuts as they are, but it is not necessary.

3 – Prepare three bowls: a bowl with flour, a bowl of whipped eggs and finally a bowl of breadcrumbs.

3 – Dip the burgers first in wheat flour, then in egg wash and finally in breadcrumbs.

4 – Heat a pan with some oil and fry the steaks or burgers 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden.

Serve with Persian herb rice, natural yogurt, spring onions and grilled tomatoes. It’s truly a culinary experience!


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