Fish Ball and Carrot Tagine

The fish is ground, seasoned with spices, shaped into balls and cooked in garlicky tomato sauce. I make it this way every now and then for my family, and it is one of their favorite fish dishes. The carrots lightly sweeten the sauce and complement the fish really well. Enjoy it over a bed couscous, if you can.




Prep Time: 20 MIN

Cook Time: 15 MIN


3 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 3-inch sticks
1 ¼ pounds mahi mahi fillet, cut into small chunks
Juice of ½ lemon
3 large garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
Fine sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste (I used 1/2 tsp of each)

For the sauce
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 shallot, minced
1 ½ cups tomato sauce
¼ cup finely chopped parsley
Fine sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste
Juice of ½ lemon


Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add the carrot sticks and bring to a boil again. Simmer the carrots until crisp-tender, 5 to 8 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Grind the fish chunks in a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Proceed in 3 batches.

Transfer the ground fish to a mixing bowl. Add the lemon juice, garlic, parsley, cumin, smoked paprika, salt and pepper. Knead well to combine. Shape the ground fish into 1 ½-inch balls.

Place the olive oil in a large skillet. Sweat the minced shallot over medium heat, 2 to 4 minutes. Add the tomato sauce, parsley and carrots. Season with salt and pepper and bring to a simmer. Add the fish balls. Cook for 10 to 12 minutes, turning the fish balls once. Sprinkle with lemon juice before serving.


6 Responses to “Fish Ball and Carrot Tagine”

  1. 1

    Coco in the Kitchen — 04/30/2014 @ 4:12 pm

    This dish looks so delicious. I love cooking in a tagine and have two of them!
    I have to taste this one. Will pick up some mahi mahi tonight, in fact.

    BTW I have a worldwide giveaway of the CUTEST lil bee salt/pepper shakers in honor of Mother’s Day to help the save-the-bees effort. There will be TWO winners! So please stop by my blog when you can. Good luck!

  2. 2

    Eha — 04/30/2014 @ 6:43 pm

    Absolutely love the sound of this and I have not prepared one similar – how exciting to try even tho’ I’ll have to substitute the fish here in Australia. Thanks for the idea!!!! . . . . and hope you and the children well . . .

    • Nisrine replied: — May 6th, 2014 @ 6:23 pm

      All are doing well. Hope you are as well. Thank you for the comment.

  3. 3

    CheenaChatti — 05/06/2014 @ 1:14 pm

    This is delicious and the photos are really amazing. I love it.
    This is going to be my next adventure. Thank you for the recipe.

    See you sometime at CheenaChatti.

  4. 4

    Dottie Bowes — 05/09/2014 @ 5:58 am

    Will be making this for dinner tonight. Thanks for an excellent idea for a new fish dish!

    • Nisrine replied: — May 9th, 2014 @ 10:58 am

      Cool…I hope you guys enjoy!

Leave a Comment