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Chrieme with a California Twist

by Michael Variacion on February 24, 2016

Chrieme is a spicy fish stew.  It’s a typical Tunisian dish, often served on Shabbat. The Chrieme with a California Twist is a must for spicy food lovers!

 Serves 4 - 6.


  • fillets of sea bass (about 2 lbs.)
  • 4 tbs lime juice
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 8 cloves of garlic minced
  • 2-3 thinly sliced serrano chiles
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 2 tbs Harrisa spice
  • 1.5 cups finely chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cups of water



  1. Place fish fillets in a bowl with the lime juice, salt and pepper. Let them macerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, prep the other ingredients. When all the ingredients are prepped and ready to go, heat the olive oil in a braising pan or large lipped skillet.
  3. When hot, add the garlic and chiles and sauté until soft, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add the tomato paste, harissa and cilantro, salt and pepper to taste, and sauté for another 3-4 minutes.
  5. Then add water and combine well.
  6. Place the fish skin side up and cover the pan.
  7. Cook on a med/low setting for 15 – 20 minutes depending on the thickness of the filet.
  8. Garnish with cilantro and a finely sliced chili.


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Source: Petit Takett